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I Belong

Review: Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti

Mercury StrikingTitle: Mercury Striking

Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Post-Apocalyptic

Series: The Scorpius Syndrome (Book #1)

Publication Date: January 26, 2016

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 1420137948 (Zebra/Kensington)

ISBN-13: 978-1420137941 (Zebra/Kensington)

Reviewed by: Kristie


With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynn is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

Danger has never looked quite so delicious…

Quick & Dirty: Intriguing twist on a deadly virus that kills off most of the world’s population and the effect it has on the lives of its’ survivors.

Opening Sentence: Despair hungered in the darkness, not lingering, not languishing . . . but waiting to bite.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Mercury Striking is no generic zombie story. I love that the story is loosely based off of the zombie outbreak that we normally read about but the basis of this story is completely different. I think because of that it was way better for it. Mercury Striking is a fantastic novel that I would have no problem reading again. I was fascinated by the story, the characters and the world. Would I want to live in this world? Hell no, but I’ve got no problem reading about it. I was also engrossed in the mystery, drama and romance in Mercury Striking.

Lynne Harmony is on the run for her life. As the first known person to contract the deadly Scorpius Virus and survive, people want her dead or their prisoner. Lynne goes to the only person that she thinks can help her, Jax Mercury. She never met Jax but she did hear about his heroics before the world completely went to Hell. She hopes he is as good as the Intel says he is or else the world may just lose out on Lynne hoping to find a way to cure the Scorpius Syndrome or at the very least to find a way to keep the human race from being completely wiped out.

Jax Mercury is the leader of a group of survivors, the Vanguard. They have walled themselves off in an area of Los Angeles, fighting against the gangs that surround them. Jax has a set of rules that he goes by and one of them is to never harm a woman. As much as he would like to leave Lynne behind on the road he found her, he couldn’t. He needed to know why she was asking for him by name, as far as he knows they have never met.

Lynne and Jax have some deep dark secrets. When Jax takes her in to the Vanguard, she is immediately quarantined away from the rest of the group. Jax can’t let those outside of his trusted few know who he has hiding in his apartment. Lynne is well known and not for a good reason, and even if they don’t recognize her on site, they will notice the glowing blue heart that comes courtesy of surviving the virus. Jax and Lynne make an arrangement of convenience for sex. They will comfort each other but it will never lead to love or anything more.

Lynne is a broken woman. At the beginning of the novel, she is just going with the motions until she finds Jax. She has a mission but she doesn’t care if she dies before completing it. She doesn’t even care if finding Jax is what leads to her death. Lynne not caring if she died or not was completely heartbreaking. She grew stronger with her “friendship” towards Jax. First opening her up towards feelings and comfort before learning how to want to live again.

Jax is no kind hearted gentlemen. He hasn’t had the best lot in life. He just wants to be able to survive his secrets and destroy the gang that ruined his life. Jax doesn’t really care what other think about him. He just wants to make sure that his group of survivors stay alive, even if that means he doesn’t have to talk to them. Jax is a loner. He doesn’t realize how much the group admires and respects him, even if he keeps to himself. Jax also goes through his own metamorphosis of opening up to others and learning to love.

Overall, Mercury Striking is a dark book. Characters have to make tough decisions and kill to survive. The way the virus affects people by either killing them, or by making them into Rippers or making them into something more. This was a dark read that I thoroughly enjoyed, even the heartbreaking moments that made me want to scream. I will definitely be picking up the next book in this series and recommending it to others.

Notable Scene:

“Morale is down. Way down. Wyatt was the counselor, the person everybody went to with problems or issues or just to talk.” She lifted her head, brown eyes burning. “You need to step in with some sort of reassurance.”

Jax blinked. “Reassurance? About what? We have Twenty regrouping now, two more radical groups in L.A. wanting our resources, the Brigade on my ass, and a group population where some folks haven’t contracted Scorpius and many other people are carriers of it. What the fuck do you want me to tell them?”

“Anything,” Sami whispered, her gaze dropping. “Give them some sort of hope.”

Bewilderment filled Jax’s eyes along with a healthy dose of anger. “Hope about what?”

Lynne’s heart hurt. “If you have no hope, why do you fight so hard?”

Jax switched his powerful gaze to her. “Because there’s something to fight, and those people can’t survive on their own.”

Lynne blinked. If he didn’t know the people, why fight for them?

The Scorpius Syndrome:

0.5 On the Hunt

1. Mercury Striking

2. Shadow Falling (August 30, 2016)


FTC Advisory: Zebra/Kensington provided me with a copy of Mercury Rising. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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  1. Melissa BNo Gravatar

    follow you all on feedly and look forward to all the reviews!… and lately none of your ratings are showing at the bottom of your reviews. Not enough time to click and go to website to read every post / review. Just wanted to let you know!

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