I read the first book in The Scorpius Syndrome and loved the mystery of a virus that swept over the world, consuming the human population and either killing them or making them something…else. When I saw book two available, I snatched it up, wanting to see more from this world and author.
Title: Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome)
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Genre: Dystopian Paranormal Romance
Release date: January 2016
With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynne 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, Lynne 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…
Lynne Harmony worked as the head for the CDC when a viral infection took over the world. Those infected either die or turn into a sociopath. Lynn survived the infection with an experimental cure, but never imagined that would be the easy part. On the run from the new government (and her psychotic ex-boyfriend), Lynne flees to the one place that means safety and possibly a way to create a viable cure…and right into the arms of Jax Mercury. He is stubborn and sexy and the only hope people have for a future fee of the virus. They just have to survive the end of the world first.
Sparks fly between Jax and Lynne the instant they meet. I enjoyed their banter and attraction, but when the romance became the focus of the story, their connection felt a bit forced. In a number of places, the action completely stopped while they where in their own world. I could set the book down without feeling anxious to rush back to it, which is a shame because it was such a great story. Rebecca Zanetti creates a fascinating dystopian future. I really enjoyed the virus, the graphic violence and the psychotic bad guys. While Lynne was brilliant, brave and a resourceful character, it was Jax who held the focus of the story for me. Talk about dominate alpha male! He is definitely the guy you want with you during the apocalypse. Not to mention super sexy! Overall, Mercury Striking is a good book that turned out to be equally parts sexy and dystopian…a bit of a distracting combination. I would suggest reading the books in order.
Previous books in the series (The first book is part of this anthology):