Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Publisher: Kensington Books
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Wellington was the FBI’s best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her trust in her fellow man had gone from shaky at best to nonexistent. Her mysterious rescuer wants to convince her he’s the exception. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.
If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can’t wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk. And the way his arms wrap around her tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire . . .
Review: Rebecca Zanetti continues her exciting world-building in the second novel of her post-apocalyptic series, Scorpius Syndrome. It’s centered around a group of people who are fighting to survive in a world gone mad. There are no rules, no wrong or right, just survival at it’s most basic level. A group called the Vanguard is led by an ex-special forces operative named Jax Mercury, whose story was in the first book in the series, Mercury Striking. In the end of that book, we see the heroine of this book getting rescued.
The conceit of this world is that there’s a dangerous virus called the Scorpius Syndrome that’s spreading throughout the countryside. Those who caught the virus either quickly succumbed to the initial high fever that it caused or had their brains completely rewired–some into serial killers, others into madness. Unfortunately, it was easily caught through body fluid transmissions like bites or kisses, and it could live on surfaces for a long time. So unless you constantly wore gloves and avoided most of the remaining population, you were certain to catch it.
Vivienne Wellington is a shadow of her former self. Once a lead FBI profiler who led teams to capture serial killers, she was captured by the President of the United States, Bret XX. She’d been infected with the virus and given mind altering drugs. The members of Vanguard had found and rescued her–but that didn’t solve all her problems. It was taking a long time to heal from both the virus and the dangerous drugs she’d been injected with. Plus, the President is now searching desperately for her because he believes she has information about the mysterious Bunker, which is said to contain supplies and a lab that was working on an inoculation and/or cure for the disease.
Her presence at Vanguard is not only putting everyone there at risk, but it’s having a strange effect on Raze, one of the men who’d saved her. He’s been a wild card from the beginning, with a secret agenda that’s not only going to get him thrown out or killed by Jax Mercury but cause him to jeopardize the safety of a woman he’s becoming to admire and…possibly love?
Great continuation of the first book and a sure bet for any urban suspense readers. Can’t wait for the next one, Justice Ascending, which is out in January 2017. Thanks!