Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

Mercenary Librarians, Book 1

Synopsis: The United States went belly up 45 years ago when our power grid was wiped out. Too few live in well-protected isolation while the rest of us scrape by on the margins. The only thing that matters is survival. By any means. At any cost.

Nina is an information broker with a mission: to bring hope to the darkest corners of Atlanta. She and her team of mercenary librarians use their knowledge to help those in need. But altruism doesn’t pay the bills—raiding vaults and collecting sensitive data is where the real money is.

Knox is a bitter, battle-weary supersoldier who leads the Silver Devils, an elite strike squad that chose to go AWOL rather than slaughter innocents. Before the Devils leave town for good, they need a biochem hacker to stabilize the experimental implants that grant their superhuman abilities.

The problem? Their hacker’s been kidnapped. And the ransom for her return is Nina. Knox has the perfect bait for a perfect trap: a lost Library of Congress server. The data could set Nina and her team up for years…

If they live that long.

Review: I had seen some nice reviews of this novel and as the cover also attracted me, I was very curious to delve into the story of this first volume.

Nina, Maya and Dani do their best to help people in this world left to itself. It is not easy. So when Knox, a super-soldier, shows up with the possibility of subsisting a little longer, she can’t refuse to go with him. But then, our hero has an idea in mind, and he has to trade the beautiful and tough Nina to get the hacker he needs to survive. Yet Knox didn’t expect to fall under the young woman’s spell. But he also knows that telling her the truth could change Nina’s opinion of him.

It was a very nice novel, although it’s true that the feelings between the characters can be a little annoying after a while, because it’s very present. But once in the story, I thought it was very nice to follow and I was also curious to see how things would end.

A nice first volume and I’m curious to read the rest now!


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