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Deal with the Devil: A Mercenary Librarians Novel Kindle Edition
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"A full-throttle read! I can't wait to see what happens next!"--Jeaniene Frost, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Night Huntress series"Hard-hitting, unflinching, brutally, beautifully written, and surprising even in the last act. It pulls off a few tricks I would have called cliches past redeeming. I am SO impressed." --Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author "Compelling characters, white-knuckle action, and deceptively smooth worldbuilding make this first Mercenary Librarians book a satisfying and cinematic escape." --Booklist, *STARRED* review "A rollicking good time complete with warrior women, cybernetically enhanced super soldiers and a treasure hunt in a post-democracy United States... like something out of an Avengers flick, [Deal With the Devil] is a solid sci-fi debut with unforgettable characters." --Bookpage, *STARRED* review "A roller coaster of nail-biting thrills combined with top-notch world-building, palpable heat, and real emotional stakes. You're going to love it." --Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds "High-stakes action and plenty of chemistry, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL absolutely crackles!"--Chloe Neill, New York Timesand USA Today bestselling author "The sizzling sexual tension is simply the icing that makes DEAL WITH THE DEVIL one of my favorite SF reads ever."--Alyssa Cole, award-winning author "My advice? Cancel your plans so you can get swallowed up in Kit Rocha's exciting new world."--Thea Harrison, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author "An exhilarating start to what promises to be a compelling series... bring on the next Mercenary Librarians adventure!"--Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author "Complicated characters, complex stakes, and worldbuilding on a grand scale, I loved this book. Pre-order--and get multiple copies for friends, too!"--Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series "Nina is everything I love in a heroine--smart and badass, but with a core of hope and kindness. And Knox is jaded, honorable, and so very conflicted. I loved it!"--Jessie Mihalik, author of Polaris Rising "An explosive start to a brilliant new series. Tough, gritty, and smart, with sharp sparks of humor, and overflowing with heart and hope. I loved it. I can't wait for more."--Suzanne Brockmann, New York Times bestselling author "A risky and frisky adventure."--Kirkus Reviews "Rocha capably deploys found family and forbidden love tropes while keeping readers on their toes with unpredictable action beats. This postapocalyptic tale of espionage and romance will have readers eager to know what happens next."--Publishers Weekly "Rocha slide into traditional publishing with a high-action, high-stakes sf romance. Intriguing characters, tragic backgrounds, and a few twists comprise a strong launch to this new series."--Library Journal "[Deal with the Devil] has identified a pressing need: information may want to be free, but it also wants to kill us." --The New Scientist "There are not enough positive words in the dictionary for how I feel about this book. Kit Rocha's DEAL WITH THE DEVIL has great worldbuilding, lovely angst, post-apocalyptic mayhem, gripping combat scenes, and a lot of romance. With competent women, soldiers with a burgeoning conscience, and friends supporting friends, this is a happy and diverting book we all need right now." --Fresh Fiction --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Publisher
- ASIN : B07QMHKDGB
- Publisher : Tor Books (28 July 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 8129 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 331 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 78,036 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Never having read this author I was anticipating good things based on that tag line alone. Problem was this dystopian romance failed to deliver anything close to what I was expecting.
I'm sorry, but from chapter two I knew what story I wanted to read - a mega billionaire with secrets upon secrets hires two separate teams to locate and enter the Rogue Library of America - their prize? What they want most in the world - Knox and his team a way to be free of the implants. Nina and her team the answers to who was the original clone / or her 'birth' parents.
The library was to be nothing but booby traps and in the end the teams must work together to survive - only to discover at the end they are both betrayed by the billionaire - now they want revenge - that's book 2 by the way.
What did I actually get??? A messy light weight road trip adventure. With interchangeable characters - why did everyone have 4 letter names? Knox, Mace, Rafe, Gary. Nina, Dani, Maya. Just saying that was a mistake out of the gate.
Worse - in the book blurb it is very clearly indicated the two teams will join up. So that sucks away all tension and I spent two thirds of the book just wondering when Knox was going to tell Nina what was going on.
There was a heap of discrepancies that just jarred and failed to make sense:
- Besides the implants what exactly is the difference between the males and females? They all seem to be super soldiers.
- Mary-Sue, I mean Nina made little to no sense as a character. Her goody two shoes character had little to do with her back story. She had no regrets? No questions about her past? The original clone? Who her 'parents' may have been and did they willing hand their dna over for cloning? Does she question her humanity?
- The lab tech that made Nina just happily let her go? They seem to be aware she is in Atlanta and did not a damn thing to reclaim or kill her??? That seems like a bad precedent if the other clones discover they can just up and run away.
- so the 'richest person on earth' hired Knox and his team to get to Nina. Yet, there didn't seem to be one darn reason why they couldn't have just approached her themselves, given their skill set. The whole kidnapping, road trip was nonsensical.
- Dani was so much more interesting than Nina.
- a wood chopping scene? really, talk about an odd scene to throw into the mix just so Knox has an excuse to shed his shirt.
- these people all have super powers so no matter what they faced the stakes never felt high or that there was any real risk to them. ( a library full of booby traps would have been awesome - just saying)
These authors - above all else - completely failed to deliver on the series tag line. This whole story felt like nothing but a waste of time tangent.
All hype - no payoff.
Enter Knox, A Silver Devil soldier and mercenary who is trying to find one of his people who have been kidnapped. The only complication is that they want Nina instead. What follows is a lot of secrecy on Knox and his crews’ part as they try to stay separate from Nina and her people whilst learning more about them and realising that they are good people.
If you’ve read the Beyond series, you’ll know that the authors write dystopian romance really well and this book is no different. Being the first book in the series there is a lot of background information on all of the characters and how they have ended up where they have and what they are doing in order to survive. Nina and Knox’s relationship grows quite quickly, but they are suited. What makes the books though is the other characters in the story and it will be interesting to see them have their own book and how their community develops over time and with the weight of the government trying to look over their shoulders.
There is definitely a lot going on in this book with science, people’s backgrounds, betrayals and figuring out where people fit. But it is an enjoyable read and it will be intriguing to see what happens next.
Top reviews from other countries
I enjoyed the Beyond series but the writing is much better in Deal with the Devil. I'm looking forward to more Mercenary Librarians.
I love that the world they created has expanded to include more than just the sectors. The new characters, the stories and heart aches endured, the new yet familiar enemy are everything I've been hoping for and more.
Great job ladies, you never disappoint!