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Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha
Series: Mercenary Librarians #1
Published by Tor on July 28, 2020
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction
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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.
The start of the Mercenary Librarians series is an action-packed, sexy ride which uplifts the heart. I didn’t get too much of the librarian theme in Deal with the Devil. But I did love the smart, strategic and tactical way every action was planned using all the information they could get. I loved the technology and the people who made it work for them like Conall and Maya.
Nina and Knox are the leaders of their teams. We alternate between their points of view. They each feel responsibility, and try to figure out their best options. Neither has a great history; they have lost people and been on their own for awhile.
Nina has built quite the little group and a community where she lives. She is an altruistic idealist, believing in helping others as much as she can. It’s an homage to her lost sisters, Ava and Zoey. Knox broke his team free from TechnoCorps, and has his own wish to give tribute to his lost medic, Mace.
TechnoCorps is the greedy, wealthy corporate body that with their rich friends controls everything, and takes everything. Knox went into their Special Forces to try to help people and ended up being in their death squad, the Protectorate. They loom over everyone. This premise of the greedy, evil, rich corporate group is everywhere these days, as well as great technology. Money and power always seem to corrupt.
I love how story was combined with amazing world-building and character development. I felt I knew and liked each person on the teams, learning their style and sense of humor. I enjoyed watching them become friends as they allied to fight common enemies. Knox and Nina’s romance was interwoven with their battle to improve their community and fight evil. I can’t wait for more next year in The Devil You Know.
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