Narrator: Lidia Dornet
Series: Mercenary Librarians #1
Published by MacMillan Audio on July 28, 2020
Length: 12 hours and 36 minutes
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Orphan Black meets the post-apocalyptic Avengers in the vein of Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author duo Kit Rocha
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.
This is the first book in the new Mercenary Librarians series by Kit Rocha. I’ve been a fan of Kit Rocha going back to the early years of the Beyond series. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon the writing team, but I really love their stories and always look forward to new books. And more importantly, new characters.
These two authors write really fun characters I can always relate to in one way or another. Their characters always have their flaws, but want to be good people as a whole. They always surround themselves with friends that are more family. Many have blood relations that leave a lot to be desired. And things are no different here.
Here we get to meet the unofficial leader of a group of women in Atlanta which is much different from what we know now (this is set in the same world as the Beyond and Gideon’s Riders series, though you can read this without having read either of those series. There’s just a teeny Easter egg towards the end of the book). Years ago, there were solar flares that changed the world as we know it. And now Nina and her crew are just trying to survive and do some good along the way. They like to collect information in many forms. They share books, music and videos with the people of their community. But they also collect other information for money, because something has to pay the bills.
Garrett Knox is a leader of super soldiers on the run from their elite unit. They all have implants which increases their abilities in one way or another. However, those implants require maintenance or they can die a horrible death. That’s one of the ways they are kept in line. Though they are working on how to survive.
These two groups come together on a mission. They don’t trust each other. However, as they travel along the back roads from Atlanta to Tennessee, they learn to trust and more between the two groups. They truly become friends, which makes this all a bit harder for Knox and his group. But one of their own is in trouble.
I had no doubt starting this book that it would be a fun read. As I expected, I fell in love with the characters of this story. Even the villain, I found I liked. I found the plot of the story and the mission to be a good one, as well. I’m really excited for the second book to come out.
This is my first time listening to Lidia Dornet. At first, I thought her voice was a bit too soft for a book that was more on the darker side. But the more I listened, she became the character voices for me. I found that all the voices really did fit each of the characters. I look forward to getting the second audiobook with her at the helm.
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