Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

They’re on a deadly collision course, and the passion that flares between them only makes it more dangerous. They could burn down the world, destroying each other in the process…

Title:  Deal with the Devil
Author:  Kit Rocha
Series:  Mercenary Librarians #1
Publish Date:  July 28, 2020
Source:  NetGalley
Publisher’s Description: Nina is an information broker with a mission–she and her team of mercenary librarians use their knowledge to save the hopeless in a crumbling America.

Knox is the bitter, battle-weary captain of the Silver Devils. His squad of supersoldiers went AWOL to avoid slaughtering innocents, and now he’s fighting to survive.

They’re on a deadly collision course, and the passion that flares between them only makes it more dangerous. They could burn down the world, destroying each other in the process…

Or they could do the impossible: team up.

This is the first book in a near-future science fiction series with elements of romance.


Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words, there may be…SPOILERS. *BEWARE*

Nervous Nellie says…

I’m gonna tell you straight off that I really liked this book.  I’m not really very keen on post-apocolyptic stories.  I watch the news so I can see where we are going.  But…this one kept my interest.

The way the story is put together is that there are two mercenary groups featured.  One crew takes care of people in their neighborhood and the other just exist to stay alive.  In this time snap shot, the USA is plunged into a hightened state of fear.  The largest tech company of the time has been implanted into people to make stronger super soldiers.  These super soldiers are supposed to keep everyone in line because the tech company rules all.  There is also a genetic sciences group that grow bio engineered clones.  All the powers that be want power and money.  To get that they will take out anyone that gets in their way.  If the soldiers grow a conscience, they are…decommissioned.  If anyone shows any inkling of not toeing the line, they are tortured and if they don’t withstand that, then they really weren’t worthy to start with.

The two crews that are featured in this book are such people.  Nina and her crew help keep their neighborhood going.  Captain Knox and his crew are just trying to stay alive.  They are the elitest of the elite and the tech company is really miffed that Knox went AWOL.  Just to make things interesting, the tech companies have a “kill” switch on their soldiers.  They each require maintenance at periodic times to keep their body’s tech from degrading.  If the tech goes too long without maintenance, it will kill them.  Slowly.  Painfully.  Really nice company, huh?

Anyway, the premise of the story has deception integrated within the relationship between the two crews.  It’s all a very simple situation when you cut it down to bare bones, but there are twists and turns that are unexpected.  It’s a really good story.  There is sex, violence, swearing and death.  I give it a 5.



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About Nervous Nell Justice

I read, read and then read. I love my life as a reviewer because I get to meet some awesome people who love books too. It's a fantastic world to live in!My favorite genres: Urban Fantasy, Regency Romance, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Thrillers, Paranormal Mysteries, Vampire Romance, Historical, Contemporary or Futuristic Mysteries and Thrillers, Steampunk Fantasy and Mysteries, Police Procedurals and Political Thrillers.

Posted on July 29, 2020, in All Reviews, Nell's Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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