Title: Shadow Falling
Series: Scorpius Syndrome
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Published: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Kensington Books – Zebra
My Rating: 5 stars
Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Wellington was the FBI’s best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her skills as a hunter of men had gone from merely brilliant to full-on uncanny. Her mysterious rescuer wants her to put them to the test. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.
If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can’t wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk.
And the way his arms wrap around Vinnie tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire .
Titles in this series include: Mercury Striking, Shadow Falling, Justice Ascending (January 2017)
Read on for my thoughts on Shadow Falling. No true spoilers, promise.
In a world gone crazy where the rules no longer apply the only thing you can count on is loyalty – unless that loyalty is tested in the harshest way possible. Then all bets are off. It’s not necessary to be a reader of post-apocalyptic stories to enjoy this one. Shadow Falling is full of fast paced action, danger, intrigue and yes a very satisfying love story as well. Yet… I feel that you do really need to read them in order and that includes the prequel which sets the whole premise up for us. No, the world won’t fall apart if you don’t, but each story builds on things that happened before – so in order to get the whole world, reading in order makes the most sense.
We pick up pretty much where Mercury Striking left us. Vinnie has been rescued and brought back to the Vanguard compound. Raze has shown that there is more to him than meets the eye, or that he’s told Jax. Some of the tensions in the earlier part of the story come from waiting for Raze to make up his mind as to what he’s going to do… and hoping he makes the choice to fill Jax in on his situation.
During her time in captivity Vinnie had been fed a monstrous amount of drugs, most no one knew what they would do. Now she has hallucinations and talks to dead people.. in her mind at least. She’s been changed by events far beyond her control and now she’s not completely certain of her own sanity. Raze is her touchstone. He rescued her and their attraction to each other is off the charts. Still there are times when she feels she cannot trust him.
Shadow Falling is an intriguing story. I don’t think any of us know what we’d do if the world we knew changed overnight into a nightmare. And that feeling is there behind the other issues going on for all of these people. There is a nice set up to move us along to the next story in the series.
While I completely enjoyed this story, I had to keep telling myself that not everyone would react as I think I would. Every character acted in a way that was natural for the circumstances they faced at the time. Honestly, I do not know how I would have reacted, so I cannot judge anyone else.
If you enjoy intrigue, action, danger, a sizzling romance and a tight knit community of survivors then this series and this story in particular would be something you’d want to read. I would highly recommend Shadow Falling. Now comes the wait for Justice Ascending… it’s always difficult to wait for the next book.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this novel. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this story.*
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