Dance with the Devil

Tor. (Mercenary Librarians, Bk. 3). Aug. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781250209405. pap. $18.99. SF
Rocha’s third “Mercenary Librarians” book (following The Devil You Know) sees that trio (Nina, Maya, and Dani), along with the Silver Devils (the former Protectorate squad), ready to lead the rebellion against the TechCorps as it struggles to retain control of Atlanta. When a contact within TechCorps shows interest in helping them, Dani knows that as a superhuman assassin who cannot feel pain she is one of the few to be able to infiltrate the Hill, where the most protected and prestigious of the TechCorps leaders live. Undercover and surrounded by the enemy, Dani will have to rely on Rafe Morales, the Silver Devil who might break through her thick shield of self-reliance. When they both have to face their past, it will take all of their strength and skill to ensure that they, and all of Atlanta, survive. Fans of J. D. Robb’s “Eve Dallas” and Nalini Singh’s “Psy/Changeling” series will likely enjoy Rocha’s postapocalyptic setting, fast-paced action, and strong female characters.
VERDICT Rocha has crafted a solid ending for the arcs of Nina, Maya, and Dani, but still leaves room to continue with some of the secondary characters.
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