Storm Surge by Naomi Lucas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Nora and Stryker the viper!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😤😥😊🤩😘
The heroine: Nora – she is one of a team of scientists on a planet at the edge of the universe on planet Axone to see if it can be used for humans. When one of the scientists was blinded it was determined that the world was too dangerous and Nora and the rest of the team was packing everything up to go back to Earth. With a storm coming in, the team is attacked by some unknown creature and Nora is left alone.
The Hero: Stryker (a.k.a. The Creeper) – he is a monster hunter for the government like Dommick from Wild Blood. He catches various plants and animals throughout the galaxy to be used for study on Earth. He is a cyborg shifter with reptilian DNA mixed with Human DNA and a whole lot of tech.
The Story: Nora leaves an SOS and Stryker who is on his way back from his last hunt, picks up her transmission and stops on Axone in order to check it out. He helps her out of the building she was stuck in with the body of one of her peers. Then they have to brave the storm and whatever killed her team, to get to Stryker’s flyer and off the planet to his ship that is in orbit around the planet. Though they find his flyer is out of commission.
Stryker feels protective of Nora from the start and he helps her fight the elements to get away. He knows there are creatures out there just waiting for a chance at them, but he promises himself he would keep her safe. Nora latches on to the Cyborg shifter as her savior despite his odd looking appearance which includes a plate that goes over his mouth and nose that keeps his poison from affecting humans.
This book was told in dual points of view via dual narration and narrated by Hollie Jackson and Alexander Cendese who do a great job and both show a lot of emotion through their voices. I like both of these narrators, and wish more of this series was available via audiobook. I am liking the original storylines, the way the cyborgs shift into different animals and the fact that they are non-standard shifter animals, instead of dragons and wolves. This one was definitely action packed and had a great story!
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