The Mercenary – Review

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The Mercenary (The War Chronicles Book 1)

Petra Landon

Release Date: August 24, 2017

Available at Amazon for $2.99 or Free with Kindle Unlimited

She’s a prisoner of the Imperial Forces. He’s a nomad with a mercenary army. Can a girl’s desperate gamble and a fierce warrior’s love turn the tide of war and rewrite the destiny of their corner of the galaxy?

In a distant corner of the galaxy, Quadrant Five burns in the flames of a deadly war. The Budheya people are one of the worst affected.

Imprisoned by the Ketaari Imperial Forces, a young Budheya rebel is sent to a distant space station to work in an alehouse. For a girl who has known only hardship in her short life, things could be worse. Until an old foe walks into the alehouse.

Zoran is Hadari’Kor – notoriously fierce mercenaries who only fight for hire. Drawn to a weary-eyed server girl, Zoran is forced to confront age-old traditions and question his role in the war.

The Rebel & The Mercenary
Alone, friendless and far from home, Saakshi makes a desperate gamble to trust an enigmatic stranger whose hot gaze haunts her dreams. The echoes of this unlikely alliance reverberate across the quadrant. As a relentless enemy hunts Saakshi, Zoran must fight with everything in his arsenal to protect her. When passion ignites amidst the embers of a smoldering war, will a warrior’s quest for justice bring a mighty Empire to its knees …

Author’s Note : A spirited and resilient girl, a fierce warrior with a mighty heart, a fiery passion that flares amidst the debris of a deadly war and a love that will alter the fate of an entire quadrant.
This is a standalone story that sets the scene for The War Chronicles – a collection of futuristic SciFi Romance & Space Opera tales with passionate love stories, swashbuckling adventure & fast-paced action.

Amount of sex 2 / 5
How explicit 3 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

The Mercenary is a great Sci-Fi adventure. Saakshi is on a prison work furlough serving drinks at a space station. Convicted of fighting with the resistance, she waits for her contract to be over and return home to her planet. Unfortunately, she has attracted the attention of an officer who previously captured her and sent her to prison in the first place. His intentions are to make her his sex slave and torture her for his pleasure. In desperation, Saakshi propositions another patron and mercenary, Zoran. Her hope is sex for protection will give her the chance to get through the rest of her sentence. Zoran is big and scary, but has a big heart and is very drawn to Saakshi. What starts out as an arrangement for protection quickly turns to love and a true fight for Saakshi’s planet.

The Mercenary is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure. While a little light on the spicy stuff we at Behind Closed Doors Book Review like the story is really engaging and fun to read. The light spicy factor is more than made up with a great story. The characters are well drawn out and well layered in their motivation without being predictable. I really look forward to learning more about the inter-planetary conflict and Zoran’s internal conflict of watching another group be oppressed is an interesting commentary. The Mercenary is a thoughtful adventure with politics and romance.

I really enjoyed The Mercenary and look forward to more in the series.


An avid reader all her life, only recently has Petra allowed her own imagination to run riot. She loves to travel and reads everything she can get her hands on. Her idea of a good book is one whose story and characters linger, long after the book has been completed and set aside.

She strives to write stories that have strong complex characters as well as elements of adventure, fantasy, mystery and romance all juxtaposed together since those are the tales she has enjoyed the most over the years. To share the stories swirling in her imagination is a labor of love and a lifelong dream come true for Petra.

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Rating Report
Amount of sex
2 / 5
How explicit
3 / 5
4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5