Havoc

( 22 )

Overview

New Jersey, 1937: A homicidal madman bears a safe holding a terrible secret that is thought lost when fiery fate intervenes. Decades later, the discovery of that secret is about to threaten the world once more....

Mining engineer Philip Mercer is in the war-torn Central African Republic searching for precious metal. There, he meets Cali Stone, a field researcher for the CDC who is investigating why a certain village suffers from one of the highest rates of cancer in the world-a ...

See more details below
Paperback (Mass Market Paperback - Reprint)
$8.99
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (65) from $1.99   
  • New (9) from $4.98   
  • Used (56) from $1.99   
Havoc

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$8.99
BN.com price

Overview

New Jersey, 1937: A homicidal madman bears a safe holding a terrible secret that is thought lost when fiery fate intervenes. Decades later, the discovery of that secret is about to threaten the world once more....

Mining engineer Philip Mercer is in the war-torn Central African Republic searching for precious metal. There, he meets Cali Stone, a field researcher for the CDC who is investigating why a certain village suffers from one of the highest rates of cancer in the world-a fact that intrigues Mercer. Once back in the states, Mercer's search for answers leads him to a long-lost safe and a cryptic note inside that may reveal a three thousand year-old deception...

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Thriller fans who don't demand much realism in their reads should enjoy the first hardcover entry in bestseller Du Brul's adventure series featuring geologist and spy Philip Mercer (Vulcan Forge, etc.). The novel opens with an intriguing premise-that the Hindenburg zeppelin blew up in 1937 as the result of sabotage aimed at keeping a crackpot academic's discoveries secret. In the present-day Central African Republic, Mercer hooks up with the de rigueur attractive but brainy female, Cali Stowe, who's a U.S. intelligence agent posing as a medical researcher. As the pair dodge death from violent insurgent armies in predictable action sequences, they exchange light banter-and learn that the African nation is the source of a radioactive element coveted by terrorists that may have been used by Alexander the Great to defeat his foes. Du Brul is the coauthor with Clive Cussler of the Oregon Files novels, Dark Watch and Skeleton Coast. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In Du Brul's twist on history, the German zeppelin Hindenburg explodes in 1937, the result of sabotage aimed at silencing an academic on board. In the present day, the academic's secret from almost 70 years ago is about to be discovered by Philip Mercer, a geologist looking for a rare metal in Africa. There he meets a woman from the Centers for Disease Control investigating a village with the highest rate of cancer per capita in the world. The two stumble onto a terrifying conspiracy; terrorists will go to great lengths to achieve their goals with this secret. As in the best of Clive Cussler, the past here affects the future of the world, and a reluctant hero must dig deep to succeed. Du Brul (The Medusa Stone) cowrites the "Oregon Files" series with Cussler, and fans of that style of adventure will not be disappointed. Even though this book marks Mercer's seventh appearance, it's not necessary to read the other entries in this series, but patrons will seek them out after reading this twisty page-turner. For larger fiction collections. [The publisher claims this is Du Brul's hardcover solo debut, but his first two novels, Vulcan's Forge and Charon's Landing, were originally published in hardcover by Tor. Ed.] Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The meeting of a gorgeous nuclear emergency tech and a rugged, rich geologist leads to romance and the tomb of Alexander the Great, who appears to have joined the Nuclear Club two thousand years before it was formed. Philip Mercer, a veteran of previous Du Brul adventures (Charon's Landing, 1999, etc.), is the geologist with a broken heart (but a fully functioning truck) who appears on the scene in the midst of revolutionary chaos in the Central African Republic, where someone has shot out the tires on the Land Rover that was supposed to take redheaded Cali Stowe, her Geiger counter and her lusciously ripe lips to a backwater village where everyone dies of birth defects. Mercer is mourning his girlfriend, who died months ago, but he can't help noticing those swarm-of-bees-stung lips, those freckles and that deep-red hair . . . besides, it's common courtesy to offer a lift when revolutionary forces are shooting up the countryside. Wouldn't you know, guerillas show up in the village before Cali can get any blood samples-if, indeed, that's the real reason she was there. About to be shot by firing squad, Cali and Mercer are saved by mysterious, black-clad warriors who wipe out the revolutionaries but fail to kill their cruel, oversized European mercenary-consultant. Poli is a blackguard who will plague the handsome couple once they make it back to Washington and begin a trail of discovery that leads to the Hindenburg disaster and a very nervous passenger running from the Nazis with a safe full of secrets that he drops overboard before the dirigible destructs. Solving various mysteries will take our hero and heroine to the Upper Nile via southern Russia and Atlantic City. This jut-jawed,action-overstuffed adventure gets some not-very-comic relief from Mercer's octogenarian pal Harry, who comes complete with cute basset hound. Lays on the action with a trowel.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451412430
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Series: Philip Mercer Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 362,359
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.83 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Du Brul is the author of numerous thrillers, and he has also collaborated with Clive Cussler on the New York Times bestseller Dark Watch and the upcoming Skeleton Coast. Du Brul was educated at the Westminster School and holds a degree in international relations from George Washington University. He lives in Vermont with his wife, Debbie.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 22 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(6)

4 Star

(10)

3 Star

(3)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 24 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Good stuff

    I like Clive Cussler and started reading these as a follow on to their collaboration

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Wonderful

    I read rhis book as a younger girl, but never got to finish. Im so glad i found it again!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    This was great!

    I couldn't stop reading. My husband read it before me and loved it too.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2007

    Don't bother!

    If your looking for a good action novel, don't look here. The plot of this book is thin, and it jumps from one unlikely action scene to the next. There is very little plot or character development. Also the main focus for the book is a terrorists use of a nuclear device, and the author doesn't even get the basics of nuclear radiation correct.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    A reviewer

    Tried this book to see how well Jack did on his own after reading the oregon files. Needless to say I was very Impressed.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    The plot may be implausible, but it sure is fun

    In 1937 Chester Bowie makes a startling discovery about how Alexander the Great conquered the world. He realizes the emperor had a weapon of mass destruction millennia before anyone heard of nuclear energy. However, on his trip from Europe to the United States to further his work, Chester dies on that fatal Hindenburg disaster, but he leaves clues about his discovery.---------------------- In the present in the midst of the civil war that has caused death and destruction to the Central African Republic, Geologist Philip Mercer mourns the death of his girl friend. That is until he finds marooned CDC researcher nuclear energy expert Cali Stowe stranded in the middle of nowhere. She was on her way to the remote village of Kivu where apparently some unknown cause is deforming and killing newborns. He takes her to the village where she begins testing, but guerillas arrive and take the pair prisoners. However, warriors come out of nowhere to kill the guerillas, but European mercenary Poli escapes. As the couple flees to DC to follow clues left by Bowie, Poli comes after them.------------------------ The plot may be implausible, but it sure is fun as the action never slows down whether it is 1937 or the present or in Africa or the United States. Philip (see HARON'S LANDING) seems a bit shallow as he goes in a nanosecond from grief to desire, but no one will care as the adventures and escapes never stop. Thriller fans will enjoy Jack DuBrul¿s HAVOC.--------------------- Harriet Klausner

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    Mercer Novel or Another Dirk Pitt Adventure

    It has been so long since the last Jack DuBrul Philip Mercer adventure that I could not help but enjoy this somewhat shallow Novel. This is definitely not one of DuBrul's best works I would say it was average. Havoc lacked the depth of characters presented in his earlier novels. I just could not get inside the heads of the characters. I wanted to know more about Cali and Poli, what made them tick, what in their background made them who they are. I desired to know more of what Mercer was thinking, what was his logic, why he was doing what he was doing. I was drawing some of my own conclusions based on my familiarity of the character from previous novels. This novel was too much like a Dirk Pitt adventure story. No real depth to the characters, just action adventure. This why I never became a Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt fan, they were just too shallow. I was enjoying the Jack DuBrul Philip Mercer series because there was meat to the characters it required me to be involved with the characters and the adventure, not simply being entertained. Show me that Mercer is truly a PhD and worthy of a Presidential appointed position! I also missed Jack¿s mental and physical chemistry descriptions. I could not get that deep mental picture of the interaction between Mercer and his leading lady. The descriptive mental and physical chemistry has been tone way down. She¿s there they kiss, so what! If you enjoy non stop action adventure and have no desire for depth of characters you will enjoy this novel. Personally, I can¿t wait for the next Jack DuBrul in depth Philip Mercer adventure.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    If You Know Geology IT is Possible

    His best book yet. Ilove the drift in the path of Dirk Pitt.Mercer Harry and Book Out Do them selves.I love geology and Spend What little Free time i have rock hunting in SC and NC..Jack Keep Up the good work..I must Say After Spending Time in special operations it is nice to see an author who writes a piece that is action packed but shows the Human side of those tasked with our Defence.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 24 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)