Havoc

Havoc

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by Jack Du Brul
     
 

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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

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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...

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597224055
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
01/09/2007
Series:
Philip Mercer Series
Edition description:
REV Large Print
Pages:
605
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jack Du Brul is a graduate of the Westminster School and George Washington University. Trying to add as much adventure to his life as he does to his novels, Du Brul has climbed Masada at noon, swam in the Arctic Ocean off Point Barrow, explored war-torn Eritrea, camped in Greenland, and was gnawed on by piranhas in the Amazon River. He collects zeppelin memorabilia and when not writing or traveling (25 countries and counting), he can be found in a favorite chair with a book and a brandy. Jack Du Brul lives in Burlington, Vermont.

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Havoc 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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I like Clive Cussler and started reading these as a follow on to their collaboration
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I read rhis book as a younger girl, but never got to finish. Im so glad i found it again!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop reading. My husband read it before me and loved it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tried this book to see how well Jack did on his own after reading the oregon files. Needless to say I was very Impressed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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