River of Ruin

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In the heart of Panama, a volcanic lake feeds a serpentine river—its stone banks laid by the Inca, who took back the gold and jewels plundered from them by the conquistadors. Legend has it that the Twice-Stolen Treasure has been buried for centuries in the Panamanian jungle. Discovering it means surviving the unpredictable black waters of the River of Ruin....

 

It begins at a Paris auction house, with a favor granted by an old high school friend to geologist Philip Mercer:...

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Overview

In the heart of Panama, a volcanic lake feeds a serpentine river—its stone banks laid by the Inca, who took back the gold and jewels plundered from them by the conquistadors. Legend has it that the Twice-Stolen Treasure has been buried for centuries in the Panamanian jungle. Discovering it means surviving the unpredictable black waters of the River of Ruin....

 

It begins at a Paris auction house, with a favor granted by an old high school friend to geologist Philip Mercer: the opportunity to buy a rare diary written during the French attempt at digging the Panama Canal. But Mercer isn’t the only one who wants it. Three Chinese assassins have been dispatched to get it, forcing Mercer into a subterranean game of cat and mouse that takes him from the hellish maze of l’empire de la mort and through the sewers of Paris.

 

Mercer realizes he has uncovered an intricate Chinese plot to trigger a deadly shift in the world’s balance of power. At stake is control of the canal, recently handed over to the government of Panama by the United States. Only Philip Mercer—with help from beautiful U.S. Army officer Lauren Vanik, a cell of tough French Foreign Legion commandos, and a crusty eighty-year-old retired sea captain named Harry White—can stop them.

 

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Jam-packed with action and larger-than-life heroics, DuBrul's latest (after Pandora's Curse) sets geologist Philip Mercer on a course to save the world once again. This time he's in Panama, where he uncovers a Chinese plot to bomb the canal with nuclear weapons in order to strong-arm the U.S. into allowing China's takeover of Taiwan. Though teeming with up-to-the-minute technology (such as an experimental but deadly long-range cannon), the novel possesses a surprising Cold War perspective toward China. DuBrul demonstrates his knowledge of everything from geology to mechanics through prose that is at times too technical for the lay reader, but he lends his protagonist a welcome touch of emotional complexity. Mercer's softer side surfaces in his dealings with sexy heroine Lauren Vanik, a U.S. army officer, and, to a different extent, when his recollections of an old mentor prevent him from succumbing to diabolical Chinese torture. Despite these introspective moments, this is an adventure story at heart, and the action scenes come fast and furious, in sewers, factories, giant ships and more. It's evident from the outset that Mercer and his team will come out on top, but the fun is watching DuBrul untangle his own skillfully woven knots. (Dec. 3) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451410542
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: Philip Mercer Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 432,238
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 1.46 (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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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    fun

    If you are looking for an adventure-filled book that doesn't take too much thought, this is good. Similar, but more realistic, than Clive Cussler. I liked it a lot and will be reading more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    Deep story.

    I read The Medusa Stone by BuBrul about 4-5 years ago and picked this book up after I was done. It has been sitting on my shelf for a long time and just now got to reading it. I can see why I picked up another book from this office. This story is very deep ans smart. The action is good and the characters are likeable. The downside to this story is the length of the descriptions and the depth at which DuBrul writes. It takes a good while for the story to actually get going. I still would recommend this book but only to those who want a really deep story with heavey descriptions.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

    In DuBrul's books Phillip Mercer is always in the stuff right up

    In DuBrul's books Phillip Mercer is always in the stuff right up to his wader's top. There is always some real science used to show how something could happen, Phillip always uses it to figure a way out, and usually there is a lovely lady to add just a little spice to the story. This one is no exception and includes information on a country we are really close to (not physically) but in a connection we have reason to be proud of: Panama. The information about the Canal is spot on (I was stationed in the old Canal Zone and spent hours at and reading and visiting the Canal) and very informative for the average nonhistory buff. Something everyone should know but few do. Great read!

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Some Stories Are Just Too Good Not To Tell

    Antique art, Incan and Mayan gold, booby-trapped archeology, savages in the jungles and modern enemies stirring the pot. Although elements of each and all of these have been included in a number of adventure stories, fans of Mercer will still love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2004

    DuBrul the new Cussler

    Anyone who is a Cussler fan should give this guy a try, I have read Cussler since the first one came out and this guy is that good and getting better with each novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2003

    wow

    Once again Jack Du Brul has managed to thrill the pants off of the reader. At the same time his technical research and knowledge make this an informative and interesting read. I learned a lot about Panama, the canal, and giant transport ships while I was being entertained. This is a don't miss read.

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