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River of Ruin
     

River of Ruin

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by Jack Du Brul, J. Charles (Read by)
 

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At a Paris auction house, geologist Philip Mercer's bid for a rare diary makes him the target of three ruthless assassins. Why? The answer is in the diary, and a mystery buried in the Panamanian jungles, and the black waters of the...

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At a Paris auction house, geologist Philip Mercer's bid for a rare diary makes him the target of three ruthless assassins. Why? The answer is in the diary, and a mystery buried in the Panamanian jungles, and the black waters of the...

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Publishers Weekly
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.
From the Publisher
“A combination of Dirk Pitt and James Bond.”—The Sunday Oklahoman

“The technology [Du Brul] comes up with is on par if not superior to Clancy.”—Clive Cussler

“Outrageous cliffhangers.”—

Kirkus Reviews

“A breakneck pace.”—Douglas Preston

“[An] adrenaline rush.”—

Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590863596
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
11/15/2002
Series:
Phillip Mercer Series , #5
Edition description:
Abridged, 4 cassettes, 6 hrs.
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 6.64(h) x 1.43(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.

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River of Ruin 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
lent More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
RetiredUSAF More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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FirstSgtBill More than 1 year ago
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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Mercer so the man!!!