Mercury Rises: The explosive sequel to Mercury Falls!
Jaded religion reporter Christine Temetri and Mercury, a renegade angel, have just thwarted two diabolical plots to destroy the world. But their work isn’t finished yet: mysterious powers outranking even the Heavenly bureaucracy seem intent on keeping the Apocalypse on track. While the world is plagued by natural disasters and nations prepare for war, crazed billionaire Horace Finch plots to use a secret device hidden beneath the African desert to discover the deepest secrets of the Universe—even if he has to destroy the Universe to do it. Meanwhile, unassuming FBI investigator Jacob Slater tries in vain to find a rational explanation for the mysterious destruction of downtown Anaheim—a quest that ultimately brings him to Kenya, where he meets Christine and Mercury. Together, the three must stop Finch from activating the device and tearing reality to pieces. Uproarious and wildly entertaining, Mercury Rises proves that the devil is in the details!
About the Author
Robert Kroese (pronounced KROO-zee) is a writer and software developer living in Ripon, California. Mercury Falls is his first novel, if you don't count the 30-page novella he wrote in second grade about Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle. He has also published Antisocial Commentary, a collection of humous essays from his blog at http://mattresspolice.com. Find more information on Mercury Falls and other books by Robert Kroese at: http://mercuryfalls.net. Befriend Robert Kroese on Facebook: http://facebook.com/robkroese Follow Robert Kroese on Twitter: http://twitter.com/robkroese
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was an interesting sort of story. I knew when I accepted the book for review that it was the second in the series and was told that it could stand alone. I really felt that I was missing something by not reading book one in the series because I didn't really find out very much about Mercury or Christine and felt that there was a lot of backstory that would have made this a richer reading experience. The tone of the story is deeply ironic. I was told that it was funny but "funny" is so subjective. I didn't find it funny. To me it was more mildly amusing than laugh-out-loud funny. I especially enjoyed the footnotes which often went off on tangents and seldom illuminated the passage they were supposed to.The story essentially weaves the stories of Eddie Pratt - demon and would-be author, Jacob Slater - FBI explosions expert and a sufferer of something in the Asperger's spectrum, Mercury - low-level and seemingly amoral angel, and Christine - former reporter for a religious publication who tries to inject some of the human point of view to the situation. The basic plot seems to be thwarting whoever it is who is trying to destroy the Earth. The story jumps around in time from 2000 BC in Babylonia to the present day in Anaheim, California and somewhere in rural Kenya. The apparent villains are Tiamat - another low-level angel but with a strong desire to rule the world, Lucifer who apparently figured prominently in the first book, and crazed billionaire Horace Finch. I say apparently because it is not altogether clear to me who is was who was actually behind the plan to destroy the Earth or even if the plan really was to destroy the Earth. This story had layers on layers of conspiracy and each of the characters only sees a piece of the puzzle.The character I liked the most was Jacob Slater. I identified with his frustration at not being able to understand what caused the Anaheim Event and his phlegmatic acceptance of his kidnapping. His bit of the story did cause a few small chuckles.This is a story for those who like absurdity and some social commentary in their fiction. It is designed for those with a quirky sense of humor. I liked the style of the book and found the prose very readable.
Sequel to ¿Mercury Falls¿, this book continues the story of the ¿heroic¿ cherub Mercury, who continues his (yo-yoing) career in the Apocalypse Bureau by generally playing both sides off against the middle and rebelling in a hundred different little ways. Mostly we see Mercury overseeing the building of Babylonian ziggurats (in 2000 BC); the relevance of this plotline doesn¿t become clear until towards the end of the book when he teams up with journalist-turned-aid-worker Christine (whom he met in ¿Mercury Falls¿) in an attempt to foil a plot by the Order of the Pillars of Babylon to take control all of space and time (even if they have to destroy the entire universe to do so!).In the meantime, we also meet scientist Jacob, who is investigating the Anaheim Event (the mysterious destruction of downtown Anaheim ¿ which happens at the end of Mercury Falls). He discovers a puzzling underground tunnel fifteen miles in circumference, which turns out to be a Chrono-Collider Device (or CCD for short), but before he can discover what it is, or what it is for, he is kidnapped and whisked off to a remote part of Africa.Oh and don¿t forget Eddie Pratt who is trying to find the manuscript for the seventh book in the highly successful Charlie Nyx series (about a young boy with a magical staff).Sounds zany? Yes, it is. And I can see why this book would appeal to a lot of people - it makes for an enjoyable read if you are willing to suspend your sense of the ridiculous and just go with the flow. And I will say that I did enjoy it.On the down side, the writing is terrible ¿ pedestrian prose, too many characters and most of them very shallow and/or stereotypical, too much telling me what has happened instead of showing it as it happens, and far, far too many references back to the previous adventure.The humour is there, but does have a tendency to deteriorate into teenage boy mode. For instance there is no plot relevance at all to the scene where Noah is masturbating, and while I guess boys in the 11-14 age range will find it hysterically funny, for adult readers it warrants only a slightly sick smile.And lastly, the physics is terrible, the author shows a complete disregard for the basic geometry of a circle, and misuses words like ¿epicentre¿. However, don¿t let me put you off if you enjoy zany comedy fantasy in the Douglas Adams style, as this book does have a lot to offer. I would recommend reading Mercury Falls first though.
After reading Mercury Falls, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book! I'm so glad that I was able to stumble upon Robert Kroese' work. The story is about what happens after the apocalypse is thwarted by Mercury and Christine, with a side of flashbacks into Mercury's past. Kroese has a great sense of humor that shows itself in his writing. I don't generally read satire or humor novels, but in this case I'm looking forward to Mercury Rests! I definitely recommend that you check out this book. It's worth the read. I did spend awhile reading it, but only because I was only reading on my lunch breaks at work. Otherwise I feel this could've been a good weekend read.