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Mercury Rises (Mercury Series Book 2) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Kroese
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Amazon Exclusive: Apocalyptic Journalist Christine Temetri Interviews Robert Kroese

Christine Temetri:
Mercury Falls concerned a plot to bring about the apocalypse. Can we assume, given the fact that you have now written a sequel called Mercury Rises, that the apocalypse did not occur?

Robert Kroese: Apocalypse is a process. It's not something that just happens all of a sudden. And it's not entirely clear that you can prevent it, although it seems to have been delayed a bit. As Harry Giddings said, "We've always been headed toward the apocalypse. It’s just a question of proximity."

CT: So what can you tell us about Mercury Rises? Does the apocalypse happen in that one?

RK: I probably shouldn't answer that.

CT: Well, I hear you're working on a third Mercury book, so presumably it doesn't. Gotta keep that gravy train running, huh?

RK: I’m sorry, have I done something to offend you? Why are you so anxious for the apocalypse to happen?

CT: Why am I so anxious? Do you know how many near-apocalypses I've been through? Not to mention the fact that in Mercury Falls, you almost killed me on five different occasions. I can only imagine what I get subjected to in Mercury Rises.

RK: Oh, you're not in Mercury Rises.

CT: I’m WHAT?

RK: That was a joke. Of course you're in Mercury Rises. The volcano scene wouldn't be nearly as exciting without you.

CT: Volcano scene?

RK: You'll see. It's fantastic. There's a flaming goat head and everything.

CT: Sounds like a real literary coup. I suppose I have to put up with that jackass Mercury in this one, too?

RK: Well, he is the title character.

CT: Yeah, about that. Wasn't the first book really more about me than Mercury? Why isn't it Christine Falls?

RK: Mainly because that's a terrible title.

CT: So, do Mercury and I get together in this one?

RK: Um...it's really not that sort of book. There isn't a lot of, you know, getting together.

CT: To sum up, then, no apocalypse and no sex. Is there anything of interest in this book at all?

RK: Uh...well, there are ziggurats.

CT: What's a ziggurat?

RK: You know, a step pyramid. Like in ancient Babylon?

CT: The big selling point of the book is that it has “step pyramids” in it?

RK: Well, not the big selling point.

Mercury: Wow, dude, you are terrible at this.

CT: Mercury! Where did you come from?

M: I have a tendency to show up whenever Rob starts to get really long-winded and boring.

RK: He's like comic relief.

M: More like AWESOMENESS relief.

RK: That makes it sound like you're offering relief from awesomeness.

M: Dude, seriously. I've got this. Go read your Stan Hawkins book.

RK: It's Stephen Hawking. He's a famous physicist. I'm doing some research for book number three. You see, there’s this guy in Mercury Rises who is trying to capture these quantum particles to try to...

M: Wow, I just felt this tremendous disturbance in the Force, like a million people not caring at all.

RK: Fine. [inaudible]...write you out of existence...[inaudible]...

M: Good luck with that, Physics Boy!



"Mercury is an engaging character and his many adventures are uproariously funny. The main character development is first rate. The supporting cast of assorted demons, archangels and others in their settings of cubicle hell and layers of heavenly bureaucracy along with ample helpings of history and biblical lore make for a thoroughly entertaining read." --Monsters and Critics

Kurzbeschreibung

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!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 516 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 326 Seiten
  • Verlag: 47North (18. Oktober 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005DXOMPS
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Ich habe alle drei Teile der "Mercury"-Trilogie hintereinander weggelesen. Der Auftakt "Mercury Falls" war dermaßen brillant, aberwitzig und anspielungsreich, dass meine Erwartungen für "Mercury Rises" entsprechend hoch waren. Allerdings wurden sie einigermaßen herb enttäuscht. Der Roman kämpft mit typischen Sequel-Problemen: Die Idee, das Himmelreich als typische Bürokratie zu karikieren, die von Engeln im mittleren Management zu Tode verwaltet wird, war grundsätzlich großartig, zündete aber eben beim ersten Mal besser als bei einer Wiederholung. Und der Plot des ersten Teils, der sich um die Verhinderung der Apokalypse drehte, ist auch nicht leicht zu überbieten. Kroese versucht es trotzdem - und führt deshalb in guter Sequel-Tradition eine noch größere Bedrohung, noch kompliziertere Verwicklungen und natürlich auch einige zusätzliche Charaktere ein, deren Sinn sich nicht immer erschließt.

Alles in allem ist "Mercury Rises" also weder besonders lustig noch besonders spannend. Und es wäre sogar ziemlich ärgerlich, wenn es nicht den abschließenden Teil der Trilogie letztlich doch ganz gut vorbereiten würde. Und dieser letzte Teil - "Mercury Rests" - ist dann auch wieder ziemlich gut. Vermutlich darf man die drei Bände der Trilogie nicht als gleichwertige Romane denken. Der erste Teil könnte auch gut für sich alleine stehen, der zweite ist ein bloßer Übergang zum dritten. Und dieser wiederum bildet das große Finale, das ohne den zweiten Teil einfach nicht funktionieren würde.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen the opposite of gloom and doom apocalyptic books 18. Oktober 2011
Von Sharif - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Because this is a sequel, I don't want to reveal any backstory that might spoil the reading of the first book for those who haven't picked up MERCURY FALLS yet. Obviously, since this is the second book, the world wasn't destroyed in the first one. But there are forces out there that continue to put the world in danger of the Apocalypse. Journalist Christine Temetri and angel Mercury make their reappearance to help save the world. Also, a FBI bomb expert named Jacob comes into play as he tries to figure out the mechanics behind a mysterious explosion, which was actually an implosion, that occurred in California. His investigation leads him to being kidnapped by a kook who wants to open a doorway to other planes of existence.

When I think of apocalyptic books gloom and doom come to mind--and I'm not knocking those darker books since I read and love them--but it's refreshing to read one that has such engaging, wacky characters with a thread of humor throughout the novel. There were some scenes that go way back, and it was a treat to see Mercury at the time of Noah's Ark (although, it was kind of sad to see why unicorns no longer exist). I find Kroese's writing to be intelligent as he brings elements of religion, history, and science together. Now I'm awaiting the third installment, and I hope it won't be too long of a wait.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Apocalypse Redux 1. September 2011
Von Justin G. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The apocalypse has been averted, the bad guys failed, and the good guys triumphed. Massive casualties aside, all's well that ends well, right? Well, maybe not. Reporter Christine Temetri and the angelic troublemaker Mercury may have foiled plans for the end of the world in Mercury Falls, but some people just can't be talked out of, you know, trying to destroy all of existence.

Mercury Rises, the second book in author Rob Kroese's planned trilogy, picks up right where Mercury Falls left off. Still reeling from the "Anaheim Event" that claimed so many lives; a newly jobless Christine heads to Africa with a relief organization, only to find herself in the middle of another doomsday plot. This one has its roots in ancient Babylon, which is where we find Mercury, hard at work for Tiamat, the demon who caused so much grief in Mercury Falls. Over the course of these looks back in time, we get an idea just how long Tiamat has been planning her apocalyptic power grab, not to mention a hysterical recounting of Mercury's run-ins with Noah and his menagerie. Add to the mix a hefty helping of archangels, minor demons, the Heavenly bureaucracy, the cubicle farms of Hell, the obscure Saint Culain and the not so obscure Devil himself, not to mention one very dangerous glass apple, and you have the makings of yet another offbeat tale of apocalyptic proportions.

As with Mercury Falls, Kroese combines elements of Biblical lore, science fiction and pure adventure, and does it in a way that's consistently funny. The story takes a while to really gel, and gets downright absurd at some points, but Mercury Rises has two things going for it that more than make up for any flaws - very memorable characters on all sides of the conflict and a dry, sarcastic wit that's put to very good use, recalling Christopher Moore, Kevin Smith and to some extent Chuck Klosterman. "LOL" has become shorthand for anything remotely humorous, but you will literally laugh out loud multiple times reading this book.

Since this is the middle volume in the trilogy, the ending of Mercury Rises is not very satisfying, even though getting there was a lot of fun. If you enjoyed Mercury Falls, then Mercury Rises will not disappoint, though waiting for book three will be tough.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great humor on every page 22. Oktober 2011
Von NewDiane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the second book in a series, and I didn't read the first one. But that's okay, this book is a treat on its own. There's a convoluted plot which is of less importance than the constant humor. This is a fun read, with gods, the wise-mouth cherub named Mercury, a mad billionaire, and all sorts of oddball people, creatures and events. Mercury and his buddies are trying to save the world, and it's a tough chore. For example, he encounters an old dude, Noah, and his ark. The raven pops by but Noah shoos him back to the ark. A pigeon turns up, and Noah smacks him away. Finally, a parrot arrives and announces, ""Noah! I am the LORD your God. The flood is over! Land the boat already!You want a cracker? That's a good girl. Tell him, just like that. Don't forget the first part. I am the LORD your God!" Noah, I need hardly add, shoos the parrot away and blames his son for teaching the parrot to talk. The scenarios also remind me of Monty Python. This book is worth reading just for the laugh-out-loud parts, which are on almost every page. I hope there are more books planned for this series - it's totally enjoyable.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Seriously funny 25. Oktober 2011
Von guitarchick24 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The second in Robert Kroese's series, "Mercury Rises" follows angel Mercury and his human friend Christine as they delve into the mystery behind the Anaheim event. It could have been the Apocalypse, thwarted... and our unlikely heroes will find themselves racing to stop yet another Armageddon as they dig deeper into the mystery.

Kroese's writing style reminds me of Terry Prachett, with a little less satire but the same dry humor (and fun footnotes!). There are some laugh-out-loud funny passages, and nods to pop culture items such as Harry Potter or Settlers of Catan. As this is part of a series, it's not necessarily a stand-alone book, but Kroese does a good job of getting new readers up to speed without bogging down the fast-paced, fun plot. Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series, and I'll be checking out the first one too. Recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Original and fresh, a sequel you don't want to miss 29. Oktober 2011
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I once picked up a book by an author that Rob Kroese is frequently compared to. I was 4 pages in before I realized it was a sequel and that I had in fact read the first book. I had to get online and read the summary of the other book because it was so unmemorable. The Mercury series does not suffer from this problem.

Kroese has created a fascinating group of supernaturals. Angels and demons, yes, but not like any you've ever encountered. Through these hilarious beings, he raises (and sometimes answers) questions about religion, science, greed, bureaucracy, and humanity. Did I mention bureaucracy? The devices he uses in the story are fresh, but at the same time simple enough to make readers wonder why they didn't already exist. Attache Cases of the Apocalypse? Malfunctioning billboards? Portals in linoleum? All there, and they all make perfect sense. And of course demon telemarketers, which again makes perfect sense.

One of my favorite concepts in Mercury Rises was seeing the time in which Mercury worked for Tiamat, something referred to a number of times in Mercury Falls. We finally get to see Tiamat at work, her temper flaring and her ziggurats rising! If you've always wondered why different cultures, who had no contact with each other, all thought to make pyramids across the world, you'll find an answer in this book. And, since it's Kroese's answer, the explanation is wonderful... even if it isn't true.
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