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Summary

Fresh off their successful quest to thwart not one, but two diabolical plots to destroy the world, jaded reporter Christine Temetri and rough cherub Mercury find that mysterious powers outranking even the Heavenly bureaucracy seem intent on keeping the Apocalypse on track. Mercury Rises continues author Robert Kroese’s tale of the heroic cherub Mercury, who is generally well-intentioned, rarely well-behaved, and always well-armed with a droll remark. 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 to find a rational explanation for the mysterious destruction of downtown Anaheim - a quest that ultimately brings him face to face with the unhinged Horace Finch. Together, Christine, Jacob, and Mercury must stop Finch from activating the device and tearing reality to pieces. Kroese’s rapid-fire sense of humor and razor-sharp wit keep Mercury Rises moving at breakneck speed, hurtling toward a climax that is as funny as it is satisfying.

©2011 Robert Kroese (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Tatia
  • 19-06-16

A humorous distraction, I enjoyed it very much!

it's just rather entertaining I'm not sure if I can find 20 words that completely could describe it.
other than enjoyable, fun, funny, & I had to replay parts to completely absorb some of the elements. I was looking for a humorous distraction and I found it.

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  • J. Thompson
  • 27-01-16

worth the follow through

the story falls a little short of the first and it leaves a little early in favor of the third, but it is enjoyable and Still well makes it a pleasant past time.

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  • Angie
  • 24-01-15

Better than the first

Book 2 exceeded my expectations! It was better than the first one. It made more sense it was funnier than Mercury falls. The author's voices weren't as bad either. Much better Jon this time. I enjoyed this book. I hope the third gets even better!

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  • The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem
  • 11-01-18

More humor from the heavens.


Step one: Listen to first book and laugh.
Step two: Listen to this book and laugh harder.

The Mercury series is a humorous take on religious themes and viewpoints sprung from a story about a whimsical angel and the kooky other characters he interacts with while trying to delay the end of days. It uses biblical events as a reference to build it's wacky universe filled with funny reimaginings and goofy plot twists that is sure to make a listener smile. This audiobook is a self aware comedy that can't even take itself seriously if it tried.

"Mercury Rising" takes place after a breif recovery period from the first book. There are new characters, new comedic reimaginings of biblical events, and a pleasantly confusing jumble of humor and philosophical reflection that made the successful leap from the first book.
In all fairness, sometimes the plot can seem a bit tangled as the past and present leaps in logic are a bit jumbled sometimes due how many there are, but if a listener knows what took place in the first book and doesn't mind random flashbacks then it shouldn't be much of an issue. The jokes are still there regardless and they are great.

The narrator was simply hilarious. Kevin Stillwell really got into his voicework here, especially his interpritation of Noah singing his crazy "Who built the ark?" song. Great stuff.

This book is recommended to anybody would needs a good clean laugh and appreciates and unconventional setting to laugh at.

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  • C. Yu
  • 15-05-15

Story is great; reading is very poor

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, probably good to read. Not so much to listen to on Audible.

What other book might you compare Mercury Rises to and why?

Exponential Apocalypse, Good Omens

What didn’t you like about Kevin Stillwell’s performance?

Effeminate lisp for gay characters. Fake Chinese?/Japanese? accent for Eurasian character. Terrible female voices. Angry/annoyed characterization of Mercury. Uneven Irish accent. Vocal inflection/emphasis that sometimes seemed to show a lack of comprehension of what he was reading.

Did Mercury Rises inspire you to do anything?

Yes. It inspired me to write this review. This book deserves a better audio edition.