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The Lightning Stones

A Novel
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Philip Mercer, Book 8
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Editor reviews

"I don't know how he does it, but Jack Du Brul just gets better with every book. In The Lightning Stones, his hero Philip Mercer really comes into his own. This is the most un-put-downable thriller I’ve read in ages.” (Lincoln Child, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Forgotten Room)

Summary

What was Amelia Earhart carrying on her final flight? The adventure begins 2,000 feet beneath the surface of the Earth.

Philip Mercer, a preeminent geologist with a taste for international intrigue and danger, rides an elevator 2,000 into the Earth at the Leister Deep Mine in Minnesota. Mercer is there to visit his old friend and mentor, Abraham Jacobs, who is leading a research team to the deepest section of the mine for a groundbreaking study on climate change. But as Mercer approaches, he is stunned to hear automatic gunfire in the massive underground chambers. By the time he finds his way to them, Abe Jacobs and the entire research team have been brutally attacked - and Mercer is left seeking not only answers but revenge.

Mercer immediately retraces Jacobs’ tracks, searching for clues to the secret project on which the distinguished scientist was working. Staying one step ahead of a highly trained team of assassins, Mercer follows a trail that leads from a harrowing close call in the Midwest to a nail-biting showdown in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan to a remote island in the middle of the Pacific. At stake is an extraordinary scientific discovery that could irrevocably alter the planet, centered on a cache of rare crystals called lightning stones - rumored to have been aboard Amelia Earhart’s plane when it vanished on July 2, 1937.

With his trademark combination of intellectual swagger, riveting action, and cutting-edge science, internationally best-selling author Jack Du Brul has crafted a superbly entertaining novel that will thrill his fans.

©2015 Jack Du Brul (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"Fresh, original, and incredibly ingenious, The Lightning Stone is one of the best thrillers I have read in years. This is wall-to-wall excitement! Nobody writes like Du Brul." (Brad Thor, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Code of Conduct)
"Wow! The Lightning Stones is a labyrinth of science, history, action, and adventure, featuring the wary geologist/spy Philip Mercer. A perfect blend of menace with normality." (Steve Berry, number-one internationally best-selling author of The Patriot Threat)

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Mercer is back!

Hopefully it won't take 9 years to the next one. Excellent story, Jack Du Brul delivers once again.

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very intriguing page turner

I simply couldn't put it down. Scott Brick was great and brought the characters to life with his portrayal of their many accents. Looking over Du Brul's many stories now...ready for another adventure.

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Great story

I like jack du brul writing a lot. Never heard this book before but was a great read. Can throughly recommend this story.

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  • shelley
  • 14-08-15

May very well be the BEST ACTION BOOK of the YEAR!

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Actually I purchased this book because of Scott Brick. He is one of my two absolute favorite narrators. I have never heard of Jack DuBrul and bought this solely based on the narrator. Glad I did! Thanks Scott and Thank You Jack DuBrul for some Excellent writing.

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As I said I have never heard if Jack DuBrul but the synopsis given sounded like it could be interesting. WOW! Was this ever. The story starts off with Amelia Earhart being given a box containing crystals and asked to deliver since she was making a flight and this would be the most expedient way to get them to their destination. Only problem is these crystals give off a magnetic charge that interfere with her navigational equipment. Now you know what happened to her. Mix into this a billionaire who is going bankrupt who somehow finds out about the crystals and being the owner of a green energy company, when people have decided going green is not as urgent as they thought it was, a beautiful young female victim (?), a mad scientist who has figured out how to artificially change the climate using these same crystals and casualties are not an issue.
Now our hero TADA Philip Mercer goes to see his friend/mentor, geologist college professor who has discovered a partial secret and just as Mercer arrives his friend is murdered... And the chase is on.
Well written, coherent, EXCELLENT and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Pamela
  • 05-10-15

So Glad to Have Mercer Back!

What did you love best about The Lightning Stones?

I missed Mercer while Jack du Brul was off working with Clive Cussler. I hope that we get more ... This is an extremely fast-paced intense book with lots of subplots that takes you all over the country and the world, and brings back beloved Harry and Drag and some other favorite secondary characters as well. There was one place in the book that went beyond debate on environmental issues and devolved into preaching, but that part was short. If this had been a movie, the producers would have complained about the cost of all the special effects needed to repeatedly save Mercer. Ingenious solutions though to the dangerous challenges Mercer faces - you'll like them!

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  • Sara Adkins
  • 05-09-15

Jack Du Brul uses his words to paint action and adventure.

With the same flair as Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul masterfully creates a story that keeps you guessing at at every turn. Throws in just enough romance to appeal to all audiences and does it with out endless foul language. Excellent story.

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  • Chris
  • 25-10-15

Great Story

Thoroughly enjoyed it, fast paced and nonstop action. this my first encounter with the character Philip Mercer, good narration

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  • Nancy L Anderson
  • 23-08-15

Glad Mercer is back!

Please keep them coming. Phillip Mercer is a great character and the plots are always intriguing.

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  • Jeremy
  • 17-08-15

Finally the next book comes to light.

Hopefully we don't have to wait another decade for the next one. Bring on the next one!

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  • Suzy
  • 09-11-15

Honestly, couldn't even finish it...

I tried and tried to give this book a chance, but I just for the life of me couldn't get into it. It was all over the place and found myself just not interested in the characters or their well-being. Gave up after about 2/3rds of the way through!

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  • jansly
  • 30-10-17

Scott Brick couldn't save this one.

I don't recall reading any Phillip Mercer stories before, but if I did he must have gotten a lot more preachy & stupid or I would have remembered and not bought another one.
I gave up before the end so I don't know if he found Amelia Earheart's plane or not. Yes, that was one of the many little story lines.
I have read and enjoyed Jack Du Brul's writing before many times. This is not one of them.

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  • rlaffoday
  • 18-10-15

Phillip Mercer rocks!

It wasn't the best Mercer book, but darn good and well worth the listen! Love the Mercer series!

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  • Doug
  • 24-09-15

Great story

Been waiting a long time for the next adventure of Philip Mercer. Was not disappointed.

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