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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2011
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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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VINE VOICEon October 19, 2011
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This sequel to Mercury Falls picks up after journalist Christine and rogue angel Mercury have stopped Armageddon from happening. And it picks up in Babylon around the time of Noah where we see just what Mercury's relationship with Tiamet was and why she's so interested in ziggurats. Following a dual timeline, we get the long ago backstory and the ongoing new attempt to destroy the world, where a few new characters get added to the mix.

This is clearly a transitional novel and Kroese is working toward a third book that will pull everything together where we eventually will see who is really running things in Heaven, whether free will is integral or a mistake, and if there is an ineffable plan that will leave Earth in one piece. I sped through this book which was almost as entertaining as Mercury Falls. Sometimes though, as Stephen Tobolowsky termed his role in Heroes, we feel as if we are still stuck in Act I. We've seen everyone try to stop the end of the world before. The dual timelines do not always transition gracefully and the number of characters left me sometimes feeling that the story was choppy.

Make no mistake, I still enjoyed reading this book. Kroese is clever, witty, and makes many good points about the people on both sides of religious belief. I'm looking forward to seeing what the third book in the trilogy brings as Christine, Mercury, and the gang hopefully can finish their task of putting the kibosh on an immediate apocalypse.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2011
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Ever since I read "Mercury Falls" earlier this year, I have been looking forward to the release of "Mercury Rises". I even put the release date on my calendar and pre-ordered it, which is not something I do often.

Mercury is one of the best characters ever created and I can't get enough of his aloof attitude and ridiculous comments. My major complaint about this book is that it seemed short on Mercury. His story ark takes place mostly in the past (the way past), which means his interaction with Christine is limited. That was a disappointment because I loved their back-and-forth in "Mercury Falls".

The book was still quite good and I laughed quite a few times at some of the absurdity that unfolded (see Mercury's conversations with Noah). The book was very much like the previous one in writing style and humor. I guffawed often (once again, that's the only word that works). Overall, the decision to purchase the book is an easy one. If you liked "Mercury Falls", then you'll like "Mercury Rises". Just maybe not quite as much.

Can't wait for "Mercury Rests". Hopefully Mr. Kroese doesn't make me wait too long.
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VINE VOICEon October 25, 2011
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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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VINE VOICEon November 20, 2011
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I don't normally go for modern tales. I tend to want to escape into a book. Different time. Different world. Anything to get me out of this world for a little while. Mercury Rises enabled me to escape this world into a quirky new idea of a world and I completely enjoyed being able to do that. Mercury is an angel who is just a little bit bent in the brain, but then again so are all angels apparently. The back biting of angels are somewhat built up like a corporate world I found the premise quite funny. So funny and interesting I just had to read the other books just so I could get more immersed into this story. I loved the book and recommend it for someone who is looking for something a little bit bent, quirky, and fresh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2011
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Read Mercury Falls first. Please.

I like the first book in the series, Mercury Falls, just a LITTLE bit more than Mercury Rises. But that doesn't mean Mercury Rises isn't one of my favorite books of 2011. The humor took a bit more of a backseat in the sequel (though it's still plenty funny - the humor is less frequent but might actually punch a little harder here). The plot is tighter and the characters more thoroughly developed, leading to an extremely satisfying read.

Most exciting is the sense that this trilogy is heading somewhere fantastic; I can't wait for the conclusion to the Mercury trilogy. Get writing, Rob.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 18, 2011
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Everybody has their take on the apocalypse these days - Robert Kroese has provided us with a look that is so much more cheerful than most!

First caveat: you really should read Mercury Falls to enjoy Mercury Rises to the fullest!! The author has an incredibly dry wit and excellent classical education. He never beats us over the head with his religious knowledge, but his puns and one-liners are hilarious and dead on! His renditions of both angels and demons are hysterical and his take on bureaucrats... Well, I would hate to take away any of the author's zing - just let me know if you agree! :)

This story is a continuation of the first and contains our favorite characters - The story line is not quite as satisfying as the first, but the dialogue and a few revelations keep this a five star story with great expectations for the next installment.

If you like Good Omens - you will love both Mercury Falls and Mercury Rises!

I consider Mercury Rises a must read!! Very good book.

All the best,

Jay
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