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the opposite of gloom and doom apocalyptic books
on October 18, 2011
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.