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

Robert Kroese
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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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    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!

    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: The 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!

    From Booklist

    The sequel to Kroese’s debut, Mercury Falls, finds the irreverent angel Mercury and his reporter pal, Christine Temetri, again facing the end of the world. The U.S. government is still trying to puzzle out the explosion that took out Anaheim Stadium and sends dozens of experts to comb the area for clues. Now out of a job, Christine decides to put some distance between herself and Los Angeles by traveling to Africa to volunteer for an aid organization. She finds two things she doesn’t expect in Kenya: wealthy entrepreneur Horace Finch, whose under-the-radar biosphere masks a secret project, and an antibomb like the one that destroyed Anaheim Stadium. The discoveries bring her back together with Mercury as the two battle human and angel foes to prevent the antibomb from imploding the world. Though not quite as seamless as its predecessor, Kroese’s sharp-witted follow-up will certainly appeal to Mercury Falls fans. The cliff-hanger ending will have readers eagerly anticipating the next installment.— Kristine Huntley

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    • File Size: 516 KB
    • Print Length: 326 pages
    • Publisher: 47North (October 18, 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005DXOMPS
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    18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars the opposite of gloom and doom apocalyptic books October 18, 2011
    By Sharif
    Format:Paperback
    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
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great humor on every page October 21, 2011
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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
    4.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Redux September 1, 2011
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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.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
    To be honest? I've just about been "vampired" to death. This book was a delightful change of pace. Let's hear it for Mercury, the wisecracking angelic king of non sequiturs!
    Published 1 month ago by Sci-fi fan
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite as Good as the First in the Series
    Robert Kroese's "Mercury Rises" is the 2nd in his "Mercury" series of book. Unfortunately, it suffers a bit from sequelitis. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by David A. Lessnau
    5.0 out of 5 stars The first 2 books are really not all that bad. The writing style is a...
    The first 2 books are really not all that bad. The writing style is a bit tired, but clearly the author has talent. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by David V. Bennett
    4.0 out of 5 stars Continues the story in a great way, keeping you involved and excited...
    Mr. Kroese keeps things going in great form from his first book in the Mercury series. At times you can almost see the wheels starting to come off as he seems to riff his way... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by T. J. Dacey
    3.0 out of 5 stars A step down from Mercury Falls but still a good read.
    Not as good as Mercury Falls but still the same antics.
    Published 8 months ago by Joseph M. Varga
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book
    I loved the first book and had to read the second book. Its was a very enjoyable book that had me laughing all the way to the end.
    Published 14 months ago by Michael Wester
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
    Much akin to its predecessor, this book continues to provide a fun interaction between the hierarchies of Heaven, Earth, and the below. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by J. E. Kline
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great sense of twisted humor
    I loved the combination of biblical references and humor. Once I read one of Robert Kroese's books I had to download them all.
    Published 15 months ago by SMCatMom
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
    Science fiction meets spiritualism; sort of. I'm currently reading the second book in the series and will read more after that.
    Published 16 months ago by Teena Schwartz
    1.0 out of 5 stars not so great
    I read a lot of science fiction/fantasy and enjoy the genre. i tried hard to read this book but just could not go past about fifty pages even though I tried several times. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by P. A. Shissler
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    Robert Kroese's sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan - home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply. In second grade, he wrote his first novel, the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it. In 2009, he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls. Since then, he has three more books in the Mercury series; a humorous epic fantasy, Disenchanted; and a quantum physics noir thriller, Schrodinger's Gat. His latest book is Starship Grifters.

    Website: robertkroese.com
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