Seventy years ago, Chester Bowie, a genius driven to madness, unlocked the mystery of how a weapon of unimaginable lethality allowed one man and his small army to conquer so much of the ancient world. The secret, however, died with Bowie in a fiery disaster that was no accident. Yet a series of cryptic clues were left behind, clues that geologist, and sometime government operative, Philip Mercer must follow if he is to prevent terrorists from unleashing the weapon on today's world.
On the front lines of an African civil war, a chance meeting between Mercer and Cali Stowe, a researcher for the Centers for Disease Control, propels the two of them into the epicenter of the greatest act of terrorism ever conceived. With a group of savage rebels backed by a one-eyed mercenary bearing down on an isolated village, Mercer and Cali discover a long-abandoned mine that had first been excavated millennia ago and that was worked again around the time of the Second World War. What mineral was wrenched from the earth and by whom? What is the significance behind the stone pillar erected in the middle of the village? And who is the enigmatic man with the scholar's mind and the killer's skills who rescues them at the last minute only to kidnap Cali upon her return home?
Again and again Mercer's path crosses that of his savior and the mercenary - at a glittering Atlantic City casino, on a barge high atop Niagara Falls, and in Russia where Mercer must stop a runaway train to prevent Armageddon. Each time they meet the bloodshed grows worse while the mystery deepens. Nobody is who they seem. Nobody.
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No, the narrator is usually good, but on this one his foreign accents are so awful that he is hard to listen to.
The beginning concerning the Hindenburg is interesting and a good beginning, but the story goes downhill from there.
Scott Brick, maybe. Jay Charles is usually good but he doesn't do foreign accents well at all and there are a lot of them in this story.
No, but then I couldn't listen to it all the way through because of the narration.
I have enjoyed Jack Du Brul books in paperback, in the past and the stories and characters were pretty good. I especially like the Philip Mercer and Harry characters. I chose this one because J. Charles was narrating and he is usually quite good. However, he does a horrible job narrating this one and I found it hard to finish the book because of that.
I've 'read' every book in this series, one after the next. That's 8 intense, 10+ hour books in a row. One of my all time favorite series!
This series is like the Die Hard movie series - but with less blood. Intricate plots keep me guessing. I find myself sitting in the parking lot at work, or in the driveway at home, having arrived but not able to turn it off cuz I absolutely have to know what happens next! I read tons of mystery/spy/intrigue books by numerous authors; Mercer is at the top of my list of great reads.
Perfect word: performer. His voice changes, tone, sound effects and other verbal tools add so much to the story. I can feel and see every scene. There are other narrators who do a great job changing voices for each character - J. Charles goes way beyond that. It's like I'm at the movies.
Laughed a lot, worried a lot. Not sure what the drivers in the other cars think when they see me burst out laughing!
Audible makes traffic jams something to look forward to!
I came to Jack du Brul from his collaboration with Clive Cussler. His first Mercer novel is a bit too much like Cussler at his worst: some history-changing artifact is in play, but the world never really changes. I jumped ahead to the most recent book in the Mercer series and was delighted by the more human scale of the story. (Is Mercer perhaps a bit too much at times to be believed? Why, yes, but that goes with the genre -- there is no permanent hearing damage from so many explosions: I wish the world was as kind.)
The narrator here, and some of the audio effects done in production are quite fine. His performance of Mercer's sidekick Harry makes me laugh out loud quite a bit, helping to highlight the comical relief that I think du Brul intends for the character. I have no idea if author's get any say in their narrators, but my advice to duBrul is do what you can to hold onto Charles.
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