Geo-Research is a front for Kohl AG, a German company which profited from its wartime use of slave labor. Rather than pay into the compensation fund, Kohl is trying to destroy its biggest secret - the hidden Nazi submarine base that harbored the remains of the radioactive meteorite that exploded over Tunguska, Siberia, in 1908. The Nazis contained the radiation in boxes made of looted wartime gold nicknamed "Pandora boxes." But Kohl AG's special projects director is a neo-Nazi and plans to sell the Pandora boxes to the highest bidding terrorist nation. Only Mercer and a WWII-era U-boat can stop the evil plot to hold the world hostage.
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I continue to enjoy working backwards from the most recent Philip Mercer novel through the Audible collection. I bought the first novel, Vulcan's Forge, as a paperback and just couldn't get through the cardboard cutout villain and plot, but de Bruhl definitely has definitely come into his own as the series lives and breathes. "Pandora's Curse" is a nice return to the arctic for those who remember Alistair MacLean's "Ice Station Zebra."
More than anything, de Bruhl's novels enjoy marvelous performances by J. Charles. Charles is so good with some voices, like Harry's, that I actually enjoy some novels more than others because I get to hear more of that character! Charles' performance here is marred somewhat by some really clumsy editing by Audible: there are occasionally shifts in tonal quality that made me wonder if I was listening to the same narrator! And so the missing star here is not for Mr. Charles, but for the Audible staff responsible for quality control.
Slower to build than its predecessors. This one also seems to be more graphic in regards to its violence. Hoping the next one is better, as I really do like the character.
I would for someone who loves action that is piled on. The author seemed to feel this needed 3 climaxes. At some point, enough is enough.
I love Jack Du Brul's first books, but I've noticed they seem to keep getting longer -- which is not a good thing. Even a 4-hour James Bond movie would try die-hard fans -- this one is like that.
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