I downloaded this because Du Brul co-writes with Clive Cussler and I wanted to see what his work is like by itself. It is a good mystery novel, albeit..Show More », basic. He goes into a lot of detail justifying and explaining what is going on. It's missing that extra WOW that Cussler adds. That being said, it is worth the download.
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-cha..Show More »nging 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.