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Christine Temetri is at her wits’ end. For years she’s covered the increasingly bizarre activities of End Times cults for the Banner, a religious news magazine. Yet Christine, who once dreamed of being a "real" writer, has nothing to show for the gig other than a regular paycheck and serious doubt that Armageddon will occur in time for her next deadline. But after a mysterious man entrusts her with a locked briefcase and orders to "take it to Mercury", Christine finds herself face-to-face with a ping-pong-playing angel by the name of Galileo Mercury.

It seems Mercury was sent from heaven to make preparations for Armageddon, yet became sidetracked by the earthly delights he discovered: Rice Krispy treats, table tennis, and beer, to name just a few. Mercury’s concern for the fate of mankind is middling at best, but he is happy to educate Christine on the details of the elaborate, if poorly organized, calamity to come. When Christine inadvertently saves the Antichrist - an obnoxious, thirtysomething gamer who still lives with his mother - from celestial assassination, she begins an ambitious battle to stop the Apocalypse and save the world. But the heavenly host is nothing if not persistent, and Christine, aided only by an apathetic angel and a reluctant Antichrist, has her work cut out for her.

Packed with outrageous characters, Mercury Falls is a viciously funny (and occasionally absurd) morality tale for the 21st century.

©2010 Robert Kroese (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Highly recommended!

Love this book! I would have never guessed that a book about the Apocalypse could be so enjoyable! If you enjoy the writing style of Douglas Adams, you will really enjoy this book. It is witty and has a great plot, and the characters are interesting and funny. I laughed out loud quite often. The narrator is also excellent, he does a great job distinguishing the voices too. Highly recommnended! Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series!

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So much fun

This book is probably my favorite in the series, though I loved the whole series and was sad when it ended.

Mercury is a great character. His take on "being a prawn" as opposed to a pawn is hilarious. I want to say that from now on.

Very funny, very entertaining and worth reading the whole series.

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  • Ijw
  • Cochise, AZ, United States
  • 01-09-13

Irreverent, inventive, witty.

It's time for the apocalypse, isn't it? All the signs are lining up: wars in the mid-east, the anti-christ has been selected, and six of the seven books about that boy sorcerer and his friends have been published.

So why is Christine always in the right place, at the right time, to do what? Is she supposed to help or hinder? In fact, it's not really clear who is in charge and what they are trying to accomplish. Angels seem to be operating at cross purposes.

As Christine bounces around the world to interview the general for Israel, her house is being vandalized. Why would anyone use ketchup to draw a backwards swastika on her carpet? And, because it's backwards it doesn't count as a hate crime? Oh, well, now she has a new linoleum floor in her breakfast nook, thanks to the premature death of a neighbor. At least it is a "welcoming" pattern ...

Don't miss the apocalyse vs flooring theory of history. Countless times flooring issues are ignored because of the expectation that it won't matter anymore soon, only to have to deal with it after all because the Apocalypse fails to appear on schedule. Again.

The book has a great assortment of characters, acting rationally and irrationally. Humor abounds and it even all makes sense, in the end, mostly. Don't miss the cherubim who works for tips - tips he insists on giving out such as "ants walking single file means rain".

The story flows well without slow spots. The reader is well matched to the material to bring the whole squirrely thing to life. It does for the apocalypse what "Caddyshack" did for golf.

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An entertaining lighthearted listen

What did you love best about Mercury Falls?

This is a book that translates very well to an audiobook. It was a fast paced entertaining tale that kept me both amused and interested throughout.

What did you like best about this story?

It's just so amusing and irreverent.

What about Kevin Stillwell’s performance did you like?

Very smoothly told with great character portrayal.

If you could take any character from Mercury Falls out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Mercury for being just so blase about the entire situation.

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Great complex humorous story nicely wrapped up

Great complex humorous story nicely wrapped up at the end and keeps you wondering. Would recommend if you like humor and a complex well rounded story.

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Spoiled by narrator, but not that good anyway

Would you try another book from Robert Kroese and/or Kevin Stillwell?

Not from Kevin Stillwell :o I'd maybe give Robert Kroese another chance, but not likely

What was most disappointing about Robert Kroese’s story?

If this is funny, it must be in an American sense of the word, I dont get..? I found it boring and with only a few funny moments.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Stillwell’s performances?

Not even if I got money for listening.. When he talks normally its fine, but he has zero talent for foreign accents (or any other accent), he just sound stupid when he tries.

Any additional comments?

If you consider buying this because of the recommendations - beware its NOTHING like Douglas Adams as someone wrote, no dry wit, intelligent humor or subtle jokes - its like Donald Duck funny..

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  • Laura
  • Falls Church, VA, United States
  • 07-23-14

It is okay

The premise of the story is great. The writing is good, if overwrought. The performance is superb. It's just that it goes on and on and it could have used some clever editing to move the story more smoothly.

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  • Stacy
  • CHARLESTON, WV, United States
  • 02-05-14

Great story

Where does Mercury Falls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Awesome story, almost believable. If you enjoy stories on the supernatural or spiritual books you will enjoy this one. I hope he writes more.

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Unoriginal apocalyptic story

This is the first book in the Mercury series; right now there are five books in this series. I got this book for Kindle right when I first got my Kindle e-reader, then I bought the audiobook for cheap. I ended up listening to the first 70% of this on audiobook and then stopped. This reminded me of a many other apocalyptic books that aim at being snarky and humorous about the corporate-like reign of angels and demons.

I actually kind of enjoyed this book at first; it was snarky and darkly humorous. As the book continued it just sounded like so many other books I have read like this and it started to irritate me more than it entertained me.

Think of this as a knock off of things like the movie Dogma or "Good Omens" by Gaiman and Pratchett. This is another one of those books in that "oh look the world is going to end because of mismanagement by God". However, this book seemed to try a bit too hard and I found it to be silly and annoying. The characters were just over characterized and ended up being more irritating than entertaining.

Overall this just wasn’t my thing. It was a like a poor imitation of books like “Good Omens” or the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. It’s written in that same over-the-top snarky way, but I just didn’t think it was as well done.

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  • Dubi
  • New York, NY
  • 05-17-18

Apocalypse Ha!

The apocalypse is near and only a reporter, a renegade angel, and the antichrist can stop three different factions of angels and demons from carrying it out for their own nefarious purposes. Robert Kroese has imagined a universe in which Earth is on the Mundane Plane, infested with meddling beings from other divine planes of existence. The reporter, who specializes in doomsday cults, teams up with Galileo Mercury, a slacker angel gone rogue, to save the antichrist, a dimwitted gamer who lives in his mother's basement, whose death would trigger armageddon.

Funny stuff. Yes, doomsday, apocalypse, armageddon, world destruction -- funny. In the hand of Kroese. This is played for fun and laughs, and played well. Kroese has a deft touch as a humorist, keeping things light, fast, and chuckleworthy. I personally love the pop culture references, especially the pop-rock music references. I will most definitely be listening to the remainder of this series, currently five volumes strong. In fact, having read and liked three Kroese titles at this point, I will continue to sample his wares without reservation.

My only warning is this: Kroese begins every other chapter or so with ruminations about various religious or spiritual topics. The primary aim to generate laughs -- intellectual laughs -- but it may not dovetail with your own sensibilities. Me, it was unimportant whether I agreed with him, more important that he successfully advanced the story and the humor even if I disagreed.

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  • 03-15-16

intresting

not my usual fair but it's quite an interesting listen. compelling characters and hard to stop.

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