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River of Ruin Audiobook

River of Ruin

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Publisher's Summary

In the heart of Panama, a volcanic lake feeds a serpentine river - its stone banks laid by the Incas, who took back the gold and jewels plundered from them by the conquistadors. Legend has it that the Twice-Stolen Treasure has been buried for centuries in the Panamanian jungle. Discovering it means surviving the black waters of the River of Ruin...

It begins at a Paris auction house, with a favor granted by an old high school friend to geologist Philip Mercer: the opportunity to buy a rare diary written during the French attempt at digging the Panama Canal. But Mercer isn't the only one who wants it. Three Chinese assassins have been dispatched to get it, forcing Mercer into a subterranean game of cat and mouse that takes him from the hellish maze of l'empire de la mort and through the sewers of Paris.

Mercer realizes he has uncovered an intricate Chinese plot to trigger a deadly shift in the world's balance of power. At stake is control of the canal, recently handed over to the government of Panama by the United States. Only Philip Mercer - with help from beautiful U.S. Army officer Lauren Vanik, a cell of French Foreign Legion commandos, and a crusty eighty-year-old retired sea captain named Harry White - can stop them.

(P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Blue Dragonfly 07-10-17

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    "Horrible narration!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the narration is like fingernails on a blackboard


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Du Brul? Why or why not?

    Only if they get a better narrator


    What didn’t you like about J. Charles’s performance?

    Horrible attempt at accents and the voices of women and kids.


    Was River of Ruin worth the listening time?

    Could be with a better narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Jack DuBrul's books and the Phillip Mercer character who is a bit "McGyver-like". I wish Scott Brick narrated, as he does for the Oregon Files books written by Clive Cussler and Jack DuBrul.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    dah12345 04-29-17
    dah12345 04-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another Great Story in the Phillip Mercer Saga!!"

    This book is yet another great performance by J. Charles. The story he narrated for Jack DuBrul's Philip Mercer continues to keep readers on edge. Dubrul's research into naval technology aided Phillip Mercer's exploits as he took to the waters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris United States 07-26-16
    Chris United States 07-26-16
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    "GOOD ON YOU HARRY"

    This was another great adventure. Mercer meets local cop Lauren and they team up to solve Mercer's friends murder & the tale begins. It was nice to read Harry's involvement in this story and his naval talents being put to work.. It is a high streaks tale with loads of action and Mercer's treasure hunting skills shown. The narration was good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Silverhamr Waukegan, IL USA 07-16-17
    Silverhamr Waukegan, IL USA 07-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Read!!"

    I have found a new series! Interesting characters, suspense, complex plot and a little romance thrown in. Recommended!

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    Candace Russell 07-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "So cute, the way they thoughtlessly . ."

    Authorship and narration were both so good I found myself moving right along with most of it, except when they spent so much time running around in the jungle shooting at things my mind kept wandering away. Probably missed some twists of plot while it was gone. I think people young enough to suspend a lot of reality would really get into all the derring-do, but I would have liked to have had more involvement with the journal and other histories of the canal, and leave out the part where they thoughtlessly blow up a dam just to help find a treasure. I mean, really, a lot of damage is done when dams are blown up, but the world could do without gold and gems. I would have been happier if they'd left out that part.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Maghran 05-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    I thought it was pretty good and hilarious over all
    I was a little confused at the end because where were the American commandos?

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    Robert 08-07-17
    Robert 08-07-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Way too confusing"

    The beginning of the book was good. Too many characters were introduced in the middle. Could NOT keep Chinese players straight and the Chinese accent of the narrator sounded like a very lame Charlie Chan.

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    JB7042I 08-04-17
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    "Some books should not be read aloud"

    Very very cheesy, may have liked it better if I just read it. Way too many metaphors for my taste.

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    Amazon Customer 08-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed it tremendously"

    Very enjoyable read, good character development and excellent plot line. I' really enjoying this author's style.

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    Caroline Langdon Virginia 07-12-17
    Caroline Langdon Virginia 07-12-17 Member Since 2010

    Caroline E Langdon

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    "Listen at .95x speed! "


    The narrator's pace was either ridiculously fast or too slow - absolutely no relation between the reader's pace and the action of the story. His accents aren't much better. The narrator's shoddy performance is a major issue with this title - I love this genre and was very excited by the synopsis of this book but I am not sure I will be able to bear up through this reader's unprofessional performance. I recommend listening at .95x speed....it sort of helps with the cadence issues.

    Otherwise, it was a fairly entertaining story. I still think I prefer Clive Cussler as his stories spend more time on the archaeological adventure and less on the military and political angles. However, I'll still consider giving this author another go.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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