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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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Pretty good

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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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.

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Performance lacking.

Don't try to use accents unless you can do it well. The story is ok but the fake Chinese accents really grate.

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Amateur. I quit...

This was not a good one for me. The story started off good and went down hill into amateurish characters and writing The lead guy and his friends seems douchey. The lead girl was meh. The adventure struck me as average.

The reader was ok, but then his accents and voices drove me nuts. It took away from any real danger or adventure.

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  • Sylvia
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 08-14-17

Worse man-reads-woman in history

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

My ears overwhelmed my brain so I never got into the story --Stop Stop Please Stop was all I could hear. Narrator wasn't very good and spoke so fast I guess he hated the story and wanted to go home. But it was his rendition of the woman's (Lauren) Southern accent that was unbearable. Nobody - anywhere - speaks like that. It was a grating mash-mouth that was annoying beyond belief. And since she was a main character, there was no avoiding it. A definite return.

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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.