Gripping, timely, and highly interesting. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Again, Dubrul starts us with a history lesson. This time, it's the Panama Canal. Painstakingly researched, amazingly realistic, politically quite timely, this book is a thriller from start to finish.
We are introduced to new characters, check in with some of the old characters, and discuss Chinese expansionism abroad. DuBrul never oversimplifies a plot. His characters hurt, get sick, and bleed. The battles are realistic, and DuBrul clearly has knowledge of weapons and tactics, and that attention to detail shows. Overall, these are great books, and I have so enjoyed Philip Mercer, the man, and the idea he represents, of determination overcoming any obstacle. Just don't start the book on a work night!
Note, these books by DuBrul are lengthy. These aren't for the MTV generation, who expect everything resolved within a 44 minute television episode. Like great authors, DuBrul takes his time. He lets the plot develop, and his books are labryintian in the tangles and twists he introduces. DuBrul has quickly vaulted to one of my favorites.
One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Another great piece of work by DuBrul. However, again also, he goes overboard at the beginning with his scientific descriptions and geopolitical explanations. While much of this is necessary as it pertains to plot motives and outcomes, one cannot help but think that much of it is there as a showcase of his expertise.
Could it not, also, be spread out and given to us at suitable locations. Please note also that my criticism here does nothing to deter me from my 5 star rating. One person found this helpful. This book is getting so many good reviews I am sure that mine will be not so appreciated. Have read a couple other of his works with the same "hero". This one is so dripping with macho that I had to put the Kindle down. Sort of a pat plot, but with a few twists of adventure. The C02 and the tent was inventive.
I like adventure, blood and guts too. This is just not worth spending my night reading it. I guess it the formula writing that is bothering me.
A little macho, a pretty woman, booze, bad Asian characters, save us from the nastiness. Has this been done before? Uh, yeah about a thousand times. I rated this as okay because the book turned more into a spy novel instead of a tale of adventure. Du Brul's Philip Mercer character. The fact that he's a geologist opened up all kind of possibilities for new stories about lost treasures and mysteries. The lost treasure got lost in this story and only served to put the Mercer character into a location to have him act as the sleuth in discovering a governmental conspiracy and terrorist threats.
That's not the kind of book I enjoy. It has everything you expect from 'Mercer'. Of all the "Phillip Mercer" series, this I believe is the Best. It has everything you expect from 'Mercer', yet much more. The character of Harry White is Finally expanded. What a great concept Jack Du Brul has come up with these two. I would recommend starting with the first book in the series but it's not a must.
River of Ruin is so awesome I read it twice back to back, you just don't want the story to end. If you want to live, you avoid Mercer at all costs. That goes for friend or foe. Impossible feats of survival highlight these novels. Improbable escapes, blood and guts all over the place. This book was better than the previous Mercer novels.
A good bedtime read.
River Of Ruin
I am going to purchase the next book in the series and decide if the Character of Philip Mercer reappears, along with an exciting, fast paced story line. This book is so full of twists and turns I had to break out my compass just to determine which way was up. See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 11 days ago. Published 10 months ago. Published 1 year ago. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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I don't know what will happen with Mercer and Loren, but not always in a book there are answers to all the questions. Miguel has a new home and a loving family who will take care for him. So it was a good book, but not one of the greatest. Jul 04, Adam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another really great adventure.
I like that Harry was in the action again right beside Mercer this time. Harry and Mercer's bond grows deeper while we get a lot more background on Mercer and his tragic experience as a boy. This isn't just a fast paced and thrilling adventure story, it's a character driven mouthful of ear candy does that make sense? Anyway, I love this series. Du Brul has outdone himself once again. Mar 02, Micheal rated it it was amazing. Very fun, endearing characters, twists that will make you wish you weren't just reading it for 30 minutes on your lunch break.
Definitely worth a read. Apr 15, Marian rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 16, Ruth Clem added it.
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I enjoyed very much. Need a trip thru the Panama Canal. Jun 11, Randall Krzak rated it it was amazing. Inca riches, referred to as the Twice-Stolen Treasure are purported to be buried in Panama. Du Brul weaves another spellbinding story, taking his readers on a realistic journey, which might have serious consequences for the United States if Mercer is unsuccessful in piecing the puzzle together and grabbing the prizes.
However, a Chinese organization is trying their best to recover the prize, even if it means the elimination of Mercer and his friends. Another great plot from a master storyteller! Jul 20, Vickie Garner rated it really liked it.
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Strong characters , good plot, and solid writing. Jun 04, Leah rated it really liked it.
Incan treasure and Chinese plots in Panama. After Mercer buys an obscure diary on the building of the Panama Canal in Paris, he is attacked. Upon escape, he flies to deliver it to a treasure hunter friend in Panama and ends up in the middle of a complicated Chinese plot to take over the Canal. I loved all the descriptions on how the Canal operates, but think Mercer did just as much damage so not sure what he accomplished. May 20, Karine rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was okay, I enjoyed the action, however, as most action books the good guys always seem to do better then the expert military groups, where after the third impossible victory you are left with the feeling of..
As much as the author did a great job weaving the characters individual stories within the plot, and the constant action throughout the book, I was slightly disappoint This book was okay, I enjoyed the action, however, as most action books the good guys always seem to do better then the expert military groups, where after the third impossible victory you are left with the feeling of.. As much as the author did a great job weaving the characters individual stories within the plot, and the constant action throughout the book, I was slightly disappointed, usually after taking a break from reading my mind starts going crazy thinking about what could happen next, how I think the book will end, and so on and so forth.
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Instead Carlson flew deeper into both, dogged by the Gazelle. Fifteen minutes further into the chase, with the canal another ten minutes away, submachine-gun fire was added to the equation. Jul 03, Brendan le Grange rated it it was amazing. Mercer is a perfect lead character and in Harry White he has a perfect foil. The first few books in the series are great, though with a heavy reliance on cold war themes they feel a bit dated now so it is really from Medusa Stone onwards it really hits its stride; with River of Ruin one of my top two.
Jun 17, Lyle rated it really liked it. Fast paced and very entertaining, as were the others. Beyond all the explosions blowing up the Panama Canal was interesting , there's the oddly sweet relationship between the protagonist and Harry, his 80 something friend. Already have a request on another book in the series.
Not the next book I started reading these out of order. Apr 15, Melissa Banczak rated it really liked it. The story kept my attention and I really liked the characters. I did have some trouble keeping track of things in the last 50 pages. It got too technical with descriptions of the Panama Canal's lock system and half the time, I couldn't picture what was going on. I didn't realize this was a series or I would have started with book one. I do plan on finding book one and giving it a try. Feb 14, Kellylynn rated it really liked it.
Phillip Mercer is a geologist that seems to get into some strange situations. This one leads him to finding a rare journal in France which sends him to the Panama Canal to investigate a treasure. He ends up trying to stop a Chinese plot to control more of the world. Character development is pretty good as is the dialog. Aug 28, Kristin Lundgren rated it really liked it Shelves: Good thriller, but tons of detail which slowed me down - I know know everything about the Panama Canal, including some on the building of it, the treaty, the number of locks, how high they are, the double doors, the intake valves, etc.
But it had some great supporting characters, and so I enjoyed it, even if it took me four nights to finish. Feb 21, Melinda rated it really liked it. Philip Mercer is the new Dirk Pitt. A mining engineer with an action-packed past, a brain and good-looking in that ruggedly handsome way. These books are a great easy read. Obviously written to a formula, but with some great research behind them abd some fantastic characters This was agood read and I enjoyed it more than Pandora's Curse. A very plausible story about the Chinese trying to take control of the Panama Canal and trying to find lost treasure of the Incas to fund it.
Nice to see Mercer's character developing and also seeing more of Harry involved in this one. Sep 30, Brett Sorge rated it liked it. This book started off good and really felt like a typical Clive Cussler book. I think maybe it was bout pages too long and my interest started to wander at the end. The writer has talent, but he needs to find his own winning formulae. Sep 30, Mason rated it really liked it Recommended to Mason by: