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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (Nov. 10 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590863607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590863602
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 11.1 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 177 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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By A Customer on May 30 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first novel by Jack DuBrul I read and was impressed. I generally like good character development and that the main character has associations and friends and to learn something about the character. DuBrul does this with his Phillip Mercer character. He is not overly macho, has foibles, has expertise in something other than law enforcement, which I feel is over loaded in the market. There is a sense of humor throughout the book and subject matter is very timely. I have always been a big fan of Clive Cussler and his Dirk Pitt character, Dubrul DOES provide me with another enjoyable and interesting character to follow through his future.
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By A Customer on March 2 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am not setting up to write a review- I like the author's works and think he can spin a taut yarn and because of that I keep coming back to his books. My question to the author is.....why did you leave Roddy hanging out there? Once he faxed the documents to Harry he was picked up by two "Dangerous looking" locals - he thought they might be Ex-Dignity Brigades......he was having end of life flashes on his wife and kids - the chapter ended but we were never told who these people were, what happened to him and how it came to be that he returned to the hotel. I then read the rest of the book expecting Roddy to betray his friends in one way or another....after all the last we saw of him he was being led away with "vomit on is chin and the look of death in his eyes". Or maybe I am missing something?!
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By "athowill" on Dec 22 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of Jack Dubrul's novels so far, and there is one thing I can say about him. When he is good, he is good and when he is bad, he is really bad. I know that might sound generic, but it's true, and the best I could think to write it. His hits as I mentioned above seem to come with every other outing he takes us along with his character Mercer. It all started with Vulcan's Forge, which was good as action adventure goes, but was a little weak on characterization. Mercer's friends are all cardboard cutouts, that are at best one dimensional. Next came Charon's Landing, which was just bad. It felt like he had writers block when he wrote it and went with whatever first popped into his head to keep the story going, which was usually a crude joke. He improved with The Medusa Stone, which was a well rounded novel, and you actually began to care about the poorly drawn supporting characters such as the eighty year old friend, that he traveled across the world to save, and who has been in all the adventures so far, in one way or another. Pandora's Curse was like deja vous if you read a book called Riptide by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Also, nazi hunters and nazis altoghether are all worn out. Aside from some good action, and the tug of war between a sub and a zeppelin that was the seed that started the novel in the first place, it was a mediocre effort. Oh, the secret society or brotherhood aspect has been better used many different places, Serpent by Cussler and Kemprecos for example. Now we come to River of Ruin. By now we like Harry the octagenarian, and we begin to learn some of Mercer's dark past. As an action adventure novel, it was good with some really good bad guys, and the whole plot involving the Panama Canal was good.Read more ›
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I agree,many other fiction action authors have said he has a great talent; there is no doubt on that statement. This is the second novel I have read and will plan on reading the rest. His main character, Philip Mercer meets all criteria for todays action hero. Educated,lots of heart, and tough as Harry Truman.I would recommend his books to anyone that wants to take a somewhat educated walk on the wilder side.
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By A Customer on Oct. 10 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a book full of mistakes.
The research is very poor, even unacceptable at times. For example, the author said you cannot be French to become part of the Legion Etrangere, this is completely incorrect.
Another aspect very annoying is the tentative to put French sentences here and there. Nothing wrong with the idea, but then write in correct French, "Combien du soldats?", "Bon idee", and many other sentences are absolutely wrong. More than two third of the French text is full of errors. Visibly DuBrul didn't bother to ask a basic French speaker to check his translation. This carelessness makes me wonder about the rest of the techno-mumbo-jumbo...
DuBrul's characters are uselly very black and white, but this time it's not even funny: The perfect american superman, against the nasty (and ugly) chineses, with the arrogant French spy. It's shallow and often very pathetique.
Overall I was very desappointed. I put one star because anyone who manage to write a book deserve that at least, but it's probably the last time I will bother to read a DuBrul.
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I have read all of this author's books that are out in paperback, and have been giving him the benefit of the doubt up to now in regard to him getting his facts wrong on each item that I might happen to have any personal knowledge about. He seems to always get his facts wrong when talking of airplanes. In the River of Ruin he has the pilot flying a helicopter from the left side seat. In others he has 737s making transocean flights, and people falling 10 feet to the ground from a 757 or 767 on the ground(its more like 20 or more feet). A helicopter flight from one city in Peru to another is something like four hours to him, when in actuality its about an hour and a half TRAIN ride. In River of Ruin he has one player in a Henderson microprene one half millimeter body suit. Henderson is merely a brand name with no significance. He means a NEOPRENE WET suit. In every area the author writes about with which I'm familar, he doesn't get his facts right, so, such all of his errors are very easily researched, I can only assume he simply is too lasy and doesn't want to bother to get his facts correct. I assume this holds true concerning the guns, etc. also. I like to think that although I may be reading a work of fiction regarding the story line, the basic items in it are true, or at least we're told by the author that he made them up. Not so here.He needs to do his research if he's going to be a real writer.
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