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From Publishers Weekly
Jam-packed with action and larger-than-life heroics, DuBrul's latest (after Pandora's Curse) sets geologist Philip Mercer on a course to save the world once again. This time he's in Panama, where he uncovers a Chinese plot to bomb the canal with nuclear weapons in order to strong-arm the U.S. into allowing China's takeover of Taiwan. Though teeming with up-to-the-minute technology (such as an experimental but deadly long-range cannon), the novel possesses a surprising Cold War perspective toward China. DuBrul demonstrates his knowledge of everything from geology to mechanics through prose that is at times too technical for the lay reader, but he lends his protagonist a welcome touch of emotional complexity. Mercer's softer side surfaces in his dealings with sexy heroine Lauren Vanik, a U.S. army officer, and, to a different extent, when his recollections of an old mentor prevent him from succumbing to diabolical Chinese torture. Despite these introspective moments, this is an adventure story at heart, and the action scenes come fast and furious, in sewers, factories, giant ships and more. It's evident from the outset that Mercer and his team will come out on top, but the fun is watching DuBrul untangle his own skillfully woven knots.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
“The technology [Du Brul] comes up with is on par if not superior to Clancy.”—Clive Cussler
“Outrageous cliffhangers.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A breakneck pace.”—Douglas Preston
“[An] adrenaline rush.”—Publishers Weekly
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
An attack on Mercer's life in Paris sends him scurrying to Panama to find a mining school colleague who is searching for the Twice Stolen treasure. This is allegedly Inca treasure that was stolen by the conquistadors and stolen back and hidden in Panama. Mercer discovers his friend, Gary Brewer and his crew have mysteriously died at the site of the treasure excavation. Mercer's party is then attacked by a group from Hatcherly Corp., a Chinese company doing business in Panama. Hatcherly, a front for COSTIND, a Chinese defense conglomerate is headed by the powerful and influential Liu Yousheng, the villain of the book.
Mercer, desperate to find his friend's killers, is aided by the familiar confident, assertive and beautiful woman found in all DuBrul books, in the person of U.S. Army captain Lauren Vanik. Also lending a hand is Mercer's best friend and father figure, the bourbon swllling, chain smoking, octagenarian ex- sea captain, Harry White. White recruits Roddy Herrara an Panama canal pilot who is the son of an old friend. Mercer also eventually joins forces with a group of French Legionnaires and a French secret agent who are also trying to determine what the Chinese are up to.
It turns out that the Chinese are attempting to seize control of the Panama Canal.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on May 30 2004
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. Read morePublished on March 2 2004
I agree,many other fiction action authors have said he has a great talent; there is no doubt on that statement. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003 by David A. Spearman
Take a dash of Robert Ludlum, throw in a heaping tablespoon of Clyde Cussler and you have Jack DuBrul's latest techno/spy/thriller, River of Ruin. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by Sven Golly
Clive Cussler has long held the undisputed title of Grand Master of Adventure Fiction for years...and while Jack Du Brul may not have his sights set on de-throning Cussler, his... Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2003 by Jeff Edwards
River of Ruin is Du Brul's best since The Medusa Stone (hard to top that one, really). It's extremely fast-paced, witty and highly entertaining. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2003 by Traveling Pants
The newpaper headline aside I really liked this book. After reading the tedious Red Rabbit by Clancy, this book was refreshing. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2002 by R. Frye
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