Mercury, the rogue angel, and Christine, the attractive but peculiar-faced human, have thwarted the apocalypse. Or was that just round one? In the rich tradition of sequels, Mercury Rises ($2.99) ladles out more of everything. Not only are there more miracles, explosions, cherubic tips, plot twists, and linoleum than in the first, as a bonus this book spans thousands of years of history!
Would you like to know the real reason the pyramids were built? How did Noah cope with a post-flood Earth? How did Hammurabi come up with so many laws? Well, thankfully, Mercury Rises takes us behind the scenes of the angelic/demonic bureaucratic machine to finally provide answers.
In terms of the writing, like Mercury Falls ($2.99), much of the humor and story is dialog, which makes for light and entertaining reading. Despite the fact that much of this book takes place in Old Testament times, all the dialog is modern—possibly modern Californian. While you may not expect biblical Noah to greet people with “Hey, dudes,” remember that this is a story told by a modern-day angel and he’s going to recount the tale as he pleases. Plus, honestly, do you really want “thy and thou” in every other sentence? Sure, perhaps Kroese isn’t making fun of the Bible “the right way,” but he is doing it the “fun way.” Thank you!
In this sequel to Mercury Falls, Kroese builds upon the politics of Heaven and Hell introduced in the first book in the trilogy. Mercury Rises seems to move even faster than the first, particularly the closer you get to the end (like approaching a black hole).
Given the plot pace and high density of jokes and tie-ins to other parts of the book, this sequel has healthy re-readability.
Overall, a fun and humorous read. Oh, and did I mention there are like six explosions? Tasteful explosions, of course. --Sam Landstrom
Sam Landstrom is the author of the absurdly good sci-fi novel MetaGame. When not writing, working,or spending quality time with his family, Sam enjoys eating, sleeping, and sex.