In his Mercury Trilogy (Mercury Falls,
Rises, and Mercury Rests),
author Rob Kroese explores world-ending annihilation with surreal humor and
parody. The devil in Kroese's books wears a track-suit and resembles that guy
who sports white sunglasses in a nightclub. That guy has power, and he's
intent on destroying the earth in cinematic fashion…if only he could control
the political infighting amongst his not-so-subservient demons.
The Mercury Trilogy’s take on heaven is as funny as it is
depressing. This divine institution/corporation is chalk-full of illogical procedures,
bureaucratic layers, and legal posturing. Much of the angels’ work in this
supernatural hierarchy involves watching over the most mundane activities
of human life. Andthen there's Mercury, a smart-ass angel, who ignores his
assignments, preferring instead to hang out with humans--occultists mostly--who
wait for the end of the world.
Soon Mercury meets Christine Temetri, a cynical reporter for
a Christian magazine, TheBanner. She specializes in reporting on
the end of the world. After the exploding house incident (you’ll just have to
read it Mercury Falls to find out), Mercury and Christine team up to
stop the anti-Christ and the devil, who have bigger plans.
In the third book, Mercury Rests,
Christine teams up with Jacob Slater, an FBI agent beset with Tourette's
Syndrome. Together they mount a search for the missing Mercury. They'll need to
find him if they want to stop the devil's next stunt.
Kroese’s fiction employs alternate theology, history, and
physics as it conjures a good-versus-evil world that is drolly spinning to the
end. This is a world in which Monty Python might feel right at home.