Mercury Revolts by Robert Kroese : Review

Mercury

After a lowly software tester named Suzy Cilbrith uncovers evidence of a vast government conspiracy, she turns to a fringe reporter named Eddie Pratt for help. Far from dismissing her wild claims, Eddie reveals that things are even worse than they appear: the U.S. government has been infiltrated by angels, who are attempting to bring about Heaven on Earth – no matter the cost.

Only one angel knows the secret to exposing the cabal: the rogue cherub known as Mercury. But when Mercury learns who is behind the cabal, he realizes he’s going to need a lot of help. Old enemies become allies, old friends become bitter enemies, and as competing plots for world domination unfold, it isn’t always clear which is which.

MERCURY REVOLTS is the fourth book by Robert Kroese featuring the wise-cracking, anti-authority angel Mercury. MERCURY REVOLTS takes place after the events of MERCURY RESTS, but is a standalone story that can be enjoyed whether or not you’ve read the other books.

Mercury Revolts is another great novel by Robert Kroese, and the fourth one of his books featuring the now fallen angel Mercury. While I may not be a big fan of stories that rely heavily on religion or the angel vs demon storyline in general, I have developed an abiding love of the Mercury series. There are plenty of books that can bring me to my feet in shock or anger, or make start to tear up, but there aren’t many that make me laugh out loud. Mercury Revolts, just like every other book in the series had me laughing almost the whole way through, sometimes so hard I would choke or cry. I should warn anyone who reads this that there may be a spoiler or three from the previous books ahead, this is a difficult book to talk about without bringing up the rest of the series

With Mercury and his new allies attempting to stop the angels from infiltrating and influencing the government, this book has some fairly strong political overtones. Political thrillers are usually at the bottom of my reading list, but the humor and the characters are great enough that I didn’t even notice that’s what this really was. Plus the cutaway scenes that go all the way back to the beginning of the United States show how Mercury influenced us and our battle for independence really add something to the book. While the plot in most of the Mercury books seems like just an afterthought, here it really stands out strong. Strong enough that it made me really think about politics and my government afterwords. Something that is very unlike me on almost any given day of the week.

Mercury Revolts could probably stand on its own without any knowledge the previous books in the series, but I believe it would be beneficial for everyone to read them first. I know I have already said it multiple times here, and I really don’t want to over sell it, but I have to say it one more time here. This book and series is funny, I have laughed harder reading them than I have for any other books, I found the comedy very reminiscent of Douglas Adams and the Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy.

I would recommend this book to just about anyone who reads fantasy and science fiction, as well as anyone who reads political thrillers and comedies– or pretty much anyone who reads.

I received a free copy of this novel for an honest review.

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