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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.


The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett : Review

When darkness falls, Demons rise from the mists and rule the night. In a frenzy they kill, devour and destroy; held at bay only by ancient wards. However, when the Corelings breach the wards; tragedy strikes. Houses and towns burned to rubble; family and friends slaughtered. There is no way to fight back; all you can do is cower in fear, hide and pray that your wards will hold through the night – and be thankful that it isn’t you that’s being devoured.

The story follows three main characters; Arlen, who after a series of events and observing a great cowardice from his father; runs away in an attempt to be free, and moreover – fight back against the demons. Arlen is ever willing to do what others have thought impossible for generations, ever since the lost wards and the return of the Corelings. He gains his talents and specialities during his quests for knowledge and the desire for change.

After escaping from her manipulative and demanding mother, Leesha goes trains under the town hag and becomes a skilled healer. As she grows older, she must also deal with the leering looks of men, and protect herself in a male-dominant society; all the while searching for the right guy. She shows great strength of character; and alongside her skills with healing, she finds herself with a will to fight.

Rojer was raised by a Jongleur after his parents were killed by the demons when he was three. Scarred from that encounter; Rojer is missing fingers, though they serve as a reminder of his parent’s love. Struggling with juggling, Rojer more than makes up for that lack with his extraordinary skills playing the fiddle – skills which may prove magical.

Peter Brett‘s debut novel, The Painted Man (A.K.A The Warded Man in some countries) at first begins like the traditional well-known fantasy story; with a country-boy in a small village. Yes, there are a few clichés in the plot like that (country boy goes on a quest to change the world), as well as a bit of predictability. However Brett does a fantastic job with making it his own. With the characters starting out fairly young; as they mature and age (the story spans about 15 years) the plot goes from the idiosyncrasies of small villages to the complexity of city-life, with the different sights, sounds and people. His great use of description allows you to experience the story alongside the protagonists and makes for an enthralling read. Brett’s protagonists are all well written, and dynamic (though, I had some issues with Leesha’s story close to the end), and they’re interesting to read.

One of the main things that stinted this story was the view-point transitions. They seemed a bit roughly done, and with the timelines jumping back and forth it could be confusing at times.

In short: It’s a great book, The Painted Man is among my favourite fantasy novels and even though it has its flaws, I found it to be a very enjoyable read. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy novels, action – and can deal with some of the more mature subject matter which are brought up in the story.

Though, I have mixed feelings about The Desert Spear (book 2), which wasn’t a terrible book, it just didn’t live up to my expectations and (to me) fell short of the potential it had. However, the majority of other reviews seem to disagree with me on this point.

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