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Fresh off their successful quest to thwart not one, but two diabolical plots to destroy the world, jaded reporter Christine Temetri and rough cherub Mercury find that mysterious powers outranking even the Heavenly bureaucracy seem intent on keeping the Apocalypse on track.

Mercury Rises continues author Robert Kroese’s tale of the heroic cherub Mercury, who is generally wel
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Paperback, 326 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by AmazonEncore (first published July 19th 2011)
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Marvin
Jan 29, 2012 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
While not the equal of Mercury Falls, Mercury Rises is still ample evidence that Robert Kroese is the best humorist on the south side of Christopher Moore and one of the best social satirists since Douglas Adams. There is certainly a lot of influence from both writers. Kroese has a singular wit and a talent for lambasting both mythical warhorses and pop culture silliness in the same paragraph...
"Bigger than the Attache Cases of the Apocalypse?" asked Uzziel. "Like what? I've looked into the repo
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Jason
Feb 19, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
4.5 Stars

Mercury Rises, book 2 in the Mercury series by Robert Kroese is not a disappointment. As a second book it was not quite up to the standards of Mercury Falls because of the lack of interaction between Mercury and Christine. This book does however ratchet up the humor and the wit.



There are so many great one liners that will have you laughing out loud. There are many incredible references that are equally hilarious. There are so many quibs that I am sure that I overlooked many of them.


I
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Katy
Jun 11, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like to laugh and don't take religion too seriously
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon.com Vine
Shelves: vine-book
Please note: I will not change my rating or review, as my reviews are based upon the book, but I will warn other bloggers that this author has recently treated a fellow blogger very badly and abusively when she politely declined his review request and advised him to follow submission guidelines in the future when requesting a review. I have removed myself as a fan of this author and will no longer support him through purchasing his books.

Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy, humorous
Reading Level: Ad
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Karen Jones
Nov 05, 2011 Karen Jones rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A sequel to the hilarious Mercury Falls, Mercury Rises gives readers a insightful backstory on Mercury and his relationship to Tiamat who vows to make Lucifer's rebellion look like a toddler tantrum. I can see satan kicking and screaming now.

And who would have guessed the ark had a name? Noah makes a wonderful appearance with his big boat and been-cooped-up-too-long family and we learn what really happened to certain mystical creatures.

The apocalypse looms large yet again and much-loved characte
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Jenni
Dec 09, 2011 Jenni rated it really liked it
After reading Mercury Falls, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book! I'm so glad that I was able to stumble upon Robert Kroese' work.
The story is about what happens after the apocalypse is thwarted by Mercury and Christine, with a side of flashbacks into Mercury's past. Kroese has a great sense of humor that shows itself in his writing. I don't generally read satire or humor novels, but in this case I'm looking forward to the next book!
I definitely recommend that you check out this book.
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Harold Shaver
Aug 23, 2015 Harold Shaver added it
Recommends it for: Everyone with a cynical eye and a sense of humor.
The story continues with the Appocalypse put on hold for a Heavenly Senate investigation to be decided by committee ad a big hole wher Anaheim stadium used to be. With her boss dead and the Beacon building destroyed by the earthquake Christine finds herself out of a job and at loose ends. In this episode secret society Pillars of Babylon is still attempting to get a CCD operational to capture Chrotons to attempt to learn the secrets of the Universes and control time.

This time many of the origina
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astaliegurec
Robert Kroese's "Mercury Rises" is the 2nd in his "Mercury" series of book. Unfortunately, it suffers a bit from sequelitis. Specifically, it's got all the elements of the first book: irreverent humor, constant japes and wisecracks, and a nicely intertwined plot. But, it's just missing something. It feels just a tad less clever than the first book. My biggest issue with the book, though, isn't really with that lack. Instead, unlike the first book, this one definitely requires the later books. No ...more
Adrian Powell
Jan 14, 2015 Adrian Powell rated it liked it
This is a hard book to evaluate. I'm really enjoying Kroese's writing and I compared the first Mercury to "Good Omens" which is a huge compliment in my eyes. Much of "Mercury Rises" is just as fun, like a Christopher Moore novel perhaps. The backstory with Mercury and Tiamat was clever as were the soft jabs at Harry Potter, plus Kroese always packs his books with plenty of fun quips and observations to keep things bouncing along. The big problem, for me, was that the story was overly complicated ...more
Michael Allen
May 26, 2014 Michael Allen rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable read. The second in the Mercury series has all the elements that made me love the first book so much. Humor, action and a very unique take on angels, demons and the possible end of the world.

Robert Kroese has a wicked sense of humor and it doesn't let up in this book. It's what makes this series so good. I actually laugh out loud, and I don't do that often while reading.

This book picks up just after the apocalypse has been averted and, while the world survived, all is not
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Howard
Jan 29, 2012 Howard rated it it was amazing
Wonderful romp. While Mercury Falls was full of *nudge-nudge* moments that I felt distracted from the story, Mercury Rises lets the story dictate more of the comedy. There are still some of those moments that Rob can't help but throw in, but overall this is much better storytelling. Looking forward to the third!
zxvasdf
Apr 17, 2012 zxvasdf rated it it was amazing
Fun and fast read, but now that I'm just reviewing it, I can't seem to remember much of it. But I'm sticking by my original rating because obviously I enjoyed the hell out of it.
T Sunclades
Jan 23, 2016 T Sunclades rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brian
Mar 22, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
Mercury Rises is the second book in a trilogy that follows up on the events of the brilliant first novel which have Mercury and Christine narrowly averting the Apocalypse. Because this book picks up after the events of the first, I would definitely go back and read Mercury Falls first if you're considering reading this one. I was really looking forward to reading this book as the first story had set the bar very, very high for me and I knew this one would have to be pretty close to perfect from ...more
Tim Canny
Sep 19, 2011 Tim Canny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Don't tell the publisher but I was able to get an Advanced Reader Copy of Mercury Rises even though I'm only in the 80th percentile of Moderately Above-Average Readers. I enjoyed this book just as much, if not more than, Mercury Falls, the first book in what the author promises will at least be a trilogy. The pace is fast and the humor sneaks up on you before you realize it and what you thought were a couple paragraphs of exposition or lines of snappy dialogue turn out to be not only that but a ...more
Medeia Sharif
Oct 08, 2011 Medeia Sharif rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Because this is a sequel, I don’t want to reveal any backstory that might spoil the reading of the first book for those who haven’t picked up MERCURY FALLS yet. Obviously, since this is the second book, the world wasn’t destroyed in the first one. But there are forces out there that continue to put the world in danger of the Apocalypse. Journalist Christine Temetri and angel Mercury make their reappearance to help save the world. Also, a FBI bomb expert named Jacob comes into play as he tries to ...more
Jeff Miller
Sep 26, 2011 Jeff Miller rated it really liked it
The cover blurb says "the most highly anticipated sequel to `Mercury Falls' ever published"

Having been a fan of Mercury Falls I was looking forward to reading the sequel. Once again we meet Mercury the "renegade" Angel as he tries once again to stop a premature Apocalypse . The action picks up after the first novel where he again teams with the religion reporter who covered the Apocalypse beat. Considering the silliness of Harold Camping this novel fits right in. This time though the Harold Camp
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Ramie
Sep 09, 2011 Ramie rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
One of the first thing I did when I got my Kindle? Find an indie author to try out, I didn't want my first experience with unknown authors to be bad. After much searching, I finally ventured into the world of the indies by downloading Mercury Falls I was not sorry. I loved it.

So when this popped up in the Vine program, the only disappointment for me was with Amazon having not yet showing this to me in the coming soon for you section on their site. I surely would have pre-ordered this baby on Kin
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Diana (DomesticGoddess)
3.5 stars.
Ah, the Apocalypse. Good times! With all the hype it's been getting lately, this version is refreshingly snarky and cynical. Although the humor is getting a little old this go-round.

"Dad!" called a shrill voice from somewhere below deck. "Shem is trying to cut me with a carving knife again!"
Noah turned back to the boat. "Shem!" he hollered, "What did I tell you about eating Ham?" [bada bum]

"Wow, look at that!" Noah exclaimed.
"It's just a rainbow," Mercury stated. "Water vapor in the s
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Kate
Jan 28, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
Bite-sized Review
While not quite as fun as Mercury Falls, Mercury Rises still provided an interesting story with a sense of humor.

King-sized Review
I was really excited when I learned there was going to be a sequel to Mercury Falls, an incredibly hilarious and brilliant book about the Apocalypse. (Seriously, go check it out. It is completely worth it.) I mean, sure, the plot had seemed pretty nicely wrapped up at the end of the first book, but for more of Mercury and Christine and general ridicul
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Sarah Beth
Jan 09, 2012 Sarah Beth rated it it was amazing
This is a Goodreads first reads review. Mercury Rises is the second book in the Mercury series (Mercury Falls being the first) with a third one in the making. As a person, Kroese is extremely funny, intelligent and complex which is evident in his writing. Mercury Rises is not a book for the person who simply wants to grab something "quick and dumb." It is a clever, cerebral (you get to learn about quantum physics!) and highly entertaining piece of a larger story that leaves you hungry for the ne ...more
Emil Girardin
Jul 19, 2012 Emil Girardin rated it it was amazing
Purchased Mercury Rises a month or two ago and got through the other 3-4 books that were in my queue. Just finished reading it, and it brings back such great memories of Robert Kroese's writing style (which is why I bought the sequel in the first place), but I found that I should have re-read Mercury Falls to refresh all of my angel/demon names. I caught up quickly and thoroughly enjoyed reading another installment in the escapades of Mercury and Christine.

With the death/disappearance of Harry G
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Julie Davis
Oct 19, 2011 Julie Davis rated it liked it
Finch went on, "If these people spent as much time trying to develop a written language as they did making up deities, they wouldn't be in this jam. they've got rain gods, cloud gods, sun gods...I've documented three hundred different deities so far, and I'm not even close to covering them all. At this point there are probably more Tawani deities than there are Tawanies."

In fact, the Tawani only had seven gods and goddesses in their pantheon; the remainder they had made up just to screw with Hor
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Sx3
Jun 07, 2013 Sx3 rated it liked it
I have to read the final book of the Mercury trilogy for a report but when I got through two chapters of the final book, I realized that I had to read the first two books because it is just one of those types of series that previous knowledge helps a lot.

Robert Kroese's Mercury Rises starts up where Mercury Falls has ended. All the angels and demons have dispersed but there is still a huge crater in downtown Anaheim with the FBI investigating.

Jacob Slater, a blast expert with the FBI, is on site
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Dan
Jun 02, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
Two months have passed since the apocalypse was averted. Except now it’s about to happen again. All the gang are back and up to their usual mischief as Mercury and Christine once again try to stop the world from ending.

The plot surrounds the idea that there is a plane above heaven and therefore if someone could get to it they would be above everyone, including God. It’s actually full of complicated physics things but from my limited knowledge of physics the science does seem sound. It’s science
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Jeff
Oct 19, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ever since I read Mercury Falls earlier this year, I have been looking forward to the release of Mercury Rises. I even put the release date on my calendar and pre-ordered it, which is not something I do often.

Mercury is one of the best characters ever created and I can't get enough of his aloof attitude and ridiculous comments. My major complaint about this book is that it seemed short on Mercury. His story ark takes place mostly in the past (the way past), which means his interaction with Chris
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stormhawk
I think Robert Kroese wrote a sequel to Mercury Falls so he could use lines from songs as dialog.

I think that Robert Kroese wrote a sequel to Mercury Falls to increase the level of entropy in the universe.

I think that Robert Kroese wrote a sequel to Mercury Falls to include a number of bizarre plot twists that make Mercury Rises a Monkee Romp of a novel leading to the inevitable conclusion that there must be another sequel.

I think that Robert Kroese wrote a sequel to Mercury Falls as a clever
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Kathy Martin
Oct 11, 2011 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
This was an interesting sort of story. I knew when I accepted the book for review that it was the second in the series and was told that it could stand alone. I really felt that I was missing something by not reading book one in the series because I didn't really find out very much about Mercury or Christine and felt that there was a lot of backstory that would have made this a richer reading experience.

The tone of the story is deeply ironic. I was told that it was funny but "funny" is so subje
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Lia
Aug 26, 2011 Lia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
I absolutely loved _Mercury Falls_ and then comes _Mercury Rises_. I think I may like _Mercury Rises_ better. It's a little slower to get into, because it doesn't start with an explosion, but the characters are filled out a bit more (Christine and Mercury aren't as prominent in this book, even though they are key to the plot), and we really get to know the angel Eddie and a couple of new characters, including Saint Culain, who is my favorite.

Rob Kroese has a talent at making me laugh out loud, a
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Robyn
Mar 14, 2013 Robyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, kindle
KOLL.
This was good, but not nearly as good as the first book. In the first everything was leading somewhere, moving toward something. This one was more than halfway through before the narrative started having some direction. Up to that point it was a series of disconnected follow-ups. Christine is doing nothing in particular in Africa, waiting to set things up. Jacob is doing nothing in particular in LA, waiting to become a lynchpin. Present-day Mercury doesn't show up for the first two-thirds
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Sho
May 21, 2014 Sho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again I really like the sense of humour and Kroese's writing style - this was immensely enjoyable even without the bonkers plot.

The first book had a few hilarious pop-references and this one was no different. No spoilers from me so I'll just say, again, I rather suspect that if you like Douglas Adams and possibly if you like Terry Pratchett you will like this.
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Robert Kroese's sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan - home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply. In second grade, he wrote his first novel, the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from ...more
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