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Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese
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Nov 17, 09

Read in November, 2009

‘The Apocalypse has a way of fouling up one’s plans.’

Ah yes, it’s the end of the world. Again. Agreements have been reached and the associated paperwork has been completed. The Four Attache cases of the Apocalypse are out there, as is the Antichrist.

What can prevent the Apocalypse?

Enter Christine Temetri, a journalist who covers the antics of ‘End of the World’ cults for a religious magazine. Christine is thinking about a career change, and is seeking some new floor-covering. Hmm: one out of two isn’t bad. Christine meets Mercury, an anti-establishment angel who would rather play ping-pong than attend to his real job which is helping to orchestrate the Apocalypse. As the End draws closer, the Apocalypse is threatened by conspirators amongst the angels and demons seeking to subvert the End for their own purposes. Along the way, Christine and Mercury save Karl Grissom, the selected Antichrist.
I loved the dialogue in this novel: ridiculously funny in parts, deliciously droll in others. And this novel is mainly dialogue as seems appropriate, really, given the role of bureaucracy. Who’d have thought that the choice of linoleum for a breakfast nook could be quite so significant? Or that one department (at least) of Hell is a massive Dilbertian cubicle farm? Read ‘Mercury Falls’ and laugh. But don’t ignore the footnotes: they are important.

‘Divine providence is a mysterious and wonderful thing.’
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