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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 Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it. In 2009, he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls.
Since then, he has written 18 more books.
Mystery & Thrillers, Suspense
Christine Temetri writes for the Banner, a monthly, evangelical publication. Christine fell into this job after a failed attempt at writing a scathing expose on a cult, which the staff and readers loved. Christine was given her own column about end-of-the-world predictions, appropriately named “End Notes”.
Harry Gidding is the owner of the Banner who claims to hear voices of angels in his head. One of the angels told Harry that he will play a role in the Apocalypse. Harry isn’t sure how valid this proclamation is, as the angel who told him was drunk and a bit damaged. Just to be on the safe side, Harry uses Christine to keep an eye on any developments.
Christine goes to Berkeley and finds Mercury Galileo, a cherub, playing ping pong. Mercury is quite tall, laid back and says he has a part in the Apocalypse—although, he’s not sure what that part is, as he missed the meeting. So while he waits for events to unfold, Mercury drinks beer, practices ping pong and makes Rice Krispy treats with Peeps (the marshmallow treat, not the entourage).
Meanwhile another Charlie Nyx book (i.e. Harry Potter) is being released and the publisher is having a contest to pick the new anti-christ. Christine dismisses this as a PR stunt, but it actually is being orchestrated by Satan (the publisher is just a front). The winner of the contest is Karl Grissom is a 37-year-old film school drop-out who lives with his mother.
Now all the elements are together for the Apocolypse and a few “fallen” angels are trying to change destiny by removing pieces of the puzzle–starting with Karl.
Christine is a great character, with whom many of us can relate; her frustrated and disgusted attitude is a great compliment to Mercury’s witty and sarcastic personality:
Fallen Angels to Mercury: “You know what we want”… (Karl Grissom).
Mercury: “Well, if you’re like me, a Styx reunion tour is pretty high on the list.”
Mercury also validates what many of us suspect–that life is predetermined. Apparently, we’re given a certain amount of freedom, but if we go too far off course, cherubs (like Mercury) get us back in line.
Mercury Falls is Piers Anthony meets Dogma. Entertaining, imaginative; although a bit on the verbose side. You’ll laugh, you’ll think, you’ll ponder–but, mostly laugh.
The books in suggested reading order: