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Mercury Begins (Mercury Series Book 0) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Kroese
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Book Description

Travel to ancient Troy with the irrepressible angel Mercury as he masterminds the most unnecessarily complicated sneak attack in history! Never read any of the Mercury books? Start here! Already read one or more of the books? Also OK! There's no wrong way to read this story, unless you're using a spatula and a bowl full of goose feathers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00918ALA6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,623 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

He continued to write in his spare time, and in 2007 he started his blog,, as an outlet for his absurdist wit. Around the same time, he was appointed to be a deacon in his church, and this juxtaposition of roles prompted him to create the character Mercury, the star of MERCURY FALLS and MERCURY RISES- an acerbic, anti-establishment angel who is well-meaning but not particularly well-behaved.

Kroese has also published THE FORCE IS MIDDLING IN THIS ONE, a collection of humorous essays. He is currently working on the the third installment in the MERCURY series.

Kroese lives in Ripon, California, with his wife and two children.

His website is

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By YeahYeahNoh TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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If you've not read any of the Mercury books previously, this is not the place to start, though chronologically it is. Perverse I know, but then so is life sometimes, as you'll know if you've read the series!
So, if you've not already, I'd recommend you at least read book 1 of the trilogy first: Mercury Falls (Book One of the Mercury Series)
This (very) short story fills in some of the background to the Mercury story in the trilogy, and as such, is probably better for being in on some of the jokes contained therein. I suspect it wouldn't be anything like as funny if you came to this first.
It is very short, so even at the low price currently listed, arguably not the best of value, but if you're a prime member you can borrow it free, and hey, it is only 77p (currently), less than half a pint. If you go to a cheaper pub than usual you could buy this and enjoy it with a pint at no added cost. That's not a bad idea.
So, in short, recommended if you enjoyed the trilogy, not if you've not read them, and obviously not if you read them and hated them, that would just be silly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun and an easy read 14 May 2014
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Robert Kroese is a thinking person's Christian. He writes with great humour and his view of good and evil is entertaining and well written. Mercury is a gentle character and very well written. I really really like all the books that I've read by Robert Kroese so far. It is really interesting how he links all his books together with recurring stories from different perspectives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short read 22 July 2013
By Junior
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This made me laugh out loud in several places. Reignited my enjoyment of Mercury's escapades. Over too quickly. Can be read in a very short time so don't expect it to last.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 30 Aug. 2013
By ron
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I would certainly agree with the majority of reviews. This is a very funny short novel and if this is the first Mercury book you have read it will make you want to read the Mercury Trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mercury Begins 6 Jun. 2013
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This is the first book I have read by Robert Kroese and it definitely won't be the last. I found this book very funny - a really good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a great read 2 Jun. 2013
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I was laughing out loud reading this short story. Kroese is a genius. His version of historical events is endlessly funny and intelligent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice quirk on a well known story 17 Jun. 2013
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Maybe not Historicaly correct but an amusing intro into a concept (and hero) for later stories, I will be reading them later for sure
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