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Mercury Falls (Mercury Series Book 1)

Mercury Falls (Mercury Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Kroese
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While on assignment in Utah, Christine Temetri isn’t surprised when yet another prophesied Apocalypse fails to occur. After three years of reporting on End Times cults for a religious news magazine, Christine is seriously questioning her career choice. But then she meets Mercury, a cult leader whose knowledge of the impending Apocalypse is decidedly more solid than most: he is an angel, sent from heaven to prepare for the Second Coming but distracted by beer, ping pong, and other earthly delights. After Christine and Mercury inadvertently save Karl Grissom—a film-school dropout and the newly appointed Antichrist—from assassination, she realizes the three of them are all that stand in the way of mankind’s utter annihilation. They are a motley crew compared to the heavenly host bent on earth’s destruction, but Christine figures they’ll just have to do. Full of memorable characters, Mercury Falls is an absurdly funny tale about unlikely heroes on a quest to save the world.

About the Author

Robert Kroese is a writer and software developer who lives in Ripon, California. Mercury Falls is his first novel, if you don’t count the thirty-page novella he wrote in second grade about Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (26 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HHQ12Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,391 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good 1 Mar 2012
By The Emperor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I quite enjoyed this. It is a pretty fun and undemanding read. It brought a smile to my face on quite a few occasions. The writing is generally decent though maybe there is a tad too much exposition.

It does sag a bit in the middle but it recovers towards the end. It is quite inventive in places and there is plenty of witty dialogue and some amusing slapstick as well. There are some great characters.

At times this book was genuinely funny and I did enjoy reading it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the tradition of Douglas Adams... 14 Feb 2011
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An enjoyable religious satire about a jaded journalist who finds herself caught up in various plots and counter-plots by different factions of angels and demons to derail or subvert impending Armageddon. Kroese cheerfully depicts heaven and hell as mind-numbingly complex bureaucracies, populated by immortals who are often as clueless as to the 'grand plan' as we are. The comparison with Adams is obvious, and Kroese acknowledges this by having his main character quote 'The Hitchhiker's Guide' at one point, but his grasp of kooky religion has something distinctly American about it. Atheism does not escape ridicule either, in case you're wondering.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 7 Nov 2010
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I bought this book by accident on my Kindle and am glad I did. It is a funny and well written satire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercury series 19 Sep 2013
By Gillian
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Very exciting books, holds me so I cannot put them down, and cannot wait for the next book to arrive
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start 27 Dec 2012
By ron
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Recieved this free as at the time i had read nothing by Robert Kroese. After the first couple of chapters was wondering what to expect but really got into the book and finished it off quickly. If you enjoy quirky humour this is the one for you.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercury Falls 27 Nov 2010
By clare
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Bought this on a whim and so glad I did! If you are a Douglas Adams reader, you will appreciate this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mercury Fails 9 Feb 2013
By teemac
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Flashes of genius and laugh out loud humour are, sadly, interspersed with long sections of tedium, which spoiled this for me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not really my thing 15 May 2014
By StumpyB
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I purchased Mercury Falls on a whim - it sounded good but I couldn't really get into it and didn't finish it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Giggle
Entertaining, distracting and in places confusing, but a great book. I will be purchasing the others in the series, after my brain has calmed down
Published 5 months ago by barrytitcomb
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
Gives a new perspective to the battle between good and evil.introduces the concept of heaven and hell as not being quite what you expect.
Published 5 months ago by Drew Mclaren
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I have never read anything written by this author before, but I will certainly be reading everything else he has produced. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Leigh
1.0 out of 5 stars Dross
Bought this as a daily deal ( with the other two in series) dire, drab, dull and a complete waste of money and effort. Suggest author tries another career.
Published 7 months ago by eddierifff
3.0 out of 5 stars undecided
didn't quite get the gist of this book till near the end, once a got the humour of it bingo, enjoyed it.
Published 12 months ago by mrs c j robinson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
very disappointed, it was hard to follow, and far too much needless information, was very bored with this book and gave up.
Published 12 months ago by dreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An excellent read. First time reading this author so wasn't sure what to expect. Loved all the characters who were all well thought out and developed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Junior
4.0 out of 5 stars MERCURY FALLS 1
Published 14 months ago by Maureen Nevitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun Easy to read, loved it! Pratchett fans - have a go.
Loved this, easy to read and very entertaining, if you like Pratchett and Gaiman's "Good Omens" or the film Dogma, then this is a good bet for you!
Published 14 months ago by onetrueweasel
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Belter of a book, looking forward to reading more by this author. Took a while to understand the language at points, but got the hang of it!
Published 14 months ago by Martin Alexander Dunn
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