i just happened across this audio book at a book sale a little while back. Needing something to do on a sunday afternoon I dropped the first cassette into the player and was soon after hooked! It starts fairly quickly with the action and aventure and never really lets up! Loveable enjoyable characters abound and most importantly they are believable! i had such a good time listening to this book. Some of my friends have told me that not all of the Mercer adventure books by Jack Dubrul are as good as this one and thats a shame because it was great!
Jam-packed with action and larger-than-life heroics, DuBrul's latest (after Pandora's Curse) sets geologist Philip Mercer on a course to save the world once again. This time he's in Panama, where he uncovers a Chinese plot to bomb the canal with nuclear weapons in order to strong-arm the U.S. into allowing China's takeover of Taiwan. Though teeming with up-to-the-minute technology (such as an experimental but deadly long-range cannon), the novel possesses a surprising Cold War perspective toward China. DuBrul demonstrates his knowledge of everything from geology to mechanics through prose that is at times too technical for the lay reader, but he lends his protagonist a welcome touch of emotional complexity. Mercer's softer side surfaces in his dealings with sexy heroine Lauren Vanik, a U.S. army officer, and, to a different extent, when his recollections of an old mentor prevent him from succumbing to diabolical Chinese torture. Despite these introspective moments, this is an adventure story at heart, and the action scenes come fast and furious, in sewers, factories, giant ships and more. It's evident from the outset that Mercer and his team will come out on top, but the fun is watching DuBrul untangle his own skillfully woven knots.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW
As usual Philip Mercer comes through for his Country and friends! Very compelling and interesting take on Panama no that we no longer control the canal. Thought provoking as to what could happen down there that would jeopardize our safety! Good read.