By: Robert Kroese
Disclaimer: I was sent this book as a review copy. As is my policy with all review copies, I don’t review them unless I liked them in some way. If I don’t like them, I don’t review them. Simple as that.
Mercury Rises is the second book in a series of books about an angel named Mercury. He’s a bit of a wayward angel. Down on his luck, you might say, eternally. I haven’t read the first book in the series, Mercury Falls, but I don’t think that’s actually necessary in order to understand what’s going on in Mercury Rises, as Kroese does a good job of filling in the backstory without it becoming intrusive to the story. This was one of those books that I had a hard time getting into. Part of that, I think, was the ensemble cast that took some introducing. Maybe that would have been lessened by having read the first book. Maybe not. Quickly, though, as the plot lines began to form, and the action picked up, I was drawn into the story and it read fairly quickly. The writing isn’t the best I’ve ever read, but it is far from the worst. And, don’t let that keep you from reading the book. Especially if you’re a fan of authors like Terry Pratchett. I found the story and humor in the book to be very similar to Pratchett’s. Of course, I’m not a big fan of Pratchett, so that means that I am not really a big fan of this book either. More a problem with taste than with anything else, and entirely my fault rather than the book or author.
One other small reader beware here. The book is about an angel. As you can probably imagine, there are other angels in the book, and some biblical themes. And, it’s a satirical humor that Kroese uses. There were at least two places in the book where my more Christian leanings were a bit off-put by the way the story went. But, like I said, it’s a satirical piece, so remember that and it isn’t as bad as all that. Fair warning though.
Overall, the book was decent. Like I said, I’m not a big fan of similar books, so this one didn’t do all that much for me, but I can see fans of this type of fiction really loving this book. You can pick it up at Amazon.