The Lightning Stones

The Lightning Stones

A Novel

Book - 2015
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What was Amelia Earhart carrying on her final flight? The adventure begins two thousand feet beneath the surface of the Earth.

Philip Mercer, a preeminent geologist with a taste for international intrigue and danger, rides an elevator two thousand feet into the earth at the Leister Deep Mine in Minnesota. Mercer is there to visit his old friend and mentor, Abraham Jacobs, who is leading a research team to the deepest section of the mine for a groundbreaking study on climate change. But as Mercer approaches, he is stunned to hear automatic gunfire in the massive underground chambers. By the time he finds his way to them, Abe Jacobs and the entire research team have been brutally attacked—and Mercer is left seeking not only answers but revenge.
     Mercer immediately retraces Jacobs’s tracks, searching for clues to the secret project on which the distinguished scientist was working. Staying one step ahead of a highly trained team of assassins, Mercer follows a trail that leads from a harrowing close call in the Midwest to a nail-biting showdown in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan to a remote island in the middle of the Pacific. At stake is an extraordinary scientific discovery that could irrevocably alter the planet, centered on a cache of rare crystals called lightning stones—rumored to have been aboard Amelia Earhart’s plane when it vanished on July 2, 1937.
     With his trademark combination of intellectual swagger, riveting action, and cutting-edge science, internationally bestselling author Jack Du Brul has crafted a superbly entertaining novel that will thrill his fans.

Baker & Taylor
When his mentor is killed while conducting vital underground research into climate change, Philip Mercer launches an effort to find answers and exact vengeance. By the best-selling co-author of the Oregon series. 60,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

When his mentor is killed while conducting vital underground research into climate change, Philip Mercer launches an effort to find answers and exact vengeance.

Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385527750
0385527756
9780385540377
Characteristics: 338 pages ; cm

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SEBoiko
Sep 18, 2015

... the truth that chance plays such a large role in life.

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SEBoiko
Sep 18, 2015

The software can't override the hardware.

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SEBoiko
Sep 18, 2015

There was nothing less imaginative or more risk averse than the bureaucratic mind.

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SEBoiko
Sep 18, 2015

... you never play chicken with someone with nothing to lose.

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SEBoiko
Sep 18, 2015

... that humanity was a blip on the geologic timeline.

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SEBoiko
Sep 18, 2015

..., and yet Mother Nature and gravity care not for proper preparations.

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onischuk
Oct 04, 2015

Author jack du brul latest book is a dull, laughable blend of unrealistic science and juvenile charachters aimed at poorly educated or simple, gullible weak-minded people who do not question. du Brul ignores many key facts about climate science (vs du brul opinions) like several massve ice shelves disappearing in recent years. Instead readers are subjected to du brul flawed thinking that also goes out of its way to hate monger against people who enviroment & nature species protection. maybe he should stop living in a cave and take a few nature tours, epecially to reclaimed & protected areas. du Brul needs to learn more about issues before writing propaganda books that espouse only his narrow views as being the only truth. Sadly 1 star is the minimum for this zero star attempt at a book.

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tigershark855
Sep 30, 2015

It was a cheesy and fun ride. Not great, not terrible, just aggressively mediocre. I can't fault the action scenes, but no amount of action will save a book from switching tenses in the middle of a paragraph. -0.5 of a star for that recurring grammatical issue.
If anyone is concerned about climate change part of the plot...I wouldn't be worried. It's an action novel. Not a political treatise. (On a personal note, after years of scientists being frantic, anxious, urging the powers that be to do something before it's too late, and being a nuisance in general, I don't mind at all someone take the other side. )

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marlynrlewis
Sep 05, 2015

The author is clearly a babbling climate change denier. His logic and examples are so contrived and silly that you want to laugh. Skipping over that nonsense, this is still a book that was a good read. I'd never purchase this, though.

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