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Penguin, Sep 4, 2007 - Fiction - 416 pages
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New Jersey, 1937: A homicidal madman bears a safe holding a terrible secret that is thought lost when fiery fate intervenes. Decades later, the discovery of that secret is about to threaten the world once more....

Mining engineer Philip Mercer is in the war-torn Central African Republic searching for precious metal. There, he meets Cali Stone, a field researcher for the CDC who is investigating why a certain village suffers from one of the highest rates of cancer in the world-a fact that intrigues Mercer. Once back in the states, Mercer's search for answers leads him to a long-lost safe and a cryptic note inside that may reveal a three thousand year-old deception...

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User Review  - AuthorMarion - LibraryThing

What could be more exciting that a modern day search by wanna-be terrorists for a stash of old world plutoniumm? Caught my interest. Havoc starts off with a twist, causing the reader to question what ... Read full review

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User Review  - MSWallack - LibraryThing

I'm worried that Du Brul is running out of ideas for Philip Mercer. The story just didn't feel fresh or new or particularly interesting. Only a few of the action scenes felt particularly suspenseful ... Read full review


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Arlington Virginia
New York City
Arlington Virginia
Buffalo New York
Niagara River New York
Arlington Virginia
Southern Russia
Samarsskaya Mine Southern Russia
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Jack Du Brul is a graduate of the Westminster School and George Washington University. Trying to add as much adventure to his life as he does to his novels, Du Brul has climbed Masada at noon, swam in the Arctic Ocean off Point Barrow, explored war-torn Eritrea, camped in Greenland, and was gnawed on by piranhas in the Amazon River. He collects zeppelin memorabilia and when not writing or traveling (25 countries and counting), he can be found in a favorite chair with a book and a brandy. Jack Du Brul lives in Burlington, Vermont.

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