River of Ruin : Philip Mercer

  • by Jack Du Brul
  • Narrated by J. Charles
  • Series: Philip Mercer
  • 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the heart of Panama, a volcanic lake feeds a serpentine river - its stone banks laid by the Incas, who took back the gold and jewels plundered from them by the conquistadors. Legend has it that the Twice-Stolen Treasure has been buried for centuries in the Panamanian jungle. Discovering it means surviving the black waters of the River of Ruin...It begins at a Paris auction house, with a favor granted by an old high school friend to geologist Philip Mercer: the opportunity to buy a rare diary written during the French attempt at digging the Panama Canal. But Mercer isn't the only one who wants it. Three Chinese assassins have been dispatched to get it, forcing Mercer into a subterranean game of cat and mouse that takes him from the hellish maze of l'empire de la mort and through the sewers of Paris.Mercer realizes he has uncovered an intricate Chinese plot to trigger a deadly shift in the world's balance of power. At stake is control of the canal, recently handed over to the government of Panama by the United States. Only Philip Mercer - with help from beautiful U.S. Army officer Lauren Vanik, a cell of French Foreign Legion commandos, and a crusty eighty-year-old retired sea captain named Harry White - can stop them.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Horrible narration!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, the narration is like fingernails on a blackboard


Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Du Brul? Why or why not?

Only if they get a better narrator


What didn’t you like about J. Charles’s performance?

Horrible attempt at accents and the voices of women and kids.


Was River of Ruin worth the listening time?

Could be with a better narrator


Any additional comments?

I enjoy Jack DuBrul's books and the Phillip Mercer character who is a bit "McGyver-like". I wish Scott Brick narrated, as he does for the Oregon Files books written by Clive Cussler and Jack DuBrul.

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- Blue Dragonfly

Another Great Story in the Phillip Mercer Saga!!

This book is yet another great performance by J. Charles. The story he narrated for Jack DuBrul's Philip Mercer continues to keep readers on edge. Dubrul's research into naval technology aided Phillip Mercer's exploits as he took to the waters.
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- dah12345

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-21-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio