The Lightning Stones: A Novel
by Jack Du Brul
Cover Artist: Plane by Amy Pannu; Lightning by Alexander Chernyakov; Getty Images
Review by Sherry Lilley
Doubleday Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780385527750
Date: 11 August 2015 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Going down into a mine to visit an old friend, Mercer is surprised to hear the sound of automatic gunfire. He creeps up on the room where his friend, Abe, should be, and finds him dead, along with everyone else in the room. Thus begins an entertaining journey to find the killers. Along the way, Mercer encounters fanatical murderers, Taliban hit men, Midwestern flooding, hostile Federal law enforcement, and betrayal.
Mercer leaves the scene of the crime, as soon as he can, and sets off for his friend's home. Which is destroyed shortly after he gets there. He then heads to Abe's office. Which is destroyed shortly before he gets there. But he manages to salvage a little something from Abe's office, and this something leads him to a remote cave in Afghanistan, which leads him to an elderly woman in the Midwest, which leads him to one of the biggest mysteries in modern history. For a simple geologist/mine engineer, who sort of moonlights in mine rescue, he's a very busy man.
I have a friend who calls this type of book eye candy. And she's right. What happens might not be all that plausible, but it is fun to read. There's no redeeming quality to this book, unless you count sheer escapist entertainment as a redeeming quality. I do. I loved it. It was hard to put down, and I will be reading more of Mr. DuBrulís work.