Jack Du Brul

The Lightning Stones

Jack Du Brul, the #1 bestselling author with Clive Cussler of Mirage, is back! In THE LIGHTNING STONES Du Brul wields his hallmark combination of riveting action, cutting-edge science, and intellectual swagger to craft a supremely entertaining thriller.


Fresh, original, and incredibly ingenious, THE LIGHTNING STONES is one of the best thrillers I have read in years. This is wall-to-wall excitement! Nobody writes like Du Brul.” —BRAD THOR

I don’t know how he does it, but Jack Du Brul just gets better with every book. In THE LIGHTNING STONES, his hero Philip Mercer—as good with a gun as he is with a geological survey map—really comes into his own. This is the most un-put-downable thriller I’ve read in ages.”LINCOLN CHILD

"Wow! The Lightning Stones is a labyrinth of science, history, action, and adventure, featuring the wary geologist/spy Philip Mercer. A perfect blend of menace with normality. Without question, Jack Du Brul is one of the thriller genre’s acknowledged masters."

"The Lightning Stones is a rip-roaring, globe-trotting, seat-of-your-pants adventure novel extraordinaire. Even better, it is whip smart and as topical as it is exciting. Jack Du Brul has outdone himself and given us an absolutely first rate novel and a gripping good read!"

Official Trailer

Welcome to the world of geologist Philip Mercer. Since his 1998 debut in Vulcan's Forge readers have eagerly followed his exploits around the globe. From the frozen wastes of Alaska and Greenland to the deserts of Africa and beyond, Mercer has never stepped back from a challenge and never let the odds get in his way.

With each novel selling better than the previous, author Jack Du Brul decided it was time to give fans a glimpse behind the scenes, not only of Mercer's life, but his own. As he wrote in the acknowledgements page to The Medusa Stone, without the readers he's just a guy tapping at a computer. He wanted this site to be a gift to all of you who have made his books bestsellers and helped him fulfill his lifelong ambition of being a writer. Enjoy.


Jack Du Brul

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 Vermont with his wife, Debbie.