A story and the situations the characters get into need to believable. Harlan writes a good story. But he gets caught up in the action scenes and writes to many. The battles between the good guy vs the bad guy, Issac Bell vs the Wrecker never end and go on to long. I started using the fast forward to get to the end. They both survive to many hair splitting close calls to the point where the story looses believability. Unfortunate because it is a good story.
Very surprising book from Mr. Cussler. No boats, no margaritas and no barely believable super heros escaping a submarine. I usually do not like period pieces, but this was amazing. Exciting and refreshing.
Scott Brick is to Isaac Bell what Clark Kent is to Superman. What an unbelievable journey across these vast plains at the turn of the century. Rich characters, scenery and dialog. You really feel as though you are on the train and taking part in the Van Dorn investigation. Can't wait to finish the Chase.
I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.
The combination of Clive Cussler and Scott Brick cannot be beat. Cussler's new action character in the person of detective Isaac Bell adds a new dimension to an action hero in historical fiction. The Chase and now The Wrecker, I hope is the start of a series compatible to my favorite action character Dirk Pitt. The historical fiction in the Isaac Bell stories has a more real scheme that the NUMA adventures..
If you ever wanted to learn about the railroad/trains, this is a good place to start. Research is great, tied into an interesting story. It's apparent the author wanted to get his teeth into a new character leaving the oceanic world for the railroad world while maintaining the hero .. Isaac Bell is very much like Dirk Pitt, just doesn't scuba dive. Very listenable.
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
I have to say that Scott Brick took me a while to understand. The first few books of his that I listened to, I did not care for his narration. But, the more that I have listened, the more I have come to not only like his style, but LOVE it. He is such a talent, and this series brings out his best side, without question.
These Clive Cussler books that revolve around Isaac Bell are so good! I love that is is set at the turn of the 20th Century. The detail and voicing lent to the story by the author are so great, and spot on how I imagine the time period to be. I also love the aspect that these books revolve so importantly around the railroad and trains. Trains were such a huge part of the world at this time in our country. That thread pulls these books together so nicely.
You will not be disappointed in this series. I have loved every minute of it, and I can't wait to get on to the next chapter!
As with all of Clive Cussler books and the Isaac Bell series in particular this is a great story and Scott Brick is one of the best performers in audio books.
The story like the last one jumps from one near death experience to another. Again the characters are too defined. I don't think I'm going for #3. The one thing I really enjoy is the descriptions of the locations and the period setting. I could see the trains and landscape so clearly. That part was very well done.
"What a wasted read. This was a terrible book!!! Clive Cussler was really reaching to make this interesting. Not worth the time."
Nothing made sense with this story. The Wrecker was sure a lucky bad man. Would he ever die. Wasted my time on this one.