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.
Maybe a bit longer than it needed to be but a good story with good characters. Some interesting information on trains and railroads. Scott Brick is always good.
Enjoyed the story line and the narrator. Some of the tracks appear to be out of order, especially in chapter 1 which makes for a confusing read. As long as you pay attention, you can follow the story.
Plot was excellent.
Narrator was believable, an enjoyable read
it was almost like I read the last few pages of the book before I started. You know who the bad guy is and can figure out what he is going to do.
I finished the book and I like the story, so i wasn't disappointed. I'm not excited to start the next in the series, but I'll get to it
The story started out satisfactorily but it did not take long to completely derail as the plot weakened. The credibility suffered to the point that it was difficult to finish. Several characters were interesting but poorly used. Narration was hurt by the storyline.