Scott Brick makes characters come to life, and this story is another example of his talent.
The Wrecker is also another good blending of history and fiction, making for a believable tale.
I enjoyed the book very much and realized that I will finish Isac Bell series!!
Only problem with the recording was that Chapters were not marked correctly. i.e. The chapters in the audible were not in sync with books chapters. There were many chapters within one and this annoyed me the whole time listening the book..
Van Dorn detectives never give up, especially Isaac Bell! this second novel in the Isaac Bell series pits the famed detective against a mysterious schemer known as the wrecker who will stop at nothing to stop the Southern Pacific Railroad from completing a critical cut off.
To the reviewer that said this book focused too much on trains....REALLY!?! If you read the blurb before purchase, it said it was about a villain who sabotages trains...The Wrecker. I am a huge fan of Cussler's work and am hooked on the Isaac Bell series now. What readers and listeners have to understand is that these are adventure stories, not deep meaningful works. Of course there is action, of course there are improbable escapes, and yes, the good guy will always win! That is not a spoiler, there are more books in the series so obviously Bell survives.
Another good one added to Cussler's resume.
Oddly; part of the reason I chose this book is because of Brick's narration which i have enjoyed in more recent audiobooks. But in this one he is overly melodramatic, and I still don't know if I will finish it. He is over the top with the melodramatic voice, the only person in the media that I can compare him to, (in this book) is that narrator on the NBC Dateline host, Keith Morrison. At least I can avoid buying audiobooks narrated by Morrison! But how to tell if I am buying the "early" Brick or the more recent more listenable "Brick", I'll have to pay more attention ahead of time, somehow. Another good comparison would be someone theatrically reading to several kids, with all knowing it is kind of a joke, "Dad" hamming it up. His narration in this book The Wrecker, is marginal, hope I can finish it and not just waste $5 bucks. At least it wasn't a full credit going to waste.