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.
But have come to like the Pitt series a lot more than the Bell series. Just my preference. I really like the Dirk Pitt as a kind of James Bond of the ocean me being an ocean lover but this was a great book still. I will probably not by anymore of the Bell books not that they aren't good cause they are its just there not anything like the Pitt books.
Cussler does it again with his Van Doren detective series. This time it is 1907 and Issac Bell must find out who is sabotaging the building of a Railroad line. But it seems that there is much more than just simple sabotage: the Wrecker is extremely smart and seems to be very dedicated to his cause, which makes him extremely dangerous.
The premise of the story is good, with descriptions of the technology of the ira adding well to the setting. It is thrilling and the action keeps the book running smoothly, with just enough interplay of the characters to hold it together without dragging the story line. The identity of the Wrecker is well hidden until about halfway through the book adding to the suspense, however, the revelation to the reader is well timed and not a letdown as it changes the element from who is he to when will Issac Bell also discover his identity and then stop him.
However, do not analyze the descriptions and situations too carefully as there are some flaws that could be distracting, instead go with the action and enjoy the escapism that the book brings.
All-in-all an entertaining and enjoyable book.
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.