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.
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.
Mr. Cuss let has done it again with a great action packed adventure. Very very entertaining I highly recommend it.