©2007 Clive Cussler; (P)2007 Penguin
"Cussler takes a breather from his several ongoing series with this historical thriller set in the western states, circa 1906. The U.S. government hires the renowned Van Dorn Detective Agency and its equally renowned lead agent, Isaac Bell, to capture the bank robber known as the Butcher Bandit....Once San Francisco gets hit by the 1906 earthquake and the principals climb aboard a pair of fire-breathing locomotives, the novel cranks up a head of steam and some high-speed thrills." (Publishers Weekly)
Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.
This is a great series. I can't wait to dig my claws ito the next book. The characters are excellent! I could totally see Dirk Pitt reading all about Issac Bell. :-)
I know this book had a lot of positive reviews, but it just was not compelling in the least for me. I gave it a couple of hours and then I was so disinterested I had to turn it off. The narration was good, but the story was flat. Villain is super-evil and supremely competent. Hero is oh-so-handsome with beautiful blue eyes and lighting-quick reflexes. Oh, did I mention he has beautiful blue eyes? Cussler does many times in the first couple of hours. The villain seemed boring even when killing people before jumping in his super-fancy undercover boxcar for his escape. Oh well, on to the next book...
I listen to a lot of books, there are several that I've stayed with for just a short time before I have to quit. This is one of those books that after 5 minutesI was so irritated by the narrator that I turned it off. I went through some of my other books that I've shelved and most of them were narrated by Scott Brick.
His tone is one in which puts you on the edge of your seat through every word spoken. He puts too much emphasis on every word and his enthusiasm is way over the top. I can just imagine him stomping around waving his arms while reading.
It was just too much for me. I won't be buying any more books narrated by him.
The sing-songy narration was very artificial. I felt like he was trying to sell me something on a street corner. It completely distracted from the words.
Wooden dialogue. Cartoonish characters Predictable story line. Not even Scott Brick's narration could salvage this awful book.
I was a faithful reader of the Dirk Pitt series but abandoned it when Cussler introduced co-authors. I thought that I would give him another chance with this book. I am now finally done with him. This book was a total train wreck, both literally and figuratively.
Absolutely-because some of the very detailed story would be picked up and enjoyed more each time
Yes-enough twists and turns to make the guessing interesting
Loved the narrator-top 5 for sure
Butcher Bandit Strikes Again!
A fun read with the 1906 San Francisco venue a delight. The primary characters were given such intense personalities that the period and people were fascinating
Most definately! Wow, what a change of pace. Clive Cussler goes Steampunk! I was not sure what to expect when I got this book. It sounded different than his last few years and I really liked early Cussler so I thought I'd give it a try and I'm glad I did!
Not sure. Cussler goes back in time to the early 1900's with a detective from the Van Dorn Detective Agency, a man named Issac Bell and being a detective he solves crimes. It is an amazing first person look at early San Fransico during the earthquake of 1906 and it feels like you're there. You really get involved in Bell's life and want him to not only get his man but get the girl and get through the earthquake (which does not happen without some truly awful emotional scars forming).
It made me happy. Listening to a good book, one that hooks you in by investing you in the main characters life is...happiness. It is not a book with deep meanings or messages/lessons to apply to your life/work, but if you want a very well narrated happy book, this is it!
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