©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)
Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.
This was an entertaining story as most Cussler books are: very defined bad guys going up against our James Bond like good guy. However, the story is implausible and there are some parts that could just be cut out. Also, I found the characters a bit undeveloped and hard to like. Finally, the narrator, Scott Brick, has done some excellent work in the past, but in this book, he is much too melodramatic. If you're looking for a light, fun listen this is a good choice.
Fast moving thriller. Starts and ends in the 1950s, with most the story taking place in 1906. Gives a great historical context of a detective chasing down a bank robber killer.
I tend to follow Scott Brick's books and this one did not disappoint. Just purchased The Wreck and looking forward to it.
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. :-)
Good reading and not great but good. Worth your time and I could recommend it to all.
Now I know what that term means! The first half of the book was tolerable, but the second half became cliche after cliche. I expected Guy Noire to show up at every turn. I'm so happy I got this book for cheap, it would have been a waste of a good credit.
I found this book interesting? I finished this book in record time with my ipod, If you like intrigue and action in a historic sense and time you will like this book,
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
This is my first Clive Cussler novel and I'll probably give him another look. He certainly came up with an easy-to-dislike antagonist in the form of Cromwell. Apart from a grudging fondness for his sister, Cromwell seemed to be totally without redeeming value. Even his philanthropic work was performed for cover. Our hero, Isaac Bell, was a likable-enough character although the romance that blossomed with one of Cromwell's employees strained credibilty. Much of the story strained credibility but did so in a way that did not detract from a reader's ability to enjoy the listen. I did.
This is my first Clive Cussler books - I know, where have I been. What a rush. So much action, great characters in just the right doses. Nothing is wasted in the story. Can't wait for my next one. Read Clive!
...in those hours when I had to eat, sleep and go to work. It was intriguing and exciting from page one and I'm recommending it to some very finicky readers in my family.
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