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The Wrecker | [Clive Cussler]

The Wrecker

It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward.
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Publisher's Summary

In The Chase, Clive Cussler introduced an electrifying new hero: the tall, lean, no-nonsense detective Isaac Bell, who, driven by his sense of justice, travels early-20th-century America pursuing thieves and killers - and sometimes criminals much worse.

It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward. The Wrecker traverses the vast spaces of the American West as if he had wings, striking wherever he pleases, causing untold damage and loss of human life. Who is he? What does he want? Is he a striker? An anarchist? A revolutionary determined to displace the "privileged few"? A criminal mastermind engineering some as yet unexplained scheme?

Whoever he is, whatever his motives, the Wrecker knows how to create maximum havoc, and Bell senses that he is far from done - that, in fact, the Wrecker is building up to a grand act unlike anything he has committed before. If Bell doesn't stop him in time, more than a railroad could be at risk - it could be the future of the entire country.

Filled with intricate plotting and dazzling set pieces, The Wrecker is one of the most entertaining thrillers in years.

©2009 Clive Cussler; (P)2009 Penguin

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    Joel Dallas 01-24-10
    Joel Dallas 01-24-10 Member Since 2002

    I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.

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    "Great new action hero"

    The combination of Clive Cussler and Scott Brick cannot be beat. Cussler's new action character in the person of detective Isaac Bell adds a new dimension to an action hero in historical fiction. The Chase and now The Wrecker, I hope is the start of a series compatible to my favorite action character Dirk Pitt. The historical fiction in the Isaac Bell stories has a more real scheme that the NUMA adventures..

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 01-03-10
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 01-03-10 Member Since 2001
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    "You'll learn about the railroads"

    If you ever wanted to learn about the railroad/trains, this is a good place to start. Research is great, tied into an interesting story. It's apparent the author wanted to get his teeth into a new character leaving the oceanic world for the railroad world while maintaining the hero .. Isaac Bell is very much like Dirk Pitt, just doesn't scuba dive. Very listenable.

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    Brad rolling hills estates, CA, United States 02-08-10
    Brad rolling hills estates, CA, United States 02-08-10
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    "Great story"

    Very surprising book from Mr. Cussler. No boats, no margaritas and no barely believable super heros escaping a submarine. I usually do not like period pieces, but this was amazing. Exciting and refreshing.

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    J. B. 08-15-15
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    "Love the Cussler and Scott Brick combination."

    Listening to the book was a great way to spend a drive between Ohio and South Carolina and still have some left for later times. The story grew quickly and kept working right until the end. The ending was indeed abrupt... But it's good enough.

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    B. Adair texas 08-08-15
    B. Adair texas 08-08-15

    I love books with significance

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    "exciting from beginning to end"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wrecker to be better than the print version?

    Just love Isaac Bell. Clean books so the whole family can listen in even mom!!


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    Ridgeroader 07-21-15
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    "Not an Issac Bell fan"

    If you like stories from turn of the century America. Thought I might but didn't. Your results may vary.

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    Drewski_Brewski 06-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Cussler adventure to rival them all"

    Of all Cussler's works on Audible, "The Wrecker" is my all time favorite. i was hesitant to try the Isaac Bell series because of the deviation from the typica Cussler theme novels, but I was glad i did!

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    Carlene 06-09-15
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    "Great trip in time back to early 1900's"

    An insightful tech visit into rail and sleuth for the year. Non stop action and surprise. Bell is the dirk Pitt of the era.

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    Julie 06-08-15
    Julie 06-08-15
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    "Loved it!"

    Bittersweet addition to this series, and a wonderful book! I recommend to anyone who likes a good detective series.

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    Angela 05-19-15
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    "You will not be able to stop listening!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the progression of the plot and the descriptions of the scenes, the chases, the fights, and so much more. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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