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
A story and the situations the characters get into need to believable. Harlan writes a good story. But he gets caught up in the action scenes and writes to many. The battles between the good guy vs the bad guy, Issac Bell vs the Wrecker never end and go on to long. I started using the fast forward to get to the end. They both survive to many hair splitting close calls to the point where the story looses believability. Unfortunate because it is a good 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.
Scott Brick is to Isaac Bell what Clark Kent is to Superman. What an unbelievable journey across these vast plains at the turn of the century. Rich characters, scenery and dialog. You really feel as though you are on the train and taking part in the Van Dorn investigation. Can't wait to finish the Chase.
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.
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..
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.
The story started out satisfactorily but it did not take long to completely derail as the plot weakened. The credibility suffered to the point that it was difficult to finish. Several characters were interesting but poorly used. Narration was hurt by the storyline.
This is my first Clive Cussler book. I guess I should have started with "The Chase" but somehow I didn't. When I selected this book, I went by the ratings, not the reviews. I purposely didn't read the reviews before I listen to the book because I didn't want to be influenced by someone else's opinion so I could strictly render my own. I can truly say that there were parts of the story that bored me and made me inattentive. But then there were parts that held my attention to the point that made me want to go back and catch up on some of the characters. I would have enjoyed this story if there was a consistency in the action. But I ALWAYS enjoy Scott Brick's narrative skills and it was part of the reason I selected this book from the start.
Although this isn't my favorite book of all times, I am going to listen to the next book in the series to see if I'm drawn in as a true fan. Is this book worth the credit? I would say yes, much more so than many other books. It certainly has the strong story line.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
I have to say that Scott Brick took me a while to understand. The first few books of his that I listened to, I did not care for his narration. But, the more that I have listened, the more I have come to not only like his style, but LOVE it. He is such a talent, and this series brings out his best side, without question.
These Clive Cussler books that revolve around Isaac Bell are so good! I love that is is set at the turn of the 20th Century. The detail and voicing lent to the story by the author are so great, and spot on how I imagine the time period to be. I also love the aspect that these books revolve so importantly around the railroad and trains. Trains were such a huge part of the world at this time in our country. That thread pulls these books together so nicely.
You will not be disappointed in this series. I have loved every minute of it, and I can't wait to get on to the next chapter!
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