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
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.
Oddly; part of the reason I chose this book is because of Brick's narration which i have enjoyed in more recent audiobooks. But in this one he is overly melodramatic, and I still don't know if I will finish it. He is over the top with the melodramatic voice, the only person in the media that I can compare him to, (in this book) is that narrator on the NBC Dateline host, Keith Morrison. At least I can avoid buying audiobooks narrated by Morrison! But how to tell if I am buying the "early" Brick or the more recent more listenable "Brick", I'll have to pay more attention ahead of time, somehow. Another good comparison would be someone theatrically reading to several kids, with all knowing it is kind of a joke, "Dad" hamming it up. His narration in this book The Wrecker, is marginal, hope I can finish it and not just waste $5 bucks. At least it wasn't a full credit going to waste.
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.
I love books with significance
Just love Isaac Bell. Clean books so the whole family can listen in even mom!!
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