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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Just love Isaac Bell. Clean books so the whole family can listen in even mom!!
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!
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.
Scott Brick does an outstanding job of bringing the book to life. His accents for the different characters really let you visualize and identify with the different personality. Clive Cussler add unique specific details that let you see exactly what is the scene in. The detail and authenticity he adds to the story is amazing. He adds nuances which help you fill in all the gaps. AAAA+++
Scott Brick's narration is always captivating and together with Clive Cusslers writing style, I'm always left spellbound by the experience...probably why I own all of his audio books! :)
I am a long-time fan of Cussler's work, but had put off starting this series just because there are so many already. But I really liked this book, and the new characters were immediately comfortable. I especially liked the writing better than in some of 'his' other series, more laid back or something,
I am a tough rate, and rarely give 5 stars to anything. Only things that stopped me from giving this book 5 stars was a certain sense that time was hard to follow. Characters seemed to travel from coast to coast almost instantly without any consideration of the time that was actually needed. As much as they traveled, the adventure must have taken weeks, but it read like it all happened very quickly. Also, the numbers of people in the detective agency staff seemed a lot higher than I would have expected. They would turn up everywhere even though travel at that time was not easy or fast.
I'm nitpicking. It was a fun read.
And what can you say about Scott Brick? He is, as always, such a pleasure.
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