We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$31.50
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (1140 )
5 star
 (590)
4 star
 (374)
3 star
 (125)
2 star
 (36)
1 star
 (15)
Overall
4.4 (679 )
5 star
 (388)
4 star
 (206)
3 star
 (61)
2 star
 (19)
1 star
 (5)
Story
4.6 (672 )
5 star
 (451)
4 star
 (170)
3 star
 (34)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Linda Ball Ground, GA, United States 08-29-10
    Linda Ball Ground, GA, United States 08-29-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Wrecker review"

    Both my husband and I felt there was way too much rhetoric. We are train fans and modelers and perhaps the descriptiveness was too repetitious because of our knowledge of the trains. We wanted the action to "get on with it".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sandra tacoma, WA, USA 07-04-10
    Sandra tacoma, WA, USA 07-04-10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    "Great Stuff"

    Great new series and characters. Cussler has shifted gears and gone in a new and exciting direction. BRAVO

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Judith Homer, AK, USA 06-18-10
    Judith Homer, AK, USA 06-18-10 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Cliff hanger"

    I loved the history and practically held my breath through the whole thing. I can hardly wait to see a movie made out of it - it seems made for a fast paced action movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 05-06-10
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 05-06-10 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    574
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    185
    172
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    101
    2
    Overall
    "villian is unbelievable"

    I had to struggle to finish this book. The hero is too perfect, even when he plays cards he gets the perfect hand, but he cannot figure out who the villian is until about the millionth time he tries to kill him. This book is very serial and predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 04-18-10
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 04-18-10 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    67
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    297
    49
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    "Good story, Interesting Read, To much Thrill"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tampa nana Tampa, FL United States 03-14-10
    Tampa nana Tampa, FL United States 03-14-10 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    Overall
    "not your typical cussler"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this yarn on a long road trip. There were so many twists and turns that we felt we were in the race to catch the wrecker along with the main characters. When we got to our destination we didn't want to stop listening!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    SeeBears Indiana 03-12-10
    SeeBears Indiana 03-12-10 Listener Since 2009
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    "Has it all"

    Some action, some romance, some adventure, some outdoors (I could picture the scenery) - My first audio book and now I'm hooked. Scott Brick does a great job narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Stuart Omaha, NE, USA 02-12-10
    Stuart Omaha, NE, USA 02-12-10 Member Since 2009
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    1
    Overall
    "Excellent..."

    Clive Cussler and Scott Brick are an unbeatable combination. Found this equally enjoyable as "The Chase."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    menary kitchen 02-08-10 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    233
    50
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "exciting"

    will make a good movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Patrick 01-21-10
    Patrick 01-21-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    78
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    104
    57
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Scott Brick makes it happen"

    The reading by Scott Brick puts real life in an otherwise convoluted story. Good entertainment. Deep it is not.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 41-50 of 53 results PREVIOUS1456NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.