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
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".
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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