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The Wrecker Audiobook

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.
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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

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    Jim D Tacoma, WA 08-13-12
    Jim D Tacoma, WA 08-13-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A Classic Match between author and narrator."
    What made the experience of listening to The Wrecker the most enjoyable?

    Clive Cussler and Scott Brick continue to work as a great team. Both add interesting nuances to the plot, depth to the characters and sustain reader interest throughout!


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - This one is another example of the artist's polished skill.


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    Nancy Barrett NY USA 08-13-12
    Nancy Barrett NY USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Too long and drawn out"
    What did you like best about The Wrecker? What did you like least?

    The story in and of itself is not bad but it just went on too long. Instead of wishing it would not end (as when you are listening to a really good book) I was hoping it would get done with already... It just went on and on. Even Scott Brick, who I typically really enjoy, started to wear on me. If there is an abridged version that might be preferable.


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    Thomas 08-13-12
    Thomas 08-13-12 Member Since 2015

    Fiction reader/listener: law enforcement, spy, military, science thriller, disasters.

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    "Aventure Edge of your seat"

    The was a great adventure, very hard to stop listening. Cussler always delivers, add Scott is and it is just good extra stuff!

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    ken HENDERSON, NV, United States 06-10-12
    ken HENDERSON, NV, United States 06-10-12
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    "great book"
    Would you listen to The Wrecker again? Why?

    yes, it was an easy and interesting, kept your intrest


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, by the way the story unfolded


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    some readers are very hard to follow, Scott puts the story line together by his style


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not really, just an over all great story


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    John E Larson 06-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story but for me a slow starter"
    What did you love best about The Wrecker?

    The story itself after it got going was interesting and was very believable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wrecker?

    How the wrecker devised the attacks


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick is a master no mater what story he is reading


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    J. Charley 12-31-11
    J. Charley 12-31-11 Member Since 2013
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    "6th grade plot"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Slooow... Takes 10 minutes to describe 1 minute's worth of plot.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by Mr. Cussler


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narrator handcuffed by laborious story line


    Was The Wrecker worth the listening time?

    It was like watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon - Nothing too terrible, but nothing you'd actually pay money to watch.


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    Marcus Columbia, MD, United States 06-24-11
    Marcus Columbia, MD, United States 06-24-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The Wrecker Outstanding Cussler Novel"

    Narrated by Scott Brick, this is a tense thriller with a great hero Isaac Bell. Cussler weaves American history with the exploits of the great detective Isaac Bell. Watch for more Isaac Bell stories including the The Spy which is another outstanding story; a must read and a must listen. Scott Brick is an outstanding narrator and a storyteller you wont forget.

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    Peter 02-01-11
    Peter 02-01-11
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    "So believable it could be Historical"

    The story starts fast and never gets derailed. Much of the information is historically accurate which just adds to the enjoyment of the book

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    Michael Reno, NV, United States 09-30-10
    Michael Reno, NV, United States 09-30-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Isaac Bell at his very best!"

    This Bell novel is my favorite of the three I have read so far. That isnt to say I didn't enjoy the others, but this one really stood out for me as something special and enjoyable. I have been a Cussler fan since I read "Raise the Titanic" when I was ten years old. As I have grown, I have always counted on Clive Cussler to get me through long airport layovers. This book though brought a real depth to Isaac Bell, and added the real suspese that he may not actually get his man. If you haven't read any of the Bell novels, this is great one to start with!

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    Linda Ball Ground, GA, United States 08-29-10
    Linda Ball Ground, GA, United States 08-29-10
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    "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".

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