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
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!
Yes - This one is another example of the artist's polished skill.
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.
Fiction reader/listener: law enforcement, spy, military, science thriller, disasters.
The was a great adventure, very hard to stop listening. Cussler always delivers, add Scott is and it is just good extra stuff!
yes, it was an easy and interesting, kept your intrest
yes, by the way the story unfolded
some readers are very hard to follow, Scott puts the story line together by his style
not really, just an over all great story
The story itself after it got going was interesting and was very believable
How the wrecker devised the attacks
Scott Brick is a master no mater what story he is reading
Slooow... Takes 10 minutes to describe 1 minute's worth of plot.
Nothing by Mr. Cussler
Great narrator handcuffed by laborious story line
It was like watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon - Nothing too terrible, but nothing you'd actually pay money to watch.
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.
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!
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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