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The Wrecker Audiobook

The Wrecker

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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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    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 04-11-17
    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 04-11-17 Member Since 2013

    Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist

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    "Fantastic Time Period Mystery!"

    Clive Cussler certainly knows a lot about the turn of the 20th Century. He knows not only the period, but many of the cities. He names streets from Denver, Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco like he lived there (I know, I did).

    This is a great mystery where the Van Dorn Detective Agency works har' to get "their man." Of course Van Dorn is very much like (and may actually be an alternate name for) the Pinkertons. It is not just a mystery, and a well written one, but it is also a nice love story not filled with sex when the plot needs a boost. Instead we see a Gentlemen first courting a lady, and later as they flash forward in time, a romance still burning hot over 30 years later.

    Well-written and all with class. It gets 5 starts from me.

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    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 04-18-10
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 04-18-10 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

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    Brad rolling hills estates, CA, United States 02-08-10
    Brad rolling hills estates, CA, United States 02-08-10
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    "Great story"

    Very surprising book from Mr. Cussler. No boats, no margaritas and no barely believable super heros escaping a submarine. I usually do not like period pieces, but this was amazing. Exciting and refreshing.

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    Marc St. Louis, MO, United States 01-30-10
    Marc St. Louis, MO, United States 01-30-10
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    "What a great book!"

    Scott Brick is to Isaac Bell what Clark Kent is to Superman. What an unbelievable journey across these vast plains at the turn of the century. Rich characters, scenery and dialog. You really feel as though you are on the train and taking part in the Van Dorn investigation. Can't wait to finish the Chase.

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    Joel Dallas 01-24-10
    Joel Dallas 01-24-10 Member Since 2002

    I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.

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    "Great new action hero"

    The combination of Clive Cussler and Scott Brick cannot be beat. Cussler's new action character in the person of detective Isaac Bell adds a new dimension to an action hero in historical fiction. The Chase and now The Wrecker, I hope is the start of a series compatible to my favorite action character Dirk Pitt. The historical fiction in the Isaac Bell stories has a more real scheme that the NUMA adventures..

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 01-03-10
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 01-03-10 Member Since 2001
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    "You'll learn about the railroads"

    If you ever wanted to learn about the railroad/trains, this is a good place to start. Research is great, tied into an interesting story. It's apparent the author wanted to get his teeth into a new character leaving the oceanic world for the railroad world while maintaining the hero .. Isaac Bell is very much like Dirk Pitt, just doesn't scuba dive. Very listenable.

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    michael Hoeft 03-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    I love Scott brick. he make the characters come to life. could not stop listening

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    Mr. Woolly 03-14-17
    Mr. Woolly 03-14-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Fantastic,detailed,fast moving and sophisticated fiction... I'm a railroad buff."

    Hooked on the series, I listen through Audible when I have insomnia... now I look forward to waking at 3 am!

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    Amazon Customer 02-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "to draw an out I like a faster-moving book this bo"

    I like a book with a lot faster pace and more action this book had a good storyline but was a little unto unbelievable for me at times I wanted to quit in the middle of it

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    Butch Puckett Nashville Ga 02-11-17
    Butch Puckett Nashville Ga 02-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    I enjoy Clive Cussler's books a lot. Well done in my honest and humble opinion.

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