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The Great Train Robbery Paperback – October 28, 2008
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"A nineteenth-century version of The Sting ... Crichton fascinates us" * The New York Times Book Review * "A work of intelligence and craftmanship ... Written with grace and wit" * Los Angeles Times * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, one mysterious man navigates both worlds with perfect ease. Rich, handsome, and ingenious, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates a masterpiece of crime -- the most daring train robbery of the century.
Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive? Based on fact, as lively as legend, and studded with all the suspense and style of a modern fiction master, here is a classic caper novel set a decade before the age of dynamite -- yet nonetheless explosive....
The Lost World, Jurassic Park, Congo, Disclosure , Rising Sun, and The Terminal Man, by Michael Crichton, are available on cassette from Random House AudioBooks (The Lost World is also available on compact disc). Sphere and The Andromeda Strain are available as Random House Price-Less Audios. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The book starts right at the beginning with the main character learning about the gold shipment, planning his heist, assembling his team and perpetrating the crime. All this with a Victorian England backdrop that you can tell Crichton researched thoroughly. The language is spattered with colloquialisms of the time and place which he explains in story form.
Occasionally the author adds a chapter of insight into the mindset of the time to enrich and expand further on what is happening in the story and why such a step should be taken. This adds knowledge gained to a wonderful story.
This novel drew me in and held me rigidly for the two days it took me to read it. I'd definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys total immersion into a story and who enjoys clever but not "Too" clever plots.