- Paperback: 207 pages
- Publisher: Cold Spring Press (November 7, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593600801
- ISBN-13: 978-1593600808
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,525,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
Whereas most first-time authors play it safe and don't write anything complex, Arthur Chrenkoff molded an intricate web of time travel, deceit, genocide, and personal strife into a suspenseful, fascinating, coherent novel.
Being familiar with Chrenkoff's non-fictional work, I wasn't sure how well his proven talent with writing would do in a fictional genre, but from the opening paragraph I was captivated. His characters were well built, the plot was extremely interesting to follow, and I couldn't put the book down until I was finished.
It's clear that the author mingled his personal experiences from growing up in Cold War Poland with his life in modern Australia, which made for a more unique, believable, and enjoyable perspective throughout the book.
I highly recommend this book to fans of all genres looking for a great read, as well as to young writers who could use a gutsy example of how to write an outstanding first novel.
Don't try to read this as a thriller with a plot, story, and ending that ties everything up into a neat narrative. This is a book about the emotional and philosophical journey made by characters who are real and believable for all that they are briefly and only cursorily described... in a way, Mr. Chrenkoff's characterizations remind me of the short stories of Chekhov (if you're interested in that sort of thing).
Regardless of literary merit, however, there is action and suspense and romantic interest in the sort of desparate and doomed way that makes the best tragic drama. All of it is set in a pseudo-noir atmosphere of literal (as well as existential) night, complete with the forlorn scream of the whistles and the rattle of the steam trains that provide the title. That these trains travel on harrowing journeys that echo the screams and journeys of the human characters is an amazing and gripping device that will drag you to a conclusion. And that conclusion will truly make you think on the journey you have just taken.
What makes us moral beings in an existential world of free will? What causes us to do the right thing, even at cost and without reward? Read this book and, when you get to the end, ask yourself these questions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a terrific read. It starts out a bit slowly, but rapidly gains momentum until the story becomes absolutely compelling. It is not a book one can put down easily. Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by R. Resor
I started reading this book from my library and got so into it that when I had to return it only partially read I imediately purchased my own copy. Read morePublished on March 15, 2007 by Donald C. Schwartz
I too bought this book because I so enjoyed reading Mr Chrenkoff's blog. I don't read much fiction at all and so I knew this would be a stretch for me. And it was. Read morePublished on January 17, 2007 by R. Mardis