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The Wrecker (An Isaac Bell Adventure) Paperback – October 26, 2010
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Set in 1907, the rousing second thriller to feature detective Isaac Bell (after The Chase) from bestseller Cussler and Scott pits Bell against the Wrecker, who's been destroying trains and railroad facilities around the country for no apparent reason. These horrific incidents are wreaking havoc on the plans of Osgood Hennessy, the Southern Pacific Railroad's president, who's constructing the massive Cascade Canyon Bridge in Oregon. If the project isn't completed by winter, Hennessy's bankers will withdraw financing and his company will be destroyed. As in the first book, the purposefully stilted writing style takes a little getting used to, but there's plenty of excitement to be had in a world where massive, fire-breathing trains fly along at speeds of up to 120 mph. While the Wrecker's identity is revealed early on and there's never any doubt that Isaac will get his man, readers will find many thrills and much diabolical cleverness along the way. (Nov.)
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Cussler, known primarily for his contemporary high-tech thrillers, steps back in time—more than a century, in fact—in this rousing sequel to The Chase (2007). Van Dorn Detective Agency operative Isaac Bell returns, this time to track down a clever saboteur who’s been dubbed the Wrecker. Seems the Wrecker has it in for the Southern Pacific Company, and he will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep the company from putting through a new railway line between San Francisco and northern California. Isaac is a sharply drawn series lead, and the story, as befits a railroad-themed thriller, moves at a brisk clip. In addition, there’s a very nice surprise in the final scenes. Readers who have sensed a certain been-there-done-that feeling in some of Cussler’s recent novels will be pleased to find a new spark here. More Isaac Bell novels would be most welcome. --David Pitt --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I would like to make the point that though there is some sequential information throughout the series, one does not necessarily need to read the books 1 through whatever. Most do have a railroad theme, though trains play just a minor transportation mode is several, and the detail of railroads he gives is quite good. In "The Wrecker", that detail really shines, and adds deeply to making the book seem almost be non-fiction.
I also enjoy the romance he has found. It makes his character more human. A great read! It is going to be an Isaac Bell Summer for me.
What we liked in the first Isaac Bell series are in this book plus more.
Isaac Bell is self-confident without being arrogant, intelligent and methodically. He isn't afraid to face a foe in a gunfight or to admit that he is in love with a beautiful woman even when a spectacular beautiful young woman who happens to be the daughter of the rich client is making a play for him.
I give the authors credit on how they had their character handle the situation. Bell was able to diffuse the situation quickly and firmly without being hurtful. No insulting their own character by letting him fall into the women's trap. The character is far too intelligent not to recognize what was happening.
When faced with a man who has caused large financial losses as well as a number of deaths, he gathers around him an army of investigators. Accountants, lawyers, experts in their field all needed to bring the villain to ground. All without letting his ego get in the way.
Secondary characters are interesting, intelligent and realistic. No inept sidekick thrown in to add what some authors consider humor.
Scenes are well thought out and there is a plenty of action that flows easily from one scene to the next. Technical and historical material and details are skillfully handled. You learn without having the material shoved down your throat or bogging down the flow of the story.
The book seamlessly blends fiction and real events into a fantastic action story.
One little comment concerning other reviews, they refer to the writing style as being stilted. I personally had no problems with the writing style. Since the story takes in the early 1900's, a more modern style would have been inappropriate.
My thanks go out to both Clive Cussler and Justin Scott for a terrific read. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Scott Brick what can I say; when you have the best reader narrating your book, it's only better.
Lastly, for all of us who have ties to Jersey City, NJ we thank you.
A very hard book to put down.