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The Wrecker (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott

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Title:The Wrecker
Authors:Clive Cussler
Other authors:Justin Scott
Info:Berkley (2010), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 576 pages
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Tags:Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Trains

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The Wrecker by Clive Cussler (2009)

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Mr. Cussler's detective takes you on a wild ride trying to catch a man who is sabotaging a railroad that is building in the upper northwest in the 1800s while at the same time trying to not get killed in the process. Very entertaining! ( )
  pigeon_racer | May 22, 2014 |
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-twentieth-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.

Genre: [Thriller](/thriller/)
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
i just love the issac bell stories. they really make you feel the time and it's refreshing to steer away from all the tech sometimes. man against nature kind of thing. not as impressed with his other writers, maybe i'm a justin schoot fan?
  krushkelsey | Apr 10, 2013 |
Famous Van Doran Detective Isaac Bell hunts down an elusive madman set on destroying a railroad empire so he can pick up the pieces and control all railroading in America.

This is an entertaining read, filled with nonstop mayhem and action that I truly enjoyed. However, it seemed overly long and the climax was way too made-for-tv. Isaac Bell confronts the Wrecker, gets impaled by him even though he knows the Wrecker kills his victims with a telescoping sword, then goes on to pull bolts and spikes to unseat a rail and foil the Wrecker's plans to destroy a bridge while he's bleeding out. The Wrecker goes over the side with the train, falls hundreds of feet into freezing, raging waters and still survives to terrorize another day. Just way too overdone, but the getting there is a great ride. ( )
  DavidLErickson | Oct 31, 2012 |
I give this three and a half. The opening runs a little slow, and at times it can be pretty predictable, but I think this change of era is doing good for Cussler. ( )
  cargocontainer | May 29, 2012 |
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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-twentieth-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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:33:24 -0400)

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Investigating a series of attacks on the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express lines, Detective Bell learns of the existence of an elusive saboteur who recruits and murders his own accomplices while engineering schemes of maximum havoc.

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