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The Wrecker by Clive Cussler

The Wrecker (2009)

by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott

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Series: Isaac Bell (2)

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Another classic from Cussler. The Second book in his new Bell series takes off where the first began - with high speed action in the age of the Iron Horse. Bookended with pro- and epi- logues set two decades after the action, the story grabs on and never lets go. A must read for fans and novices alike. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
he story line is smart with plenty of action and suspense for all Cussler fans. Bell is further developed as the old fashioned hero, chivalrous, fearless, with a passion for detail (aka Sherlock Holmes). His relationship with his fiance, Marion Morgan, is a delight to read, they being besotted in their affection for each other. I don't like this series as well as all the others but it is an okay read. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book a lot, as I have most Clive Cussler books I have read. I should read a lot more from him. A couple things irritated me. One: dates. It seemed a lot of days go by as people travel from one end of the country to another and also plan/scheme/try to figure out what is going on. However, when an actual date is given, it seems like it is too close to the previous date given. Two: the identity of the wrecker. It seemed to be revealed, but the way the book was written didn't change. Three: The wrecker was a super smart villain, who had everything planned. However, the book felt like a series of unrelated action scenes (very well done.) I wished it was more tightly written. Still a nice book. ( )
  mainrun | Oct 20, 2015 |
It is 1907. Train wrecks, fires and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line. Desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in its top investigator, Isaac Bell. Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West. Known as The Wrecker, he recruits accomplices from among the down-and-outs to attack the railroad, killing them afterwards. The Wrecker... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 26, 2015 |
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 |
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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.

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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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