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The Wrecker Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718154649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154646
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of bestselling novels, including the famous Dirk Pitt ® adventures, such as Arctic Drift; the NUMA ® Files adventures, most recently Medusa; the Oregon Files, such as Corsair; and his historical adventures, which began with The Chase. He lives in Arizona. www.clivecussler.co.uk

Justin Scott is the author of twenty-three thrillers and mystery novels, written under his own name and the pen names Paul Garrison, J. S. Blazer and Alexander Cole. He has twice been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Awards given by the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Connecticut.


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 1 Jun. 2012
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It would save everyone a lot of time (& cost)if it were made abundantly clear that despite the title sounding English, the book is actually a copy of 'The Wrecker' in German!.
All cross references need to be more readily available (Jack Higgins novels have a habit of being renamed),& if the query is made in English, where's the point in giving out details of foreign language items?

On the plus side, I have now had 1st hand experience of Amazons attitude when things go wrong & am highly impressed with their response(s)!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hector on 20 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you enjoyed "The Chase" heres another cracker......

I cant remember when I last waited on a book coming out. I had it finished within two days. I couldnt put it down........youre there with Issac Bell and the rest of the Van Dorn Agency keeping the trains running, hence the book was read at the speed of the trains !! Stuff a good film could be made off, Action all the way
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Per Vium on 8 April 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is actually reasonable good in english, not up to the Dirk Pitt books.

But this book is in German.
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Format: Hardcover
I was given this as a present and I was looking forward to reading it, however it is not a patch on 'The Chase'. It felt as if I had read this storyline before in one of Cussler's earlier works namely 'Night Probe', where a train wreck is the subject of a Dirk Pitt novel ( a good read in its own right) and there are some striking similarities to it. This story did not pick me up and carry me along like many of Cussler's previous works, I found it hard going because the story just didn't grab my attention from the first few pages and must confess to putting it down for a while (to read something else) before finishing it.

This story follows on from 'The Chase' but I feel that the plot could have been better developed. The plot reads like a 'B' movie script, where the Black Hat and his cohorts gets their comeuppance just in the nick of time and the White hat saves the day and gets the girl, It may sound contrived but I can't help but think that this has been written with one eye on its cinema potential.

The characters are still developing, but the storyline still takes too long(470 pages) to tell what in effect is a very short story. It is an OK read for a holiday or whilst long distance travelling and easily leaveable in your hotel room when finished, although I would wait for the paperback version. I think that there is potential in this character and the time period is well worth exploring, so I'll stick with this series for now and hope that the next offering has a better central storyline.
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Format: Hardcover
So it was, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, "It is the king of Israel!" Therefore they surrounded him to attack; but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him, and God diverted them from him. -- 2 Chronicles 18:31

If you liked The Chase, you will probably like The Wrecker even better. They story has an even more diabolical and daring villain, and the plot is deliciously complex and rewarding to unravel. If you haven't read The Chase, read it first. You'll like The Wrecker better if you do.

It's 1907, the year after the great San Francisco earthquake (nicely featured in The Chase), and Isaac Bell has been charged with protecting the far-flung operations of the Southern Pacific Railroad, which is taking a desperate gamble to finish a new line through the mountains before winter and itchy financiers set in. The Wrecker moves at will and strikes everywhere, both planned and unplanned, to pull out the foundation under the railroad at a time when it is terribly exposed. On behalf of the Van Dorn Detective Agency and an army of railroad police, Bell is facing a losing battle. The Wrecker need only go where Bell and the detectives aren't, and he can do lots of damage . . . especially when he recruits allies among the disaffected, anarchists, disgruntled union men, and those who hire out to the highest bidder.

Clive Cussler and Justin Scott do an admirable job of setting up dangerous situations for Bell to defuse, each one more challenging than the last. The tension builds and builds, making the thriller aspect work quite well.

There's only one flaw in the ointment: Bell seems to be monumentally obtuse in not identifying who The Wrecker is. As a result, the story doesn't work quite as well as it might.

You'll have fun anyway. Enjoy!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I was really looking forward to reading this series. I've never read anything like a crime thriller set in the early 1900s and I was looking forward to the focus on old technology and vehicles.

However one thing really let this novel down for me - lack of description. I am a 30 year old British man, I know nothing about how 1907 San Francisco should look or feel. And after reading this I am still none the wiser. There is virtually no time at all spent telling you how the settings look throughout the book.

There is tons of detail on the plot, tons of vivid description of the characters themselves - hero Isaac Bell gets pages and pages about his twinkling eyes and heroic stance.

But I was struggling to picture scenes, for example at one point Isaac has to run onto the subway train to cross the city - What does a 1907 San Fran subway station look like, what is the train like? You won't find out here. Isaac's route is listed like a guide book "he went down that street and then this street" but what did those streets look and feel like - no idea.

Cussler writing solo had tons of vivid description but the ghost-writer let him down here. Still, it does have a gripping plot and interesting info about old trains and old style sabotage. Worth a read if you are prepared to supplement your visual image with google searches.
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