- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (6 April 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 009948241X
- ISBN-13: 978-0099482413
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Great Train Robbery Paperback – 6 Apr 1995
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I recommend this book.
It is written in documentary style as though recording a real event. The novel comes complete with a full technical introduction, acknowledgements to professional contributors from 'Project Wildfire' and a Reference section quoting scientific sources.
This 'cinema verite' syle extends to the text itself with use of 'official' documents, maps,transcripts, charts and graphs. This is either a strength or weakness depending on your viewpoint as other reviews testify. Indeed Mr Crichton is aware of this himself in his intro, '..if the reader must occasionally struggle through an arid passage of technical detail, I apologise.'
This novel hits you like a punch in the stomach and from then on I found it one long adrenalin rush to the finish.
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