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The Wrecker (Isaac Bell Series #2)

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action on top of more action

In 1907, the Southern Pacific Railroad is constructing the Cascade Canyon Bridge in Oregon, but has deep financial problems. Bankers inform the firm's president, Osgood Hennessy that if the project is not finished by winter, they will withdraw their funding. Hennessy ...
In 1907, the Southern Pacific Railroad is constructing the Cascade Canyon Bridge in Oregon, but has deep financial problems. Bankers inform the firm's president, Osgood Hennessy that if the project is not finished by winter, they will withdraw their funding. Hennessy knows if the backers leave his company goes bankrupt.

The SPR can complete the project easily on time except for the labor unrest that has led to delays due to explosions, fires and track destruction leading to derailing and other dangerous mayhem. Hennessy hires the Van Dorn Detective Agency who sends their best sleuth James Bell. He quickly concludes that the Wrecker is causing the deadly havoc by using hobo recruits to sabotage the SPR; after the mission is done he kills his new allies and sets forth on lining up his next crony. Bell believes he is running out of time to prevent the Wrecker's next terrorist act, which will be greater than all his previous sabotage combined.

Even with an odd writing style that represents a bygone era when trains ruled distant travel over automobiles and planes, THE WRECKER travels at speeds much faster than Obama's rail proposal. The story line is filled with action on top of more action. Ironically, the audience knows which direction the plot travels and who the Wrecker is from almost the onset; yet readers will still go along for the ride expecting a High Noon showdown between the saboteur and the detective on THE CHASE to prevent a terrorist act on a scale never seen before.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on September 19, 2009

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

cost more than the paperback edition

enjoyed the book but I don't think the ebook should be more expensive than the paperback

posted by rexreede on October 26, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2010

    cost more than the paperback edition

    enjoyed the book but I don't think the ebook should be more expensive than the paperback

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    A Good One

    As always, I enjoyed this Cussler. Not my favorite and really not as good as Isaac Bell #1 (The Chase), but I still found myself wanting to go on. I love the way you get to follow up w/Isaac and fam later in life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

    Good Story

    My second Cussler book. Already very predictable. I will read the third in the Issac Bell series.

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

    Loved Chase ; this one just not quite as good

    That sort of sums it up; somehow The Wrecker just missed the mark. It was good but a bit too predictable; not as historically intriguing as The Chase and the character development not as in dpeth or developed.

    By the way, I don't care much about book covers...esp. since it can vary based on the version of the book you buy. Not sure why they ask!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2010

    The return of western railroad detective, Isaak Bell.

    This book is the successor to The Chase, which introduced a western railroad detective, super-hero, Isaak Bell. An enjoyable read about the travails of building railroads across the continent. I did not feel the story was as strong as the first one, but very enjoyable, nonetheless.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Not Cussler's best.

    I was disappointed in this book of Cussler's. It doesn't compare in writing style to his NUMA series or his book Sahara which I believe was his best.

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