The Wrecker (Isaac Bell Series #2)

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A man known only as the Wrecker is sabotaging the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line. Whoever he is, whatever his motives, he's building up to a grand act unlike anything ever committed before. And only private detective Isaac Bell can stop him...

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Overview

A man known only as the Wrecker is sabotaging the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line. Whoever he is, whatever his motives, he's building up to a grand act unlike anything ever committed before. And only private detective Isaac Bell can stop him...

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Publishers Weekly
Set in 1907, the rousing second thriller to feature detective Isaac Bell (after The Chase) from bestseller Cussler and Scott pits Bell against “the Wrecker,” who's been destroying trains and railroad facilities around the country for no apparent reason. These horrific incidents are wreaking havoc on the plans of Osgood Hennessy, the Southern Pacific Railroad's president, who's constructing the massive Cascade Canyon Bridge in Oregon. If the project isn't completed by winter, Hennessy's bankers will withdraw financing and his company will be destroyed. As in the first book, the purposefully stilted writing style takes a little getting used to, but there's plenty of excitement to be had in a world where massive, fire-breathing trains fly along at speeds of up to 120 mph. While the Wrecker's identity is revealed early on and there's never any doubt that Isaac will get his man, readers will find many thrills and much diabolical cleverness along the way. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Following his refreshing and exciting foray into early 20th-century California with The Chase, Cussler returns to the land of yesteryear. Someone is out to destroy a major railroad by wrecking trains, blowing up tunnels and bridges, and killing people. Railroad detective Isaac Bell is brought in to bring the Wrecker to justice. He is ably assisted by much of the same group who appeared in The Chase. Unlike Cussler's other adventure novels (the "NUMA® Files" and Dirk Pitt series), which depend on over-the-top futuristic technology, this new book is limited by history and cannot extend reality too far, all of which makes the novel work. It doesn't hurt that Bell is a more realistic hero and not a superman, although he is very much capable of taking care of himself. VERDICT Richly enhanced with well-researched historical and technological details, Cussler's latest offers a welcome change of pace from the Dirk Pitt books. A very enjoyable romp. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/09.]—Robert Conroy, Warren, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425237700
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Series: Isaac Bell Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 164,162
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Spy and Lost Empire. He lives in Arizona.

Biography

Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (www.numa.net).

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. The author lives in Arizona.

Biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA)

Good To Know

Cussler worked for many years in advertising and was responsible for coming up with Ajax's "White Knight" commercial catchphrase, "It's stronger than dirt."

The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered Cussler's 1996 nonfiction book, The Sea Hunters, equivalent to a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997.

Cussler is a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London, and has been granted the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

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    1. Hometown:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 15, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aurora, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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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 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

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    Another page turner; fast-paced; recommended series.

    Mr. Cussler writes books faster than I can read them. I picked up the first Pitt adventure many years ago and found the addition of other operatives entertaining. Together with the spin on historical data, Cussler weaves a great storyline. This is true with the latest series featuring Issac Bell. I found myself immersed in the turn of the century so much so, I was forced to confirm or deny persons and events through other sources as factual.

    Detective Bell's tireless pursuit of the criminal in this latest installment with seemingly endless setbacks made for a quick but entertaining read. We all figured out who the Wrecker was early on, and gave a sigh of relief when Issac was able to pinch the criminal. My only suggestion would be to read the first in the young series "The Chase", to familiarize yourself with his methods and background. ... Now on to the next book... Thanks Mr. Cussler.

    3 out of 3 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 April 6, 2010

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    Anything but a Train Wreck!!

    The Van Dorn Agency returns in all its splendor. The authors use terrific prose in this thrilling page-turner. Character development is strong, as it was in the precedant tome.

    This is a quick read that combines the rare balance of thrill, suspense, emotion and compassion. It's amazing that Cussler and Scott draw the reader into their time period classics with such ease. Interestingly, many of the situations are loosely based on historical fact, yet the liberties taken promote a bigger than life drama that encaptures the reader.

    The Wrecker provides terrific character development, exploring the inticacies of human relationships and dynamics of love. Isaac Bell and Marion, Archie Abbott and Lillian are destined to be life partners. Kincaid, is a masterful creation, bright, articulate, and schyzo! The details of the supporting players are refined to a level rarely seen.

    This is a must read and a change of pace for the avid fiction lover. Enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

    Cussler at his best

    I am not a huge Cussler fan but he is pretty good and this is his best. Might it be that the "co-author", Justin Scott is really good?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    Holy Cow! Holds me in suspense

    Clive Cussler is easy reading which is great for me. He has obviliously done his reasearch into the history of the time period he writes about. He ties that history into his story making for very interesting reading. Highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Have to read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    This is one of the best writers I have read These books are a must read.

    This writer keeps your interests in all of his books. I so far have read about half of his books. They keep you wanting to not put them down. They are the best.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Love all of his books and this is no exception.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    Highly Recommended!

    Clive Cussler always delivers a good read. The Isaac Bell series is a real winner, and as most of Mr. Cussler books, they are hard to put down. If you read before you retire for the evening, plan on going to bed a bit latter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Gripping novel... A must read.

    Could not put the book down. Excellent thriller.

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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    Great read, Dirk Pitt is still my favorite of Cussler's characte

    Great read, Dirk Pitt is still my favorite of Cussler's characters, but I really enjoyed this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Great book

    This is one of my favorite series ever, the villain is learned early on, but it is still good. Cussler did a great job especially with the limited historical technology. Not the least predictable book ever, but still really good. There is something about cusslers books that really glues you to the book to the very last page. I also enjoy that this entire series is relatively free of any bad language. Overall i greatly recommend this book to all adventure readers ages 13 to 113.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Predictable

    In the Issac Bell series you learn the villian to early in the book. I would prefer a good twist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Isaac Bell Rocks

    Dirk Pitt is still the best, but Isaac Bell is one of the best Good Guys out there and as usual Clive Cussler writes a good story. The idea of being in the 1900's is very satisfying. No modern tech no fancy toys just good ol detective work.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    Great Follow up to book 1

    I enjoyed this book. The historical mystery is a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Fun Read

    I'm a Cussler fan and the new Isaac Bell series are great reads. Can't wait to read The Spy (Bell Series #3).

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Highly recommended-worth checking out.

    Keeps you guessing. Can you figure out who the wrecker is?

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