The Wrecker (Isaac Bell Series #2)

The Wrecker (Isaac Bell Series #2)

by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
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The Wrecker (Isaac Bell Series #2) by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott

Detective Isaac Bell travels the early-twentieth-century American railways, driven by a sense of justice and a determination to stop a new mastermind reigning terror on a crucial express line in this #1 New York Times-bestselling series.

A year of financial panic and labor unrest, 1907 sees train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Cascades express line. Desperate for help the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn’s best man, Isaac Bell, quickly discovers a mysterious saboteur haunting the hobo jungles of the West. Known only as the Wrecker, he recruits vulnerable 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425237700
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Series: Isaac Bell Series , #2
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 142,839
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of more than fifty books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His life nearly parallels that of his hero Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks, he and his NUMA crew of volunteers have discovered more than seventy-five lost ships of historic significance, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley, which was raised in 2000 with much press publicity. Like Pitt, Cussler collects classic automobiles. His collection features more than eighty examples of custom coachwork. Cussler lives in Arizona and Colorado.

Justin Scott is the author of thirty-one novels, including The Shipkiller and Normandie Triangle; the Ben Abbott detective series; six thrillers under his pen name Paul Garrison; and his coauthorship with Cussler of The WreckerThe SpyThe RaceThe ThiefThe StrikerThe BootleggerThe Assassin,The Gangster, and The Cutthroat. Scott lives in Connecticut.


Phoenix, Arizona

Date of Birth:

July 15, 1931

Place of Birth:

Aurora, Illinois


Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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The Wrecker (Isaac Bell Series #2) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 297 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
RRSUSAF More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyed the book but I don't think the ebook should be more expensive than the paperback
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
GDTX More than 1 year ago
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?
shackb More than 1 year ago
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.
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A wild ride
CarolLH More than 1 year ago
I love Dirk Pitt so thought I would try another Cussler book; this character had me a little confused sometimes, maybe because I hadn't read any of these before. Some parts seemed a little too unbelievable or maybe not developed quite enough. exciting book and was worth my time.
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This is a
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of the 8 Isaac Bell series so far, this ranks the highest by far! Cussler and Scott are spot on from the prologue to the epilogue! A riveting read that is fun and informative throughout with an adversary that seems omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent until Isaac Bell begins to track his man down by the Van Dorn code " Never give up! Never!!!
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Have to read
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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.
archer0825 More than 1 year ago
Love all of his books and this is no exception.
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KeenKiwi More than 1 year ago
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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