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3.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 5 3.65 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Isaac Bell Series Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781101154137
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It is 1907—a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn detective agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, Isaac Bell, who quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits 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 criminal mastermind engineering some 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. If Bell doesn’t stop him in time, the railroad won’t be the only thing at risk …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/10/2014

    " Cussler sure can spin a good yarn! After the first Isaac Bell, I had to read the rest. Edge of your seat stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BJ | 2/4/2014

    " Overall, really good action detective story. Starts a little slow but once you get into it, you're hooked. Lots of interesting background on the railroad industry in the early 1900's. Didn't realize this was book #2 of a series, so I'll probably find the first one and read it also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 2/3/2014

    " fast paced thriller... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naka | 1/24/2014

    " This really got me hooked on Clive Cussler's new series. Issaac Bell is a definative Cussler character. The Van Dorn Agency he works for has a motto: "We never give up, Never." The story starts in Germany with Issaac coming upon a castle in the middle of a blizzard in 1934. Then it jumps to 1907 and catches steam from there. The story goes from Oregon to Ogden, Utah. Then to New Jersey and back to Oregon, then to New York and all the way back to Oregon. Clive takes you across the country by the best transportation of the time; steam locomotive with all of the opulence to the era. I don't want to give away the ending, but just remember the motto of the Van Dorn Agency. I hope that you will enjoy this book and get hooked to this author. This was second time to read this and I will most gladly read it again and again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa von Braun | 1/11/2014

    " like the Isaac Bell series, wish he had more of them. Suspends my disbelief a bit too far- Senator Kincaid had superhuman powers- but still a worthwhile listen for the commuting drive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leann Collins | 1/9/2014

    " I am not that impressed with his writing. Sooo much detail I get bored. I will try one more of his books....but think I will not pick any more up after that "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian Kret | 1/9/2014

    " kind of heavy to read...although quite inspirative - beginning of 19th century in the US "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan B | 1/9/2014

    " Enjoyed the first Isaac Bell novel, I'm sure Clive Cussler will not disappoint. The Wrecker was great,fast paced right to the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/3/2014

    " ok. I'm with the person who said the original Dirk Pitt series was best. The story was ok but the telling seemed laborous. Didn't connect with Bell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/13/2013

    " I love Clive. This detective series set at the onset of the 20th century will take readers back to crime solving before high tech CSI. Isaac Bell uses good old intuition and know-how to get good man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 12/8/2013

    " Awesome as usual! But shorter than the usual Cussler book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett Sorge | 12/3/2013

    " It was nice to see a Cussler book that was not a NUMA adventure. This was a nice change of pace for his readers "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neville | 11/4/2013

    " Not sure that this is one of the better Cussler reads. It was a little bit all over the place. It was almost as if the writer was not sure as to where he should base the storyline! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al | 10/7/2013

    " I really like the character Issac Bell.. I also like the way that the author puts him into historical context... Good read all the way so far! Enjoyable! The worst thing for me about this book is the last page!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph McEwen | 4/2/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were fully developed and the interplay was believable, interesting and occasionally funny. Once more I morn the loss of a great author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Wombold | 1/1/2013

    " This book really kept my interest. The book was filled with suspense and I found myself picking it up to keep reading what was going to happen in the next chapter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott Spaulding | 9/20/2012

    " I love most of this author's books, but not this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 8/8/2012

    " Not one of his best, but still entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 1/18/2012

    " an interesting look at the building of the railroads and the tycoons who bribed and fought their way across the country. As usual, Mr. Cussler's heroes are too heroic and border on the amusing, while his villains are too much the villain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gary Smith | 11/16/2011

    " This is an okay book, but nothing special. Dies give an interesting perspective into the early railroads. Book seems to run long and is predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 10/19/2011

    " It was definitely different than his underwater adventures, which was refreshing, However I like his NUMA, Kurt Austin and Dirk Pitt adventures! Dont worry, I have 2 more of his books to read!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob Rausch | 8/11/2011

    " What a disappointment. The Chase was a fantastic book, but this time, the cast was too large, the action too far-ranging, and the story disjointed and rushed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 7/21/2011

    " Great book with lots of suspense, but left you hanging in the end, no real conclusion and vengeance for the villain! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Eremita | 6/29/2011

    " This was my first Clive Cussler book. I see myself reading / listening to many more in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 6/24/2011

    " It's better than the first one in this series, but not as good as some of his other series are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owen | 6/15/2011

    " I thought this was a frist class dective novel set in the west. The story revolved around the building of railroads, and I enjoyed it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 6/3/2011

    " A fun break from his Dirk Pitt novels, this book is set in the early 20th century and revolves around a major railway company. It's not a book that will "leave you thinking" by any means, but I liked reading about the power the railway system had over America, and the story was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Agf04197 | 5/25/2011

    " One of the coolest books i've read. It's an action adventure book set during the time when railroads spanned across America. You follow Detective Isaac Bell as he tries to capture The Wrecker, a dangerous criminal targeting the railroad.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 5/17/2011

    " I liked this novel a lot more than I expected to! What a fun read - it was quick, the hero was irresistable, the women were strong and I learned a lot about the early days of the railroad to boot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 5/5/2011

    " I loved the historical setting. It was amazing to watch the process of solving a case without the aid of computers, cell phones, etc. Isaac Bell and his relationships with Marianne and his friends broke up the action nicely and made you root even harder for him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larissa | 4/26/2011

    " Another great Clive Cussler book! Fast, entertaining read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 4/13/2011

    " One of Cussler's Best! I absolutely loved this thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer H | 4/11/2011

    " This was fun! I learned a lot about trains. The main character is absolutely ridiculous - a real man's man. I think that's what was part of the fun of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/10/2011

    " Excellent book - great Railroad background, good character development, constant suspense and action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindahawkes | 4/1/2011

    " I love Cussler and this does not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leeann | 3/26/2011

    " An enjoyable continuation of Isaac Bell the Van Dorn detective in the early 1900 and the building of the railroad. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 selenized | 2/27/2011

    " the main character is rather one dimensional, but the era in which the action is set makes up for it. "

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About the Author
Author Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler, an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, began writing novels in 1965. He published his first work featuring continuous series hero Dirk Pitt in 1973. His first nonfiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the State University of New York Maritime College considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a PhD 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. His books, many of which are New York Times bestsellers, have been published in more than forty languages in more than one hundred countries. He splits his time between Arizona and Colorado.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.