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The Wrecker is the second book in the Isaac Bell series written by author Clive Cussler. The series follows a famous detective by the name of Isaac Bell. Isaac is no nonsense always get his man kind of guy. He belongs to the famous Van Dorn detective.
Although published in 2009 all two books I have read so far are set in the early 1900s. Clive Cussler really does make you feel as though your living in the same age as the characters. Being young makes you sometimes forget about the everyday things we take for granted. For example the period which this is set in cars are not widely available as well as trains are not high speed as they are today.
It is 1907 a time when there have been several unexplained train crashes and financial trouble. No one knows the cause of these accidents except a possibly a man by the nickname of the Wrecker. Isaac Bell and his team of detectives must uncover who he is before he brings financial ruin to the train company.
The character has no conscious and does not care how many will die in his effort to get his goals. Like many of his evil characters he is smart and does everything to a avoid detection.
Although well written I can't help feel as if the story becomes all too predictable. I have seen some reviews on amazon mention that they did not like the period it was set in. To be honest I feel it makes the series more likeable. Clive Cussler could in fact put Isaac in any period of time. I do feel as though Isaac Bell does remind me of Sherlock holmes but without the side kick. I do feel as though the book was worth its money. If you want to save money and you have a kindle go for kindle edition. Kindle edition is 5.99 pounds and its hard cover counterpart 14.88 pounds. This can be brought on Amazon.co.uk
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Wrecker is one of Clive Cusslers most recent novels, published in October 2009. It is set in 1907 and takes a different track to many of his other novels in that it is not set on the seas at all.
The main character of the novel is Isaac Bell, the top detective at the legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency, who also featured in an earlier novel 'The Chase' The novel is set in the USA.
The story is set at the time when steam power was starting to come to the fore of technology at the time, railroads were being laid all over America. Of course whilst this brought untold benefits throughout the country, it also meant that many men no longer had a job, it was the beginning of a time when man could be replaced by machine.
When the progressive Southern Pacific railroad starts to come under attack from a man known only as 'The Wrecker,' the railroad's managers call in the Van Dorn Agency & Isaac Bell to stop the attacks and find the wrecker.
I enjoy historical novels and I enjoy Clive Cussler novels, so this novel was certainly a winner from me! It was really interesting to see in such detail the attitudes of people from all across society at this time, especially towards the introduction of rail transport for the first time. It was of course another way for the very rich to prove their wealth by having their own rail carriage, but to the ordinary workers it presented a terrifying threat to their livelihoods.
Cussler never fails to create characters who are engaging and likeable from the word go and he has done it again with Isaac Bell. Cussler always creates complex central characters, in this case Isaac Bell is actually the son of a very wealthy bank owner who turned his back on his father's hopes of him taking over the company, to work for Joseph Van Dorn's detective agency.
I enjoyed the plotline of the novel, it kept your attention easily whilst throwing lots of twists and turns at you, just when you thought you knew what was going to happen, there was an unexpected twist.
My only real complaint about this novel is that the identity of the wrecker was revealed to the reader quite early in the novel, although it was not discovered by Bell until much later on, it was a little confusing, perhaps because in Cusslers novels, I've grown used to discovering the 'bad guy' etc as the lead character does, whereas here I had to remind myself that I knew but the detectived didn't!!
A thoroughly enjoyable novel from one of my favourite authors, I really liked the change of subject and time period and I hope that there is more to come from Isaac Bell & the Van Dorn Detective Agency.