Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
At the turn of the 20th Century trains were the planes and the telegraph was email. Detective Isaac Bell takes on a brilliant, wealthy and diabolical adversary bent on destroying Osgood Hennessy, the Southern Pacific Railroad's self-made president, who is constructing a short cut through the Cascade mountains in Oregon. The stakes are high. If the ruthless and brilliant villain is successful he will be able to take over the Osgood’s national railway and become immensely wealthy and famous. If he wins he will destroy Hennessy and own his railroad. Isaac Bell, the Van Dorne Detective Agencies top agent, is pitted against a villain almost as smart and ruthless as he is. In the beginning I thought this story was for men mostly – although I love action films I’m not crazy about cars and I can take or leave trains – but once the story got going it was riveting. Cussler has a talent for description that takes the reader right into the action. He also creates characters you care about whether it’s to like them or dislike them. His villains are nasty, his heroes principled. Don’t plan to be doing anything else after you’ve hit the last third of the book.
look for my book "The Tranquillity Initiative" this fall