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  1. The Great Train Robbery
    The Great Train Robbery
    The Great Train Robbery
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  2. The Great Train Robbery

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Lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side in Victorian London—and Edward Pierce easily navigates both worlds. Rich, handsome, and ingenious, he charms the city's most prominent citizens even as he plots the crime of his century, the daring theft of a fortune in gold. But even Pierce could not predict the consequences of an extraordinary robbery that targets the pride of England's industrial era: the mighty steam locomotive.

Based on remarkable fact, and alive with the gripping suspense, surprise, and authenticity that are his trademarks, Michael Crichton's classic adventure is a breathtaking thrill-ride that races along tracks of steel at breakneck speed.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Michael Crichton
Binding
Paperback
Brand
HarperCollins
EAN
9780061706493
Edition
Mass Paperback Edition
Feature
Great product!
ISBN
0061706493
Label
HarperCollins
Manufacturer
HarperCollins
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
360
PublicationDate
2008-10-28
Publisher
HarperCollins
Studio
HarperCollins
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Following Michael Crichton's untimely death, I decided to complete my library with his works. The GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY was the only one missing and, I must say, although not the usual Science-Thriller Crichton had accustomed us to, it had the writer's signature iconoclastic approach to everything he wrote about.

Set in mid-19th century London, this novel is half historic travelogue through all strata of Victorian society and half an interesting roller-coaster ride on setting up and carrying through the infamous heist.

The period dialogue gave me trouble in more than one occasion at first but after a while you get used to it and you barely notice it. This is one of the early works of Crichton and although some of his flaws as a writer are present, so are most of his strengths: the secondary characters are barely fleshed out; on the other hand, his acute perception, solid research and multifocal vision does not pause before shattering long-held misconceptions and... Read more
This was an enjoyable, well-written book. My one complaint is that the author spoils the ending very early on, frequently alluding to things that take place later in the story or after it. The story was still clever and fun to read along with, but the only mystery was seeing how they could pull things off, and it's a testament to the author's writing skills that he kept me interested without any real source of suspense. Still, I think that this book could have gone from good to great with some changes in the style.
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