The Great Train Robbery
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... show more
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.
Publish date: October 28th 2008
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Takes the true story and uses literary license gives us a novel of how the robbery was committed. I enjoyed the book. The language was colorful and I needed the translations provided in the book. I liked how history was interspersed in the book as well as the social history of that time so I coul...
As a teenager, I read a number of Crichton's books but, so far, this is the only one I have wanted to go back and read again. If you want an action-packed story, you won't be happy with Crichton's style here. Along with a highly fictionalized version of the Great Train Robbery of 1855 (aka The Great...
In Victorian London, can Edward Pierce and his cronies pull off a train heist and get away with a fortune in gold bullion?Like quite a few of my reads over the years, this book appeared on my radar courtesy of Kemper. We were discussing the Breaking Bad episode Dead Freight and he asked if I'd ever ...
Crichton's 1975 airport thriller ages surprisingly well (40 years old!), being still readable to the modern TV/video game addict choked up on Ritalin, caffeine, Citalis etc.at times verging upon non-fiction in depth of detail and authoritarian voice, this novelization of the 1855 Great Gold Robbery ...