The Great Train Robbery

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 trademark, Michael Crichton's classic adventure is a breathtaking thrill-ride that races along tracks of steel at breakneck speed.

Publisher: New York : Avon, 2004, c1975
ISBN: 9780060502300
0060502304
9780345390929
034539092X

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dannygunn
Sep 14, 2017

A Victorian era Ocean's Eleven. Enjoyable if you can get past the writing style.

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rsmoot
Jan 15, 2016

Good historical account, but I was a little bored by it. I liked his other books better. I was waiting for some action and it just lacked the punch of his other novels.

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judy47
Mar 23, 2014

I read this more than twenty years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. However not sure why it's listed under 'new books'. Jude

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zipread
Feb 15, 2012

The Great Train Robbery --- by Michael Crichton -----
This work of historical fiction by the prolific fiction writer perhaps best known for having penned the classic Jurassic Park has based this novel on an event that really took place in Britain during the middle of the nineteenth century. This is a time with which none alive today have first-hand experience. Creighton meticulously sets the stage for us by instructing us in the social structure, every-day life, especially among the lower classes of this time. The protagonist speak in the argot of their time and place and station: some of the language may be beyond our reach, at least at first. There is a mega dose of suspense as the groundwork is laid for this audacious deed. And yes, the robbery is pulled off with complete success. It is what happens afterwards that is the undoing. But to tell you about that would be to rob you of the suspense. This is a book well worth reading.

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