Great Train Robbery Paperback – Apr 6 1999
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"A nineteenth-century version of The Sting ... Crichton fascinates us" The New York Times Book Review "A work of intelligence and craftmanship ... Written with grace and wit" Los Angeles Times
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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 prejudices.
The Great Train Robbery is one of the books that Michael Crichton wrote, and one of the best that I ever read. This fabulous book is about a Robbery on a train. It will be the greatest robbery in all times when Edward robbed a monthly London-to-Paris train, carrying gold bullion for the British Army in Crimea. To pull the trick off, a rich man who calls him-self Edward Pierce. Very little is known about Edward and he will pull the robbery off, not alone, but with 3 other companion, a screwsman called Robert Agar, Mr. Henry Flower and Elizabeth Trent. Robert is a friend of Edward, but has not seen him for 2 years. Screwsman are a specialist in working with keys. Mr. Henry knows Edward for 47 years, he admits that he has little knowledge about Edward... He has a problem, he has the location of 3 of the 4 keys of the safes and needs to find the other key. He dose, find the location of the 4 key and he meets a new helper on the way named Elizabeth Trent. One of the reasons I liked the book, The Great Train Robbery was because it explains the setting very well and in a way ease to understand. You also learn a little about a historical event that happened. The book really caches your attention is in the trials, at the very end after the master criminal Edward is caught. It caught my attention because I found out that Edward was absent of guiltiness after all he did their still was not enough proof that he had done it. I also thought that no one would forget what had happened and they would always talk about it, but it came out to be that every one forgot about every thing. I liked they way that the author changed what you thought would happen to the thing that you would never expect. I recommend this book for the people that have a lot of patient and that understand texts with a lot of details. Try to read it, because you will probably like it.
I would have liked to have seen photos of the principals as, in fact they WERE real people and did do these things, albeit perhaps not EXACTLY in the way the author has decided.
Normally I read ONLY nonfiction but accounts of the great train robbery of 1855 are few and far between and I thought that perhaps with his obvious writing skill and sticking as closely as possible to the known facts Mr Crichton might just 'fill out' the story and give it a little life.
I NEED NOT HAVE WORRIED!
This account is absolutely splendid and conflicts in no way with the facts of the case as I know it.
Sure, he has taken the liberty of putting words in their mouths but general knowledge of the principals and the egos involved make these words probably quite appropriate.
Long before their demise as a mode of public transportation in great popularity the railroads were seen as a novelty and somewhat revered for their ability to move people both quickly and cheaply across the country.
This mystery was smashed with the robbery of an astounding 12,000 pounds.....an amount quite large in those days but what piqued the public's interest was not just the amount, but the audacity of thieves to commit such a robbery and successfully evade capture.
Shades of Robin Hood.
For a nearly true true life adventure this book is an excellent read.
With an accurate portrait of the victorian society in the half of the 19th century, Crichton tells the story of Edward Pierce and Robert Agar, the main duo of the band responsible for the robbery of the train that carried the gold destined to support the Crimean war. From the inicial plan, until the accomplished fact, in a relatively short book, Crichton was able to give the characters the dimension of the real people they were. This book is more entertaining given the fact that it is a true story, so there are no impossible plot twists, improbable situations and factual mistakes. Crichton did a good research and provided his readers with a nice book.
In a time when bestselling authors such as John Grisham, Ken Follett and even Michael Crichton appear to be suffering from an inspirational crisis, it's a good idea to get their earlier books and read them at the top of their career. "The great train robbery" is one of these interesting books.
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Fascinating background sections about 1850's Britain. But the story part is very thin. I enjoyed the read but it's not as solid a story as crightons later works.Published 8 months ago by Russ C
Excellent historical research went into this fictionalization of an audacious gold heist in the mid-nineteenth century. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Micheal Crichton, masterfully gives a wonderful account. He hits the ball out of the park three times. Read morePublished on May 6 2014 by Paul
I read this book years ago and it has to be be one of the best books I have ever read. In all, I have read about 400 books in my lifetime and this has got to be in the top 10. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2014 by moonfish
I have never been the biggest Crichton fan, Stories about Brining Dinosaurs back to life just seem a bit too farfetched to me, but maybe I need to give some of his other books a... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2007 by Sara Chung
This book is fabulous. Its a very intruiging look at the master plan behind one of the greatest robberies of all time. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Anthony Scheff
The time is 1855 and the place is London. Edward Pierce, a master con artist, wants to hijack 12,000 pounds sterling that is being sent by rail to fund the Crimean War. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by JLind555
The great train robbery is a great book about well a u train robbery. A group of men in 19 century England that are bent on robbing alone of the most heavily guarded shipments of... Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by gerrat