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The Great Train Robbery By Michael Crichton 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 eve

  • Title: The Great Train Robbery
  • Author: Michael Crichton
  • ISBN: 9780553129199
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Great Train Robbery By Michael Crichton 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 targetsLavish 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.
    The Great Train Robbery By Michael Crichton

    The Great Train Robbery Dec , The First Great Train Robbery original title PG h min Adventure, Crime, Drama February USA England, s A master criminal aims to rob a train of a large sum of gold Security is incredibly tight and the task seems an impossible one However, he has a plan and just the right people to carry it out. Great Train Robbery British history Britannica Great Train Robbery, August , , in British history, the armed robbery of ,, mostly in used bank notes from the Glasgow London Royal Mail Train, near Bridego Bridge north of London The holdup men, wearing helmets, ski masks, and gloves, were aided by two accomplices an anonymous The Great Train Robbery Dec , Among the earliest existing films in American cinema notable as an early film to present a narrative story to tell it depicts a group of cowboy outlaws who hold up a train and rob the passengers They are then pursued by a Sheriff s posse Several scenes have color included Great Train Robbery The Great Train Robbery YouTube Oct , This is the longest and most comlpete version of the film available Filmed in November at Edison s New York studio, at Essex County Park in New Jersey, The Great Train Robbery film by Porter Britannica Porter s The Great Train Robbery is widely acknowledged to be the first narrative film to have achieved such continuity of action The film depicts the robbery, the formation of a posse, and its pursuit and elimination of the gunmen The Great Train Robbery comprised The Great Train Robbery film Sean Connery

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    1. Dan Schwent on said:

      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 read The Great Train Robbery I said I hadn t and promptly forgot about it for a couple years until I ran across the Great Train Robbery in the local used bookstore.The Great Train Robbery is a gripping [...]

    2. Sr3yas on said:

      Do you like Jigsaw puzzles Imagine you are solving one we ll start with hundreds of tiny pieces and a picture of the finished puzzle as the reference That means we know where the puzzle is leading us, but we are not sure how all these tiny pieces are going to come together to form the big picture The Great Train Robbery by Micheal Crichton is a similar affair In the initial pages itself, Crichton reveals where we are going The Train robbery of 1855 was a success They stole 2.5 million pounds in [...]

    3. Henry Avila on said:

      In the very proper Victorian days , of the British Empire, a shocking event caused much consternation, eventually called, The Great Train Robbery , of 1855, the newspapers are stunned, imagine such a crime in this civilized age Gold bullion was stolen, from the luggage compartment, and the guaranteed, tamper proof safes, were not , of the south bound iron horse, from London, which was meant to arrive on the English coast, put in a ship for France, and later given to the brave soldiers in the Bri [...]

    4. Manju on said:

      The book came highly recommended to me by Jaya, Tarinee, and Smitha There must be something special about this book that they ve such high regards fof this book So I put all other books on my current read shelf on hold and started reading this And I am so glad that I read it This book is a perfect blend of historical fiction, crime, and heist.As the title suggests, it is about a train robbery But once you start reading, you find that it is much than that It tell us about the culture, law, polit [...]

    5. Supratim on said:

      This one was a a really great and exciting read I had picked it out from my library without knowing how good it really is Initially I even thought if the book is fiction or true crime.Reviewing this book is a bit of a challenge as I don t want to include any spoilers and mar the joy of reading this novel.As the name suggests, the novel is about a daring train robbery and it was carried out during the Victorian era in London At that time, the railways were seen as the symbol of progress and techn [...]

    6. Brad on said:

      If I am capable of guilt when it comes to my literary tastes The Great Train Robbery could be a guilty pleasure, but how can a man who did his honours thesis on Michael Crichton s The Great Train Robbery feel any guilt over loving The Great Train Robbery He can t And I don t.It is an exemplar of what I call cinematic writing novel length prose that the author ultimately intends for the screen The characters are skill based and maleable sometimes even interchangeable , the chase either figurative [...]

    7. Dyuti on said:

      Reasons why I implore you to check out this bookThe Setting The 1850 s, Victorian England Rich, colourful and detailed, this is one of the most dynamic periods of English history, forever loved by readers both young and old It was a world of contradictions beneath the aforementioned richness, lay the pall of poverty, sickness, prostitution and death, harboured by the ongoing Industrial Revolution The author, Michael Chrichton flits so seamlessly between the two, that it creates a wonderfully viv [...]

    8. Richard on said:

      3 10I was not expecting this to be written as a factual book with a little bit of dramatisation thrown in to cover the unknown parts of the history It didn t work for me in the slightest The large info dumps were scattered throughout, pretty much every chapter starts with them and then almost as an afterthought parts with characters added in I started skimming this about 100 pages in, if this was any larger I d have quit on it at that point I d feel bad for DNF ing two books in a row too The cha [...]

    9. Tarinee Prasad on said:

      Do you like a well written historical fiction Do you like a brilliant edge of seat crime thriller where you encounter twists with the turn of each page Do you cherish a book with an intelligent,vicious and meticulous yet manipulative , cunning and ruthless anti hero whose plannings layers are so brilliant and detailed that he can easily give Scotland yard a run for their money Do you enjoy Victorian England as the setup of your story An England of two parallel civilization of obvious contradicti [...]

    10. George K. on said:

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    11. Nandakishore Varma on said:

      This is the book which introduced me to Michael Crichton, and his inimitable way of mixing fact and fiction so that the borders are blurred, like shading is done in watercolour paintings I loved it enough to read almost all of his remaining works.As some critic once said Michael Crichton is too serious to be considered a popular writer, and too popular to be considered serious Spot on.

    12. Veeral on said:

      Although The Great Train Robbery was a real event, I had no idea what it was all about Sure, I had heard about it i.e I knew its name and was aware that Crichton had written a book still quite popular about the theft and that it even inspired a movie of the same name starring Sean Connery.And after reading this book, I think that being totally ignorant about the event highly paid off as I enjoyed the book way much than I had anticipated It really felt as if the movie Ocean s Eleven was being re [...]

    13. Dan on said:

      A fabulous book in the historical thriller genre I learned a great deal about Victorian London upon reading Published in 1974 Very similar to Devil in the White City Both books present a masterful villain in a city known for its historically high crime Perhaps less dramatic than Devil in the White City but educational You know who the villain is from the first page so the book tells you how he pulled off the heist There is a major plot twist at the end that is the icing on the cake My favorite [...]

    14. Mith on said:

      For some reason, whenever someone had mentioned this book to me earlier, I had always pictured a cowboy on horseback chasing down a train in the wild, wild west, complete with a lasso in his hand I have no idea how I made that relation but the image stuck And since cowboys and westerns were not really my thing, I had never felt the urge to pick this book up, until now.Oh, how so very wrong I had been You can safely assume I kicked myself a fair number of times after I was about a quarter way thr [...]

    15. Jim on said:

      Author Michael Crichton takes pains to emphasize that, much the same as Clavell s Shogun, this is a work of fiction Still, it employs a historical tone albeit a juicy one As such it s mostly a setting and plot novel with little concern for characters and relationships This novel is thus based on the actual thieves and the infamous train robbery of 1855.The mastermind Edward Pierce undertakes to rob a train, which makes a regular run with gold bullion The booty was locked in two custom built safe [...]

    16. Jayanth on said:

      Thoroughly thrilling I loved it I like that the story is told in past tense, as a recollection of the robbery from 1855 It worked so well in creating awe and underlining the stunning nature of the whole story as it warranted.It was so fascinating to read all the preparation that went into pulling off what was then termed the crime of the century in England This was such a good historical crime thriller, it s amazing that this has actually happened The perpetrators of the robbery planned and prep [...]

    17. Angus McKeogh on said:

      I have to say this one was really, really, really good and I was entertained thoroughly Expected maybe okay and was pleasantly surprised certainly that has an effect on how I rate a book I was excited to get back and read this book every time I picked it up which is definitely not always the case Reminded me of a milder version of In Cold Blood A nonfiction historical novel about a crime where lots of information was taken directly from trial transcripts Extremely engaging Germane information fr [...]

    18. Book Concierge on said:

      In 1855 a gang of thieves carried out an elaborate scheme to rob a train of the gold bullion scheduled to serve as payroll for the soldiers fighting in the Crimean War The Victorians always referred to this crime in capital letters, as The Great Train Robbery This is Crichton s fictionalized novel based on what is known of the truth, with a good deal of conjecture and embellishment.What a rollicking good story I was entertained from beginning to end Crichton starts out with a recitation of the f [...]

    19. Eric on said:

      This book had all the ingredients for a great adventure a charming rogue for a lead character, an intricate Ocean s Eleven style heist, a well drawn Victorian London setting you could almost feel Sherlock Holmes in the background investigating , and top notch writing.However, since it is made clear in the beginning of the novel that the heist was pulled off successfully, the story is lacking any will they or won t they pull it off suspense The fact that the novel is still so gripping and enjoyab [...]

    20. Edwin Priest on said:

      Michael Crichton has another side it seems, that of the detective historian The Great Train Robbery is Crichton s retelling of a famous train robbery in mid 19th century Victorian England and the enigmatic mastermind behind it, William Pierce.In telling us this tale, Crichton takes us on a tour of Victorian England and its culture and morals It is educational and compelling and paints a vivid Dickens like picture of the London underworld, full of British criminal slang and flavor The actual trai [...]

    21. Shawn on said:

      I don t know how this gem of a book fell off my radar for so long Using lots of historical research, Crichton has done an expert job of putting this crime back together I really enjoyed this.

    22. Arun Divakar on said:

      The images conjured up by Victorian London have always been the ones I as a reader love reveling in Horse drawn carriages, gas light lit streets, the upright manners and social norms that put a set of most beastly human urges on a leash, heights of monetary decadence and abject pits of poverty abound in these images that I make up in my mind One part of why I adore Mr.Holmes, like many others is undoubtedly such an image of London and thereabouts I wouldn t have been this taken by the detective [...]

    23. Kathryn on said:

      Ultimately, I felt the dark, underside of London was the main character in this book And not sure I liked that On one hand, I learned a great deal about London criminals and the like some of which I wish I hadn t learned the dog fights especially, agh but I don t feel like I ever really got to know each of the players in the robbery as individual characters, I didn t really care about any of them And not because they were criminals just leave it to movies like Oceans 11 to make criminals endeari [...]

    24. David on said:

      Crime novel on a grand scale, I love how this book covers the plotting and scheming of the robbery The best comparison I can think of is the ocean eleven, particularly with details like the slang for the jobs typical to this profession and the underground roles of people who set these attempts in motion Its a different spin on the crime with the focus on the criminals and not on those solving the crime A well written and intriguing suspense novel by a quality author, although this is probably no [...]

    25. Agatha on said:

      Based on factual accounts through excerpts of the trial, Crichton delivers a fast paced Victorian crime story I liked how Crichton set up the story from the inception, to the planning, to the mishaps, and eventually to the execution of The Great Train Robbery Edward Pierce, the mastermind behind The Great Train Robbery of 1855, is a smart and calculating character As a reader, I found myself rooting for the bad guy, so to say, as Crichton did a fantastic job telling the story through the eyes of [...]

    26. Shaun on said:

      Okay, The Great Train Robbery , adding to the list of Crichton books I ve read Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Micro, Disclosure, Congo It s a stark contrast to the rest of his books I ve read, and without knowing the author, I likely would ve never guessed Crichton.I m not so sure what to say about the book, but before writing this review I checked out some of the other reviews to see where I stood in relation to them, and I have to agree with the four star reviews It wasn t a masterpiece, but i [...]

    27. Thom on said:

      This 1975 best seller is an excellent historical novel of a most famous heist, drawn from court transcripts The author gives us not just the heist but also describes London and her relations in 1855, peppered with a dose of Victorian criminal slang.The majority of chapters are the planning and preparation, many months of work The heist itself and aftermath are quickly told, but the plot is not without twists for those who don t know the details I greatly enjoyed this trip through Victorian Londo [...]

    28. Barry on said:

      It s weird to think that a Crichton book can be 44 years old This was fun A true story, plus you get to learn some fascinating things about Victorian London, such as the various cons used by the criminal class, and the sometimes bizarre views on the differences between the sexes.

    29. Feliks on said:

      A thinking man s adventure thriller even so than any of his other works, this is easily Crichton s second best novel over the course of his career In almost every other effort he relentlessly covered contemporary or near future territory and the theme of scary, or potentially dystopia invoking technology Here, Train Robbery is where he really wrote something out of his usual comfort zone Something really unique both for him and for the thriller genre.It has quite a lot going for it Historical s [...]

    30. Elisa on said:

      I had no idea Crichton had ever published a piece of historical fiction, but he pulled this one off so well that I might have to check to see if he has any This book brilliantly presents all of the most fascinating aspects of Victorian England s culture while unfolding the brilliant but reckless scheme behind a remarkable train burglary Crichton packaged history into a suspenseful storyline, judiciously choosing historical details that would be tantalizing both to a history major and someone lo [...]

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