Train Man

Train Man

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Only six major rail bridges cross the Mississippi River and connect one half of our country to the other. When one of them collapses as a freight train is crossing, the FBI sends agents Hush Hanson and Carolyn Lang to investigate. Hush and Carolyn suspect a bomb, but there are no clues to suggest who planted it.

Meanwhile, at an Alabama army depot, a military train carrying a deadly cargo begins its journey west. This train must cross the Mississippi before its cargo becomes unstable - and then another bridge goes down.

As more bridges go down and the plight of the doomsday train intensifies, it becomes ever more obvious that Hanson is being set up to take a fall as part of some bureaucratic political intrigue within the FBI.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's : 1999
ISBN: 9780312203757
0312203756
Branch Call Number: FIC Deut ST
Characteristics: 354p

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harrybosch
Feb 17, 2018

I've read a few of Deutermann's later books, mostly about WW2 naval and military action in the Pacific . I came to this one later and it is entirely different, and a very good read. Written before 09/11/2001 , it exposes the serious security threat that railroads face, and the vulnerability of the US railroad network to criminal and terrorist threat. It also highlights the serious lack of rail bridges across the US most important river, some even being over 100 years old. These combined threats are more serious than the threats faced by airlines, where all the security efforts are focused. Although excellently written, the ending is a little dragged out , convoluted, and scarcely believable , which is why I rated it below 5 stars.

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