Welcome to my website. Although I am a big fan of Science Fiction, I do like to read historical works of non fiction. In this post I would like to introduce Michael Chrichton’s novel, The Great Train Robbery. I am writing a short article on this book because I enjoyed it very much. It had everything going for it; it was insightful, a good mystery, great con operation with daring exploits and much more. Most of all, it is based on a true story.
The Great Train Robbery of 1855 took place during the Victorian era in
England. I downloaded this Kindle book to read on the plane of which seemed appropriate since I was vacationing in England. I am so glad I did as it provided a bit of nostalgia to all the historical sites I visited.
The main character, Edward Pierce’s last name does resound his cold and calculating nature, piercing into human nature as a tool for his plan to rob the gold bullion. He made good use of his insights in dealing and using underworld figures. Pierce knew how to pick his people for a job that boggled even Scotland Yard. It was like reading one of Sherlock Holmes novels. Chrichton weaved figures together beautifully.
The Great Train Robbery is indeed a true story and provides insight and tidbits on Victorian moral attitudes. Chrichton relayed the story as a cross between fiction and actuality. He shufffled through historical records and document to reenact the characters with attributes worthy of their crime. Chrichton also did the same characterization with The Eaters of the Dead, providing Beowulf and his crew a more realistic approach to the Norse myth. The movie based on the book is called ” The 13th Warrior” starring Antonio Banderas, Ahmad ibn Fadlan, Diane Venora and Omar Sharif.
If you ever get a chance to read The Great Train Robbery, you will not regret it.