Train Man

Train Man

Book - 1999
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Only six major railroad bridges cross the Mississippi River between St. Louis and New Orleans. When one of them collapses, Hush Hanson of the FBI is asked to organize a federal task force to investigate.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c1999
ISBN: 9780312203757
Characteristics: 354 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Trainman


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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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