The Christmas Train

The Christmas Train

Book - 2002
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The Christmas Train is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief ... and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 2002
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014
ISBN: 9780446525732
0446525731
9780446615754
9781455532940
Branch Call Number: FICTION BALDA...D
Notes: Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington D.C. to L.A in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.

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Candona
Aug 26, 2016

It may help to go into this realizing it really *is* a Christmas book and it has 3 separate stories, the first two of which deal with Christmas. The first story is roughly two thirds of the book. It has recognizable Baldacci characterizations to it but is essentially a feel-good story and lacking zest. The second is only a couple of pages and to be honest I quickly got bored with it. I think it ended with an over-used "surprise" element. The third is more Baldacci-like and is a prequel to the Camel Club.

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bixbyjim
Feb 20, 2016

Not too bad but very non Baldacci.

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thebritlass
Dec 06, 2015

Gather strangers together for days on a cross-country train in unpredictable winter weather. Add a bit of romance, a bit of mystery, and a fun (albeit far-fetched) plot twist at the end, and you have all the makings of a great Christmas read.

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JayCeeGR
Dec 07, 2014

Disappointing for a Baldacci plot. It read more like a teen romance that while trying, had no zing to any suspense or comedy.

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deumbach
Jul 14, 2013

Fun read with realistic logistics of long distance train rides. It was funny and presented several twists in the finale.

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NANCY1936
Mar 12, 2012

returned 3/12/2012

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nicholsda
Mar 10, 2012

very surprising considering how his other books are written. They are such mysterys and this was kind of a love story.

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