If you ever wanted to learn about the railroad/trains, this is a good place to start. Research is great, tied into an interesting story. It's apparent the author wanted to get his teeth into a new character leaving the oceanic world for the railroad world while maintaining the hero .. Isaac Bell is very much like Dirk Pitt, just doesn't scuba dive. Very listenable.
Very surprising book from Mr. Cussler. No boats, no margaritas and no barely believable super heros escaping a submarine. I usually do not like period pieces, but this was amazing. Exciting and refreshing.
Scott Brick does an outstanding job of bringing the book to life. His accents for the different characters really let you visualize and identify with the different personality. Clive Cussler add unique specific details that let you see exactly what is the scene in. The detail and authenticity he adds to the story is amazing. He adds nuances which help you fill in all the gaps. AAAA+++
Scott Brick's narration is always captivating and together with Clive Cusslers writing style, I'm always left spellbound by the experience...probably why I own all of his audio books! :)
I am a long-time fan of Cussler's work, but had put off starting this series just because there are so many already. But I really liked this book, and the new characters were immediately comfortable. I especially liked the writing better than in some of 'his' other series, more laid back or something,
I am a tough rate, and rarely give 5 stars to anything. Only things that stopped me from giving this book 5 stars was a certain sense that time was hard to follow. Characters seemed to travel from coast to coast almost instantly without any consideration of the time that was actually needed. As much as they traveled, the adventure must have taken weeks, but it read like it all happened very quickly. Also, the numbers of people in the detective agency staff seemed a lot higher than I would have expected. They would turn up everywhere even though travel at that time was not easy or fast.
I'm nitpicking. It was a fun read.
And what can you say about Scott Brick? He is, as always, such a pleasure.
If I usually reread books then I would listen to this again. I enjoyed the story and Scott Brick is a fantastic narrator.
The Chase is the book that came before this one.
I have listened to The Chase and Scott Brick did an excellent job narrating that as well.
I'm an eternal optimist, follow a Buddhist philosophy, geek, learning Chinese, sports fanatic, like social networking & nuclear submarines
The two things i enjoyed the most about this Isaac Bell story is
1)the compelling characters, especially the black hat and the white hat main characters
2)the narration by Scott Brick. He sets the bar for others, i'm buying Clive Cussler stories as much for Mr.Brick's oratory skills as I am for the compelling storyline.
My favorite character was Isaac Bell, of course. The hero!