Clive Cussler's solo entry (without a co-author) into the Bell series is fraught with peril, the badest of the bad guys, a lovely heroine and evil woman and Scott Brick brings it all together. Some say Brick's delivery is "over the top," -- for something like this, not in the least. His delivery is spot-on with accents, wonderful women impersonations without going into faux castrati falsettos. Because I so like Scott Bricks work, I'll tend to simply purchase an audio book if he's the reader. An audio book can be made or broken by the reader and so far, I have never been disappointed by Scott Brick's readings.
Usually I find Clive Cussler's books a strong 3-star listen, a combination of adventure and legend, but all this one amounted to was a very drawn-out history lesson. It didn't help that all the characters were terribly flat and that way too much time was spent on detailing automobiles and trains (obviously a passion of the authors.) The narrator, Scott Brick, didn't have much to work with here. He usually adds to the audio experience but came off just as dull as the book in this one.
Liked how it started and came to a full circle and left you ready for the next turn
Mother of 2 teens, alternate between reading for educational enrichment and pure pleasure. Like to run, bike, hike, and dance.
didn't read the print version
Isaac Bell, he is in every scene
It sounded like a western cowboy was reading it
I feel bad but Brick gets on my nerves a little bit with his 'good ol' boy' reading style, but it might be the content, too. I listen to Cussler because my Mom and Sister listen to his series but I am not the biggest fan of traditional roles of men being the superhero saviors of everyone.
A sustained tour de force of hackneyed descriptive prose. Not quite "It was a dark and stormy night...", but pretty close.
An entertaining historical mystery. The characters have depth and the storyline is light but holds your interest. A fun read.
Story was a little different because it was set back in time. Not a modern mystery so I was able to learn some facts about the time period. I just can t explain it. I was just not that excited. It did keep my attention long enough to get through and it made my mind work hard to visualize. Especially his car.
I would have tried to make it more suspenseful.
Yes, order another book by Cussler to see if they get better.
Maybe because I am a woman I did not enjoy it as much. I will see. I ordered two more books.