Cussler is always great. The Isaac Bell series continues the Cussler legacy of great stories and outstanding characters.
I have always like Cussler for some mindless entertainment, but this book seemed to go on forever with a meandering plot. The characters were even more artificial than the standard fair you get from Cussler. Half way through I gave up and it took me another 6 months to get up the desire to finish it.
Slightly cartoonish characters, improbable (to say the least) plots but great fun. His love of the period and the excitement of the explosion of new technology at the beginning of the last century is part of the reason it's so much fun but the rest is just that great cartoons -and movie serials - and radio shows - were fun when the person writing them had the talent to make them so.
The Spy was a good story with another great performance by Scott Brick. The has super detective Issac Bell tracking down a master spy who has no allegiance to anyone country.
I loved the previous Alex Bell novels, but this one just didn't measure up. There were so many characters (many of them unnecessary) that I could barely keep track. The mix of foreign spies with the New York gangs just didn't ring true.
If you like CC's style and his period writings from 'The Chase' then you will also like this tale of international intrigue during the arms race prior to WWI.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is my first Isaac Bell series book and I enjoyed it particularly as it is set in 1908. This pre-WW1 period in history is quite interesting. I noticed how far we have come in lifestyle since the early 1900's. Travel across country was by train, not plane. Communication was by telegram and phone instead of e-mail and mobile phone. Cussler trade mark of constant drama and nail biting situation was through out the book. This is a good read if you are a fan of Cussler.
I discovered Clive Cussler with "The Chase" and eagerly waited for "The Wrecker," and counted the days until "The Spy." What a fizzle! Nothing but non-stop meaningless violence followed by violence, followed by violence--did I mention violence? I was so put off by this that I didn't even finish the book. What a waste. Don't buy it--don't borrow it--don't bother with it.