An entertaining book, but I found it to be not quite up to the previous Bell adventures. The story takes too long to develop and the plot is shallow. The reader can figure out who the real villian is quite early in the book. Yet, it is fun reading and not a complete waste of time.
I would listen to this book again because it is so rich in plot I am sure I can find something I missed the first time through.
Clive Custler and Justin Scott have a real winner in Isaac Bell. My parents were born in 1915 and 1918 respectively, and I am gaining some empathy for them and life in a country without highways. I love to read about the culture of America in that era. It is a context that makes the first air race across the country a very interesting and intriguing background for a story put together with a masterful flair.What sometimes causes me pause are the fantastical feats pulled off by Isaac Bell. I find myself wondering if it is really possible to do some of those things, and then I think,
Scott Brick is a master of his craft. His voice and his inflection throughout this book and about a dozen others to which I have listended over the last two years is amazing. I have bought a couple of books just because Scott is the narrator.
This book would make a wonderful movie. Action packed and fast paced the tag line could be America's Sweetheart of the Air Races for her life.
I could find little to be interested in. The personal relationships did not matter to me and the race was not interesting. All in all a waste of time and money and not up to Cusslers standards.
Isaac Bell, wish there were more FBI agents like him. He always gets his man and is romantic at the same time. He learns to fly in this issue. I don't know what else he might accomplish.
Good, but not the best. I have really enjoyed the Isaac Bell adventures, the way historical events and lifestyles are mixed in to the stories are fascinating. My only complaint (hence the 4 stars and as others have noted) is that America's greatest detective missed some major things that were right under his nose. Scott Brick as always delivered an excellent performance. Overall it's still a great adventure and worthy of a read.