Detective Isaac Bell returns in the extraordinary new adventure in The New York Times' best-selling series.
It is 1920, and both Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing. When Isaac Bell’s boss and lifelong friend Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed leading the high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, Bell swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers, but he doesn’t know what he is getting into. When a witness to Van Dorn’s shooting is executed in a ruthlessly efficient manner invented by the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these are no ordinary criminals. Bell is up against a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs - and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.
©2014 Clive Cussler (P)2014 Penguin Audio
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
This is another great story set in the early 1900's. Back when booze was not. a fun story by cussler, back in the day
I found this a fun fast listen, the look inside what it must have been like during prohibition was fun. (If you are a fan of Clive Cussler books you will enjoy this,)
Me and my husband listened to this book together and you can not get a more entertaining snow day adventure than this.
I like Scott Brick's narration better than some folks. I think some find him a little too melodramatic. I find if I listen to him at a faster speed it makes it a much more enjoyable listen.
Takes place during Prohibition and examines the complete disregard many had for that particular law, and how *gangsters* got rich because of it.
A typical Cussler yarn, but from me that's a compliment. The historical setting is interesting as well.
An easy listen, but worth it.
Scott Brick is a great narrator. He manages to give unique voices to all of the characters.
The story was quite an adventure. I got a little lost in some of the facts spelled out in the story at times. But it did not take away from the story.
I really enjoy the Isaac Bell adventures. He is obviously a super-hero without a cape. And, I learn something about cars, flying machines, trains, etc., every time I read one of these.
Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators. He is genuine, easy to listen to, and builds a story to get you involved. Some books I have purchased only because Scott Brick narrates them.
The most appealing part of the Isaac Bell stories is the research that goes into getting the vehicles, locations, and customs of the day right. Several times during each story I go to the internet to look up the details and photos of things mentioned in the book.
The most disturbing part of the story was the explosion of the wagon and the resultant injuries to man and beast.
Slow, strained, precise.
I'd like to listen to them all in one sitting. Because I drive a lot I am able to listen for hours at a time. The books make me look forward to the longer drives to visit customers.
I wish Mr. Cussler and his team could offer new stories closer together but I understand the time involved in writing. I've read or listened to all the Isaac Bell series and I almost hate to finish them because you are saying goodbye to a close friend and won't see him again until next year.
The detailed historic setting and the action seem to flow quite naturally, making Bell the perfect adventurer for his time.
I very much like the character Isaac Bell, and the historic settings. The action seems to take place appropriately, at the one "right time" in history when the story could actually have occurred, which makes the historic settings especially interesting.
If I "only" read the book, I'd have my own set of (mental) character voices. However, Scott Brick always brings a distinct voice to each character, never loses track of the various voices, and provides a sense of tension and drama without ever becoming melodramatic.
Bell Battles to Hold Bootleggers at Bay
Excellent book, continuing the Isaac Bell series. My favorite Cussler books are still the Oregon Files, but Isaac Bell is coming a close second.
...all over the place, plot-wise/ character- wise. I got lost a few times, waiting for those occasional scenes where some new character receives an explanation of what's been going on. I've read every Cussler book there is, and love the Isaac Bell series.I love Sam and Remi. And as an aside, sort of, has the basic "Dirk Pitt" series lost it's steam altogether?
Very hard to get into but got better toward the end. Not up to Cussler's usual high standards. A little disappointing.
add a little excitement in both the reading and the story. Not the usual Dirk Pitt hero. In fact who is the hero. Got through about 2 hours and still not sure. Was it really Bell?
Give me a character to hook on to.
Was just a bit flat.
Just disappointed. I really like the usual Clive Cussler and this did not fit that bill.
"Entertaining period drama from a master novelist"
Yes, I was entertained by the style of story telling, the attention to detail for the period and the scenes of action and adventure.
Detailed descriptions of the period styles and behaviors i n New York, Chicago, Detroit and Miami
Isaac Bell - The Lead Detective
The detailed portrayal of life in the prohibition era.
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