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
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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.
I love the Isaac Bell series. I think it's the historical setting that draws me in the most. Please get Scott Brick a warmer microphone. His voice sounds a bit thin and harsh, at first I wasn't sure it was him. Maybe turn down the compressor.
The Bootlegger" is another Five Star book in the Issac Bell series. I was hooked from book 1 "The Chase" of the Issac Bell series and the "Bootlegger" does not disappoint!The combination of a Cussler thriller with the powerful and versatile narration by Scott Brick is always a knockout. Give me more!
In previous books, Joe Van Dorn stayed above the fray leaving the street fighting to Issac Bell and his other operatives like "Texas Walt" or the veteran detectives "Webber and Fields". We have come to know over the series of books that Joe was a two fisted operative when he started the detective agency; in this book Joe hits the streets with the "boys" and rolls up his sleeves. As he speeds along in the boat to give chase, the tension builds up beautifully.
Scott Brick is a very versatile narrator. As he changes from Issac Bell to Joe Van Dorn, you will know why I believe Scott Brick is one of the best narrators. His characterizations lift the words off the page!
Bell is back! As Good As Bond and Twice as Cool!
You can jump into the series at any book, I guarantee you will listen to the complete series. Issac Bell is as great a character as the very famous Dirk Pitt.
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.
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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