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The Bootlegger Audiobook

The Bootlegger: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 7

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-29-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-29-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Communist radicals bootlegging liquor!"

    This book is set in thee early 1920's which is almost a decade later than any other novel in the Isaac Bell series. The book brings together two seemingly unrelated events: the 1919 passage of Amendment 16 in the US Constitution outlawing the sale and consumption of alcohol and the communist revolution in Russia a year earlier. Much of the bootlegging in the US was by Russian and domestic communist radicals to finance the overthrow of the US government.

    A reminder that Book 9 in the series, The Gangster, will be released tomorrow.

    I highly recommend all of the novels in the wonderful Isaac Bell series. Also, Scott Brick narrates all of them.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 03-23-14
    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2005
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    "You will not be disappointed in this one!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-17-14
    Robert SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Another solid offering in the Isaac Bell series"
    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck 10-14-15
    Chuck 10-14-15

    I drive about 650 miles a week, Audible helps me make those trips palatable - some fiction, self help and business "reads" add value to me.

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    "Another good Cussler adventure "

    well worth the time to listen. plausible story line and good action. keeps the Isaaccount Bell story line going.

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    Scott R. 08-03-15
    Scott R. 08-03-15
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    "If you like Cussler and Isaac Bell...."

    Another great tale about Isaac Bell. As a huge Cussler fan I was not disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard M. Lagatella San Deigo,CA 08-01-15
    Richard M. Lagatella San Deigo,CA 08-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "9 out of 10"

    Great story perfectly narated . please keep up the good work. Standing by in anticipation or the next adventure!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 03-28-14
    James columbus, OH, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2015

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "Great story - Fun reading - Cussler is the champ"

    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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Skip Clarin Inver Grove Heights, MN 08-24-16
    Skip Clarin Inver Grove Heights, MN 08-24-16
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    "I liked it."

    you will enjoy this book also. Clive Cussler spins a good tale.
    go for it. you know you want too.

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    Harry C. Hixson PLANO, TX, US 06-22-16
    Harry C. Hixson PLANO, TX, US 06-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Stay with it"

    Allow the story to develop. Interesting insight into a period of American history and excesses fueled by greed.

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    robert stephenson ii 05-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great book"

    Cussler weaves historical references so well into his Bell novels. This book is fun

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    1/11/15
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    "Disappointing."

    Very hard to get into but got better toward the end. Not up to Cussler's usual high standards. A little disappointing.

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  • PAE
    10/18/14
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    "Boring."
    What would have made The Bootlegger better?

    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?


    What could Clive Cussler and Justin Scott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Give me a character to hook on to.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Was just a bit flat.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Just disappointed. I really like the usual Clive Cussler and this did not fit that bill.

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  • R. Plumtree
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    "Entertaining period drama from a master novelist"
    Would you listen to The Bootlegger again? Why?

    Yes, I was entertained by the style of story telling, the attention to detail for the period and the scenes of action and adventure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bootlegger?

    Detailed descriptions of the period styles and behaviors i n New York, Chicago, Detroit and Miami


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favourite?

    Isaac Bell - The Lead Detective


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The detailed portrayal of life in the prohibition era.


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