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The Bootlegger: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 7 | [Clive Cussler, Justin Scott]

The Bootlegger: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 7

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.
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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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    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.

    2 of 2 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 2003
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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.

    2 of 2 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 2006

    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

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    Jean 07-15-14
    Jean 07-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Another great Isaac Bell Adventre"
    What did you love best about The Bootlegger?

    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.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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    Jayne 06-11-14
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    "Great Entertainment"
    What did you love best about The Bootlegger?

    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.


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

    The most disturbing part of the story was the explosion of the wagon and the resultant injuries to man and beast.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Slow, strained, precise.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Moira L. Mefein Florida 06-08-14
    Moira L. Mefein Florida 06-08-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great fun and fascinating "history""
    What did you love best about The Bootlegger?

    The detailed historic setting and the action seem to flow quite naturally, making Bell the perfect adventurer for his time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Bell Battles to Hold Bootleggers at Bay


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book, continuing the Isaac Bell series. My favorite Cussler books are still the Oregon Files, but Isaac Bell is coming a close second.

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    "the Worst of the best new Cussler series"
    Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and Justin Scott and/or Scott Brick?

    ...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?


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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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