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The Chase | [Clive Cussler]

The Chase

A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.
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Publisher's Summary

A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.

©2007 Clive Cussler; (P)2007 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"Cussler takes a breather from his several ongoing series with this historical thriller set in the western states, circa 1906. The U.S. government hires the renowned Van Dorn Detective Agency and its equally renowned lead agent, Isaac Bell, to capture the bank robber known as the Butcher Bandit....Once San Francisco gets hit by the 1906 earthquake and the principals climb aboard a pair of fire-breathing locomotives, the novel cranks up a head of steam and some high-speed thrills." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Blackmac Japan 06-04-10
    Blackmac Japan 06-04-10 Member Since 2004

    Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.

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    "quick easy listen"

    This was an entertaining story as most Cussler books are: very defined bad guys going up against our James Bond like good guy. However, the story is implausible and there are some parts that could just be cut out. Also, I found the characters a bit undeveloped and hard to like. Finally, the narrator, Scott Brick, has done some excellent work in the past, but in this book, he is much too melodramatic. If you're looking for a light, fun listen this is a good choice.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 01-08-10
    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 01-08-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Great Historical Novel"

    Fast moving thriller. Starts and ends in the 1950s, with most the story taking place in 1906. Gives a great historical context of a detective chasing down a bank robber killer.

    I tend to follow Scott Brick's books and this one did not disappoint. Just purchased The Wreck and looking forward to it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 03-24-12
    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.

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    "A new favorite series"

    This is a great series. I can't wait to dig my claws ito the next book. The characters are excellent! I could totally see Dirk Pitt reading all about Issac Bell. :-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Good reading and not great but good. Worth your time and I could recommend it to all.

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    Beth Saginaw, MI, United States 02-05-11
    Beth Saginaw, MI, United States 02-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Purple prose"

    Now I know what that term means! The first half of the book was tolerable, but the second half became cliche after cliche. I expected Guy Noire to show up at every turn. I'm so happy I got this book for cheap, it would have been a waste of a good credit.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 02-07-11
    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 02-07-11 Member Since 2005
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    "You will like this one I think.."

    I found this book interesting? I finished this book in record time with my ipod, If you like intrigue and action in a historic sense and time you will like this book,

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-17-11
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-17-11 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Villains make this a good read"

    This is my first Clive Cussler novel and I'll probably give him another look. He certainly came up with an easy-to-dislike antagonist in the form of Cromwell. Apart from a grudging fondness for his sister, Cromwell seemed to be totally without redeeming value. Even his philanthropic work was performed for cover. Our hero, Isaac Bell, was a likable-enough character although the romance that blossomed with one of Cromwell's employees strained credibilty. Much of the story strained credibility but did so in a way that did not detract from a reader's ability to enjoy the listen. I did.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    03-03-11
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    "My first and not my last by a long shot"

    This is my first Clive Cussler books - I know, where have I been. What a rush. So much action, great characters in just the right doses. Nothing is wasted in the story. Can't wait for my next one. Read Clive!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney Signal Mountain, TN United States 02-27-11
    Courtney Signal Mountain, TN United States 02-27-11
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    "It was hard to put down..."

    ...in those hours when I had to eat, sleep and go to work. It was intriguing and exciting from page one and I'm recommending it to some very finicky readers in my family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Manteca, CA, United States 02-27-11
    Richard Manteca, CA, United States 02-27-11 Member Since 2008
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    "The Chase"

    This is a really good novel. It is spellbinding and well written. I really liked reading it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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