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The Gangster Audiobook

The Gangster

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Isaac Bell is back in this thrilling new novel from the number-one New York Times best-selling grand master of adventure, Clive Cussler.

It is 1906, and in New York City, the Italian crime group known as the Black Hand is on a spree: kidnapping, extortion, arson. Detective Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Agency is hired to form a special Black Hand Squad, but the gangsters appear to be everywhere - so much so that Bell begins to wonder if there are imitators, criminals using the name for the terror effect. And then the murders begin, each one of a man more powerful than the last, and, as Bell discovers to his dismay, the ultimate target may be the most powerful man of all.

©2016 Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 03-02-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 03-02-16 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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    "Great new release in the Isaac Bell series!"

    The Gangster is a superb mystery/suspense/thriller novel with an emphasis on mystery. It is set in the New York City area in 1906 and although it is Book 9 in the series there is only one novel in the series is set earlier; the books in the series are set in the years 1902 through 1921 inclusive,

    In The Gangster the Van Dorn Detective Agency is hired to take down an Italian crime group that calls itself Black Hand. The secretive crime group is involved in almost every imaginable type of crime. Their methods of communicating internally while the leader remains anonymous are extremely creative.

    Isaac Bell is not yet lead detective so Joseph Van Dorn leads the effort while Isaac Bell does most of the brain work and gets most of the action. Most of the suspense comes near the end of the novel as the leader of Black Hand seeks to kill a VERY high level target.

    In my opinion although The Gangster deserves five stars it is not the best book in the series. Scott Brick's narration is flawless.

    Detective thrillers take a back seat only to espionage thrillers on my preference list. Given a choice between listening to The Gangster and the recently released Back Blast, the Court Gentry/Gray Man espionage thriller novel by Mark Greaney, Back Blast is the easy winner. Fortunately I can listen to both on the days of their release.

    One of the fun parts of listening to the Isaac Bell series is comparing technology and the value of money today with approximately 100 years ago. For example, 100 years ago transportation was very slow compared to today. Another example is that in 1916 four cents had the same buying power as one dollar today.

    31 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Michael D. Stone greeneville Tn 03-08-16
    Michael D. Stone greeneville Tn 03-08-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Needs Dramatization"

    Frankly, Scott Brick does a great job narrating Clive Cussler's books. However if there was ever a book series that needed dramatization it's Clive Cussler's books. Listening to his books would be immensely more pleasurable if they were dramatized using multiple voice actors and realistic background sounds. I have listened to many Clive Cussler books and I always feel uncomfortable whenever Scott imitates a woman's voice. Truly it sounds .... rediculous. In addition its near impossibility for any human being to mimic the accents of multiple book characters of a foreign settin without them all sounding almost the same and thereby confusing to the listener. May I strongly suggest that Mr. Cussler continue to use Scott Brick perhaps as the primary voice actor but to include full dramatization for not only future books but for all his books of the past. How cool would that be?

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 03-19-16
    Jennifer 03-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"

    Found this book a little boring and not very interesting. Not my kind of book.

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    The Old Ranger Minnesota, USA 03-31-16
    The Old Ranger Minnesota, USA 03-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Bell Yet!"

    In the world of Isaac Bell, every story is an amazing adventure, and this one tops them all. Moving at the pace of the 20th Century Limited, with a rocket booster, The Gangster grabs you, pulls you to the edge of your seat and never lets go! Bully job, Mr. Cussler and Mr. Scott! Just Bully! (Wish there wasn't a year wait between episodes. I love Sam and Remi, but Issac Bell is my favorite Cussler character!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcheta 03-27-16
    Marcheta 03-27-16 Member Since 2007

    love audio books - Anglophile

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    "Action-packed"

    Since I'm mostly an Anglophile, I don't read many stories set in America - except for the Tanner series by Remington Kane. However, this book kept me interested and had lots of action. I haven't read a Clive Cussler book since Raise the Titanic, but I'll certainly give his and Justin Scott's other books a try. Scott Brick does a great job as narrator - first tier of American readers.

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    Kindle Customer Buffalo Center, IA USA 03-23-16
    Kindle Customer Buffalo Center, IA USA 03-23-16 Member Since 2015

    Clergyman - Husband and dad -Clock lover, and story cherisher - especially if its real, its inspiring and allows me to feel what I feel!

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    "Busy Crime Tale"

    Good story but very detailed. It lost me at times but was easy to reconnect.

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    Su 03-17-16
    Su 03-17-16 Member Since 2011
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    "3 1/2 stars"

    Too many characters. Started to not care about any of them. No Cussler harrowing escapes.

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    Pavel 03-16-16
    Pavel 03-16-16
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    "A new Bell adventure to keep us enthralled."

    Scott Brick is the best norator for these adventures.
    A new hit from Clive Cussler that I give a bouble thumbs up to.

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    howard 03-10-16
    howard 03-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "i have always loved Clive Cusslers book,so i hold"

    him to a higher standard, this should not have been published!! what are you doing mr Cussler, ? writters block ? are you now too famous to fail? some of us depend on a good book, this wasn't one of them. what a waste! give us what we expect, or retire.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 03-05-16
    Robert 03-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent as usual!"

    Just when you thought history details were exhausted from the other books, this covers even more historical details put into a delightful fiction. Isaac Bell is as tough to kill as ever!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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