Detective Isaac Bell returns, in the remarkable new adventure from the number-one New York Times best-selling author.
It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than 50 days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates - an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost - and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.
Frost's violent-tempered husband has just killed her lover and tried to kill her, and he is bound to make another attempt. Bell has tangled with Harry Frost before; he knows that the man has made his millions leading gangs of thieves, murderers, and thugs in every city across the country. He also knows that Frost won't be only after his wife, but after Whiteway as well. And if Bell takes the case... Frost will be after him, too.
Investigate more cases with Isaac Bell.
©2011 Clive Cussler, Justin Scott (P)2011 Penguin Audio
Love audiobooks. Listen to them every day. Always looking for a new author with a great story (or stories) to tell. Favorite author: Sir ACD
This is the fourth installment in a series that I have truly enjoyed since the beginning. Isaac Bell is a typical Cussler-style hero. Tall, good looking, green-eyed, chivalrous, clean cut, and really, really lucky (never gets hurt really badly, and always overcomes the obstacles that the bad guys throw his way); however, Sherlock Holmes he is not!
The usual five-star rating for the storyline dropped one notch this time, because Isaac's character was slow to realize the identity of one of the bad guys that he had direct contact with throughout the story. Just doesn't seem believable that the Chief Investigator for the premier detective agency of the time would be that unobservant.
The terminology used by the characters seems to be true to the period; however, I got really tired of hearing "on the jump" (meaning, do it quickly). Not sure why this bothered me. I suppose I expected a broader period-specific vocabulary from the characters.
The story is very creative and enjoyable. A few additional threads to follow, but all are tied together quite well.
Scott Brick gave another excellent narration performance. Some of the dialects were a little unpolished, but I relate his voice with Clive Cussler stories, so as long as he's doing the performance, he gets a lot of slack from me. If you want to lose a Cussler audiobook fan, change narrators. Scott is irreplaceable.
Justin Scott has a fifth book "The Thief" due out on 3-6-2012. I'm really looking forward to listening to it!
Improbable people, slightly to extremely preposterous dialogue, creaky plot, stiff characters as is usual for this author and still... I love this series. I like reading about the Van Dorn detectives, I love the then new but by now antique machinery so well described and somehow or other Cussler makes it all work.
He earns his money but how he makes it work is somewhat of a mystery. Disbelief gets suspended and you want to hear how it will end. (At least I did.)
Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.
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. :-)
In my humble opinion, this is the best Isaac Bell series book. It is very well written, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Be sure to listen to this book when you can prepare for minimal distractions. You might miss something. I love the adventure.
The Issac Bell series is the best thing to come out of Cussler since the early days of Dirk Pitt. These stories are just great for my long commutes. I looked forward to this for months and I was just thrilled when it came out. Planes, trains and automobiles! In my opinion Cussler is better at landlubber novels than he is at sea novels. But that's just me. As usual Scott Brick is outstanding. He could read the phone book and keep me listening.
The narrator irritates me with his odd emphasis where there should be no emphasis. He jars you out of the story with his lamebrain affectations. I have him again in another book...If I'd only known.
I am a huge fan of Dirk Pitt, but with the Isaac Bell series, I have a new favorite Cussler character. The race is set during the early days of flight, when anybody daring enough was free to fly. The description of a cross-country air race during this time gives you a window into how people strove to push the limits of flight.
While the story revolves around the air race, it is a typical Cussler mystery with twists and turns. Isaac Bell is as brave and cunning as Dirk Pitt. If you like the Pitt series, then this is an excellent change. You get the same fantastical events, but instead of ships, subs, and sunken treasure, you get primitive planes, early automobiles, and trains.
Scott Brick is a pro at these books. I always enjoy his work. When I see his name, I know the narration will be top quality.
If you expect "The Race" to be a typical Cussler you probably won't be disappointed. Like all the Isaac Bell Adventures the story is a little more obvious than the Dirk Pitt novels or the Oregon Files, but well worth the time if you don't care too much for realism and just wish to be entertained.
I get the impression that which each new Cussler series the quality tends to drop a notch. The Fargo adventures being the absolute low point with stories far beyond the realm of believability and completely hollow unsympathetic characters. However, "The Race" as well as all the other Isaac Bell stories have a nice captivating story as well as some likeable characters which seem to have passions, feelings, ambitions and goals and thus still seem to be people you can relate to. Don't get me wrong. It's still shallow but it's fun, and that's all I need when the name "Cussler" is on the cover.
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