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.
Scott Brick is himself and awesome. If Scott had puppies I'd adopt one just to listen to it bark. The story is based off the song "Come Josephine in My Flying Machine" and it is a completely amazing story based off some lyrics. Great idea and well executed.
Issac is himself and as an aviation enthusiast myself, it was fun to watch Mr Bell learn about flying during the dawn of aviation before landing was called landing and was rather called alighting. Great book, read the others in the series in order, or listen, because not that it is a need, but, you will want to.
Great series. Lots of derringer-do and gunplay in this one of the series, which involves early aviation, newspaper tactics of the time, and a coast to coast air race. Isaac Bell is a hero worthy of Dudley Dooright himself.
So much fun!
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