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
This was a rollicking adventure. My only reason for not giving it 5 stars is that the author says "tall detective" it seems in every other sentence. Love the Isaac Bell character.
A few surprises in the story at the beginning and end chapters
Better plot in the middle with harry frost
would not know
not too many surprises for this bell story. The wrecker was much better
Yes, the plot did keep me entertained but not to the point of sitting on the edge of my seat.
To me Scott Brick is the voice of Issaic Bell. He has just the right innotation for the character.
All the fun and quick paced excitement of a Cussler novel with a brand new hero. I'm totally hooked on Isaac Bell and Scott Brick. What a great author and narrator combo.
I am an Organizational Psychologist focusing on leadership and performance improvement. I love to learn and believe each individual teaches.
Yes, I would recommend it to a friend. Clive Cussler is one of my favorite authors, and Scott Brick establishes the tone which is kept throughout the book of suspense. I don't normally take the time to write a review, but any Clive Cussler series I would recommend. I only wish all of the books in each series were available through audible.com.
The feel of realism and adventure, told with all the action and danger always delivered by Clive Custler.
The part where the two machine guns waited by the tracks at night to shoot down the planes.
I bought this book because it has airplanes in it and I like airplanes. Apart form that, the story line has all the gaps of a Louis L'Amour western, and any semblance to reality is an accident. Example: the protagonist, who taught himself to fly a more advanced airplane than any in existence, lands straddling the railroad tracks and tears the skids out from under the airplane. He commands the "mechanicians" to repair the skids and a half a page later is airborne. I only finished the book so I could hear the word mechanician some more.
Couldn't tell the Russian accent from the Italian accent.
Linda in Omaha
I love being entertained by Scott Brick performing a Clive Cussler book for me on a beautiful summer day. The story is less intense that many of Cussler's books. There is the lovely Josephine who loves her flying machines, the great detective Isaac Bell, and the evil wealthy husband. There is less carnage than usual, and more of a slightly whimsical story line. Loved it!! "You Tube" has several recordings of the song, "Come Josephine in my Flying Machine," which further enhances the story.
The Isaac Bell books are perfect entertainment while running and this was more of the same in that regard. I learned a good bit about early aviation and caught a bit of the excitement that my beloved must feel when he reads about this period. Overall that is one of my favorite aspects of these books. Cussler makes the world of the early 20th century come alive so well that I feel that I have a dual life spent there in the company of grand people with great courage. He takes a period I often see through scratchy black and white photos and makes it burst into full color and motion.
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