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
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I am a huge cussler fan and have read all his books. in this series the wrecker was awesome. I am going to love every book Cussler writes so the bar is set high. Maybe too high in this case. Is it a fun read, yes, would I recommend it, of course, but its not the first book I am going to listen to if I had my choice of all the cussler Issac Bell books.
I enjoyed the story and actually have liked this whole series.In this case the topic of cross country flight and the development of the airplane were intriguing... It made me want to learn a lot more about this era of history to sort out fact from fiction. It seems we all know about the Wright brothers but that was about the end of my knowledge so I consider it a win win when the story is entertaining and I am motivated to do some research about history!
If you like the various Cussler et al adventure series you will like this one as well. More of the same is good or bad depending on how you like the formula. Even Superman must shake his head at the doings of Cussler's heroes, in this case Isaac Bell, which push the boundaries of superhuman feats. It's still a fun, albeit very formulaic, romp across America where people of all stripes must "jump to it" whenever Bell and the Van Dorn Detective Agency make their demands known. There is some irony in the support for organized labor in a book that features a cast of the super rich who buy whatever or whomever they want on demand. But it is just fiction, right?
Scott Brick continues to do a fantastic job as narrator. The editing could use a bit of tweaking as there is hardly a pause between the end of a sentence and the new chapter announcement. Not a big deal, but a bit jarring.
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I give 5 of 5 stars to the action novel The Race by Clive Cussler. This is another in the Isaac Bell series set in the 1930’s. What impressed me most about this book is the colorful language (no, not bad words) used in the novel which seemed accurate to the time period (no, I’m not that old). Use of terminology appropriate to the era improved the believability of the story. The story centers on a trans-america air race to win a publisher’s trophy. Throw in some international factors, some really nasty characters, some midnight modifications to competitor’s aircraft and you have a real suspense and action novel. I really enjoyed every minute of this Audible book and do highly recommend it.
An entertaining book, but I found it to be not quite up to the previous Bell adventures. The story takes too long to develop and the plot is shallow. The reader can figure out who the real villian is quite early in the book. Yet, it is fun reading and not a complete waste of time.
I would listen to this book again because it is so rich in plot I am sure I can find something I missed the first time through.
Clive Custler and Justin Scott have a real winner in Isaac Bell. My parents were born in 1915 and 1918 respectively, and I am gaining some empathy for them and life in a country without highways. I love to read about the culture of America in that era. It is a context that makes the first air race across the country a very interesting and intriguing background for a story put together with a masterful flair.What sometimes causes me pause are the fantastical feats pulled off by Isaac Bell. I find myself wondering if it is really possible to do some of those things, and then I think,
Scott Brick is a master of his craft. His voice and his inflection throughout this book and about a dozen others to which I have listended over the last two years is amazing. I have bought a couple of books just because Scott is the narrator.
This book would make a wonderful movie. Action packed and fast paced the tag line could be America's Sweetheart of the Air Races for her life.
I could find little to be interested in. The personal relationships did not matter to me and the race was not interesting. All in all a waste of time and money and not up to Cusslers standards.
Isaac Bell, wish there were more FBI agents like him. He always gets his man and is romantic at the same time. He learns to fly in this issue. I don't know what else he might accomplish.
Good, but not the best. I have really enjoyed the Isaac Bell adventures, the way historical events and lifestyles are mixed in to the stories are fascinating. My only complaint (hence the 4 stars and as others have noted) is that America's greatest detective missed some major things that were right under his nose. Scott Brick as always delivered an excellent performance. Overall it's still a great adventure and worthy of a read.
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