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The Thief: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 5 | [Clive Cussler, Justin Scott]

The Thief: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 5

On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a dramatic new invention are barely rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky the second time. The thugs attack again - and this time, one of the scientists dies.
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Isaac Bell returns, in the thrilling new adventure from the number-one New York Times best-selling author.

On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a dramatic new invention are barely rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky the second time. The thugs attack again - and this time, one of the scientists dies.

What are they holding that is so precious? Only something that will revolutionize business and popular culture - and perhaps something more. For war clouds are looming, and a ruthless espionage agent has spotted a priceless opportunity to give the Germans an edge. It is up to Isaac Bell to figure out who he is, what he is up to, and to stop him. But he may already be too late... and the future of the world may just hang in the balance.

©2012 Clive Cussler (P)2012 Penguin

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    03-08-12
    03-08-12
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    "The Review: An Issac Bell Piece"

    After the intensity of 'The Wrecker' and the adventure of 'The Race' this installation had some big shoes to fill. It fell somewhat flat, speculation leads me to believe the publisher pressured the writers to expunge sections to keep the book shorter. If that is the case then shame on them. I feel the villain was not as well developed as he could have been something I have really enjoyed from this series. Don't get me wrong I still enjoyed this book, I mean if you read the last four books your certainly can't stop now. As always great period tech and very accurate history.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Wiseman 05-17-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Justin Scott with Clive Cussler delivers"
    Any additional comments?

    It was pure genius to set the Isaac Bell mysteries at the beginning of the 20th century. The rate of change, and the energy and enthusiasm are infectious.
    The romance between Isaac and Marion is uncomplicated, which is a nice change from most fiction.
    If you are looking for nuance and dark, conflicted characters, you will be disappointed.

    Otherwise, catch a plane, go for a walk or bike ride, put on your headphones, and enjoy.

    P.S. Justin Scott's work in the Ben Abbott series is worth a look.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 04-01-12
    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2011

    Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.

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    "Another Excellent Issac Bell Novel"

    I really enjoyed this story. Issac Bell is one of my new favorite characters. I really enjoy the historical points smattered in here and there.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 05-12-12
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 05-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A Good Beach Book"

    This is the perfect book to read while sipping your favorite libation on a hot beach. The plot moves well without requiring much from the reader, the narrator does a decent job, the characters fit into the plot but again, don't require emotional involvement from the reader.

    The premise behind the plot is pretty weak. I found myself asking why Isaac Bell and the Dorn Agency were so worked up about the development of the first motion picture camera. Even when the reason is revealed, it doesn't yield the big AHA. That's why it's a good beach read -- it doesn't really matter.

    The setting of the book on the Mauretania is perhaps the the most entertaining part of the whole book. The description of how the engines were fed by coal is detailed and paints a vivid picture of a hellish job in a nightmare environment.

    I've listened to a lot of audiobooks narrated by Scott Brick, and have given him some scathing reviews. In this one, he succeeds in controlling his worst flaws as a reader. Every sentence doesn't end with an uptilt of his voice, making it sound like a question. His attempts at character accents are improved. He even tries to add emphasis rather than reading every sentence as if it's all of the same degree of gravitas.

    All in all, this is light fare. It's mindlessly enjoyable and keeps the listener's interest. Don't look for anything more. If you're tired and looking for a filler before starting something more substantial, I recommend it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Beer 04-18-12
    Bruce Beer 04-18-12
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    "Not up to the usual Cussler standard"
    What disappointed you about The Thief?

    90% of the book had difficulty maintaining my interest - little of the excitement you might expect from a Dirk Pitt novel. Come back Dirk, all is forgiven!


    Has The Thief turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No but I might be careful when buying another book by same authors


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Generally good


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I would only consider the last 10% a really gripping read. I almost stopped reading it several times but hung in there to get to the end. The least good Cussler book I have read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 04-06-12
    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2010

    Spartan Reader

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    "Super"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Well written book


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mystery and how Bell tracked down the villian


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simply the best. Have enjoyed all his narrated books


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending


    Any additional comments?

    Great job by Clive

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brett ELMO, UT, United States 01-23-13
    Brett ELMO, UT, United States 01-23-13
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    "Cussler does it again!"
    What did you love best about The Thief?

    I always enjoy Clive Cussler books, especially when its read by Scott Brick. When Cussler writes with another author you can tell, but its a nice mix. The action and susspense are great, but this book had less banter and explaining of 100 year old machinesnes and more emotional and plot driven conflict. It works well, but I really wanted to know how some of the machines worked in this one. Over all it was another home run for the Isaac Bell series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Palo Alto, CA, United States 01-10-13
    David Palo Alto, CA, United States 01-10-13
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    "Fine Background Research"

    Descriptions of society, interior design, street scenes, transportation, weapons and motion picture technology make it seem that the author lived then. This apparent authenticity puts the reader in the scene.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    archy instructor 12-27-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Clive and Issac do it in style"

    I enjoyed this book as much as the others in the Bell series. However the impact of talking movies is a little far fetched when applying it to WWI. It was good reading.I enjoyed the way in which Cussler portrays life in that time period. As a instructor of Underwater Archaeology, I have students occasionally read Cussler's books for fun as well as some factual material
    descriptions

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B Sanford, FL, United States 11-29-12
    B Sanford, FL, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A little disappointed"
    Where does The Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the middle


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Thief?

    The wedding of issac Bell


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Helps to feel as if you are watching the story from the inside, not just looking in.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I have really enjoyed this series, however this just did not hold my attention or hook me like the others. I enjoy the characters and the time frame so will continue to follow the series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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