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Publisher's Summary

Detective Isaac Bell, hero of The Chase and The Wrecker, returns in the remarkable new adventure from the number-one New York Times best-selling author.

It is 1908, and international tensions are mounting as the world plunges toward war. When a brilliant American battleship-gun designer dies in a sensational apparent suicide, the man's grief-stricken daughter turns to the legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency to clear her father's name.

Van Dorn puts his chief investigator on the case, and Isaac Bell soon realizes that the clues point not to suicide but to murder. And when more suspicious deaths follow, it becomes clear that someone - an elusive spy - is orchestrating the destruction of America's brightest technological minds....and the murders all connect to a top-secret project called Hull 44.

But that is just the beginning. As the intrigue deepens, Bell will find himself pitted against German, Japanese, and British spies, in a mission that encompasses dreadnought battleships, Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet, Chinatown, Hell's Kitchen, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Isaac Bell has certainly faced perilous situations before, but this time it is more than the future of his country that's at stake - it's the fate of the world.

©2010 Clive Cussler (P)2010 Penguin

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  • Bob
  • North Lauderdale, FL, United States
  • 06-06-10

Entertaining

Isaac Bell and the Van Dorn agency is introduced into the worl of espionage. It has more surprises and unexpected happenings than I'm used to with Cussler. The characters are a bit predictible in their actions but it is still entertaining. The ending was a surprise. Scott Brick does an excellent job as narrator. Personally, I prefer his novels in our current times, but that is just my preference.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen
  • Davenport, IA, United States
  • 08-14-10

Turn of the century thuggary brought to life!

This was an excellent audio book. The words brought wonderful images to your mind and kept you wanting more. The characters were magnificently to life with amazing background that made you like and hate them. I recommend this book and the narrator was great with his accents, inflections and pauses for effect and drama.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Edwin
  • Mashpee, MA, United States
  • 07-09-10

Enjoyable read

The book has all of the intrigue and suspense of a classic spy novel. Allot of it takes place in New York City and, being a native, it was fun to track the locations. But the book goes beyond that in complexity and the narraton is supurb.

I think this is one Cussler's best

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Historical Adventure

I am not a naval buff or generally interested in naval history, but this story was full of adventure and a good historical look at life at the turn of the 20th century. My husband is a Cussler fan, so I decided to try it. We listened to it together on a long road trip and I was totally absored in the story. If you are interested in fast action, naval vessels, spy tactics, and 'manly men', you will like this story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great crime mystery

Scott Brick does another outstanding job as a multi-voiced narrator... he's simply the best. As for the book, another Clive Cussler (and Justin Scott) work of art. Incredible research into the history of naval operations, New York and Washington D.C. in circa 1905 which are the setting for this crime mystery of the time. Interesting, suspenseful, outstanding characters (which only Brick can bring to life) and a great story to boot. Loved the book!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 02-25-16

1908 espionage case for Isaac Bell!

One does not associate a private detective with an espionage case, but in this great case set in 1908 Isaac Bell does have an espionage case. Clive Cussler writing with Justin Scott may be better than writing alone.

I loved the 10 year flash ahead at the end.

Great book narrated by the best narrator in the business!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Collinston, UT, USA
  • 06-23-10

Move over Dirk Pitt!

This book keeps it real and this reader guessing and jumping. Isaac Bell gets the job done in style without the high tech and the fancy wizz-bangs of today. A good book and a great listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Detective Series

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. :-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another great Isaac Bell story

Another great book by Cussler - with Issac bell. Not near as good as the Wrecker, that one was AWESOME, but still this one was excellent - you cant go wrong with Cussler

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 10-09-10

The Spy

This is my first Isaac Bell series book and I enjoyed it particularly as it is set in 1908. This pre-WW1 period in history is quite interesting. I noticed how far we have come in lifestyle since the early 1900's. Travel across country was by train, not plane. Communication was by telegram and phone instead of e-mail and mobile phone. Cussler trade mark of constant drama and nail biting situation was through out the book. This is a good read if you are a fan of Cussler.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful