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The Thief by Clive Cussler

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This is the fifth novel in the Isaac Bell turn-of-the-century series and better edited than some of the later Dirk Pitt novels. That was refreshing.

Isaac is on the Mauretania bound for America when the bad guy, General Christian Semmler, disguised as a coal stoker, attempts to kidnap a pair of scientists, creators of an amazing invention that would revolutionize the fledgling movie industry. Isaac thwarts his plans, befriends the scientists and the tale shifts into high gear.

Spanning both coasts, Isaac Bell and the Van Doren Detective Agency attempt to protect the surviving scientist, Clyde Lind, and prevent Semmler from stealing their device and using it for German propaganda.

Fights and shootings, train wrecks, disguises, master plans, henchmen, beautiful women and powerful men – it’s all there, creating a thrill ride for the avid Cussler reader.

Of all the Cussler novels, I’ve enjoyed the Isaac Bell series the most. Cussler’s attention to the catch words of the era and period scene details, dropped like gems along the way, sets an extraordinary panorama and, despite my best efforts, I couldn’t help but learn more about that period in America history. I can only imagine the research that required.

The conclusion of this novel jumps several years and it would appear the now married Isaac Bell went the way of the wealthy businessman and passed the baton to younger Van Dorens, but I wouldn’t count Isaac out just yet. Hopefully Cussler will add yet another tale to this series. ( )
  DavidLErickson | Feb 2, 2014 |
Isaac Bell is back and he finally gets married! He has the beautiful Marian is trapped on a boat and she can't escape this time. One night on the ship, Bell interrupts an attempted kidnapping of two university scientists and finds himself mixed up in a puzzle. It gets more serious when one of the people he originally saved is found almost dead, stuffed in a trunk.

The scientists have created something that can make a huge difference to the world and a German spy wants it for Germany, and he's willing to kill to get it.

Overall, a pretty good book, on par with the other Bell books. Bell seems to be taking bigger chances and getting into more trouble than ever before. I just hope that Bell keeps being fun and doesn't jump the shark. ( )
  readafew | Jul 9, 2012 |
Isaac Bell is fighting to save two inventors on the run from the Germans who are conspiring to keep the US out of WW1. A fun read. ( )
  dswaddell | Apr 5, 2012 |
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"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 stop him. But he may already be too late. and the future of the world may just hang in the balance. AUTHOR BIOS: Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Kingdom, The Race, and Devil's Gate. He lives in Arizona. To learn more about Clive Cussler, please visit www.cusslerbooks.com. Justin Scott's twenty-six novels include TheShipkiller and Normandie Triangle; the Ben Abbott detective series; and five modern sea thrillers published under his pen name Paul Garrison. He is the coauthor with Clive Cussler of The Wrecker, The Spy, and The Race. He lives in Connecticut"--… (more)

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Penguin Australia

Two editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0718158679, 0241958016

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