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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,665 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Isaac Bell Series Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781101523421
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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 fifty 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, attempting to kill her as well. And Bell knows that he will make another attempt. He 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 will be after Whiteway as well—and if Bell takes the case, Frost will be after him too.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Another exciting adventure.”

    Oklahoman

  • “As in the previous episodes, Clive Cussler and co-author Justin Scott alternate period-perfect cliffhangers and suspenseful action that speaks to any age.”

    Barnes and Noble editorial review

  • “Evocative period detail, brave men and women and their fabulous flying machines, and nonstop action add up to plenty of fun.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[An] exciting and lively period piece...Cussler and Scott deliver another outstanding adventure that skillfully invokes the time period. All the women are gorgeous, all the men are dashing, and all the airplanes and other new machinery are lovingly described. Fans of this series...will want to add this to their collections.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita | 2/15/2014

    " Dirk Pitt novels are a guilty pleasure, so books about Isaac Bell, the turn-of-the-century detective are not quite what I seek in Cussler's books. The writing is good, but the situations and character's actions are not always believable (though the Pitt books are arguably as unbelievable) , and I found a few tedious passages where the author was simply showing off his knowledge of aeroplanes and aeroplane racing from the distant past. (The same is true of the train books he has written in the same series). The characters are not as well developed in this book as previous ones in the series. We see very little of Bell's fiancee, and Bell's co-workers add little to the plot this time round. There's lots of derring-do for those who like action, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/11/2014

    " The narrator's sibilance is off-outting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph McEwen | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. I like the care the writers took with conversational language. There is a lot of details about early aviation that I did not know. Another action packed Cussler formula style book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Bauer | 2/4/2014

    " Typical Cussler fare; high octane thrills and chases, damsels in distress, really bad guys and really good guys. I still find myself fascinated by the unusual time period of the series at the beginning decades of the 20th century. Nice, solid details in the background. This book follows Cussler's time honored conventions of practically every fiction book he's written. If you're searching for thought provoking, elegant and sublime prose, keep going. But if you want a solid dose of adventure, almost entirely plot driven, give it a shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/2/2014

    " An Isaac Bell adventure...about an airplane race in the early 1900's. Lots of action, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Sonnier | 1/29/2014

    " I like Clive Cussler's Isaac Bell stories, however this was not my favorite. It would be a strong 3 or a weak 4 on a scale of 5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/27/2014

    " The Isaac Bell books are typical Cussler and just a lot of fun. I am especially enjoying all the "new-fangled" technology along with the stories and characters. This particular outing centers around a cross-country air race where Bell both learns to "drive an aeroplane" (as they say in the book) and participates in the race while trying to save the life of one of a daring young aviatrix. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maynard Lewis | 1/25/2014

    " Not for me. Read 77 pgs of a relatively small book and was incredibly bored by the story. Normally I like Cussler but didn't find much of interest in the storyline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim Kantenwein | 1/18/2014

    " I don't like the Isaac Bell series as well as the NUMA books. This one had a lot of talk about the mechanics of planes which I found a bit tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Godlarvae | 1/17/2014

    " not a great book but a fast read. interesting early airplane descriptions that detailed the skill and daring of this new class of adventurer--the aviator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/15/2014

    " Kind of slow compared to his other Issac Bell adventures. Still a good read. It's fun to put your mind back into 1910 era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Corgan | 12/29/2013

    " I enjoy the time frame of the book. The story line was not as strong as some of the previous in the series. Still enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/18/2013

    " This is a very enjoyable series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 12/11/2013

    " This was such a good book. A very interesting view into the early days of flying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 12/7/2013

    " Isaac Bell and the Van Dorn's return to provide security for an air race from NYC to SF...the usual super hero stuff from Bell and a pretty decent presentation of aviation at its infancy...OK read!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham Page | 12/6/2013

    " Oh those daring young men in their flying machines... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bronsont | 10/23/2013

    " One rip roaring good tale! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 10/18/2013

    " One of weakest Cussler novels I have ever read. You expect to have to abandon logic a little with Cussler but The Race was over the top. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 8/1/2013

    " Listened to the audio book. First introduction to Isaac Bell ... it was pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/16/2013

    " This was okay, very predictable plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 3/18/2013

    " Issac Bell is not one of my favorite Cussler characters but the story moved along and had good twists and turns. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caleb | 2/6/2013

    " Not up to Clive's usual high standards. The ending was weak and apart from the lead character, Isaac Bell, none of the characters had any redeeming qualities. Hopefully the next one in the series will be beater. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Mann | 1/1/2013

    " Another very good book in an intriguing series. Interesting characters, fast plot and beautiful details about a place and time. The ending felt forced and tried to tie up loose knots but getting there was fun and i look forward to the next installment "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 12/9/2012

    " The fourth in this series, The Race is just as good, if not better, than the other three. Great action- packed mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake Kline | 12/5/2012

    " I have to say that I really enjoy the Isaac Bell novels, even though they are fairly different from the Cussler I originally fell in love with. He has managed to bring his engaging style to the early 20th century and these books have been consistently enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenell | 11/27/2012

    " Eh not my favorite in the Issac Bell series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/7/2012

    " I enjoy this series immensely. It was a fun book while traveling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 August | 8/1/2012

    " With twist and turns, the great age of machinery and invention races ahead--who is the heroine, the villain, a quick and fun read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/20/2012

    " "Come Josephine, in my flying machine..." inspires this story of an aviatrix involved in a cross-country air race in 1899. Fun, with a dashing main character. 3rd in the series. I usually become more involved in Cussler's stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 3/12/2012

    " Clive Cussler is one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy his Issac Bell Series and this bood was no exception. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 11/2/2011

    " The best Isaac Bell adventure that I have read. He is not Dirk Pitt set in early 19900's, but rather his own character. Makes you look at the time period in a different way. Enjoy at your own risk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 10/28/2011

    " I have to say that I really enjoy the Isaac Bell novels, even though they are fairly different from the Cussler I originally fell in love with. He has managed to bring his engaging style to the early 20th century and these books have been consistently enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gevera | 10/14/2011

    " I enjoy the Isaac Bell books because they are not as formulaic as some of the other series Cussler writes. This one was highly improbable but a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 10/8/2011

    " I usually like the isaac Bell stories, but this one I found "Corny". It just wasn't quality reading. It is clear that in the rush to publish more books that Cussler has succumbed to quantity over quality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 9/30/2011

    " I am not sure why but I didnt enjoy this one quite as much as the other 2 of this series. The action moved along okay but I guess it has become a little too predictable, even for me.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 9/18/2011

    " A cross country air race sets the background of this action adventure. Oh, and the year is 1910! It is a wonderful view of early aviation. There are multiple villains and the quintessential good guy. A rollicking good novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 9/16/2011

    " Didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as the others in the series. It was actually a struggle to finish. In a nutshell, it was boring. "

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About the Author
Author Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler, an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, began writing novels in 1965. He published his first work featuring continuous series hero Dirk Pitt in 1973. His first nonfiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the State University of New York Maritime College considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a PhD thesis and awarded Cussler a doctor of letters degree in May 1997. It was the first time since the college was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed. His books, many of which are New York Times bestsellers, have been published in more than forty languages in more than one hundred countries. He splits his time between Arizona and Colorado.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.