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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,670 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Isaac Bell Series Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781101223062
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Detective Isaac Bell, hero of The Chase and The Wrecker, returns in the remarkable new adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.J. Murray | 2/18/2014

    " Is it just me, or is Isaac Bell becoming more and more like Dirk Pitt? Like The Wrecker, this book held my attention to the end and gave me an interesting history of the fledgling U.S. Navy and the gangs of Hell's Kitchen. Definitely more gritty (and dare I say realistic?) than Cussler's other collaborations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen | 2/18/2014

    " Another fun case for Bell in the series, with a few extra twists. Set in the early 1900s, the navy is trying to build the best ship, and spies are trying to mess things up. Gangsters get involved too, to make things more complex. I enjoyed this one, and will listen to the others in the series too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 2/14/2014

    " Just a guilty pleasure....loved the mention of the little boy who danced named Fred (Astaire). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 2/10/2014

    " very close to 5 star read, really no weaknesses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 2/3/2014

    " This book didn't have the fast pace, action packed storyline I have come to expect from a Cussler book. The plot was fine, but not as riviting as I am used to. However, I'll give Isaac another chance in the 4th book, if not, I'll go back and read Juan's adventures again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/28/2014

    " Another typical Clive Cussler book. I like the Chase the best of the three Isaac Bell books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/27/2014

    " A Fathers Day present from my son, he knows I always enjoy these silly books. This one is no exception! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doc | 1/22/2014

    " Good read. Typical Cussler descriptive narrative; mystery, and enough characters to keep you retracing your steps to keep up. Cheers for the Van Dorns. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mitchell | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed the first two books. This one however left the tracks. It just never gelled. We're supposed to suspend our imagination I know, but this just didn't work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene Ferland | 1/8/2014

    " I read this book first and out of order but it didn't matter because I love this series as much as the Numa and Oregon Files. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 1/8/2014

    " Great stuff about naval guns & defenses prior to WWII "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/24/2013

    " A good read for the most part. This series of books wavers back and forth between well-written and hastily slapped together. Overall, a good story that I'd recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 12/18/2013

    " Another in the Isaac Bell series. This novel was more in depth when compared to the Chase or the Wrecker. I felt it more suspenseful and intriguing. The book introduced several characters which thicken the plot. Making it more enjoyable to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renay | 12/18/2013

    " Fun plot and even entertaining at times. The book dragged in spots and I just had to plow through those to get to the more entertaining parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saylaveev | 12/17/2013

    " I don't like all of the joint books done by him but this was good. It didn't try to follow in the Dirk Pitt novels but went its own way. I would probably read more of this line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 7/24/2013

    " Really good book that brings the history of the period to live with extraordinary detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Smith | 3/25/2013

    " Throughly enjoyed this read, nice and quick. Enjoyed the descriptive writing in all aspects of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 10/29/2012

    " I would read about Isaac Bell again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larissa | 10/10/2012

    " I am on a run with mystery books lately, which is rare, and really enjoy Clive Cusslers books. If you want to read a fast paced mystery with great writing skills and characters, give Cussler a try! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer H | 9/2/2012

    " Another fun read. This time I learned a lot about ships, specifically battleships/dreadnaughts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb Glassford | 7/19/2012

    " Did not like this book. Not one of best by any stretch "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paschultz318 | 7/11/2012

    " great author!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Conroy | 4/11/2012

    " Love Clive Cussler's work however now that I am reading more of his newer titles there just seems to be something lacking. Probably not putting his whole attention to the story now that he shares titles with another author on everything he puts out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/21/2012

    " This was an ok read but I enjoy Dirk Pitt and his friends more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/4/2012

    " Excellent change of style for Mr Cussler. Isaac Bell's style rivals with The Alienist by Caleb Carr. Most enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 10/2/2011

    " Typical Cussler. Fast easy read, lots of action with multiple plot twists. Very entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 8/26/2011

    " Not one of my favorite Cussler books. The time period and subject matter was interesting, though I found myself wishing that the storyline would just wrap up on a number of occasions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Roy | 7/9/2011

    " Nice pot boiler set in the 1900's. An early techno thriller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 6/26/2011

    " this was a great book good characters, lots of adventure and an interesting time period.just afterthe san fransico earthquake at the time when the u.s. is finding itself.. this is a book that if you like spies and intrigue this is it i recimend this book. in my opinion this is a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 6/8/2011

    " very close to 5 star read, really no weaknesses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 6/5/2011

    " Issac Bell series looks good ,the char does resemble Pitt in some ways ,just figured out that this is a part of a series .Got to read em all "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Virgilio | 6/5/2011

    " I used to like history-thrillers novels and I was attracted by this title but unfortunately my expectations were way too high than the reality. A little childish, story line apparently complex but too predictable at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 5/4/2011

    " I enjoyed this story. It has been nice to get away from the Dirk Pitt series and to read about some "historical" action adventure!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larissa | 4/26/2011

    " I am on a run with mystery books lately, which is rare, and really enjoy Clive Cusslers books. If you want to read a fast paced mystery with great writing skills and characters, give Cussler a try! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 4/18/2011

    " Another great Cussler book. Mystery and Action involving topics, places and things I enjoy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William | 4/7/2011

    " It was JUST ok. I really did not feel that it was a great book. I like lots of Cussler's series, but I do not find this one as satisfying as the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 3/22/2011

    " I loved "The Wrecker" and this was the next one in the series. It didn't keep my interest and it just didn't seem like it was written by the same guys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheldon | 3/18/2011

    " I am really enjoying this series; it's a nice break from all the sea-faring stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 2/19/2011

    " Great stuff about naval guns & defenses prior to WWII "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/1/2011

    " Scott Brick is a good reader. I enjoy the life he gives characters. "

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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

Richard Ferrone, an Audie Award winner, has consistently received high praise from critics and fans alike for his audiobook performances for over twenty years. He has performed on and off Broadway and in regional theaters. His television appearances include Law & Order, Against the Law, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.