Woo-Hoo. If you take Dirk Pitt's character and add a generous swirl of John Wayne, you end up with Isaac Bell, the hero of Cussler's latest. Set in the early 1900's it's complete with traps for bad guys, outwitting, and mad train chases. Fast read, fast paced story line, cool characters.
I loved this book. I hadn't read a good Western in years -- this book makes me want to read more. Definitely a change of pace for Cussler -- being set in the American west in 1906, but it still had all the action of a good Cussler story. Having grown up in Utah, this covered a lot of familiar territory from Arizona to San Francisco to Flathead Lake in Montana. The book also included many historical details and personages such as the San Francisco earthquake, Tesla and AC electricity, Jack London, etc. But the main attraction was the nonstop action in the pursuit of a vicious bank robber!
This book was truly entertaining to me. It was interesting and at times thrilling. I love the colorful characters who seemed so lively. I do have to say that there were parts of the book that were pretty slow but it wasn't so slow that it made the book not enjoyable.
Some of the technology accuracy seems to me to be suspect. However, he remains a great story teller. It's a good account of the great San Francisco earthquake as a plot turn in the story. Interesting, to say the least.
I've read quite a few of Clive Cusslers books and I have to say this was the best one! The story was wonderful. It was full of Cusslers exciting characters, action and adventure but what made it so wonderful was it's possibility. Reading it you could see how all of it could have happened, nothing was to far fetched or wild. With that believability it drew you in and carried you away. Wonderful simply wonderful!
I picked up this book because I have liked most of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series. I was a bit hesitant, since it is a period piece, and while I have enjoyed some westerns and some period pieces, they are usually not my cup of tea. The Chase, though was a thrill ride! I thoroughly enjoyed the Issac Bell character as well as the story. I couldn't put it down 'til I was finished.
Great story with richly developed characters. History cleverly interwoven with fiction. Story and plot line work well together to maintain the readers interest. Four star rating awarded based on the fact that this is the first book in the series that I have been able to read. It is however not the actual first book of the series.
This is an Isaac Bell story,. He is a detective in the 1900's. The story uses real history references while telling a tale of bad guys (a sister brother combination, who rob banks and kill every one so there won't be witnesses), love story, action, and the telling of Big Old steam trains and how they ran...
I have listened to The Chase on audio and I have read the book, and I loved it both times.
Isaac Bell, the lead investigator for the Van Dorn Agency is hot on the trail of the Butcher Bandit, a notorious bank robber who seems to evaporate after each bank heist. This book includes wide ranging travels across the Western United States of 100 years ago, with a significant portion unfolding in turn of the century San Francisco.
This book is a detective story, a love story, includes major chases with automobile and steam locomotives, and much more. Isaac Bell is a confident man's man who takes his mistakes hard and works hard to make good for them.
I have received these stories in reverse order, having first reviewed "The Spy" which is Book 3 of the Isaac Bell series. While each book easily stands on its own, this book gives some background to things learned during The Spy.
Whether you are reading the novel or listening to the reading, you will find the story to move quickly in most sections, keeping you involved. Kudos to Clive Cussler and to Justin Scott for this volume in the series.
This is a great audio book for the car. Of course, I wish it could be the unabridged story but it still holds up as an exciting adventure. Clive Cussler books have history and excitement,and hope built into every story he writes and this is no exception. Two thieves turn out to be wealthy brother and sister, who have stolen money to open their banking business, by ruthlessly killing every one int he banks that they rob. But Dirk Pitt catches on the adventure begins and ends up racing a the thieves train before it reaches the Canadian border. Gosh,l this was a wonderful story.