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The new thriller in the number one New York Times best-selling Isaac Bell series from grand master of adventure Clive Cussler.
As Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassin - shooting with extraordinary accuracy at seemingly impossible long range - kills Bell's best witness, a brave and likable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim's independent refinery ablaze.
Bell summons his best detectives to scour the site of the crime for evidence. Who is the assassin and for whom did he kill? But the murders - shootings, poisonings, staged accidents - have just begun as Bell tracks his phantom-like criminal adversary from the "oil fever" regions of Kansas and Texas to Washington, D.C., to the tycoons' enclave of New York, to Russia's war-torn Baku oil fields on the Caspian Sea, and back to America for a final, desperate confrontation. And this one will be the most explosive of all.
©2015 Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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By Ross on 03-17-15

Great story, timeline a bit confusing

This is a step up on the last Isaac Bell story. The character is "back" in form but that's in quotes because this story takes place prior to one of the early Bell stories where he meets his future wife during the San Francisco earthquake of April 1906. Maybe I missed a part where it was clearly stated that this was an earlier story, but I was confused through a good part of the audiobook because of Bell's behaviour. I wish I had caught on earlier, I would probably have enjoyed the book even more. Characters are solid, and the plot has some nice twists although the trip to Russia still doesn't seem to have been really necessary to the story. After reading Cussler for so long, I can almost feel where his work steps off and Mr. Scott's work steps up. That said, I recommend the book.

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By AELLP on 03-13-15

A Review of the Novel "The Assassin"

This is the current novel in the series about Issac Bell's adventures. "The Assassin" held my interest. Scott Brick continued as the narrator and gave his usual good performance. The Assassin" is a stand-alone novel that can provide an enjoyable read or listen. I would recommend it.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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By David Squires on 03-03-15

Another master piece from Mr cussler.

The Isaacs Bell series is one of my favorites, a great read by a fantastic author and a brilliant narrator.

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By keith thomas on 06-23-15

another great book

another great story of high adventure from clive Cussler who never fails to draw you into Isaac bells world

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By Amazon Customer on 03-26-15

Great Story....again, you two!!

Another fantastic adventure. I have tried over the years to convince my Dad and my Dad-in-law to read Mr Cussler (and friends') books. Now I have, through the Isaac Bell and the van Dorn books. Thanks are awesome.

My appraisal : As Isaac Bell retracts a few years from the last book, it shows that there is much more to tell about how the flaxen-haired detective gathered his skills, bravery, courage and intelligence. I like the fact that characters such as Archie Abbott and the wily, older detectives are kept "alive" in this book. They are amazingly rich characters, full of guile and vigour.

Personally, I think a few stories around van Dorn, Mr Bell (Senior) and maybe Mrs Bell might "tickle the fancy". Once again, great story and Scott legend.

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