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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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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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
The Isaacs Bell series is one of my favorites, a great read by a fantastic author and a brilliant narrator.
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another great story of high adventure from clive Cussler who never fails to draw you into Isaac bells world
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 guys.....you 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 Brick........you legend.