The Race : Isaac Bell

  • by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Isaac Bell
  • 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Detective Isaac Bell returns, in the remarkable new adventure from the number-one New York Times best-selling author.
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 50 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 and tried to kill her, and he is bound to make another attempt. Bell 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 won't be only after his wife, but after Whiteway as well. And if Bell takes the case... Frost will be after him, too.


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Up, Up, Josephine...

This is the fourth installment in a series that I have truly enjoyed since the beginning. Isaac Bell is a typical Cussler-style hero. Tall, good looking, green-eyed, chivalrous, clean cut, and really, really lucky (never gets hurt really badly, and always overcomes the obstacles that the bad guys throw his way); however, Sherlock Holmes he is not!

The usual five-star rating for the storyline dropped one notch this time, because Isaac's character was slow to realize the identity of one of the bad guys that he had direct contact with throughout the story. Just doesn't seem believable that the Chief Investigator for the premier detective agency of the time would be that unobservant.

The terminology used by the characters seems to be true to the period; however, I got really tired of hearing "on the jump" (meaning, do it quickly). Not sure why this bothered me. I suppose I expected a broader period-specific vocabulary from the characters.

The story is very creative and enjoyable. A few additional threads to follow, but all are tied together quite well.

Scott Brick gave another excellent narration performance. Some of the dialects were a little unpolished, but I relate his voice with Clive Cussler stories, so as long as he's doing the performance, he gets a lot of slack from me. If you want to lose a Cussler audiobook fan, change narrators. Scott is irreplaceable.

Justin Scott has a fifth book "The Thief" due out on 3-6-2012. I'm really looking forward to listening to it!
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- Clint "Love audiobooks. Listen to them every day. Always looking for a new author with a great story (or stories) to tell. Favorite author: Sir ACD"

Does not disappoint!

Book 4 in the Isaac Bell series by Cussler and Scott continues with this wonderful historical thriller. Set in 1910 this novel is about an across the US airplane race with a $50,000 prize ($50,000 in 1910 had be buying power of $1.2 million today). With such a huge prize it is little wonder that sabotage was rampant as was murder. Isaac Bell and his cohorts at the Van Dorn Detective Agency had more than they could handle in protecting one of the contestants, a young woman. There are lots of mystery and suspense.

Scott Brick narrates wonderfully as usual.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio