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Publisher's Summary

Detective Isaac Bell, hero of The Chase and The Wrecker, returns in the remarkable new adventure from the number-one New York Times best-selling 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.
©2010 Clive Cussler (P)2010 Penguin
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By Bob on 06-06-10

Entertaining

Isaac Bell and the Van Dorn agency is introduced into the worl of espionage. It has more surprises and unexpected happenings than I'm used to with Cussler. The characters are a bit predictible in their actions but it is still entertaining. The ending was a surprise. Scott Brick does an excellent job as narrator. Personally, I prefer his novels in our current times, but that is just my preference.

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By Stephen on 08-14-10

Turn of the century thuggary brought to life!

This was an excellent audio book. The words brought wonderful images to your mind and kept you wanting more. The characters were magnificently to life with amazing background that made you like and hate them. I recommend this book and the narrator was great with his accents, inflections and pauses for effect and drama.

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