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The Chase (Isaac Bell Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Fast Paced...

I read this book very, very fast. I have read one book by this author and to be honest with you I got tired of the Superman image he gave the main characters. They could shot any weapon or drive any vehicle made by mankind. And the cars drive you nuts with the descripti...
I read this book very, very fast. I have read one book by this author and to be honest with you I got tired of the Superman image he gave the main characters. They could shot any weapon or drive any vehicle made by mankind. And the cars drive you nuts with the description of each one down to the last nut and bolt. But this book was not even close to that. It was most refreshing. He did tend to dwell on the car during the chase of the train but that was about it. The last 100 pages are really fast pace and exciting. After reading the book I went back and read the first chapter again and then it all fit into a nice tidy story. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast pace read. I hope this author comes up with another of these early 20th century stories.

posted by Anonymous on January 3, 2008

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Very Disappointing

Having read all of the Cussler books, I couldn't wait for this one. Talk about a letdown! I could swear he didn't write this one or that he wrote it much, much earlier in his career. Jo B Charleston,SC

posted by Anonymous on December 5, 2007

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

    Once again Putnam editors fail an author

    I am a long time fan of Clive Cussler's books, and this one does not disappoint.

    What does disappoint however, is the absolutely sloppy editing that G P Putnam seems to be inflicting on their star authors. (ie., see several reviews of W E B Griffin's "The Traffickers.")

    On one page, a female character refers to her "grandmother's" piano which has been damaged. On the very next page, the piano is twice referred to as her "mother's" piano.

    In another section we are treated to the point of view of character 'A' for an entire page, and yet the last sentence of that section incorrectly inserts the name of character 'B'.

    Also, males are 'blond' but females are 'blonde.' True some people, these days, use the two spellings indiscriminately - but at least be consistent.

    Shame, shame, on G P Putnam.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    Very Disappointing

    Having read all of the Cussler books, I couldn't wait for this one. Talk about a letdown! I could swear he didn't write this one or that he wrote it much, much earlier in his career. Jo B Charleston,SC

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    Like the train on the cover it builds slowly - a good read.

    Having read moat all of the Cussler books I had doubts about this book, and the whole series. But I was misinformed.

    I story builds slowly, much like a train starting journey. There is
    a good amount of character development. As you would expect in the first book of a series. The characters here are very tipical of to
    Mr Cussler's stories.

    This is not Dirk Pitt or Kirk Austin, but the lead character is certainly in that mold. Try it I think You will enjoy it and the others in this series.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Good story, disappointing editing

    The proofreading on this book is not professional. It even has an effect on the storyline. In one part of the book, Cussler states that one of the three would not live through the next days, and sometimes names referring to the same character are different...confusing. The Isaac Bell series is fun to read.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

    Save your money ... not a typical Cussler novel

    BOOOOO !

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    Not one of his best, but still ok

    This book was not as action packed as the NUMA, Oregon Files, or Kurt Austin series, but it was a good read. I was expecting the usual cliff-hanging action of a Clive Cussler book, but instead received a detailed history lesson. This book is a good read, but not his best.

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