The Race (Isaac Bell Series #4)

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On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a groundbreaking new invention are rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky when the thugs attack a second time—and one of the scientists dies. What are the scientists holding that is so precious? Only something that will revolutionize business and world culture—and perhaps something more.

For war clouds are looming, and a ...

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Overview

On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a groundbreaking new invention are rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky when the thugs attack a second time—and one of the scientists dies. What are the scientists holding that is so precious? Only something that will revolutionize business and world culture—and perhaps something more.

For war clouds are looming, and a ruthless espionage agent has spotted a priceless opportunity to give the German Empire an edge. It is up to Isaac Bell to figure out who he is, what he is up to, and stop him, but Bell may already be too late.

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Detective Isaac Bell literally takes off in his latest pre-World War I adventure. To protect aviatrix Joseph Frost from her homicidal husband Harry, the intrepid sleuth becomes a very active observer of a cross-country flying machine competition. The $50,000 stakes are high, but unless Isaac can thwart the insanely jealous would-be killer, one competitor won't live to see the end of the race. As in the previous episodes (The Chase; The Wrecker; The Spy), Clive Cussler and co-author Justin Scott alternate period-perfect cliffhangers and suspenseful action that speaks to any age.

Publishers Weekly - Audio
With aviation in its infancy, a newspaperman is sponsoring a cross-country competition featuring flying machines and a hefty prize. But when someone ends up dead and the husband of one of the racers is implicated, chief investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Agency is called in to investigate. Scott Brick does his best with what he’s given, but the book’s pretentiously reverent tone, paper-thin characters, and stilted dialogue conspire to undermine this audio production. From his extensive audiography and numerous awards, listeners will realize that Brick—a veteran Cussler narrator—is a much better performer than this particular production demonstrates. The Race simply doesn’t do its narrator—or its author—justice. A Putnam Adult hardcover. (Sept.)
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Set in 1909, bestseller Cussler and Scott's nifty fourth adventure thriller starring Isaac Bell, ace detective with the Van Dorn Detective Agency (the company motto: "We never give up. Never"), focuses on airplanes. The previous three outings featured locomotives (The Chase and The Wrecker) and a submarine (The Spy). Bell must protect Josephine Frost, an aviatrix competing in the Whiteway Atlantic-to-Pacific Cross-Country Air Race, from her deranged ex-husband, Harry Frost, who's trying to kill her for various complicated reasons. Sabotage among the flying pioneers competing for a ,000 prize for the first one to cross America in 50 days is rampant. A number of subplots provide twists, but it's the battle between the handsome, daring Bell—"His frame was whipcord lean"—and the hulking, diabolical psychopath Frost that will keep readers turning the pages. Evocative period detail, brave men and women and their fabulous flying machines, and nonstop action add up to plenty of fun. (Sept.)
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Isaac Bell returns for his fourth adventure (after The Chase, The Wrecker, and The Spy) in another exciting and lively period piece. It's 1910, and the public has grown accustomed to seeing this newfangled piece of technology called the airplane. Newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway offers $50,000 to the first person to fly across the United States from New York to San Francisco in fewer than 50 days. Bell and the team from the Van Dorn Detective Agency are assigned to make sure the race is legit and keep the frontrunner, Josephine Frost, from meeting an untimely end at the hands of her estranged husband. The agency has encountered Harry Frost before, and they know that taking him down will not be easy. VERDICT Cussler and Scott deliver another outstanding adventure that skillfully invokes the time period. All the women are gorgeous, all the men are dashing, and all the airplanes and other new machinery are lovingly described. Fans of this series and of Cussler in general will want to add this to their collections. [See Prepub Alert, 3/7/11.]—Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461843283
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/22/2011
  • Series: Isaac Bell Series , #4
  • Format: Other

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

Clive Cussler is the Grand Master of Adventure, and author or coauthor of more than forty previous books, including twenty-one Dirk Pitt® novels, most recently Crescent Dawn; nine NUMA® Files adventures, most recently Devil’s Gate; eight Oregon Files books, most recently The Jungle; the Isaac Bell historical thrillers, most recently The Thief; three Fargo adventures, most recently The Kingdom; and young adult novels, most recently, The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy. His nonfiction works include Built for Adventure, The Sea Hunters , and The Sea Hunters II; the latter two describe the true adventures of the real NUMA®, which, led by Cussler, searches for ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley. He lives in Arizona.

Justin Scott's twenty-four novels include The Shipkiller and Normandie Triangle; the Ben Abbott detective series; and five modern sea thrillers published under his pen name Paul Garrison.

Biography

Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (www.numa.net).

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. The author lives in Arizona.

Biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA)

Good To Know

Cussler worked for many years in advertising and was responsible for coming up with Ajax's "White Knight" commercial catchphrase, "It's stronger than dirt."

The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered Cussler's 1996 nonfiction book, The Sea Hunters, equivalent to a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997.

Cussler is a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London, and has been granted the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

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    1. Hometown:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 15, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aurora, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Enjoyable and fast-paced read

    I haven't quite finished the latest Isaac Bell venture, but I am so loving it. The historical aspect is particularly intriguing, and the return to one of my favorite Cussler characters is a joy. The plot is developing very nicely, and I can't wait to reach the inevitably fascinating conclusion. A must-read for airplane buffs.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    #4-NOT SO GREAT

    After having read the first 3 Isaac Bell series, which were fantastic-they grabbed you from the 1st page, this one #4 is quite a letdown. I've been waiting for months for its release. It was Very, very boring from beginning to end. I have read every previous Clive Cussler book ever published & they have all been wonderful!!! Not so this one. Boring!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    The Race

    I have read every book written by Cussler. I am very disappointed in this one. The first half of the book was very slow. I almost decided not to finish it but I had to finish it. The second part around page 200 really started to pick up. BTW The term is not JURY RIGGED. It is JERRY RIGGED. I am so tired of people and the ignorance of the English language in this country.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Cost

    Cussler is a amazing author. Love my nook. Yes e-books are kinda pricey, but its still a good 10 to 20 dollars cheaper. Plus portability is amazing.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    Disappointed

    The sequel to the other three Clive Cussler books is quite a disappointment for me because all the other ones were smash hits while this one is just plain boring. Seriously? Cussler could have done much better knowing he produced a LOT of good ones, I really hope the next one would be much more okay.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Good story

    Not as intriguing as Cusslers many other books but with a new
    co-writer, Justin Scott. I am not finished with this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Real good

    Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Fun read good action!

    My first Cussler novel and would describe it as a fun adventure set in an interesting time in american history Cussler is a good writer and pages fly by I really enjoyed reading The Race !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Kim

    "Yerp." He laughed. ((Kk))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Plague

    Does that mean you're new to Rp?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Josh to alene

    Wrong josh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Alena

    I did when my other friend died and it just hurt bc afte thats all i remembered and judith was my BFF so itll be hard but i guess ill go for the 2 of yall lolz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Josh

    Are u here anymore

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Annabeth

    What happened?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    I have been a fan from day one I have enjoyed everyone of your b

    I have been a fan from day one I have enjoyed everyone of your book. I was especially thrilled reading The Race, when I came across your character Lionel Ruggs. Its not a common name. Where did you come up with the name ?

    Wayne Ruggs

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Fun Reading

    I have always enjoyed the Isaac Bell series. Fun, light reading with lots of twists to keep it interesting.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    constant action as always

    as usual,the aedventure wants you to keep on reading to see what happens next.never a dull moment.if you like fast action,this is the book for you.I give it a thumbs up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    One of cusslprsp One of cusslers best

    Good historical and tec chnical content woven into a good tale

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    good story

    well wrote and good story

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Another great read

    I enjoyed this book very much. Isaac Bell is a great character and Clive Cussler is an phenominal writer. I definately recomment this book to any adventure reader.

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