The Race (Isaac Bell Series #4)

The Race (Isaac Bell Series #4)

3.9 173
by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott, Scott Brick
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Unabridged, 10 CDs, 12 hours

Detective Isaac Bell returns, in the remarkable new adventure from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

Overview

Unabridged, 10 CDs, 12 hours

Detective Isaac Bell returns, in the remarkable new adventure from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
Publishers Weekly
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.)
From the Publisher
“Bell just keeps getting more interesting. Cussler is turning out some of his best work.” —Booklist
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611760170
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Series:
Isaac Bell Series , #4
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Bell just keeps getting more interesting. Cussler is turning out some of his best work.” —Booklist

Meet the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Spy and Lost Empire. He lives in Arizona.

Brief Biography

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

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Race 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 173 reviews.
Teresa Anselmo More than 1 year ago
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!
KellyET More than 1 year ago
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.
SamuelJenkins More than 1 year ago
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.
booknutDA More than 1 year ago
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.
AvidreaderND More than 1 year ago
Not as intriguing as Cusslers many other books but with a new co-writer, Justin Scott. I am not finished with this one.
Tangen 7 months ago
Bought the paperback in 2012, and the audio in 2013, and reread it every year or so. Guilty of adoring anything Cussler, and totally admiring Isaac Bell, but it is the story itself that keeps me coming back. Long ago, I checked up on Cussler's background facts and was satisfied that the historical researches are solid background for the fictional protagonists and the imaginative stories themselves. Isaac works for the Van Dorn Detective Agency (We never give up. Never), and not only investigates the sabotage interfering with this epic air race (across the US) and murders along the way, but also learns to fly planes as avant garde as his automobiles (Cussler is noted for his vintage auto collection). Fast paced and totally absorbing, this one will keep your nose glued to the page. Scott Brick gives his usual stellar audio performance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fine Issac Bell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
R
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wrong josh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are u here anymore