The Spy (Isaac Bell Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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One man wants to destroy the world.
One man can save it.
Isaac Bell is on the case.


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The Spy (Isaac Bell Series #3)

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Overview

One man wants to destroy the world.
One man can save it.
Isaac Bell is on the case.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in 1908, bestseller Cussler and Scott's action-packed third adventure featuring Isaac Bell, head operative of the Van Dorn Detective Agency, leaves behind the railroad theme of the first two books (The Chase and The Wrecker), focusing instead on the espionage-riddled world of warship and armament manufacturing in the buildup to WWI. Someone is murdering the leading lights of America's naval research and development. When the indefatigable Bell looks into the supposed suicide of chief gun designer Arthur Langner, he uncovers a succession of possible international suspects, all of whom are attempting to disrupt America's development of a fleet of dreadnought battleships. Bell clashes with old enemies and new until the climactic battle, where he must stop a massive submarine attempting to sink the navy's newest battleship. The expanded area of interest will attract new readers to this exciting series in the Cussler franchise. (June)
Library Journal
It is 1908, and the dark clouds of World War I are beginning to gather. A naval arms race of epic proportions is under way, and the world's powers will stop at nothing to develop the best warships and, simultaneously, use deadly force to halt the development of other nations' navies. When several of America's leaders in naval technology are murdered, Isaac Bell (The Chase; The Wrecker) and the Van Dorn Detective Agency are brought in to both solve the crimes and stop the killers. A consummate assassin simply named the Spy is behind it all, but whom does he serve and why? VERDICT As with the previous two Isaac Bell novels, this title is rich in period detail, features exciting chases and nasty villains, and is a great fun read. Since Cussler and Scott are dealing with history, the series cannot go over the top like so many of Cussler's futuristic novels. Better, Isaac Bell is a superb action hero who moves elegantly and lethally through the period. Highly recommended. [See LJ 2/1/10; for more summer thrillers, see Andrew Smith's "Short Takes: Summer Men's Fiction," p. 68.—Ed.]—Robert Conroy, Warren, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101188057
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Isaac Bell Series , #3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 13,506
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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

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

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 June 7, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Another Ripping Good Novel from Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

    The newest entry in Clive Cussler's Isaac Bell series is, in my humble opinion, the best so far. Cussler and Scott depart from the railroad venue prominent in the first two novels and venture into the spy world of 1908. The subjects of naval architecture and warfare are subtly used to enhance an exciting story that ranges from New York's Hell's Kitchen all the way to Mare Island near Vallejo, California. The action is well paced and supports the story without overpowering it. The identity of the spy was a well kept secret and revealed so casually that I had to read the page twice to make sure I had actually read it correctly. Cussler's recent novels just seem to get better and better and this one is no exception. I can't wait for the next entry!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    The Spy by Clive Cussler

    It is difficult to write a review of a book that hasn't yet been shipped. Here it is May 6th and the book isn't scheduled to ship until June.
    Clive Cussler is my favorite author and his books never disappoint. I cannot comment on THE SPY in that I haven't read it, but I'm sure that I will enjoy it.
    P.S.: Why do you Always ask for reviews of books that you haven't even sent?

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2010

    Not a cookie cutter Cussler

    Having read most of Cussler's works, I was favorably surprised by "The Spy". The main character is not stuck in a locked cavern or hanging from a suspension bridge and the reader is brought back to a time in our history before cell phones and modern detective tactics. Isaac Bell is a bit like Dirk Pitt without the divewatch. His skills make him appear destruct-proof and his recognizing clues and human tendencies have touches of Robert Ludlum's writings. At one point, I felt I was literally in the book and riding the train cross-country in the parlor car. I read this book on my ereader and put the page turner button to good use!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Another winner

    Cussler is another author I read regardless of the topic. I was there for Vixen, and when he sent President Lincoln and the Confederate Treasury to the Sahara, and I have to say that as much as I love Dirk Pitt and NUMA, Isaac Bell is my new favorite fictional hero. In the Bell novels, Cussler showcases his research of the arcane tidbits of American trivia - railroad history, architectural trends, theater and fashion - no detail to small to add depth to the scene. In The Spy, as in the other Bell novels, the action is fast, the characters are interesting, the settings are detailed and the plot sucks you in! These are a must-read, as far as I am concerned! Love them, Mr. Cussler, but more Marion next time, please!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    Great Series

    The Issac Bell series is a great addition created by Clive Cussler and his co-writer Justin Scott. I really like that it takes back in the early 20th century with all its ruggedness.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    The Spy

    Excellent reading. Keeps you coming back.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2010

    To Anonymous

    There are books called ARC's - Advance Reader Copy. These books are available to select reader's who get them ahead of the official release date.

    1 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Fourth Cussler in 3 weeks!

    Fun predictable plot. I enjoyed it but what is with the missing pages? The last 3 books have had atleast 3 sections of missing pages. I want to start another Pitt or Bell book soon but afraid of missing something

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Must read

    Love clive cussler and WW2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Hignly Recommended

    Clice Cussler at his BEST !!

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    I have read at least a dozen Clive Cussler books, including thr

    I have read at least a dozen Clive Cussler books, including three isaac Bells. I obviously enjoyed the, or I wouldn't have rad so many. But this is one of the worst books ihave ever read, or any author. For one thing, it was much too technical. But the main reason I hated it, was the violence. Violence that was gruesome. Since I read #4 before this (#3), I'm hoping that the authors will tone it down in the future.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    another good one

    Another intersting book with Isaac Bell - Cussler blends so much "real" history and people - great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    If you follow Isaac Bell, then this one won't disappoint you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Another great read from Clive Cussler-Highly recommended

    I enjoy Cussler's books, and this is an example why. I'm a Dirk Pitt, Kurt Austin, and now an Isaac Bell fan. If you enjoy reading about early 1900 America, this one is for you.
    BillinSC

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    3rd in a series, that is so far, ok at best.

    The main character, Isaac Bell, is to much of a superman in my opinion. He's a blue blood that decided to be a detective, handsome as the devil, has connections galore, is in outstanding physical shape, a tolerance to pain that's nearly unworldly, hoardes of luck and a master of many things. He's a master of hand to hand combat, a sharpshooter, master race car driver, master boat pilot, master poker player, master of general knowledge and master of who knows what else in the up and coming books. And if all that doesn't get him what he needs he's also wealthy, thanks to his father who happens to be the wealthiest banker on the east coast.I do enjoy the era descriptions but the actual stories are pretty much the same. They envolve Bell running all over the country on the railroad, getting in a couple fights, collecting a little information and eventually ending with Bell getting his man in the end. Rarely does he have a real problem that he doesn't solve on his own. No real help needed, just some people to admire and praise him along the way and in the end. I wish the actual stories were more intellectual. I also don't know how many more of this series I will read but they need to put some limitations on this character. Anyway this is just my opinion and maybe I'm to partial to Agatha Christie and Rex Stout.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Kacie to spy

    Wait no its the 1st because no1 is there

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Ygygt

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Spy to Kacie

    I think its : cia res.1 or 3.~~~Spy

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Great bedtime reading - if you need help getting to sleep

    I've like every other Cussler book I've read, but found this one incredibly boring. By the end, I didn't care at all who the perpetrator was or how he would be caught. It droned on endlessly. As my nighttime reading though, I can say it did a good job of helping me get to sleep.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Another great book by clive cussler

    This is the third book in the isaac bell series, and they have not lost any of their appeal. Cussler did a great job, considering he did not have as much artistic license in a time period that had already been, or at least not without voiding the book of some of its realisticallity. Isaac bell is probably my favorite cussler character, but don't get me wrong, mr. Cussler has a talent for creating some if the best, most interesting characters i have ever read. Another thing- if you don't have time to finish this book in a modest timeframe, don't start it. It is rather addicting, and i would stay up late at night telling myself only one more chapter, going like that for a while. Anyway, i greatly recommend this fantastic book and hope you enjoy reading it.

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