The Thief (Isaac Bell Series #5)

The Thief (Isaac Bell Series #5)

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by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
     
 

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On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a dramatic new invention are barely rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky the second time. The thugs attack again-and this time one of the scientists dies. What are they holding that is so precious?

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

For war clouds are looming, and a ruthless espionage agent has spotted a priceless opportunity to give the Germans an edge. It is up to Isaac Bell to figure out who he is, what he is up to, and stop him. But he may already be too late . . . and the future of the world may just hang in the balance.

AUTHOR BIOS: Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Kingdom, The Race, and Devil's Gate. He lives in Arizona. To learn more about Clive Cussler, please visit www.cusslerbooks.com.

Justin Scott's twenty-six novels include The Shipkiller and Normandie Triangle; the Ben Abbott detective series; and five modern sea thrillers published under his pen name Paul Garrison. He is the coauthor with Clive Cussler of The Wrecker, The Spy, and The Race. He lives in Connecticut.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Bell just keeps getting more interesting. Cussler is turning out some of his best work.” —Booklist
 
“Clive the Incredible.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399158612
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Series:
Isaac Bell Series, #5
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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

“Clive the Incredible.”—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of forty-nine previous books, including twenty-one Dirk Pitt ® adventures, nine NUMA ® Files adventures; eight Oregon Files books; four Isaac Bell thrillers; and three Fargo novels. His most recent New York Times bestsellers are The Kingdom, The Race, and Devil’s Gate. His nonfiction works include Built for Adventure: The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Hunters, and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA®, which, led by Cussler, searches for lost ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley

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.

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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

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The Thief 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 100 reviews.
Kegmeister More than 1 year ago
As a devoted reader of Cussler novels, this review is difficult to write. Overall, the book rates a 2 because of the poorly developed premise of the plot, the breakdown or disconnect in Isaac Bell's character, and editing problems. I believe many readers will not understand why a senior German officer in the Kiaser's regime would go to the extreme in hopes of capturing technology that would open the door for talking movies. It is widely known that the Kiaser's Germany was highly focused on traditional military weaponry and the advances thereto. As for Mr. Bell's character development, all previous writings concerning him portray Bell as highly ethical, self-sacrificing, and completely in love with Marion. So why would a man of this caliber and inherent investigative.brilliance allow his new wife to become involved with the target of his investigation? Has he changed so much that he's willing to use his wife and knowingly risk her life? Or has he suddenly become incredibly chauvinistic and stupid? Last item, the editing of the manuscript could have been better. In one instance, the voice of Joseph Van Dorn was speaking yet the text referenced Mr. Bronson. There are other examples of similar mistakes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book contains more typographical errors than the sum of all other books I have ever read - and that is a very large number.
Threeaxel More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Clive Cusslers books and this one was my least favorite. Sorry. The plot was thin. Too much time spent describing clothing. The historical locations are correct. Basically, too much filler and not enough substance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the second one that I was terribly disappointed in (Isaac Bell) the Race was the first one. I have read all of Cusslers books and the Race and current one, Thief did not sound like Cusslers writing. If anymore come out with the Isaac Bell series I will not waste my hard earned money to buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am normally a huge fan of Cussler's books and can't wait for his next release. Until now I've never been disappointed. I stuck this book out, returning to the pages several times after putting the book away. I'll consider and hope this was just a fluke. In my humble opinion, it is definately not a repeat read as so many of Mr. Cussler's other books are.
davefrey More than 1 year ago
Book not yet available for reading. How does one write a review prior to the books availability?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to like Clive Cussler, and I was a big fan of the Dirk Pitt stories, written with sense of humor, a strong plot and fast pace. This book is slow and disappointing, and frankly I had to force myself to keep reading, hoping for a change. Which didn't happen. Looks like the writing has been outsourced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a good example of "You can't judge a book by its cover". Very little about "The Thief", if there ever was one. The cover itself, and title were a bit misleading. The burning ship was really not the main theme of the book. Book is really about the early days of Hollywood, and the emerging talking pictures technology. It was a good story, and moved right along, and somewhat entertaining. A typical Isaac Bell adventure, even though he lost the guy he was supposed to keep and eye on. Almost like a failure of the Van Dorn Agency. My choice for a title would have been "The Monkey" or "Acrobat". Bell needs a long vacation and maybe come back renewed, or reinvented some other time.
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RG4 More than 1 year ago
One of Cussler's weakest books. Maybe he is trying to turn out too many books in a short time. His books of late have been somewhat disappointing.
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Always been a fan of Clive Cussler and his Dirk Pitt character. Isaac Bell is no less fascinating. Great job by Cussler and Justin Scott.
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obeythekitty More than 1 year ago
the characters have little depth, but I love this series for the historical detail and fast-paced action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying I LOVE DIRK PITT. But I have to say Isaac Bell is definitely a contender. I am enjoying this new CLIVE CUSSLER series immensely. Clive and Justin bring a bit of history of America into the mix and the story lines are great. THE THIEF is definitely a 'must read' and I will continue to get this series of books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An invention that could change the world… A ruthless agent that could destroy it… Only Isaac Bell can save it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storytelling of bell adv by Cussler/Scott. Is a book that is a page turner that you wont put down. Is action/adv at is best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just...no
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading clive cussler for a long time i am a full time fire fighter with the reno fire department and i love to read it on brake or around the ststion,