The Thief (Isaac Bell Series #5)

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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, ...

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Overview

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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What People Are Saying

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399158612
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Series: Isaac Bell Series , #5
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 657,605
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

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.

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.

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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 February 20, 2012

    Book not yet available for reading. How does one write a review prior to the books availability?

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    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    This book contains more typographical errors than the sum of all

    This book contains more typographical errors than the sum of all other books I have ever read - and that is a very large number.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    Not up to Cussler standards

    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.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    Many Weaknesses, Falls Short

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    An overall disappointing read

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    This book was the second one that I was terribly disappointed in

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Personally, the Isaac Bell series of my favorite of Clive Cussle

    Personally, the Isaac Bell series of my favorite of Clive Cussler's books. I found it very enjoyable, keeping a good pace.I like Isaac and Archie very much. This book has me looking up biographies of Edison, and histories of the motion picture industry. I still think the Chase and the Wrecker were the best of te series, but I do look forward to any of the Isaac Bell stories. Keep them coming, Clive!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    This book was a good example of "You can't judge a book by

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Very highly recommended

    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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  • Posted May 8, 2013

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    a guilty pleasure

    the characters have little depth, but I love this series for the historical detail and fast-paced action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Isaac Bell is the Dirk Pitt of this series!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Another Great Book.

    An invention that could change the world… A ruthless agent that could destroy it… Only Isaac Bell can save it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    A book to read in a day

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Randomw E Random

    Just...no

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Good book

    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,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    wow

    Stupid book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Fundamentally weak basic premise and lack of suspense. The plot

    Fundamentally weak basic premise and lack of suspense. The plot to keep an invention of nominal strategic value -a movie camera? C'mon!- from the Germans was almost ludicrous, not to mention that the action was not nearly as fluid as the other books in this series.
    Had the book made better use of the passenger ship, that might have worked better than the back and forth scenes in LA and NY. Historical events, such as Thomas Alva Edison's iron grip on technology, were interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Great Book

    I have just recently finished this book, and it was great. Sure, there are some things that are not one hundred percent accurate, but still totally believable. Another great book by clive cussler.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

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    Like watching the Sherlock Holmes movies..FUN

    The 5th installment in the Isaac Bell adventure series is a very pleasant read. This was the first one I have read, but I will go back and read some of the previous novels. I thoroughly enjoyed this journey back in time; a point dating back to the days of the Titanic, when people traveled by ship rather than airplanes. Movies were still silent… Reading the Thief is much like watching the Sherlock Holmes movies. It is full of action, good story telling, with witty, smart dialogue and characters that are engaging and genuine. Isaac is traveling via ship to American along with Scientists that have an invention that is highly coveted and attempting to be stolen. Will the young detective be able to keep it safe? The story moves along at a good pace and is highly entertaining. Recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Angry birds

    Iogggdttsghdggdioc

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