The Thief (Isaac Bell Series #5)

The Thief (Isaac Bell Series #5)

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The Thief (Isaac Bell Series #5) by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott

Turn-of-the-century detective Isaac Bell matches wits with a German spy just as the world inches closer to global warfare in this novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.

It's 1910 and Chief Investigator Isaac Bell, along with fellow Van Dorn detective, Archie Abbott, is escorting a Wall Street stock swindler to his trial in New York aboard the ocean liner Mauretania. Pair intend to enjoy the open sea and make use of the leisure time to plan Bell’s wedding to Miss Marion Morgan, but are forced to change plans when two European scientists are nearly abducted and forced overboard. Bell springs into action just in time to stop the kidnapping, but his new charges are convinced they are still at risk. There’s something in their possession, an historic invention, and there’s a German munitions trust that will stop at nothing to steal it.

For war clouds are looming, and a ruthless espionage agent has spotted an opportunity to give the German Empire an edge in the coming conflict. What’s worse, Bell’s already a step behind. He’s made the mistake of assuming it’s some sort of war machine. But not all weapons are meant for the battlefield…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425259290
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Series: Isaac Bell Series , #5
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 273,497
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of more than fifty books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His life nearly parallels that of his hero Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks, he and his NUMA crew of volunteers have discovered more than seventy-five lost ships of historic significance, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley, which was raised in 2000 with much press publicity. Like Pitt, Cussler collects classic automobiles. His collection features more than eighty examples of custom coachwork. Cussler lives in Arizona and Colorado.

Justin Scott is the author of thirty-one novels, including The Shipkiller and Normandie Triangle; the Ben Abbott detective series; six thrillers under his pen name Paul Garrison; and his coauthorship with Cussler of The WreckerThe Spy,The RaceThe ThiefThe StrikerThe BootleggerThe Assassin, The Gangster and The Cutthroat. Scott lives in Connecticut.


Phoenix, Arizona

Date of Birth:

July 15, 1931

Place of Birth:

Aurora, Illinois


Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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

“Clive the Incredible.”—Kirkus Reviews

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The Thief 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 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.
Mark-A-C-Davis More than 1 year ago
Clive Cussler and Justin Scott have really outdone themselves on "The Thief". "The Thief" definitely has the perfect amount of action, adventure and suspense that will leave you hanging onto your seat. The Thief starts on a boat when two inventors have created a machine that will revolutionize the entertainment industry. The German syndicate has hired the "Acrobat" to take this machine o they can use it to spread their war propaganda. When one of the inventors dies the apprentice had to rebuild the machine in the German run Imperial company building. The Van Dorn Agency has invested heavily into rotecting the invenot apprentice and the machine. Will Isacc Bell save the day or will he and the Van Dorn Agency suffer death and loss, find out and read "The Thief".
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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.
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