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by Richard Ferrone,Clive Cussler

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ISBN: 0142427780
ISBN13: 978-0142427781
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Action & Adventure
Author: Richard Ferrone,Clive Cussler
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Audio; Abridged edition (June 1, 2010)
ePUB size: 1742 kb
FB2 size: 1688 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 899
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I really like this series so I find it hard to find fault with the story. I didn't look for any faults as some others have in their reviews. I guess it might have been a little better but then books are written for our enjoyment and if it catches your interest right away then the writer has done their job. Sometimes, not always is the writer right on the button but then not everyone nor every book is destined to be the "Great American Novel".

I have read what I would consider "dead" books and have struggled through them and then wanted to go burn the book. And they were books that fell within my interests. This book was far from being a dead book and I liked how well it tied in actual historical facts with the fictional story itself. So to the critics, try reading something else if you don't like the story. By the way, no books were burned or harmed in this review or any other review. They were just passed on to other readers. Enjoy!
Fair point: I did not read the first non-Cussler Bell book. In fact, it's been a while since Cussler has written alone, right? I hope all is well.

I gave this book 4 stars. I'll begin with my complaints:
1) Bell is too perfect. He's very much like Pitt, only more. He's too good. But he's still entertaining.
2) The historical nods are obnoxious. For instance, at one point Bell meets a dancing kid. Before a name is given I'm thinking it's Fred Astair or Gene Kelly. I couldn't pick either out of a lineup. I couldn't tell you approximate years they lived. I couldn't tell you a single thing they did. I know zero about them, yet I could still see it coming. You then get a first name "Fred" and you sigh. Then, at the end of the passage, with a wink you're told his last name is Astair. It's kind of insulting - you figured that out before it was even presented. Don't give it to us with a wink, as if there's some surprise or suspense, when it's so obvious a guy that knows nothing about Fred Astair saw it coming. It really is a bit insulting. Other historical name-drops are equally frustrating. Characters invent things that eventually be popular far too easily (in one case it makes some sense, given who says it, in another case Bell not only has the idea for the invention but comes up with the not-so-obvious name it ended up receiving.) Lastly, I swear the Lusitania is name-dropped at least 20 times. A few make sense. 20 are absurd.
3) The epilogue is idiotic.

What's good?
Everything else. It's a quick moving novel. Maybe it could use some balance away from just Bell, but it works fine as is. Honestly, I enjoyed the first Bell book and this is only marginally worse. Justin Scott does a great job keeping up with the original Cussler. If you liked that one you'll like this one. If you like Cussler at all you'll like this book. It's written down a bit, but it's the minor winks that are dumb, not the book as a whole (assuming you're supposed to know who the Spy is almost immediately, and I feel it didn't try to hide it. There's only one suspect until a final train ride, which is far too late for others. I hope it was intentionally transparent, but feel it was.)

Bottom line - if you're reading this you already know Cussler, and therefore know if you'll like this book. Like him, like it.

So I was surprised to see this book had some 1 star ratings. It isn't a Fargo book. Turns out it's being torpedoed by angry Kindle fans based upon the pricing. I'll approve of that. I wouldn't mind $15 Kindle prices when the book is hardcover if we had $5 when it's paperback. Can't have it both ways. I bought this for $5 used. Had I been a Kindle reader (and I soon will be) I certainly wouldn't have read this book.
Set during the early turn of the 20th century, Clive Cussler's latest Isaac Bell adventure centers on the battleship race between Germany, England, Japan, and the United States.

Detective Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency is called in to investigate a mysterious suicide. Apparently, superior battleship gun designer Arthur Langler has taken his own life; but appearances can be misleading. Bell is immediately suspicious, for he believes Langler's death was not a suicide, but murder. Soon after Langler's death, more suspicious deaths follow; all of them battleship men. By Bell's deduction, it appears that a master spy is systematically trying to eliminate all of America's top battleship men. Adding to the intrigue is America's top-secret construction of a new ship, called simply "Hull 44". What secrets does Hull 44 hide? Isaac bell is determined to guard the secrets of Hull 44 at all costs.

Soon, Bell is off on a cross-country chase, then is making his way back to New York. His tips lead him to Mare Island, where the Great White Fleet is set to stop on it's world cruise, then to the slums of Hell's Kitchen, Chinatown, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Will Bell succeed in protecting Hull 44, or will the spy get there first? How many more battleship men will the spy target for elimination?

This is the first Isaac Bell story I've read, and I was very impressed. Clive Cussler does a masterful job of character development, and Bell takes on the persona of the true hero, rushing in to save the day before the bad guys can do any more harm. The other characters in the story are engrossing and entertaining.

I give this book my highest recommendation. This is the first Clive Cussler book I've read, but it definitely won't be the last.
I've been a Cussler fan for years, but as many other reviewers have stated, once Dirk Pitt grew older, and Clive started bringing in 'guest' writers, the quality has fallen off. Sure, all of his books have been formulaic, but we loved them anyway.
This one, however, may just be my last Cussler-and-whomever book.
I had high hopes that the Isaac Bell franchise would be a winner, but this one is too crammed with too many characters that are poorly fleshed out, too much hither-and-thither action with too little detail. It was as if it was written simply to satisfy Cussler fans' cravings, without giving any thought to the fact that we are not morons.
To put it another way, this book has all the elements that we have come to love from Clive. The problem is, to have been a great story, it should have been a four-volume set in order to give it depth.
On the other hand, if you're not such a nitpicker as I am, it's a fast, page-turning read.
I for one would simply like for ol' Clive to cease teaming up with other writers. Surely he doesn't need the money. I'm afraid he's only tarnishing his legacy by doing so.