The Chase

The Chase

Isaac Bell Series, Book 1

eBook - 2007
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Clive Cussler is back with a stand-alone novel that "cranks up a head of steam and some high speed thrills." (Publishers Weekly)A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.
Publisher: 2007
ISBN: 9781101207581
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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silverbookworm
Aug 17, 2015

The story was enjoyable. Very descriptive, enough that it drew a picture in your mind.

Low rating was due to a certain amount of sensuality and a few coarse words.

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JihadiConservative
Sep 06, 2013

This is my first Clive Cussler book and I loved It !!!!!

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Shelley51
Oct 08, 2012

My first Cussler book and I enjoyed it. Loved the gadgets and the fact that the story took place in 1906. BOBBARNETSON I would suggest you not read anymore of Cussler's books.

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bobbarnetson
Aug 16, 2011

The good news is that the book is set at an interesting time--the turn of the 20th century. The mixture of old and new technology creates interesting situations for a chase mystery. More books should be set here as characters cannot rely on technology to get them out of jams.

The bad news is that it is written by Clive Cussler. Thus we get his affinity for gadgets, and his endless (and needless) description of every place, person, mechanical process and item to cover up the lack of character development, horribly wooden dialogue and turgid prose.

The plot is unbelievable and there is an entire chapter devoted to the characters driving from San Francisco to LA. The entire chapter focuses on the mechanics of driving. They get a flat tire. They fix it. They get another flat. They also fix that one. A bridge is out. They drive fast. They drive slow. The driver is exhausted by the end. But not so exhausted he can't drive on to San Deigo in the next chapter.

Seriously, does Cussler not have an editor? This is a vomitously bad book--don't waste your time unless you were 14 years old in 1950 and your sense of "good read" was cryogenically frozen at that point.

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lottway
Jun 21, 2011

A good read. A nice change from Cussler's usual.

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Gulp
Jun 03, 2010

My 1st Cussler novel did not disappoint. Good read !

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Peggy06
Feb 09, 2010

Great read, unusual plot. A real page turner.

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sjh4255
Dec 18, 2009

great book in a different era, a different book from Cussler's regulars....

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JihadiConservative
Sep 06, 2013

Sexual Content: a lot of references but mild for a adult book

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JihadiConservative
Sep 06, 2013

Violence: alot of violence its not graphic but the criminal is person who kills for fun and enjoys it...o there is some shooting stabbing

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JihadiConservative
Sep 06, 2013

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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slrosado
Jun 19, 2014

April 1950: The rusting hulk of a steam locomotive rises from the deep waters of a Montana lake. Inside is all that remains of three men who died forty-four years before. But it is not the engine or its grisly contents that interest the people watching nearby. It is what is about to come next . . .

1906: For twelve years, the western states of America have been suffering an extraordinary crime spree: a string of bank robberies by a single man who cold-bloodedly murders any and all witnesses and then vanishes without a trace. Fed up by the depredations of the "Butcher Bandit," the U.S. government brings in the best man they can find-a tall, lean, no-nonsense detective named Isaac Bell, who has caught thieves and killers coast to coast.

But Bell has never had a challenge like this one. From Arizona to Colorado to the streets of San Francisco during its calamitous earthquake and fire, he pursues what is quickly becoming clear to him is the sharpest criminal mind he has ever encountered, and the woman who seems to hold the key to the bandit's identity. Using science, deduction, and intuition, Bell repeatedly draws near only to grasp at thin air, but at least he knows his pursuit is having an effect. Because his quarry is getting angry now, and has turned the chase back on him. The hunter has become the hunted. And soon it will take all of Isaac Bell's skills not merely to prevail… but to survive.

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