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The Striker (Isaac Bell #6)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  2,523 ratings  ·  223 reviews
Detective Isaac Bell returns in the remarkable new adventure in the #1 New York Times–bestselling series.

It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, has an urgent message for his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terribl
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published March 1st 2013)
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Let me fill you in on a little-known fact: I am not - let me repeat that, not - a history buff. Back when I finished the first of what would be three basic freshman history classes in college, in fact, I changed my major simply so I could avoid taking the other two.

So when I saw the period setting of this book, the fifth in Clive Cussler's series featuring early 1900s detective Isaac Bell, I was more than a little reluctant to start reading. Then I learned that it takes place in and around the c
Justin Scott and I have been friends for many years, and I am a big fan of much of his work. This series with Clive Cussler, starring the dashing detective Isaac Bell, is great good fun. Meticulous research into the swirling array of settings, modes of transportation, ladies' fashion - well, everything knits together to create vivid portraits of a time 100+ years ago. The details provide elegant ornament to a story that roars out of the gate and never stops bolting.

Isaac, a rising young star at
A prequel of sorts to the Isaac Bell series, the majority of the story takes place when Isaac is first starting out as a detective for the Van Dorn Agency. He is set to spy on the coal miners to see if any of them are going to strike, but when an instigator tries to frame the union, Bell's loyalties shift, and he finds himself looking for a much different target. Things continue to escalate, and if Isaac cannot find the provocateur before it is too late, there will be a blood bath from the fight ...more
Darlene Ferland
I love the back story of Issac Bell. Clive Cussler has once again given his readers what they want. At least this reader is very happy to see Issac as an inexperienced young dectective who is learning the ropes of from the best of the Van Dorn Detective Agency. The story is set in coal country in 1902. Strikers, Owners, Bankers all find themselves being weighed down by the union verses non-union troubles of the day. . . Take a ride on the Reading Railroad or on the barges sailing the three river ...more
pg 38 --Van Dorn advising Issac Bell "And whatever you do, don't end up choosing sides."
"You have an eye for the downtrodden. Unlike most of the privileged class, you notice they exist. That sets you miles apart, which is commendable probably. But don't get yourself killed trying to upend the natural order of things/.

pg 144-- I'm adapting Dewey decimal system to Van Dorn requirement, Grady said. All the information in the world is worth nothing if we can't find it.
(Melvil Deweythe DDC in 1
Ian Allan
I've generally been souring on Clive Cussler. All the books are kind of the same. They're mind candy. Dirk Pitt, Juan Cabrillo, Kurt Austin, the Pitt kids. They're all the same guy. I don't go anywhere near the Pitt books anymore. Cabrillo and Austin, I'm looking to just get those guys occasionally. Isaac Bell is slightly different. He's the same kind of guy, but 100 years in the past. So I've got him a notch about. Some of the same flaws are there, though, and my interest in this series has dec ...more
This is the 6th of Clive Cussler’s Isaac Bell Adventures which I have read. (Actually it is a prequel to the others.)

It sometimes seems that the series is caricature of detective novels, but they have been entertaining. Set in the early 1900’s, they contain many word pictures of technology of the time – cars, trains, planes, ships, movies, etc. – hence life at the time, which I have found very interesting. (The “current” lingo of that time period is charming.) It’s this detail – not the plots –
Mary Ann
Another great, action-packed historical mystery, enjoyed the ended the ending & I enjoy this author's stories.
While I normally enjoy the Isaac Bell adventures, this one really left me flat. There were scenes that were just really poorly created (Bell chases down and catches the bad guy in a cellar-- the confrontation there turns out stupid) and finally, the trick that authors Cussler and Scott contrive for Bell in the conclusion is just patently silly and almost as absurd as a toy cowboy hat one of my friends had that contained a trick weapon.

This is nothing more than pulp fiction, written in much the s
Peter Charleston
Nicely written novel displaying the struggles of the working class versis the owners at the turn of the century. Isaac Bell looks back to his first lead case in 1902 for the Van Dorn detective agency. He found himself and his fellow detectives trying to stop conflicts between management and the worker while sorting out which one was creating the problems. You can feel the plight of the working individual while the greed of the power hungry clearly comes to life. Very enjoyable reading adventure.
Christian Orr
Another fun-filled and action-packed installment in Clive Cussler's Isaac Bell series, this time a sort of prequel, showing Isaac in his younger days, still fairly wet behind the years two years after completing his apprenticeship with the Van Dorn detective agency. We see the development of his weapons concealment and quick-draw skills, particularly the derringer-out-of-the-hat trick that regular readers of the Bell series are now well familiar with. We see the early stages of his professional ...more
The Striker by Clive Cussler
4 of 5 stars

Clive Cussler is one of my go to authors when I am in a mood for a good adventure mystery. Haven't read many in the Bell series. Really like that it is a historical mystery.

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It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, has an urgent message for his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible acc
Another good book from Clive Cussler, although I do think that the co-author Justin Scott wrote most of it. Still, the book was pretty decent and I think it was better than the last two Bell novels. The book was a little light on the action till the end. It was nice going back into Bell's early years as a detective also. All in all a welcome addition to the Isaac Bell series, but not as good as Cussler's earlier novels.
Clive Cussler novels are the stories your uncle told you: Tall tales that have enough of a basis in fact to draw you in and then rapidly go off the rails of believability. True to form, this series gets less and less believable with every indestructible episode. It is entertaining and while the characters are shallow and don't get any better developed as the series progresses, it is a good time.
Jennifer H
This was good a fun read. I think I liked it more because it was about an area that I'm familiar with (the Monongalia River, WV, and Pittsburg). There were a few great lines (“Trust what you see, not what you’re supposed to see…” and “I do not hesitate to tell you that you are a vulture!” cracked me up). I’m not sure that the real plight of coal miners in West Virginia was displayed, but that wasn’t the point of the novel. Although the craziness of the class warfare probably was – especially wit ...more
Kevin Kazokas
Like his other efforts, "The Striker" bears many of Clive Cussler's stylistic trademarks, including high-speed edge-of-the-cliff action, a thin, easy-to-follow plot and cheeky, predictable villains. But this book's main disappointment lies in its stretched feasibility. Typically the Isaac Bell series is like Cussler Unplugged. Although the early 1900s-era detective tends to find himself in a fix or two, his tactics for escaping such situations and seeing a case through to its solution involve le ...more
Christopher Mason
I find that each of the Issac Bell novels get better and draw the reader more into early twentieth century America.
Bill Donhiser
Another winner from Clive Cussler. I always enjoy his books. Looking forward to the next one this summer
Lauren Langford
In present day America with all the drama surrounding unions it is easy to forget that the weekend, the eight hour workday, job security, job safety and fair working wages were all brought to you by unions.

I need to spend some more time learning the history of industrial America. If you are a buff when it comes to the events during the rise of coal mining and other major American industries then this book will read easily for you. If not, you'll be like me going 'who was that guy? I feel like I
The Striker is a good, quick read. The biggest problem is that it serves as a prequel to the other books in the series…..and therefore lacks the tension that it might have.

It's Isaac Bell's 1st real mission where he's in charge.

If you've read any of his other Isaac Bell books, you'll know who lives & who dies.

The book still hums along and if you like Cussler's books, there's really no reason you won't like this one. Doesn't add much to the series other than filling in a bit of back story on
Chris Lytle
Cussler's latest Issac Bell outing - The Striker - is a significant detour that takes our hero back to his apprentice days in 1902. Gone are his love interest Marion, the overly descriptive dining sessions and the wealth of early 20th-century techno jargon. Instead we are given almost non-stop action, a romantic dalliance and a glimpse into the dark heart of turn-of-the-century corporate America. We also get the backstory on the founding of the Van Dorn Detective Agency, along with many characte ...more
This is the sixth book in this adventure series featuring Isaac Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective agency during the early 20th century in the United States. As usual, my husband and I listened to this book on our current vacation, and as usual, we thoroughly enjoyed the story.

It is more accurate to call this book a prequel; while the first five books take us from 1906 through 1910 (with prologues and epilogues dating from ten to twenty years later), this book takes us back to 1
The Striker(Issac Bell,#6)
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Detective Isaac Bell returns in the remarkable new adventure in the #1 New York Times–bestselling series.

It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, has an urgent message for his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him think that something else
Jesse Rine
Clive Cussler's books have been entertaining brain candy for me since I read "Sahara" in high school (still the best of all his books, in my opinion). Unfortunately, they seem to have gone downhill in quality somewhat since Cussler began outsourcing his name to other writers for other series. The last Dirk Pitt novel I really enjoyed, for example, was Atlantis Found, years back.

Two exceptions to this trend have been Cussler's collaborations with Jack du Brul (an outstanding thriller writer in h
Catskill Julie
Read this as soon as it came out. Despite the fact that I am not typically a fan of historic novels, I have really enjoyed Cussler's Isaac Bell adventures. The historic milieu of this book in particular intrigued me. I found myself reading sections about Union organizers, railroad men and corporate-hired thugs and provocateurs aloud to my husband, himself an inveterate American history buff. I feel as if I understand this period much better now.
Alan Marston
Yet another Isaac Bell success story. Bell is a great character with tremendous energy, highly skilled in all matters, although it was interesting how much time he put into developing a new defensive skill involving a small pistol and a hat! As usual he is well matched against a very worthy opponent, who is supported by big business looking for ever increasing profit and gain. The book is set during his early career so his lovely wife does not really feature apart from in Prologue and Epilogue, ...more
Laura Williams
I have been listening to Clive Cussler's Issac Bell books in a completely random order, but luckily this one was a prequel anyway. This story followed the fight for coal miners' rights in the early 1900's. The story was interesting, but for some reason it didn't capture me as much as the other ones have. I never got very involved with the characters and I had trouble believing the motives of the villain. Overall, this one was just 'blah' for me.
Michael Burhans
Look at this point Clive Cussler has his formula down pat. If it is one you like, you will enjoy this book, if not no. I'm a fan. Fun easy little brain Twinkies. The heroes are heroic, the bad guys deliciously evil, and the babes always hot and ass kicking. Fun little escapes, a mini vacation for the brain. I read all his stuff and it never fails to give me exactly what I want. Is he Shakespeare? No. Is he a rip roaring good time? Yes.

The historical detail is the appeal of the story, and the reason it manages not to be a cardboard cutout action tale. It would be nicer if all the then current tech wasn't presented as 'the next great thing that just came out'

There were spots the whole thing didn't hang together for me, it gets quite disjointed at times when the focus shifts around the couple of main characters.

Nonetheless, a very fast read and a fun romp.

Suzanne Skelly
It is 1902 and a bright , inexperienced young man by the name of Issac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, has an urgent message from his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him think that something else is going on, that provocateurs are at work and bigger stakes are in play.
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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 ...more
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