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The Chase (Isaac Bell #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  12,746 Ratings  ·  916 Reviews
Unabridged, Digital Download.
12 Parts, 12hr 21min.

For decades, Clive Cussler has been delighting readers with novels filled with suspense, action, and sheer audacity. Now he does it again, in one of the wildest, most entertaining historical thrillers in years.

April 1950: The rusting hulk of a steam locomotive rises from the deep waters of a Montana lake. Inside is all that
Audiobook, 12 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Books on Tape
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Jason Koivu
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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At times I wondered if The Chase were written for a child. Info dumps trash up dialogue so stilted it often felt like I was reading narrative. And oh my head, the unnecessary repetition..."I don't believe it," Bronson blurted in utter disbelief....Good lord almighty!

The real crime, however, is that it wasn't as exciting as I expected for all the praise Cussler has received. It's part mystery, suspense, thriller, action, romance, historical fiction and detective story - an overflowing melting pot
This was the first Clive Cussler book that I have read that was not about a NUMA adventure. This is the start of a series about a detective in the early 1900's and I did enjoy the history that was fit into the story, however, for me it was a little slow through the middle and I had a hard time relating to the main character. Not a bad story just not as interesting as his NUMA series.
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clive Cussler is a man who has an obvious love for cars, trains, and the possibilities of history. I say the possibilities becasue he always mixes fact and unknow to come up with new possibilities for history. In most books he has characters that live in the present but are effected by historical events. This book however does not follow his standard format. This book takes place before, during and a little after the great San Francisco earthquake back at the turn of the century. It is a race be ...more
Neil Hanson
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many years ago I was a Dirk Pitt fan, but I've fallen away from Cussler a bit as he seems to have evolved into someone who runs a stable of writers, and they're just generally not as good as the old ones. (Plus, I have to admit I get a little tired of seeing Cussler's political leanings highlighted.)

My son suggested The Chase to me, and I have to say that I think Cussler has a good one here with this author. (Again, I have no idea how much of this Cussler actually writes, so I just assume it's a
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the first volume in Cussler's Isaac Bell series, Isaac is a young, cutting edge, tech savvy detective, based San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century. In this book he is on the trail of a diabolical serial bank robber known as The Butcher Bandit.

Sure, the dialouge can appear to be juvenile and formulaic at times, and sure the villains can be so over-the-top that they sometimes have an almost cartoonish feel, but honestly, it's a damn good formula! The bottom line is these books are
Nov 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First time reader of the Cussler books, of which there are many. While I did finish the book, and wasn't completely turned off by this book, his writing is really pretty horrid. Excerpt, "Little did they know that one of them would not be alive tomorrow". I could go on, and on....on.

For an airport book it did do the trick.
Sep 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite Clive Cusstler book so far, it takes place at the turn of the century, back when automobiles were few and far between and people got to their destinations via the rail road. Isaac Bell, a detective, is bound and determined to catch the "butcher bandit" who had been robbing banks and murdering people all over the West, but disappearing without a trace. A fun and clean adventure, that was not only exciting, but gave you a unique view into life during 1906. I really liked it.
This is my first experience with Clive Cussler and I enjoyed very much. A nice, well-paced historical thriller with car chases, train chases, bank robberies, all good stuff. I especially found the bit about the San Francisco earthquake interesting as I had read a book about those events last year and it reminded me of that excellent story. Isaac Bell is an interesting character, son of a rich banker who has chosen to fight crime and now chases a bank robber/ murderer for the Van Dorn Detective a ...more
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun mystery. I listened to the audio version and it was well done. read by Scott Brick. The story is about a string of robberies all over the country in 1906. The robber leaves NO trace and has stumped all detectives. Finally Issac Bell is hired and he starts finding clues. It was fun to hear about what life was like in the 1906. They happen to be in San Francisco during the great quake. I had quite an appreciation for what it was like to experience the quake and the limited technolog ...more
Mark Boyd
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clive Cussler, what can you say? Cussler is a master artist that can paint such a descriptive picture on the canvas of imagination that you are immediately brought into the story. In The Chase, the protagonist is a swarthy, wealthy, man's man. Dirk Pitt? Kurt Austin? No, it's Issac Bell with the
Van Dorn Detective Agency, on the heels of the Butcher Bandit. Set in the early 1900's, Cussler's research of that era is flawless, even down to describing the Underwood typewriter a secretary is using.
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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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