- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd (1 Nov. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718152794
- ISBN-13: 978-0718152796
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.7 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Chase Hardcover – 1 Nov 2007
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About the Author
Clive Cussler is the author of many "New York Times" bestsellers, most recently "The Spy" and "Lost Empire." He lives in Arizona.
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I am one of those irritating readers who examine the end of a novel to see what happens; but I had to read every page carefully to fully enjoy this experience. And it IS good to enjoy Cussler on his own; not to decry the assistance of Craig Dirgo or Paul Kemprecos with some of his other novels. I suppose you'll eventually retire, Clive: don't do it yet, because there many readers around the world who love your unique style of fiction blended with fact, and enjoy the care and attention that you show in your writing. Thank you for thirty-one great reads, Clive!
If you love Cussler's regular story series, you will love this standalone novel too.
The Chase was my first Clive Cussler novel. I wanted to read a straightforward tale where a larger than life action hero (in this case Isaac Bell), takes on and triumphs against insurmountable challenges. Along the way he solves a mystery, thwarts a pantomime style evil villain, gets involved with various vehicular chases and gets the girl.
Of course, the formulaic plot is bordering on the insane, so much so that its hardly even worth describing. Suffice to say it’s a familiar, fast paced action packed book. In fact, Cussler is at his best when he describes out and out action.
But be aware that his language is flowery to say the least. He could have some done with a ruthless editor to slash out the massive amount of redundancy in every single sentence. It’s this verbiage which makes Cussler an acquired taste. The authors of some of the best thrillers I’ve read, write in a lean and frugal manner. This adds pace and tension. Cussler is at the opposite end of the scale. He subscribes to the idea of why use one word when twenty will do? Why not add as much of my research to every single paragraph as I possibly can?
I’m guessing that in less capable hands this style of writing would quickly become gibberish. So it’s a testament to Cussler that he can pull together all the far-fetched story strands in a readable way. And the result is so enjoyable that you're happy to overlook the many holes in the story.
I did like the way Cussler opens the book, set in the 1950s.Read more ›
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