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Clive Cussler
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14 Mar 2013 Isaac Bell 5

The Thief is Clive Cussler's fifth historical thriller featuring detective Isaac Bell.

A bold kidnapping aboard an ocean liner sends detective Isaac Bell across America in a deadly game of cat and mouse . . .

Leaving England aboard the liner Mauretania, Isaac Bell, chief investigator at the legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency, stumbles on and thwarts a kidnapping. The two victims, who have fled Europe carrying a secret invention, fear that a foreign power wishes to steal it before they can bring it to America.

Bell and the Van Dorn Agency offer to protect them.

And it isn't long before Bell is fighting skullduggery in the middle of the Atlantic. In New York City, as well as across the country as he and the inventors head for California, the deadly chase is on. On their trail is the murderous agent known only as the 'Acrobat', instructed to steal this world-changing invention - and kill anyone in his way . . .

Bestseller Clive Cussler - author of the Dirk Pitt novels Crescent Dawn and Atlantis Found - has legendary super-sleuth Isaac Bell protect a top-secret invention with the power to shape the course of history. The Thief is the fifth novel in the Isaac Bell series, following The Race.

Praise for Clive Cussler:

'The Adventure King' Daily Express

'The guy I read' Tom Clancy

Bestselling author Clive Cussler has kept readers on the edges of their seats for four decades with his thrilling action novels. As well as The Isaac Bell Adventures there are also the NUMA and Oregon Files series, the Dirk Pitt stories (which started it all) and the Fargo series. Other titles in Cussler's first historical series - The Isaac Bell Adventures - include The Chase, The Spy, The Race and The Thiefwhich are all available from Penguin.

Justin Scott is the author of twenty-seven novels, including The Shipkiller and Normandie Triangle.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0241958016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241958018
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The guy I read (Tom Clancy)

Cussler is hard to beat (Daily Mail)

Delivers what it promises (Financial Times)

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt® adventures, such as Crescent Dawn; the NUMA® Files adventures, the Oregon Files; the Isaac Bell historical thrillers, which began with The Chase; and the Fargo adventures. He lives in

Justin Scott is the author of twenty-seven novels, including The Shipkiller and Normandie Triangle; the Ben Abbot detective series; five modern sea thrillers under the pen name Paul Garrison; and his coauthorship with Cussler of The Wrecker, The Spy and The Race.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Isaac Bell returns for another early 20th Century adventure. As the German war machine is building, they attempt to kindap two scientists from a trans-Atlantic liner, but Bell can't fathom why.

This is far from the most exciting of the Isaac Bell novels, with actually surprisingly little by way of action and much more investigation, but as such it feels like a better constructed plot. It does lack the trademark technological focus of some of the earlier stories which focussed on cars, trains, planes, though there is a little of this in the treatment of early film production.

Despite this, I'm continuing to enjoy the Bell stories more than Cussler's other spinoffs. Perhaps it's the historical setting, but I notice less of the plot holes that appear in the modern-day stories and things seem much more believable.

It's also worth noting that there are a number of typos in my copy - I wonder whether the extreme three-month turnaround between books is making the proof-reading process rushed. I find this quite irritating in a novel as it tends to break me out from the flow of the story. I also find the illustrations laughable and filled with spoilers - what's the point of showing me a picture of a pivotal scene that hasn't happened yet?

Overall, a well constructed story that could perhaps do with a tiny bit more excitement. Cussler's output has yet to return to its peak but has definitely picked up from recent lows.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cussler but different 13 Mar 2012
I have to admit from the start that of all the Cussler characters Bell is my least Fav, I read cussler to get away from reality with an over the top action novel. All of this leads me to finally get that i need to stop looking at Issac Bell in the same way as other Cussler books, you do need to put some thought into this book, its not a brain off thrill ride.
When i read the book with this in mind i found that i really enjoyed it and i think i will go back and reread the other Issac Bell books.
The book still has cussler pace and very real characters, but lacks the usual cheesy edge...that i quite like, but even without leaves a fun fast novel, with a well planned and well plotted story. Add to this the old foe Germany, Spies and the historical setting and you have a fun read to while away the hours.


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On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a dramatic new invention are barely rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky the second time. The thugs attack again-and this time one of the scientists dies. What are they holding that is so precious? Only something that will revolutionize business and popular culture-and perhaps something more.

For war clouds are looming, and a ruthless espionage agent has spotted a priceless opportunity to give the Germans an edge. It is up to Isaac Bell to figure out who he is, what he is up to, and stop him. But he may already be too late . . . and the future of the world may just hang in the balance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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Great read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 26 Jun 2014
By walls
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This book was not up to the usual standard. I don't find it as much of a page turner as previous books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am hooked on this series already 27 April 2014
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The storyline is good well organised and well written couldn't put it down Clive can certainly pull off a great tale and leave you wanting more
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Thief 23 Mar 2014
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A new character from Cussler. A detective from the early 1900s with several plot running concurrently, as is the norm for Cussler and his associate writers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 14 Mar 2014
By david
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Never disappointed with Clive Cussler always waiting on his next book to be published.
Issac Bell is the ultimate detective.
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Excelent as ever. Isaac Bell is a phenomena. I was captivated all the way from page one to the very end.
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