The new thriller in the number one New York Times best-selling Isaac Bell series from grand master of adventure Clive Cussler.
As Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassin - shooting with extraordinary accuracy at seemingly impossible long range - kills Bell's best witness, a brave and likable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim's independent refinery ablaze.
Bell summons his best detectives to scour the site of the crime for evidence. Who is the assassin and for whom did he kill? But the murders - shootings, poisonings, staged accidents - have just begun as Bell tracks his phantom-like criminal adversary from the "oil fever" regions of Kansas and Texas to Washington, D.C., to the tycoons' enclave of New York, to Russia's war-torn Baku oil fields on the Caspian Sea, and back to America for a final, desperate confrontation. And this one will be the most explosive of all.
©2015 Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (P)2015 Penguin Audio
Another fantastic adventure. I have tried over the years to convince my Dad and my Dad-in-law to read Mr Cussler (and friends') books. Now I have, through the Isaac Bell and the van Dorn books. Thanks guys.....you are awesome.
My appraisal : As Isaac Bell retracts a few years from the last book, it shows that there is much more to tell about how the flaxen-haired detective gathered his skills, bravery, courage and intelligence. I like the fact that characters such as Archie Abbott and the wily, older detectives are kept "alive" in this book. They are amazingly rich characters, full of guile and vigour.
Personally, I think a few stories around van Dorn, Mr Bell (Senior) and maybe Mrs Bell might "tickle the fancy". Once again, great story and Scott Brick........you legend.
"Great story, timeline a bit confusing"
This is a step up on the last Isaac Bell story. The character is "back" in form but that's in quotes because this story takes place prior to one of the early Bell stories where he meets his future wife during the San Francisco earthquake of April 1906. Maybe I missed a part where it was clearly stated that this was an earlier story, but I was confused through a good part of the audiobook because of Bell's behaviour. I wish I had caught on earlier, I would probably have enjoyed the book even more. Characters are solid, and the plot has some nice twists although the trip to Russia still doesn't seem to have been really necessary to the story. After reading Cussler for so long, I can almost feel where his work steps off and Mr. Scott's work steps up. That said, I recommend the book.
"The best Isaac Bell adventure yet!!"
This one has Isaac Bell protecting the life of John D Rockefeller. Just get it and have Scott Brick narrate the novel for you!
"A Review of the Novel "The Assassin""
This is the current novel in the series about Issac Bell's adventures. "The Assassin" held my interest. Scott Brick continued as the narrator and gave his usual good performance. The Assassin" is a stand-alone novel that can provide an enjoyable read or listen. I would recommend it.
Another well written and read story, you will not want to put it down when you hit the last 100 pages! Hold on, take a deep breath and enjoy the hell out of it!
"It's a keeper"
It's a keeper, good narrator Good story , plot was intriguing and surprising ending . Looking forward to next book thank you . John K
Wonderful addition to the Isaac Bell series. I enjoyed it immensly! As always, Scott Brick is a wonderful narrator. Loved the little clip he sang at the end ;)
Interesting plot a few unexpected twists and a really bad villain. Good book not fantastic but an entertaining read. Great voiceover performance
Clive Cussler and Justin Scott do not disappoint with the Isaac Bell series. Scott Brick always does a great job.
Liked both narrator and author!! Storyline was great, clean, very little cursing, action packed and overall great listen. Get this!!
"Isaac Bell always entertains"
cuddled and his tall blond Van Dorn detective always entertains. One of my favorite Audible series, Great! Ron from Boston
"Another master piece from Mr cussler."
The Isaacs Bell series is one of my favorites, a great read by a fantastic author and a brilliant narrator.
"another great book"
another great story of high adventure from clive Cussler who never fails to draw you into Isaac bells world
"No what I was expecting"
Struggled to get into it, it's the first book from this author that I've listened to. Personally there was less action and the fact that it was set in 1900 made it hard to relate to.
Absolutely frikkin fantastic.
The sabotage at the oilfield, the explosions and fire. The way in which it was described and narrated made one feel like one was there.
Scoot Brick brought his almost unmatched narration skills to bare on this book like he does for all Mr. Cussler's books. It isn't the same unless it's read by Brick.
Keep them coming Mr. Cussler and continue to use Scott Brick for narration!
I was pleasantly surprised for a Clive Cussler read to find a story that did not invovle the usual ancient disaster, followed by modern day treasure hunters unlocking the secrets, which have been Cussler's trademark up till now. While set in the early 20th century, this story has all the ingredients of a Cussler thriller without the seaborne aspects The story is well plotted, very well narrated and I listened to this in under 2 days. It kept me that geipped to the action A change for most Cussler fans, but one that for once works when an author changes tack from his usual genre.
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