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The Bootlegger (Isaac Bell series Book 7) by [Cussler, Clive, Scott, Justin]
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In the seventh Isaac Bell novel, it looks like Bell’s life is about to fall into chaos. His boss, Joseph Van Dorn—head of the Van Dorn Detective Agency, a fictionalized version of the Pinkerton operation—has been shot and could die. There was a witness, but he is killed before Bell, one of Van Dorn’s key operatives, can interview him. Prohibition is the law of the land, but, thanks to corruption in the country’s police forces (not to mention in the Van Dorn agency itself), the criminal element is perhaps more powerful than ever before. Can Isaac find out who’s responsible for nearly killing Van Dorn and bring down an organization that has nothing less than anarchy in America as its goal? As always in this series, the novel is very exciting, with excellent pacing and some very well drawn characters. With his combination of mental and physical prowess, Isaac Bell could easily become a sort of superhero (imagine a blending of Sherlock Holmes and Doc Savage), but the authors do a nice job of keeping him from crossing that line. Another fine entry in a strong series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Cussler is a perennial A-lister, popularity-wise, and his Isaac Bell novels are the pick of his prodigious litter. --David Pitt

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“Cussler and Scott have written another wonderful page-turner . . . This is historical action-adventure fiction at its rip-roaring best!”—Library Journal (starred review)

“The Isaac Bell series continues to tell compelling stories. Tidbits of history are sprinkled throughout the narrative, and it’s fun to filter out fictional characters and events from historical facts.”—Associated Press

“As always in this series, the novel is very exciting, with excellent pacing and some very well drawn characters. With his combination of mental and physical prowess, Isaac Bell could easily become a sort of superhero (imagine a blending of Sherlock Holmes and Doc Savage), but the authors do a nice job of keeping him from crossing that line. Another fine entry in a strong series. Cussler is a perennial A-lister, popularity-wise, and his Isaac Bell novels are the pick of his prodigious litter.”—Booklist
 
“[A] laudable historical action novel.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Striker
 
“This adventure might be the best yet in the series. The history is fascinating reading. Add a James Bond style flair with sabotage and villainy, and the end result is a great action thriller.”--Associated Press

“Interesting historical scene-setting facts; action that shifts from the dangerous depths of a coal mine to Wall Street, to a confrontation in a tunnel being dug for the New York subway and to a riverboat battle between two paddle-wheelers; deft characterizations; and hard-boiled dialogue. Classic Cussler."--Kirkus Reviews
 
“The Isaac Bell series is by far the most interesting and enjoyable of Cussler’s novels. They continue to show him at his best, commercially and literarily."--Booklist
 
“Exciting…The action flows swiftly, and the authors do a good job depicting the work conditions and the class warfare of the time.”--Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 4262 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DGZKMYK
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By Robert Steven Thomas TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 4, 2014
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Most novels by Clive Cussler routinely become a slam-dunk success. The collaboration on this new book with writer Justin Scott (pen name: Paul Garrison) also being a very successful author himself, makes this particular novel outstanding. Set during the 1920s prohibition era, Scott’s research and contributions make the story come alive with historically accurate detail and texture. I found the main characters to be believable and entertainingly original. The plot held my attention through its many twists and unpredictable turns. The action is fast-paced with very few slow chapters. If you’ve read any of Cussler’s novels prior to this one you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. If not, “The Bootlegger” is as good a place to start as any. It is highly representative of his best work. Finish this book and you’ll very likely want more of his titles in your library.
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I've read all the Bell novels and this one is similar in many ways. Overall a good thing. The historical information was really interesting, as always, and was presented in an easy to read way. I especially enjoyed the references to Detroit and The Purple Gang. The ramifications of prohibition are laid out in this book in a thought provoking manner.
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This is probably the best of the Bell Novels.

Life in the prohibition era East Cost, attempted murder of the head of the Van Dorn agency, corrupt Detectives and Police Officers, Bootleggers, Anarchists and Pre-World War II Germany. How could it not be a great read?

Clive Cussler and Justin Scott have done it again.
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The Issac Bell series is some of Clive Cussler's best work. The Bootlegger does not disappoint. Mr. Cussler has developed the Issac Bell character to where he ranks among the best of the best! I look forward to the next Bell adventure! I highly reeccommend this book and all previous books in this series.
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I have been following the Isaac Bell series since it first debuted with "The Chase" (2007). And it's been like a fun roller coaster ride for me. I have enjoyed some more than others. My favorite novel still remains "The Wrecker" from 2009. However, "The Bootlegger" is a much-welcomed addition. The action sequence in the final pages of the book is one of the best. But it's not the plot I want to focus on, rather it's the characters. I think Pauline Grandzau has gone from essentially a walk-on role in "The Thief" (2012) to a real star here. I could be wrong, but I think Cussler& Scott are setting up readers for a spinoff of this series with Pauline and her new assistant Asa Somers working out of the Van Dorn office in Berlin. Isaac Bell readers, weigh in and tell me what you think.

A hat tip, as always, to Roland Dahlquist for his artwork that graces the pages in "The Bootlegger."
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Detective Isaac Bell returns in this great new book.

Set during the Prohibition era of the 1920s, Isaac and the other members of the Van Dorn Detective Agency are facing their biggest challenge yet in the form of Marat Zolner. Zolner is a Comintern; a Bolshevik group who has infiltrated the United States to spread Russian Communism and destroy the American capitalist structure. Now, Joseph Van Dorn, head of the agency, has been shot and Isaac Bell is given the task of finding out who shot Joe as well as cracking the case of the Cominterns. Acting as a bootlegger to cover for his plot to overthrow the American government, Zolner is the toughest character Bell has faced.

As the story grows, Bell will be led to New York City, Detroit, and the Bahamas in his pursuit of Zolner and his cohorts. Will Bell be up to the challenge, or will Zolner succeed with his plan?

I'm a big fan of Clive Cussler, and the Isaac bell series is one of my favorites. As with the preceding books in this series, "The Bootlegger" is packed with fast-paced action and adventure. Cussler has done a fine job of introducing characters that are believable along with a story packed with history and intrigue.

I highly recommend "The Bootlegger". As with other Cussler books, it is fast-paced and will keep you guessing right up to the end.
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The accuracy of the historical presentation presents the facts of the USA and most interestingly the international actions of the actions in Russia as well as Germany. These facts are often lost on what brought Balkin residents to the USA at that time .mostly to the mines to work. FAST ACTION AND PRESENTATION WERE EXCELLENT.
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The Isaac Bell series still retain the strong and exciting storyline that all of the Cussler books used to have. I found that the story had a strong and interesting plot that kept me from wanting to put the book down. There were no breaks in the story or plot that you find now in some of his other series.
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