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The Chase (An Isaac Bell Adventure) Paperback – October 28, 2008
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About the Author
Clive Cussler is the author of more than fifty books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His life nearly parallels that of his hero Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks, he and his NUMA crew of volunteers have discovered more than seventy-five lost ships of historic significance, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley, which was raised in 2000 with much press publicity. Like Pitt, Cussler collects classic automobiles. His collection features more than eighty examples of custom coachwork. Cussler lives in Arizona and Colorado.
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And of course the "bad guy" they are trying to take down is easy to dislike.
Looking forward to reading more from this series.
In 1906, the western United States was being terrorized by the "Butcher Bandit"; a ruthless bank robber who not only robbed banks, but murdered any witnesses to his crimes. He made his escape in an ornately designed railroad box car. Unable to crack the case, the U.S. Government hires the Van Dorn detective agency, along with its number one detective, Isaac Bell. Bell has faced many challenges in his career, but none like nabbing the Butcher Bandit.
From Arizona to California, Montana, Utah, and Nevada, Bell pursues the ruthless Bandit. He soon discovers that the Bandit is like no other criminal. Bell must soon learn to think like the Bandit in order to have any hopes of catching him. As the story progresses, Bell becomes involved with many characters, including the Bandit's own sister, and a lovely secretary named Marion, whom he falls head over heels in love with.
To make matters even worse, after tracking the Bandit to San Francisco, Bell is caught in the great San Francisco earthquake, which destroys the entire city and leaves thousands homeless. Despite this tragedy, Bell learns that the Bandit and his accomplice sister are trying to flee the United States for the safety of Canada. Acquiring a train of his own to chase the bandit, Bell sets off on a high-speed run to the Canadian border. Will he catch the Bandit in time?
I've become a big fan of Clive Cussler in the last year, and I've read several of his books, but I must say that "The Chase" is the best one I've read so far. The action starts with the first page and doesn't let up until the end. The characters are vivid and well-developed, especially the hero, Isaac Bell. Cussler's description of life in the west at the turn of the 20th century is very interesting, and he even includes a factual narrative about the San Francisco earthquake. It's easy to root for Isaac bell as he chases his arch nemesis across the west, and there are several run-ins between the two.
I give "The Chase" my highest recommendation. I hope Cussler keeps turning out great adventure stories as good as this one was.