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on March 27, 2012
The highlight is the book - Bell getting married. Other than that, the book is about early attempt at talking pictures and propaganda movies and crazy Germans wanting to dominate the world. The book has some interesting characters, Akrobat and Pauline, a bit of killing, a lot of contrived story lines, but overall a good read. I figure Bell can be written in one more book before he gets too old and has to retire, which would be good.

A lot of typos in my Kindle version -- a bit annoying.
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on March 23, 2012
Van Dorn detective Isaac Bell is at it again in Clive Cussler's newest entry into the series.

Isaac Bell and fellow Van Dorn detective Archie Abbott are returning from Europe with a prisoner. While on board the liner Mauretania, they witness three men trying to abduct two others. Bell thwarts the attempt and the thugs disappear. It turns out that the two men who were almost apprehended are Clyde Lynds and Franz Bismark Beiderbecke; scientists who have invented an astounding new device. This device has the capability of adding sound to motion pictures.

A second attack takes place and this time, one of the scientists isn't as lucky as before. Isaac Bell persuades his boss Joseph Van Dorn to provide security for Clyde Linds, the surviving scientist. He will need it because General Major Christian Semmler, otherwise known as "The Acrobat", has his sights set on Lynds' invention as a tool for developing German propaganda films.

Once in New York, a cross-country chase ensues between Bell and the acrobat and such period characters as Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan make appearances in the story. Bell must stay one step ahead of the acrobat, or risk having the plans for Lynds' invention fall into the hands of the Germans.

I've become a big fan of the Isaac Bell series. I enjoy period history fiction, and Cussler and co-author Justin Scott have done a great job of blending in fast-paced action and adventure into a real-time setting. The addition of true period characters such as Edison and Morgan make the story all the more realistic. Of course, Isaac Bell and the other characters are well-developed, and the story is full of twists and turns. Just when you think you have it figured out, andother twist comes along to throw you off.

I recommend "The Thief" very highly. The story is fun and full of adventure, and you have good guy Isaac Bell to root for.
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on October 6, 2012
It is a masterful story set prior to World War I and sets its story in the United States. It is spell binding in many story elements and makes you want to read more as quick as you can. The villain is a German officer and an acrobat. Chief Detective Bell is outsmarted at times but he stays right on top of identifying and outsmarting the villain. Through it all an important part of motion picture history is made. Your reading time will be well rewarded.
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on August 19, 2015
I was a little out of sequence with this novel. Marion & Isaac were married in this one to start the excitement! It just keeps getting better throughout the novel. Not much with trains in this one. A lot with Marion and her movie making which is interesting. Another good one!!
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on March 11, 2013
A very good novel and must read if you follow the Isaac Bell Adventures. The action, twists and turns come standard but this story comes jam packed with interesting characters. I only wish the story was longer to develop some of those characters further. In fact, I would love to read a whole series of Van Dorn Adventures! The Abbott's, Tex, Pauline, give them their own books and I'd read them all!
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on September 7, 2014
The thief is an Isaac Bell adventure brought to us by Clive Cussler et al. A :techno thriller set in the early 20th century is no less enjoyable then other Cussler adventures! If you like history and Cussler adventures with a great plot and characters, then this book and series is for you!
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on April 12, 2012
While historical accurate, the Thief left a little to be desired. Kind of went round in circles with the Edison bit, knew about Fort Lee since I grew up in the area - 'talkies', just not up to past Cussler books
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on August 22, 2015
Clive does another wonderful book kept me reading from page one all the way to the end. Always enjoy his books the action keeps you reading.
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on November 1, 2016
Enjoyable read. Looking forward to book 6!
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on April 22, 2012
The book was easy to read. The twist and turns of the adventure was outstanding. Issac Bell always gets his man! This book was a joy to read and once I started I couldn't put it down. This book built on the previous books which allows you to connect more with the characters in the book. Also, character developement of other characters are growing as well. That makes it easier to connect with all the characters in the book.
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