The Thief

The Thief

Isaac Bell Series, Book 5

eBook - 2012
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Turn-of-the-century detective Isaac Bell matches wits with a German spy just as the world inches closer to global warfare in this novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. It's 1910 and Chief Investigator Isaac Bell, along with fellow Van Dorn detective, Archie Abbott, is escorting a Wall Street stock swindler to his trial in New York aboard the ocean liner Mauretania. Pair intend to enjoy the open sea and make use of the leisure time to plan Bell's wedding to Miss Marion Morgan, but are forced to change plans when two European scientists are nearly abducted and forced overboard. Bell springs into action just in time to stop the kidnapping, but his new charges are convinced they are still at risk. There's something in their possession, an historic invention, and there's a German munitions trust that will stop at nothing to steal it. For war clouds are looming, and a ruthless espionage agent has spotted an opportunity to give the German Empire an edge in the coming conflict. What's worse, Bell's already a step behind. He's made the mistake of assuming it's some sort of war machine. But not all weapons are meant for the battlefield...
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9781101577295
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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May 18, 2014

Slow and boring....

AuntJane Mar 04, 2013

I like Isaac Bell stories and think they are great historical novels featuring a time period that people don't usually write about. The beginning of this wasn't very engaging, but as the story unfolded it became much more interesting - and historically informative! I love that you really feel the era that Bell's living in from the descriptions and settings.

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Jan 15, 2013

The Thief --- by Clive Cussler --- Cussler hits another thriller right out the ballpark. And that’s what we’ve come to expect of the author. Thrills, mystery, and spine-tingling action: a German agent attempts to steal the device for making talking pictures out from under the nose of our agent, Isaac Bell, and turn it over to the Kaiser’s technicians who plan to use it as an instrument of propaganda. There’s deceit a plenty; transcontinental train chases; fisticuffs in the bowel of the Mauretania; even a carefully engineered trail derailment. But our hero foils it all. A real definite page turner: Cussler scores. Again.

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karenw32
Apr 28, 2012

For me, I found this book to be slow and a bit on the boring side.

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Mommies2
Apr 02, 2012

I love Clive Cussler and his hero, Isaac Bell. I agree with previous reader about Thomas Edison. It was nice to read about something other than guns and war.

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ElspethG
Mar 19, 2012

Another great novel from Clive Cussler, and another interesting action/adventure about the peripatetic detective, Isaac Bell. The novel shows Cussler's intimate knowledge about sailing vessels, in this case, the Mauritania, and his knowledge of the period (pre WWI). The one thing I'd like to know for sure is whether or not Thomas Edison was as vindictive in life as he is depicted in this novel.

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