I really enjoyed this book, and while it was not my favorite in the series it did not disappoint You can never go wrong with Clive Cussler. I am such a sucker for an Isaac Bell adventure Another great roller coaster ride all over the freaking globe I actually listened to this on a 600 mile road trip to Maine and back There is nothing better than listening to Scott Brick read a Clive Cussler novel What a cool way to start and end a vacation Well done As always, purchase and enjoy Detective Isaac Bell Tracks A Killer Across The Nation S Oilfields In This Adventure In The New York Times Bestselling Historical Series 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 Then The Shooter Detonates A Terrible Explosion That Sets The Victim S Independent Refinery AblazeBell Summons His Best Detectives To Hunt Down The Mysterious Killer 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, DC 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 The most engaging mystery I ve read in a while With plenty of twists and turns, a charming historical setting, and wonderfully crisp writing, it s easy to see why Clive Cussler s books continue to sell like hotcakes. This is the eighth book in the Isaac Bell Adventure series The story is set in 1905 and is about John D Rockefeller and the Standard Oil monopoly Isaac is working to find proof of wrong doing by Standard Oil but becomes a bodyguard to Mr Rockefeller when someone starts killing off other oil men.The action is fast paced for the time and moves overseas at times The book was won by me as a First Reads from Goodreads It was a fast and easy read. The Assassin by Clive Cussler is a first reads win a.d I m giving g my honest opinion Starts out with wildcat oilmen trying to lay pipeline to get their oil from the refinery to the Atlantic coast in New York JDR John.D Rockefeller comes with his breakers a.d railroad cops and busts up the pipeline Zooms to 6 years laters Bill Matthers now works for JDR VanDorn Detective Agency hired by a fledgling Commission out of Washington D.C to determine if JDR and Standard Oil made a monopoly of the oil Industry Isaac Bell is their best and lead investigator He s already on the job He finds two men with suspicious death that end up being murdered Then just as he vet to talk with Bill Matters former partner, a sniper takes him out They tries to shoot Bell Bell bets down off the tank Then the sniper aim at the tank and flames ignite Everyone.e runs Bell sees a train and heads towards it By now tanks are exploding and oil is all over the place The fire heads toward the town Bell somehow, makes the fire turn in on itself He sees a tent and hears clacking Inside is Edna Hobbs A free line newspaper reporter writing about the fire saying JDR oz behind it Isaac Bell introduce es himself She and her sister Nellie are Bill Matthers daughters Sister Nellie oz a suffragist Pushing for women s rights and the right to vote She gets around in a helium balloon She gives Bell asst of pictures od the oil field before the explosion All this in the first third of the book Read the book for the rest of the adventures. Another enjoyable read from the Isaac Bell stable of books I suspect even enjoyable for my american friends who can relate to the locations and the history involved in the John D Rockefeller oil baron era of American history better than I can Fast paced action and adventure with settings all over the globe and of course Isaac Bell to save the day Everything you expect from Cussler, fast action, neat locations, exotic cars and historical tidbits scattered throughout. As I ve mentioned before, I m not a fan of history as in the classroom learning of it I do, however, enjoy learning how things that happened in the past impact the way we all live and work today as well as details that likely won t be included in any history textbook My first and only experience with this series featuring James Bond like private detective Isaac Bell, The Striker, was a pleasant one like this one, I gave it, the sixth, 4 stars back in April 2013 But books by too many other favorite authors intervened including several of the author s Dirk Pitt novels , and I somehow never got around to reading another until now.And I admit I probably should have read the 7th The Bootlegger before tackling this one, although from my perspective it stands well on its own I ve read other reviews, though, claiming that questions and situations happening in the previous book were either left unresolved or not included here at all, leaving them to wonder why the oversights But I also learned after the fact that this book is set four years prior to the first book of the series The Chase, 2008 , which certainly could account for seemingly left out references.That said, I really enjoyed this one, despite than a few situations that seemed a bit over the top a hot air balloon incident, for instance The plot, set in the late 1890s and early 1900s, centers on an attempt to bring down oil magnate J.D Rockefeller and his all powerful Standard Oil I wasn t around back then, but I do remember Standard Oil, and the cities of Cleveland and Oil City, Pennsylvania, where at least some of the action takes place, are less than a couple of hours from my northeastern Ohio home and I ve spent time in both.The book begins as an assassin begins to murder opponents of the huge oil conglomerate, one of whom is Bell s best witness in his company s investigation of Standard Oil s monopoly That s followed by the sniper s detonation of an explosion that destroys the witness s independent refinery The chase to find the diminutive assassin leads Bell around the world, from New York to the Midwest to the vast oil fields of Russia and puts the detective in many life threatening situations that put his mental and physical skills to the test Historical details are abundant, but at no time did I feel that they overwhelmed the story in fact, they added to it and, whether they were fact or fiction, to my enjoyment of the book as well Heck, I even learned a new word inveigle In case you re wondering too, it means to convince someone else to do something through coaxing and or flattery. Another very enjoyable book in the Issac Bell series Interesting since I lived near the JD Rockefeller estate on NY and now live in Erie,PA near Oil City As with all Cussler books, non stop action from start to the end
www.numa.net In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration Cussler s books have been published in than 40 languages in than 100 countries His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, Flood Tide, Atlantis Found, Valhalla Rising, Trojan Odyssey and Black Wind this last with his son, Dirk Cussler the nonfiction books The Sea Hunters, The Sea Hunters II and Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt r Revealed the NUMA Files novels Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, White Death and Lost City written with Paul Kemprecos and the Oregon Files novels Sacred Stone and Golden Buddha written with Craig Dirgo and Dark Watch written with Jack Du Brul Clive Cussler lives in Arizona.
- 409 pages
- The Assassin
- Clive Cussler
- 27 March 2019 Clive Cussler