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The Race (An Isaac Bell Adventure)
 
 

The Race (An Isaac Bell Adventure) [Kindle Edition]

Clive Cussler
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“Bell just keeps getting more interesting. Cussler is turning out some of his best work.” —Booklist

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Detective Isaac Bell returns, in the remarkable new adventure from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.



It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than fifty days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates-an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost-and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.



Frost's violent-tempered husband has just killed her lover and tried to kill her, and he is bound to make another attempt. Bell has tangled with Harry Frost before; he knows that the man has made his millions leading gangs of thieves, murderers, and thugs in every city across the country. He also knows that Frost won't be only after his wife, but after Whiteway as well. And if Bell takes the case . . . Frost will be after him, too.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1306 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 428 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0718157249
  • Verlag: Berkley (6. September 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0054TVNZI
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A time machine leading the reader back a century ago 6. Oktober 2013
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when flying was in it's infancy, ships were connecting continents and the railway was the backbone of traffic between cities.
Issac Bell faces a tough challenge paticipating in a trans US air race that has to follow terrain within the altitude limits of early airplanes while his job is to clandestinely protect a beautiful female competitor from her jealous ex-husband, who is a notorious killer of the edge of madness.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Isaac Bell is back 14. Mai 2013
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Es ist immer wieder interessant, darüber zu lesen wie man anfangs des 20.Jahrhunderts unterwegs war; ob zu Land, zu Wasser oder wie hier in der Luft. Heutzutage kann man sich gar nicht mehr vorstellen, wie es war als man für einen Flug von Ostküste zu Westküste mehrere Wochen gebraucht hat und man mit einem Dampfzug noch schneller unterwegs war als im Flugzeug.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A few hours of fun... 13. April 2012
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The Race is a very thrilling story. I enjoyed the feeling of joining the race through the states. Unfortunately I finished the book too fast...

Definetely a goo choice!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A Superficial Race 8. September 2011
Von Grubb Street Rapscallion - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
The Race Review 9/8/2011

The Race, the second in a series written by Justin Scott, under Clive Cussler's name, is a highly detailed account of a publicity airplane race, coast-to-coast, in 1910, less than a decade after the Wright Brothers' first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The terms of the race are that it must be done by the starting pilot, completed in under 50 days, following a prescribed route; the flying machines must also be airborne for at least two hours a day. The payoff is a $50,000 prize and extraordinary publicity by newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway, a William Randolph Hearst type of character.

Scott includes incredible detail in his novel: the particulars of the various types of flying machines in the contest, the minutia of parts of the aircraft, the clothing worn by the aviators, the types of weapons used by both the heroes and the villains, and the various locations where the craft land for repairs and R&R for the pilots. This is the same pattern used in the earlier two novels in the Scott series, as well as Cussler's solo, first-in-series, novel, The Chase. The technique was an effective device for drawing the reader into the worlds of the novels.

Unfortunately, the human element is missing in The Race. This element was essential to the success of The Spy, The Wrecker and The Chase. Each of the earlier novels made the reader feel what the characters were experiencing--both the good and the bad--and care about what happened to them. Each character was also carefully drawn as a unique individual, with his/her own needs, loves, hates and desires. Each machine central to the story was also well-drawn-out, in meticulous detail, in such as way as to make the reader feel as though he/she were actually on a speeding locomotive or inside a submarine or on a dreadnaught.

We also were in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, felt the evil in the dime novel villains in the three earlier novels, and cheered on the stalwart hero, Isaac Bell. We enjoyed watching the growing love between Isaac Bell and Marion Morgan, the popular actress and filmmaker. We even enjoyed the rivalry between Bell and the publisher Whiteway for the affections of Miss Morgan. All of that richness is gone.

In The Race, we have no sense of the wonder of flight, in an age where such a thing was almost miraculous...the euphoria of being above the Earth, like a bird on wing, seeing and absorbing as a pioneer all that lay before, beneath and around us. The novel is set in 1910 when flight was something most people had only dreamed of, and most would never experience--let alone even see a flying machine. Jules Verne and other fantasy and science fiction writers took hold of our imaginations and let them soar above the reality of our lives. The earlier aviators made it real. Yet, we never feel what the characters in The Race feel about the joys, terror, unknowns, and wonders of flight. Scott and Cussler might have done well to take a ride in a replica of early bi-planes or mono-wing planes and then describe what their characters should have experienced. Read Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de St. Expiry for examples of such writing.

All of the sense of being inside the world of the novel is gone. What we are given is a highly detailed landscape peopled by heroes and villains--so we are told by Scott--but we are not drawn into their lives to care about what happens to them. The heroine of The Race, Josephine Frost, is a fresh, innocent young woman who loves to fly. She had married a brute of a man, Harry Frost, an extremely wealthy man who made his fortune by killing or destroying others. Why she did this makes no sense; perhaps she was blinded by her love of flying, which Frost supports until he suspects she is having an affair with her airplane designer. An equally important jump in logic is how no one seems able to stop the ruthless killer, Harry Frost, until, of course, near the end where Bell does what he has to do. Indeed, the reader has no clearly drawn portraits of the principle characters and has little reason to either love, hate, fear or care for them. If it weren't for the earlier novels in the series, the recurring characters would only be mere outlines.

There are other equally superficial characters, including Preston Whiteway who suddenly falls in love with young Josephine Frost and marries her after the presumed death of her husband, Harry Frost. There is no justification for his action; Whiteway has the fortune to meet, marry and provide for many women who could be genuine partners in his world. He agrees to let his young bride fly, only until she has children; then what happens to her: an earth-bound life of raising children and no more flying?

There are numerous other characters who act in illogical ways, without rhyme or reason, merely to move along a rather transparent plot. One central character is Marco Celere, the Italian designer of Josephine's airplane, who assumes several roles by using superficial makeup and accents. Surely, Isaac Bell should have seen through such superficiality, but he is no longer the Sherlockian type of intuitive sleuth of the earlier novels. He has lost his detective insights, missing several obvious clues and always being just a bit late to revolve a matter, much to the detriment of others who are then beaten, shot and/or killed.

In a light, fun-sort-of-way, there is the upper-crust aviator who manages to see his craft destroyed beneath him in several crashes, from which he often manages to walk away with only minor injuries. He is a character the reader enjoys; so his "resurrections" offer a kind of comic relief, much like a beloved uncle who always appears at family celebrations, even though he doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the relatives; he is loved, though, by the innocent children...much as he is by some of the other characters in the novel.

A glaring problem with the novel is the absence of a previous figure essential to the storyline: Marion Morgan, the now fiancée of Isaac Bell. In the earlier novels, she was a vital, vivacious, stunning woman who made the heads of men and women turn. In The Race, she has a cameo role; there is none of the witty repartee between her and Isaac, and none of the underlying sexual tension that made their relationship so genuine. It is as though Scott (and Cussler) do not know how to handle their women. The women have become little more than stereotypes: The innocent female flyer, the cute eye candy for one of Bell's young men, the idolized actress for fans, the fiery Italian who has been wronged. The supporting men are also stereotypes, whether they are part of Harry Frost's gangs or members of the Van Dorn Detective Agency.

Scott (and Cussler) should return to the quality of writing of the earlier novels in the series; those novels drew the reader in, made him/her care about both the heroes and villains, and accept often outrageous plots because they were so well-crafted. The Race, may just be an unfortunate example of a book written to meet a deadline, paying lip service to satisfying the reader. It is time to get back to the tone, mood and creativity of the earlier Isaac Bell novels. Mr. Cussler needs to weed out his stable of writers, limit the volume of output, and focus of what he once did so well early in his writing career: Create fascinating works that drew the reader into highly satisfying worlds of escape.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Isaac Bell Is Back 16. September 2011
Von Jeffrey T. Munson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Isaac Bell, the Van Dorn Agency's lead investigator, is back in "The Race". It is 1910, and airplanes are still in their infancy. The Van Dorns have been hired by newspaper magnate Preston Whiteway. Whiteway is sponsoring a cross-county airplane race from New York to San Francisco. The winner of the race will win $50,000. The rules are simple: the planes must be in the air at least 2 hours per day, the cross-country flight must be completed in 50 days, and the same pilot must make the complete flight.

One of the entrants is Josephine Frost. Josephine, being sponsored by Whiteway himself, had the displeasure of watching her husband, thug and all-around bad guy Harry Frost, shoot her lover. Now Frost, knowing that Josephine witnessed the murder, has set off across the country, following Josephine's flight while trying to catch and kill her, too. This is where Bell and his Van Dorn associates come in.

Over the course of the race, Bell is faced with protecting Josephine, while dealing with sabotage of competitor's aircraft, visiting a beautiful Italian woman in an asylum, and watching someone come back from the dead. On top of all of this, Harry Frost is not only after Josephine, but Isaac as well.

I've enjoyed reading Clive Cussler's books, and I really like the Isaac Bell series. Isaac is a prototype turn-of-the-century investigator: mustache, white suit, hat, and a derringer pistol. He's easy to root for. On the other hand, Harry Frost, who Cussler makes out to be stocky and violent-tempered, is the quintessential bad guy. These characters, along with the others in the book, are well-developed and interesting to follow. I thought the story was interesting and fast-paced. Being a fan of airplanes, I especially liked the story line. There are lots of twists and surprises along the way to keep the reader interested, too.

I recommend this book and the other Isaac Bell books. Filled with action and intrigue, "The Race" is an exciting new addition to the Cussler collection.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Run of the Mill 9. September 2011
Von John - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I'm a fan of Clive Cussler's earlier woks but felt let down by THE RACE in that there wasn't the usual depth to the characters and plot. It follows the `the wonderful men (and woman) and their flying machines' in a race for a $50'000 prize and valuable publicity across America. I love historical and period fiction and was at least rewarded in THE RACE by very detailed description of early aviation, but was again disappointed with the emotionless way in which it was portrayed. Whereas nothing has been spared in the description of the 1910 era, the characters' motivations are seriously flawed, the excitement of early flight lost and the story very predictable. Isaac Bell seems to have lost some of his edge as well and rather than keeping me guessing and being one step ahead of the game, it was the other way round.

I've given it 3 stars just for the accuracy of detail and research that must have gone into it, but if you are looking for a challenging thriller, with characters you want to read about, then I'd look somewhere else!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Great disappointment 27. September 2011
Von J. Stalmack - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
I looked forward to this book with great anticipation. I have enjoyed The Issac Bell series particularly the Wrecker. The book came and I immediately started to read it. What a disappointment. Drag on and the same old thing. Our hero is remarkable, learning to fly and solve all flight problems. The British pilot with 27 iives, come off it. The history of early flight was a history of death. There is no explanation of why the heroine married the man she did, well a dull stupid book is never well written or thought through. Also Issac married his wife in an earlier book and now they aren't married. I finished thee book because i felt I should but I 'll admit I sped read the last few chapters. Don't waste your money
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fun to read but a bit disappointing 12. September 2011
Von William D. Curnutt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
I am a Clive Cussler fan and also am a fan of his co-authored books. I have grown to love the Isaac Bell series and always wait with anticipation for the next installment. Unfortunately this one left me a little wanting. I had a hard time getting through it.

The premise is great and the writing is fine. The action comes like you would expect from a Clive Cussler novel, it is plentiful and suspensefull at times. But for whatever reason I felt a lack of development of characters in the story.

The story is about an airplane race from coast to coast. Starting on the East Coast and ending on the West Coast in San Francisco. It takes place in the early 1900's when air flight was still in its infancy. So, to think that a lone pilot could fly a monoplane across the country is almost unbelievable. That's what Preston Whiteway is banking on. The Newspaper magnet wants to attract attention from a public that needs a new American hero. He wants to give them that hero in the guise of "The Sweetheart of the American Airways." In steps Josephine, a simple farm girl who just happens to have a love for flying. She is going to challenge a large group of men for the Whiteway Cup and the $50,000.00 prize. Can she do it? Can any of them do it?

Now enters our antagonist, Harry Frost, the former husband of Josephine. He is angry at her for what he feels is her immoral relationship with her aircraft mechanic, Marco Celere. The book starts with Harry killing Marco, or did he? It then has him fleeing from the law but making a commitment to kill Josephine before she can either start or finish this race.

The Van Dorn Detective Agency is brought in to protect Josephine from Harry and to do their best to catch him and bring him to justice. Isaac Bell is given the task of overseeing this protection detail and the hunt for Harry Frost. Harry and Isaac have a history that goes back 10 years to when Isaac was just starting out as a detective.

The story is going to revolve around Josephine, Harry, Isaac and Marco Celere. Our other characters from previous books have appearances, such as James Dashwood and Isaac's fiancé Marion. But this is where I think we loose some of the wonderful story development that is characteristic of Clive Cussler novels. These other characters take a backseat much more than they ever have in other books. They are not woven into the story as well as they could be.

Even Harry Frost is developed as much as I would like for the antagonist. Then there are several other characters brought in, such as the other pilots, the daughter of an aircraft designer, several young machinists, etc. They make appearances and have parts in the story, but they seem to come and go at odd times and not developed as much as they could be.

One final point from me, I was a bit disappointed in the ending. I felt that several things were left undone, not tied up like they could or should have been. Maybe it was just me.

Anyway, I still enjoyed the read, I like the chase, I like the logic games that Isaac and Harry delve into. I also liked the details about the flying machines.

I think if you like Clive Cussler you will like this book, it just won't end up being your favorite of his writings.

Enjoy!
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