By Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
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…
Not Up To Cussler's Standards2By Kahuna UnderwaterI bought "The Thief" mostly because of Clyde Cussler's name. I've read almost all of his books, as well as many of those with his "co-authors". Until this one, I've enjoyed them all. But "The Thief" takes typical Cussler descriptive detail, complicated cast of characters, and action even more 'over the top' than can be enjoyed, even by Cussler fans. I'd suggest taking a pass on this one.
The thief1By KakutchkeThis book is childish, inconsequential and bordering to silly and to the absurd. The main character pretends to be a James Bond of the early 1900s and fails clumsily. The whole story is unrealistic, improbable and naive. As the main character, Isaac Bell, he is depicted as part of a private investigative company that is more powerful than the police and any agency of the US government. The plot is developed with many improvisation episodes that do not follow a smooth path or/and jumps into many directions. I finished reading the story eagerly so I could write this critique to warn future readers to avoid wasting money to buy the book and avoid wasting the time to read it. The first author, Cussler, has lost his touch, or rather, he did not write the story nor read the text if it was written by the second author. What a calamity...!! sincerely, Saul, Houston, Texas.
The thief4By COlDAN1Very good book, not as exciting as previous in seris
the Thief4By Nels4Another good Custler type book.....good reading.
The thief1By No.1 MarMarTerrible...worst of his writings
Thief2By LguzziNot a page turner. Weak story, lacks imagination. Once I started reading it, I could not wait to put it down.
The Thief2By Wdon$Not one of Cusslers better book, not even close to the books that have been written over the past years
Good Read3By Peter 14Not one of his best but entertaining...
Quick read2By MikeO345Like many Clive Cussler books,it was a tad formulaic, but it was a fun read. I miss the traditional Clive Cussler books. probably the first 10 where the best.
The thief4By IiimfitzStarts slow, but by the middle of the book I was hooked. Issac Bell is starting to grow on me.