The Chase (#1 Issac Bell)
Published November 6th 2007
Hardcover: 404 pages
Audio: 10 Hours
4 /5 Stars
For decades, Clive Cussler has been delighting readers with novels filled with suspense, action, and sheer audacity. Now he does it again, in one of the wildest, most entertaining historical thrillers in years.
April 1950: The rusting hulk of a steam locomotive rises from the deep waters of a Montana lake. Inside is all that remains of three men who died forty-four years before. But it is not the engine or its grisly contents that interest the people watching nearby. It is what is about to come next . . .
1906: For two years, the western states of America have been suffering an extraordinary crime spree: a string of bank robberies by a single man who cold- bloodedly murders any and all witnesses and then vanishes without a trace. Fed up by the depredations of the "Butcher Bandit," the U.S. government brings in the best man they can find-a tall, lean, no-nonsense detective named Isaac Bell, who has caught thieves and killers coast to coast. But Bell has never had a challenge like this one. From Arizona to Colorado to the streets of San Francisco during its calamitous earthquake and fire, he pursues what is quickly becoming clear to him is the sharpest criminal mind he has ever encountered, and the woman who seems to hold the key to the bandit's identity.
Using science, deduction, and intuition, Bell repeatedly draws near only to grasp at thin air, but at least he knows his pursuit is having an effect. Because his quarry is getting angry now, and has turned the chase back on him. The hunter has become the hunted. And soon it will take all of Isaac Bell's skills not merely to prevail . . . but to survive.
I picked up this series because I have always enjoyed Cussler's writings. At times I don't always understand quite what he is saying about the cars, trains, and boats he so loves, but he paints a picture that even the most uninclinded reader can understand. While this first book was alot of that I still enjoyed it. It helps me to know that he always is very throughough with his research and clearly has a passion for it all.
I enjoyed this opening story, at times I felt like this was a later case and there should have been other books before it, but that was just because Cussler painted Bell as a very expierienced detective. The charecters are brilliant, in thier flaws and brain power. At times I felt Bell was a bit OP but not to the point where he was invincible. I appreciated that he was shot... sorry Issac. I really liked Issac's and Marrion's relationship. I felt at times that it was a littttlee rushed but now seeing their relationship grow in the later books I am more okay with it.
I always enjoy Cussler's writting, because when I think I know what is going to happen he changes it up on me. I really enjoy that in a book. So I would have to say this one is a 4 out of 5 stars. It was a pretty good read.
A lover of words, reading and writing.