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Publisher's Summary

Detective Isaac Bell's investigation into an attempted assassination brings him to the construction site of the Panama Canal - and straight into a nest of vipers - in the latest adventure in the number-one New York Times-best-selling series from Clive Cussler.

Detective Isaac Bell's wife has said that he is always in the wrong place at the right time. This is certainly the case when Bell thwarts the assassination of a US senator shortly after meeting the man. This heroic rescue is just the start of the mystery for Bell, who suspects that the would-be assassins have a much larger and more dangerous agenda - one involving the nearly constructed Panama Canal. While the senator supports the building of the canal, there are many, including a local Panamanian insurgency known as the Red Vipers, who never want to see its completion. 

With millions of dollars and the fates of two nations at stake, Bell heads to Panama to find answers. After a deadly bombing at the canal's construction site, he is determined to stop the insurgents - or whoever is funding them - before they can attack again.

©2020 Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fast-paced fun that's fraught with peril." (Kirkus Reviews)

 "Top-notch.... Cussler fans will be well-satisfied." (Publishers Weekly)

“Thrilling...[and] an excellent read.” (Mystery & Suspense)

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The best Isaac Bell yet

A great read, you feel like you are knee deep in the waters of Panama Canal.

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Excellent

Another great story. Scott Brick always delivers and I am never disappointed. One of the best in the Issac Bell series.

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Just is not the same since Justin Scott left.

What happen to starting in the future then going back to the past then ending in the future again. For instance The Chase,

Justin Scott did his homework and it showed in his books. He great at what he does, Who did it novels. I was always trying to guess who was it and who did it. The first 3 chapters I already figured out who was the bad guy. So then it became a straight action book, which the Oregon Files were and you knew who did it in those books also right away,

Jack, is not a great fit for Isaac Bell Novels.

The ending didn't go well with me either.... again it should go back to present, or future time, for Bell. ie the first couple of books in the series.

The first books in the series are the ones that got me hooked, These are books that got my mind thinking. The history and attention to detail of subject. like the Cutthroat, kept me invested in this series.

I think I am going to stop my purchases of The Isaac Bell Novels. Unless Justin Scott wants to come back, This is not the same novels that Justin was a part of.

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Another 5-star trip back in time.

Clive Cussler's "Issac Bell" series is one of my favorite Historical Fiction series of all times. It is also one of my favorite "Who Dunnit" crime series of all times. Combined in one series... it is an unbeatable and an amazingly accurate trip back to the early 1900's crime fighting. This book is as captivating and imagination immersing as the books in the series before it. The worst part of the book is coming to the end and realizing it will be 2 or 3 more years before a new one is available. Great, relaxing, fun summer read.

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Good book Not Great

I liked the story, liked Brick, but the book lacked the little period specific details that make you believe you are in the early 1900’s

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Great story

I love all of the Issac Bell novels. He is a typical hero who always gets his man. As long as you know what to expect from the Issac Bell books you will be pleased with this one. Historically Informative and entertaining as well.

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Not the best…

I love Isaac Bell and his near death and triumphs are wonderfully written, but….there is too much adventure and killing and not enough story. In the book before this one, one was lead to believe that Bell was dead..but no! He’s back in this one. I’m glad he wasn’t dead, but he fried to get himself killed by extraordinary scenarios. Scott Brick is my favorite narrator, so I kept listening.

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The Best So Far

I am a big fan of the Isaac Bell series. I’m also a bit of a history buff. I was surprised to find this was the best of the entire series and one of the best of all the Cussler series. The story was very well told, and how it was so perfectly intertwined with accurate history made for one great book.

It bums me out that I will have to wait so long for the next.

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Great ride.

Great story. Was an enjoyable audio book that was totally engaging. Also learned a lot about the Panama Canal. Side bene.

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A Good Addition to the Series

Enjoyed this — a Scott Brick Narration is always sublime. But I’d rate this as a “Very Good But Not Great” addition to the Isaac Bell series.

I felt this installment lacked the story layers and development of secondary characters — and the awe-generating dive into the technology of the era — that were established in “The Chase” and that have been the hallmark of this series ever since.

In “The Wrecker,” for instance, Cussler spent a lot of time “seeing things” through the eyes of the villain … which made the narrative so very rich.

I missed all the sidekicks, too … those usually present … the Archie Abbott and Texas Walt-types.

Don’t misunderstand: I liked the book … it just isn’t one of the top installments in the series. And I look forward to each new one.