Isaac Bell

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 757 ratings

The Chase Summary

For decades, Clive Cussler has been delighting readers with novels filled with suspense, action and sheer audacity. Now he does it again with The Chase, one of the wildest, most entertaining historical thrillers in years. This unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition is read by the award-winning narrator Scott Brick.

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 nor 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 then cold-bloodedly murders any and all witnesses, and then vanishes without a trace. Fed up with 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 from coast to coast.

But he 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 comes to realise is the best criminal mind he has ever encountered, and the woman who seems to hold the key to the man's identity. Using science, deduction and intuition, he repeatedly draws near, only to grasp at empty 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 Bell's skills not merely to prevail... but to survive. Filled with intricate plotting, his signature dazzling set pieces, and not one, but two, extraordinary villains, this is the master working at the height of his powers.

©2007 Clive Cussler (P)2011 Penguin Books Limited
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  • Book 1

    • The Chase

    • Isaac Bell, Book 1
    • By: Clive Cussler
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159

    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 nor 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 then cold-bloodedly murders any and all witnesses, and then vanishes without a trace....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Its exceptionally good...!

    • By Salter on 06-08-15

    Regular price: £24.00

  • Book 2

    • The Wrecker

    • Isaac Bell, Book 2
    • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    It is 1907. Train wrecks, fires and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line. Desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in its top investigator, Isaac Bell.Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West. Known as The Wrecker, he recruits accomplices from among the down-and-outs to attack the railroad, killing them afterwards.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By Salter on 23-07-15

    Regular price: £24.00

  • Book 3

    • The Spy

    • Isaac Bell, Book 3
    • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    In 1908, when a brilliant American battleship gun designer kills himself, his grief-stricken daughter is deeply suspicious. She turns to the legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency, where chief investigator Isaac Bell finds clues that indicate murder. Uncovering more suspicious deaths, Bell realises that someone - an elusive spy - is orchestrating the destruction of America's brightest technological minds.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another great Isaac Bell adventure....

    • By Salter on 07-08-15

    Regular price: £24.00

  • Book 4

    • The Race

    • Isaac Bell, Book 4
    • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Race by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, read by Scott Brick. 1910, and America's first ever cross-country flying race has been sabotaged. Newspaper magnate Preston Whiteway is offering a big prize for the first aviator to cross America in under fifty days. He wants Josephine Frost - the country's leading, as well as most glamorous pilot - to win. Which is why he's hired Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good enough Bell adventure

    • By Salter on 18-10-16

    Regular price: £22.00

  • Book 5

    • The Thief

    • Isaac Bell, Book 5
    • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Aboard the liner Mauretania, Isaac Bell, chief investigator at legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency, thwarts a kidnapping. The victims, who have fled Europe carrying a secret invention, fear a foreign power will steal it before they reach America. Bell offers to protect them. Soon Bell is fighting skulduggery in the middle of the Atlantic. Heading for California, the chase is on.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cuddled back to his best...

    • By Salter on 07-01-17

    Regular price: £20.00

  • Book 6

    • The Striker

    • An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 6
    • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, has an urgent message for his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him think that something else is going on, that provocateurs are at work and bigger stakes are in play. Little does he know just how big they are. Given exactly one week to prove his case, Bell quickly finds himself pitted against two of the most ruthless opponents he has ever known.

    Regular price: £27.19

    • The Striker

    • Isaac Bell, Book 6
    • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 16

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Striker by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, read by Scott Brick. It is 1902. Isaac Bell is a bright, inexperienced young detective. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him suspect that something else is going on - that provocateurs are at work and much bigger stakes are in play.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Striker - its pretty good!

    • By Salter on 05-03-17

    Regular price: £20.00

  • Book 7

    • The Bootlegger

    • An Isaac Bell Adventure
    • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    When Isaac Bell’s boss and lifelong friend Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed leading the high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, Bell swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers, but he doesn’t know what he is getting into. When a witness to Van Dorn’s shooting is executed in a ruthlessly efficient manner invented by the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these are no ordinary criminals. Bell is up against a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs - and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing.

    • By Glen on 11-01-15

    Regular price: £29.59

    • The Bootlegger

    • Isaac Bell, Book 7
    • By: Justin Scott, Clive Cussler
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Bootlegger by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, read by Scott Brick. It is 1920. Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing. When Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed while in pursuit of a rum-running vessel, his friend and employee, Isaac Bell, swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers. But Bell doesn't know what he is getting into.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Bootlegger - its good, but not the best...

    • By Salter on 05-03-17

    Regular price: £22.00

  • Book 8

    • The Assassin

    • An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 8
    • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    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, a brave and likable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim's independent refinery ablaze.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another master piece from Mr cussler.

    • By David Squires on 03-03-15

    Regular price: £27.19

    • The Assassin

    • Isaac Bell, Book 8
    • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Assassin by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, read by Scott Brick. As 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 kills Bell's best witness.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another good Bell Adventure

    • By Salter on 05-03-17

    Regular price: £22.00

  • Book 9

    • The Gangster

    • Isaac Bell, Book 9
    • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    It is 1906, and in New York City, the Italian crime group known as the Black Hand is on a spree: kidnapping, extortion, arson. Detective Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Agency is hired to form a special Black Hand Squad, but the gangsters appear to be everywhere - so much so that Bell begins to wonder if there are imitators, criminals using the name for the terror effect.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story

    • By timbo on 28-09-16

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 10

    • The Cutthroat

    • Isaac Bell, Book 10
    • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    The year is 1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this. Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead. Vowing to bring the killer to justice, he begins a manhunt which leads him into increasingly more alarming territory.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Bell adventure yet!

    • By Salter on 30-03-17

    Regular price: £19.99