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Detective Isaac Bell returns in the extraordinary new adventure in the #1 New York Times#150; bestselling series. nbsp; It is 1920, and both Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing. 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#151;and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.


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Booklist Review

In the seventh Isaac Bell novel, it looks like Bell's life is about to fall into chaos. His boss, Joseph Van Dorn head of the Van Dorn Detective Agency, a fictionalized version of the Pinkerton operation has been shot and could die. There was a witness, but he is killed before Bell, one of Van Dorn's key operatives, can interview him. Prohibition is the law of the land, but, thanks to corruption in the country's police forces (not to mention in the Van Dorn agency itself), the criminal element is perhaps more powerful than ever before. Can Isaac find out who's responsible for nearly killing Van Dorn and bring down an organization that has nothing less than anarchy in America as its goal? As always in this series, the novel is very exciting, with excellent pacing and some very well drawn characters. With his combination of mental and physical prowess, Isaac Bell could easily become a sort of superhero (imagine a blending of Sherlock Holmes and Doc Savage), but the authors do a nice job of keeping him from crossing that line. Another fine entry in a strong series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Cussler is a perennial A-lister, popularity-wise, and his Isaac Bell novels are the pick of his prodigious litter.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The Prohibition era provides the backdrop for bestseller Cussler's spirited seventh Isaac Bell adventure (after 2013's The Striker, also coauthored with Scott), in which Comintern agents scheme to take over America. Soviet operator Marat Zolner has set up a bootlegging business on the East Coast designed to reap massive profits to fund the Bolshevik plot. Using a powerful, well-armed speedboat named Black Bird, Zolner and his cronies wreak havoc on rumrunners and the U.S. Coast Guard alike. After Joseph Van Dorn, founder of New York's Van Dorn Detective Agency, gets shot up in a running gunfight on the high seas, Isaac, Van Dorn's chief detective, takes control of the investigation, which ranges around the world before the final, fiery confrontation with Zolner back in New York. Early books in this series were near parodies of period potboilers, but more recent entries will impress thriller readers as laudable historical action novels. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

It's the 1920s, and Prohibition has Joseph Van Dorn, founder of the Van Dorn Detective Agency, offering his protective services to the Coast Guard to help stop the boot-legging on New York's Rum Row. But Van Dorn is shot and critically injured during a gun battle with a rum-running high-speed boat. Isaac Bell is left to run the agency for his boss, and he sets out to find out who shot the boss, but there is more to these boot-leggers than meets the eye. Reports from the streets say they could be Russian gangsters trying to move in on the locals' territory, but why? Only with Bell's sharp detecting skills and some explosive action that takes us from New York and Detroit to the Caribbean and a hurricane can this mystery be solved. -VERDICT Cussler and Scott have written another wonderful page-turner with this seventh entry in the Isaac Bell series (The Striker). This is historical action-adventure fiction at its rip-roaring best! [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/13.]-Cynde Suite, Bartow Cty. Lib. Syst., Adairsville, GA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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