The Chase (Isaac Bell Series #1)

The Chase (Isaac Bell Series #1)

by Clive Cussler

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Turn-of-the-century detective Isaac Bell pursues a blood-thirsty bank robber—and perhaps one of the world’s first sociopaths—in the first novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.
In 1906, the western states of America suffer a string of bank robberies by a single man who then cold-bloodedly murders any and all witnesses, and vanishes without a trace. Fed up by the depredations of “The Butcher Bandit,” the U.S. government brings in the best man it can find: a tall, lean, no-nonsense detective named Isaac Bell, who has caught thieves and killers from 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 a fiend who seems to draw pleasure from the challenge and a woman who may to hold the key to the man’s identity. As Bell begins to suspect a new term used among top psychologists, sociopath, may describe his target, the Butcher Bandit turns the chase around on him. The hunter becomes the hunted. And soon, it will take all of Bell’s skills not merely to prevail . . . but to survive.
Filled with intricate plotting, Cussler’s signature dazzling set pieces, and not one but two extraordinary villains, The Chase is the master working at the height of his powers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425224427
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Series: Isaac Bell Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 81,124
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of more than fifty books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His life nearly parallels that of his hero Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks, he and his NUMA crew of volunteers have discovered more than seventy-five lost ships of historic significance, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley, which was raised in 2000 with much press publicity. Like Pitt, Cussler collects classic automobiles. His collection features more than eighty examples of custom coachwork. Cussler lives in Arizona and Colorado.


Phoenix, Arizona

Date of Birth:

July 15, 1931

Place of Birth:

Aurora, Illinois


Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

Customer Reviews

The Chase (Isaac Bell Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 247 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book very, very fast. I have read one book by this author and to be honest with you I got tired of the Superman image he gave the main characters. They could shot any weapon or drive any vehicle made by mankind. And the cars drive you nuts with the description of each one down to the last nut and bolt. But this book was not even close to that. It was most refreshing. He did tend to dwell on the car during the chase of the train but that was about it. The last 100 pages are really fast pace and exciting. After reading the book I went back and read the first chapter again and then it all fit into a nice tidy story. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast pace read. I hope this author comes up with another of these early 20th century stories.
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
The Chase By Clive Cussler The chase certainly lives up to its name, in 1906 Isaac Bell sets off to capture and stop a man who is robbing banks and brutally murdering everyone who is present, the last body count is in the thirties. From the very beginning this novel is action packed until the very end leaving you waiting desperately for the next book. This was my first Clive Cussler novel; I had seen them at almost every book store I have ever been to so I, of course, recognized his name. I had not anticipated how wrapped up into this story I would become and I am now looking forward to finding more of his books to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy looking back at history, at the time of the railroads, you will enjoy this, at times spell-binding mystery.
zoomiequilter More than 1 year ago
If you like historical mysteries then this book is for you. I could relate to the characters and the plot. The science fit the time period and made the story believable. I have already read the second book in the series "The Wrecker" and will read the others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Chase by Clive Cussler should make a fan of his novels feel like they are finally back home. You can read the reviews where others disect this or that- but to sit back,open up this book-takes you back in time and still gives you a send of adventure that we know we will have with his novels- he doesn't let us down. I for one enjoyed the book-and thou spoiled on Dirk Pitt- this read made for an enjoyable afternoon. I'm always checking for his next book-does anyone know when that will be?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first Cussler book I've read since Inca Gold years and years ago. I was drawn in by the book's historic nature, and as someone who's fascinated by the railroad, that intrigued me even more. The characters are real, and easy to relate to. Soon, the story is moving as fast as the locomotives it describes. As well as the book sucked me in, though, I was let down by the ending, and hoped Cussler was going in a different direction. Still, it seems originally Cussler planned on this being just one story, and I'm glad he's now turned it into an Issac Bell series. The detective lives on.
Megalith More than 1 year ago
Clive Cussler moves out of the realm of modern-day action thrillers with The Chase, a detective story set in the American west in 1906. The Butcher Bandit, a vicious but clever bank robber has been hitting banks all over the west, leaving behind a significant body count, including women and children, and a dearth of clues. Isaac Bell, the top detective of the Van Dorn detective agency is hired to crack the case. The story begins in a manner different from the usual Cussler novel. Instead of the historical prologue that sets the stage for the story to come, we begin (and end) with a scene nearly fifty years after the events of the story, when a locomotive is salvaged from a Montana lake. The story unfolds at a rapid pace, with Bell quickly identifying the killer, but struggling to catch him in the act. The story includes much typical Cussler fare: bravado, gunfights, parties, beautiful women, a bit of intrigue, and a heavy dose helping of the author's love of all things mechanical. We get a turn-of-the-twentieth-century motorcycle, a race car, and railroad cars all described in loving detail. The culminating chase from which the book draws its title is worthy of Cussler's best work. The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 adds a twist to the plot, If you are a fan of Cussler's work, you won't find any negatives worth mentioning. Those who read more broadly will find Isaac Bell a little too perfect: rich, handsome, charismatic, brilliant, skilled, noble, and resourceful. The dialogue is a bit cheesy at times, but basically what you'd expect from a rip-roaring, old-fashioned adventure. There are a few minor historical inaccuracies, but nothing that jolts the reader out of the story. The glaring mistake is placing Montreal just north of Montana. If you can ignore that, you should be okay. Overall, The Chase provides an entertaining diversion from the NUMA novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first Clive Cussler book I've had a chance to read and I absolutely loved it. I found it fun and intriguing and hard to put down. I couldn't wait for a few free minutes during my day so I could read a page or two. It's very action packed and exciting. I found the characters to be fun with very different personalities. The author wrote this story so vividly, It was easy to picture each scene the author described. I also enjoyed the way the story twisted and turned and surprised me just when I thought I knew what would happen next. I intend to read many more books by this author. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a little dramatic and thrilling read.
Dog_Lover_of_Bloomington More than 1 year ago
WOW - From the first page - you are drawn in and following Isaac Bell as though you are his partner!!! I found the character building and story line fascinating and wonderfully detailed. It's hard to put down. Isaac Bell and the others from the Van Dorn Detectives are wonderful, the villains and crimes are intelligent and throughly thought out!! What a ride!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clive Cussler's "The Chase" is destined to be a definite book of the month. At least in my opinion. The characters come together as a group that, under normal circumstances, would never meet the others. The pace of the story is enough that you could put this book down, but you would prefer to read the whole thing!
ARPhot More than 1 year ago
Clive Cussler's Polar Shift and The Treasure of Kahn were my intro to this author. Then I discovered this one. The first two were very different for me as I am a huge Stephen King fan and never thought I'd go for stories of this sort. The Chase intrigued me from the description inside the cover and from there I was hooked. The characters are exciting and the plot draws you through the story. I couldn't wait to pick it up and continue reading!
IsaacandBandit More than 1 year ago
The Chase takes place in the west during the early nineteen hundreds. Isaac Bell is a detective for Van Dorn Detective Agency, who is out to catch the notorious "Butcher Bandit". The Butcher Bandit is known to rob banks in the west, and to kill anyone that witnessed the robbing. He has been tracking down the Butcher Bandit, by going to every town that he robbed. This book is a wonderful book. I would say that it's another win for Cussler. I would recommend this book to 8th graders and up. This is a good book for people who like adventures, and action put together. This maybe a little hard to follow at times but any other time it's easy to follow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was not as action packed as the NUMA, Oregon Files, or Kurt Austin series, but it was a good read. I was expecting the usual cliff-hanging action of a Clive Cussler book, but instead received a detailed history lesson. This book is a good read, but not his best.
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Chase is the first book in the Isaac Bell series and my wife borrowed it from the library for us to listen to on one of our trips. I enjoyed the book and the reader does an excellent job. Isaac Bell works for the famous Van Dorn Detective Agency (a hat tip to the Pinkerton's I believe) and he is known for being the best of the bunch. There has been a bank robber who's been very successful throughout the West and part of his success is because he leaves no witnesses. The fervor has increased to the point the federal government is asking the Van Dorn Agency to bring the case to a close and Bell is placed as the agent in charge. This is the smartest criminal Bell has had to find and it takes all his abilities and a little luck just to survive.Overall, a pretty good book. I enjoyed the story, plenty of action to keep your attention. Better written than someone like Dan Brown. Cussler had fun bringing to life all the nitty gritty details in driving cars and locomotive engines in 1906 and how much WORK it really was. Fairly predicable story line but still good.
MikeLloyd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very nice and exciting book
Unkletom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I generally consider Clive Cussler's books as mindless entertainment, something to listen to while walking the dog or commuting. The Chase, though, was a big disappointment. It lacked any originality, plausibility or even a semblance of an interesting plot. If you want to read something by Cussler, stick with the early Dirk Pitt books and leave this one on the shelf.
nursewidener on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another solid start for a new character series. This series has good potential for a wide range of storylines. I thought the characters were well developed and the hero/villian theme played true and concise until then end. If you like Cussler you'll enjoy this book.
scarpettajunkie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a chase, but it takes you on a ride and Whee! what fun! It leaves you wanting more Issac Bell. This book is about the joy of detail experienced in reliving a different era. It is about mystery with a dash of early James Bond romance thrown in. This book is masquerading as a guy thriller but women can find a lot to love in this book as well. I could not put it down!
cathymoore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not being a fan of Cussler I was prepared for the worst, but ended up pleasantly suprised. The story is set in early 20th century USA. Our hero, the dashing detective Isaac Bell, is employed to catch the Butcher Bandit - a prolific and murderous bank robber. The story builds to an exciting climax set against the background of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Cussler's attention to detail is fantastic and his description of thepeople and places really brings the story to life. Half a star has to be deducted for some pretty abysmal editing though. In places the structure of some of the sentences is dreadful, and Cussler would certainly benefit from a better quality thesaurus!
geordicalrissian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read through a few Cussler books in the past. When I saw The Chase in the store and flipped through the jacket cover, I decided to give it another go. Overall words: OK. It was a nice story, set in an era I've read little of before. Cussler is great at detail and he really knows his stuff. But, some of the characters were flat, predictable, and "hokey". I felt like I was watching a Clarke Gable or Humphrey Bogart movie. And the "car chase scene". Ummm, okay. Don't think I'll be picking up any of the follow-ons.
Minne2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Entertainng read but a little far fetched in my opinion, especially the Locomobile ride.
arstaff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
one of his better books-not dirk pitt or Kurt Austen
NovelBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clive Cussler¿s The Chase is a rousing yarn, filled with heroic, dashing heroes, and dastardly sneaky villains. The book opens in 1950. A locomotive is being lifted out of the murky cold depths of Flathead Lake in western Montana. Inside the locomotive are the remains of three men who died in it 44 years earlier. The real mystery is still in the bottom of the lake and as the divers attach cables to the remaining freight car to bring it up, the story opens in 1906.The Butcher Bandit is terrorizing banks throughout the west. An evil sociopath, the Bandit robs banks, taking only the easy to carry cash, and leaves no living witness behind. He kills indiscriminately; men, women and even children, so no one can identify him. The US government wants bring his reign of terror to an end, so they bring in the best man they can find for the job, Isaac Bell. Bell is the James Bond of the early 20th century. Handsome, debonair, clever and independently wealthy, he won¿t rest until the Butcher is brought to justice.The mystery of the identity of the Butcher is solved quite early in the book. A cat and mouse game ensues in this very enjoyable tale. The book is often written in a way reminiscent of old time pulp novels; some passages are almost courtly with old-fashioned flowery language. The hero is beyond reproach in all ways, the love interest is a beautiful, graceful and intelligent woman, and the villain is simply a cold-hearted snake. The concluding chapters include a wonderful chase between two trains, which would translate so well to the big screen, I¿m surprised a producer hasn¿t snapped it up already. Sometimes I finish a book, and think, ¿This would be a great movie.¿ The Chase would be a great movie.
beadlady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cussler's relationships and interactions with women are neauseating.
brendajanefrank on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Don't look for Dirk Pitt in this book, although Cussler makes a cameo appearance. Like all Cussler books, it includes a salvage involving "treasure" and is very, very loosely based on history. Of course, there is a love interest : a beautiful, tough, brilliant woman with a handsome, fearless, kind, intelligent, wonderful man. It's exciting, fun, imaginative, and totally unrealistic. I loved it!