The Bootlegger

The Bootlegger

An Isaac Bell Adventure

Book - 2014
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"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--and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States"--
Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780399167294
Characteristics: 403 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Scott, Justin


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Apr 04, 2018

My son still scolds me for sending him camping with a Clive Cussler novel - 30 years ago! He didn't read a lot and that's all he had - he threw it out (when he returned.)

I am ashamed to have read early Cussler. They were frothy fluffy and fun. Over time, they got to be repetitious and frankly pretty light. So I moved on.

Then this one showed up- the cover looked fun - different era and focus from his sea stories.

And the result?: simply wretched. Slow, dull, pondering, lame, and probably written by his grandson's computer. (I don't think Cussler writes anything now - he has ghosters outside his office ready to go.)

If you enjoy Cussler, you won't like this. If you've your new to his pulp, go back to earlier books. He loves the sea and old cars - that shows his rapture. Don't tell anyone you're picking up his stuff. Tell folks you're re-reading all the Hemingway stuff you skipped over in high school.

Publishing industry got kicked around by Amazon 20 years ago and still counting. I felt some pity. Now I see they are using old/dead/useless authors to push drivel onto the shelves. I think they deserve everything they don't get these days.

Cussler has enough money and God knows there are some good writers of dramatic fiction that deserve attention. Find a publisher who believes that and avoid comic books with words like this stale dead chicken!

Aug 10, 2015

Need audio book please

Sep 23, 2014

Started off with excitement but quickly got bogged down in descriptions of descriptions. Very colourful but not my style, the action was few and far between, not the typical fast read from Cussler.

Jul 18, 2014

Typical Cussler novel. This book skips quite a few years in time from the previous book but that is explained as the staff leave to fight in the world war and then return. A quick read fun for teenagers on up.

Apr 17, 2014

Please cancel the hold on
The Bootlegger.
Janet Crapo

Apr 17, 2014

Another classic Cussler. It takes a great talent to put you, the reader, and Isaac Bell in the same time frame. If you like the "Bel" series, you'll like this one.

Apr 12, 2014

An excellent story as always!


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Apr 03, 2014

... if a villain weren't a villain, would he be a hero's best friend?

Apr 03, 2014

Congress banned booze but failed to cough up money for enforcement.


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Jul 18, 2014

knabors thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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