The Bootlegger

The Bootlegger

Isaac Bell Series, Book 7

eBook - 2014
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Detective Isaac Bell returns in the extraordinary new adventure in the #1 New York Times–bestselling series. 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: 2014
ISBN: 9780698140738

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 22, 2018

This is not only superbly researched but also action packed and good for anyone who wants to read of the prohibition and Bolshevism. Very good story in all respects although is mildly predictable. I read this book for hours straight. Definitely recommended for 13+. 5 stars
- @mittopic of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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burner69
Aug 11, 2018

I have not read the Bell series of books. I picked this up not knowing Bell was a character in many previous books. That being said, I could read this book as a stand alone and still be on-track and fully understand the characters and plot. I might have missed a couple references from previous Bell novels but it didn't feel that way.

I appreciate the background and true history explained about prohibition. However, I do feel the book could have covered a little more of the actual history.

Bell is caught up in two different difficult situations. This can lead to disaster in some books
However Bootlegger successfully makes transitions smooth and easy to follow.

Definitely worth a read.

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wiley1827
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!

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whitecar5
Aug 10, 2015

Need audio book please

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mike_richling
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.

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knabors
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.

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Janelle02
Apr 17, 2014

Please cancel the hold on
The Bootlegger.
Janet Crapo

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3dblus
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.

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jb4409
Apr 12, 2014

An excellent story as always!

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SEBoiko
Apr 03, 2014

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

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Apr 03, 2014

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

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knabors
Jul 18, 2014

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