This is the second in the Isaac Bell series that Cussler recently introduced with co-author Justin Scott. I’m guessing that it’s really the second author who actually writes the book, and they just use Cussler’s name because it sells. I have no problem with that if Mr. Scott doesn’t. I’ve learned that I need to look at the second (real) author rather than just the Cussler name. In the case of the Isaac Bell series, I have to say I’m a real fan of Justin Scott – I absolutely love these novels – they’re by far my favorites from the Cussler stable. Set in the early 20th century, they have some really good historical aspects wound into them, and they don’t have the little political jabs and tripe that some of Cussler’s stable authors add to the story. Like The Chase, this one is centered around the railroad world of that era, and has not only excellent history, but really lets you “feel” that world in the characters.
Author: Clive Cussler and Justin Scott