The Spy

Title:                      The Spy

Author:                Clive Cussler

Cussler, Clive (2010) and Justin Scott. The Spy. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons

LCCN:    2010009053


  • In 1908, a brilliant American battleship gun designer dies in a sensational apparent suicide. The man’s grief-stricken daughter turns to the legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency to clear her father’s name. Van Dorn puts his chief investigator on the case, and Isaac Bell soon realizes that the clues point not to suicide but to murder.


Date Posted:      June 7, 2017

Love him or hate him, so the reviews go. The original Clive Cussler books were far more interesting (focusing on Dirk Pitt and the NUMA crew). He had to introduce new characters (Dirk’s kids) and promote people (Admiral Sandecker to Vice President.)

With the Isaac Bell series he had a brand new set of characters and plots to deal with. I have enjoyed all of the series. I don’t post reviews on most of them here since they, for the most part, are really more crime than espionage. This book however has interesting plot lines. To be sure, Isaac Bell is cast as a super hero who always comes out on top, reminding me of the Perils of Pauline. However attacks on US ships and efforts to undermine American naval power in the years preceding WWI are plausible, if perhaps overdone. It is, after all, a novel. It is not supposed to be great literature, it is to be fun to read, and to be a page turner.

I recommend it, both the paperback version as well as the very well done audio verson.