An Isaac Bell Adventure
By Jack Du Brul
Having become so damn popular with his modern pulp thrillers
featuring Dirk Pitt, the late author Clive Cussler went on to create three
other series that would be handed off to other writers but bear his name. These
included Kurt Austin Adventures, the Sam & Remi Fargo Adventures and
finally the Isaac Bell Adventures. Bell,
a turn of the century detective for the Van Dorn Detective Agency first
appeared in Cussler’s novel, “The Chase.” After this auspicious debut, his next
nine books were penned by Justin Scott. All of these were terrific and we
enjoyed them thoroughly. Then most recently, Scott was replaced on book ten by
Jack Du Brul, another veteran scribe of Cussler’s posse.
“Saboteur” is the eleventh in the series and Du Brul’s
second. It is a wonderful, beautifully researched gem that has Bell
chasing a secret band of Panamanian revolutionaries set on disrupting the
building of the Panama Canal. Starting with
the attempted assignation of a U.S. Senator in San Diego, the clues indicate the assassins
were part of this South American group known as the Red Vipers. Arriving in Panama, Bell
witnesses a horrific act of terrorism that leads to the death twenty-eight men.
Enraged by the savagery of the attack, Bell
is determined to find the rebels and stop them. Along the way he begins to
suspect the Red Vipers may only be a subterfuge to hide the real villains. He
deduces the may be agents of a foreign power intent on stopping America’s
economic growth and influence on the world’s stage.
As he gets closer to unmasking the spies, Bell soon becomes a target. These fanatics will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. “Saboteur” is another great entry into this well received series and Du Brul does Cussler’s legacy proud. Not to be missed.