The Titanic Secret

The Titanic Secret

An Isaac Bell Adventure

Book - 2019
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"A century apart, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt and detective Isaac Bell team up to unlock the truth about the most famous maritime disaster of all time. In the present day, Pitt makes a daring rescue from inside an antiquated submersible in the waters off New York City. His reward afterwards is a document left behind a century earlier by legendary detective Isaac Bell--a document that re-opens a historical mystery... In 1911, in Colorado, Isaac Bell is asked to look into an unexplained tragedy at Little Angel Mine, in which nine people died. His dangerous quest to answer the riddle leads to a larger puzzle centered on byzanium, a rare element with extraordinary powers and of virtually incalculable value. As he discovers that there are people who will do anything to control the substance, Isaac Bell will find out just how far he'll go to stop them."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: 1910
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2019.
ISBN: 9780735217263
0735217262
Call Number: FICTION CUSSL
Characteristics: 390 pages ; illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Bell, Isaac (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Pitt, Dirk (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Titanic (Steamship) -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- Fiction.
Submersibles -- Rescue operation -- Fiction.
Coal mines and mining -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Colorado -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Action and adventure fiction.
Historical fiction.
Additional Contributors: Du Brul, Jack B. - Author
Est. publishing date: 1910

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 13, 2020

A strange crossover involving two of Cusslers greatest characters, Isaac Bell and Dirk Pitt. Pitt, after rescuing an authentic Revolutionary war sub, is rewarded with letters from Bell himself through the executor of Bell's will regarding the most famous maritime disaster in history. In 1911, Bell himself was investigating a mysterious mine accident where 9 men were "killed" but no bodies were found.
To me, this book seemed a bit of the same old, but to people who love Cussler's typical brew I recommend this book. However to me, even with the crossover twist, It didn't seem much different or interesting. 3 stars
@mittopic of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Memawrayne
Aug 04, 2020

Definitely a "guy" book because of all the over-the-top action sections. (the chase though the Paris sewers, the 'turtle" episode. the battle on the seas, etc) All are totally unbelievable but there is an interesting story behind all that crazy action.

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cottrellbob
Jul 19, 2020

I was disappointed with The Titanic Secret because it didn't include favorite characters from the earlier Isaac Bell adventures.

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danomcd
Jul 15, 2020

This book is a prequel to "Raise the Titanic!" published by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. The story describes the details of Joshua Hayes Brewster and his mining team's escape from Novaya Zemlya and pursuit across Europe. The story is told from the perspective of Isaac Bell who has been hired to investigate the apparent death of Brewster and his mining team.

When I finished "Raise the Titanic" and I have to admit I threw the book in the garbage. I have not read in a long time so much female bashing and racism in a long time. One of the worsted parts in the book was when the only female character with any type of story/depth/intelligence strips naked in front of a room of men … just to provide a distraction. It felt like a was reading a little boys fantasy.

I have now finished this second book and it is definitely better written and a tighter story. I didn't enjoy it as much as other Cussler books but it fit with the original book well. The only part that I was really dissatisfied with was the ending. The final discovery of the traitor in their team and the final stand off both felt rushed and did not really fit well into the rest of the story. They read like another author trying to add a twist at the end or leave a bit hanging for another sequel.

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1860Colt
Dec 06, 2019

Not as riveting or as complex as its, sequel? prequel? (I don't know how Raise the Titanic plays into this) but, still provides a decent suspense and action read that, kinda undermines the already established mythos of Clive Cussler. Bit of lazy writing on how they rectify it, but hey, what can you do? After a snooze fest from The Cutthroat, (and subsequent passing over most of Cussler's more recent works) I have to say, this was a nice break. Glad Justin Scott was not used, as he has shown a sharp drop in quality, and Jack Du Brul still has a bit of flare left. So, its not the grand story of how the biggest Cussler novel of all time came to be, but it still left me feeling, "That was a darn fine read."

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USAF1969
Oct 25, 2019

One of the better Isaac Bell stories by Cussler & Du Brul. All of the Bell stories are about fantastic adventures and lots of wild escapes. This one tops most of them in terms of entertainment. Let's see - lots of fun sidebars on trucks, cars, motorcycles, trains and ships - which ought to widen the audience for sure. Then we have the international travel aspects (not a usual Bell focus). Don't forget the Titanic. What makes this interesting is it starts with Dirk (uh huh) Pitt at an archaeological site containing remains of the first successful submersible ship - which results in one of his famous escape scenes. I was pretty sure they put the wrong book in a Bell cover. But no, it was just a prelude. When Bell gets started he is in Colorado mining country - and mining is a big part of this whole story. Lots happening and a fun read. A little long maybe, but that's a minor issue. Enjoy.

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cnsreader
Oct 13, 2019

For me this is one of the better Isaac Bell stories! Love the present rubbing up against the past! Pitt and Bell! Broke my heart at the end to see the Bell’s headstone! Good read!

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Bokan
Oct 04, 2019

Closed the book after 200 pages. Waste of time. Page after page of inane chase scenes which ended up going nowhere.

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patboud
Sep 17, 2019

Not really that good.

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