The Chase

Version: Unabridged
Author: Clive Cussler
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: November 2007
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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For decades, Clive Cussler has been delighting readers with novels filled with suspense, action, and sheer audacity. Now he does it again, in one of the wildest, most entertaining historical thrillers in years.
April 1950: The rusting hulk of a steam locomotive rises from the deep waters of a Montana lake. Inside is all that remains of three men who died forty-four years before. But it is not the engine or its grisly contents that interest the people watching nearby. It is what is about to come next . . .

1906: For two years, the western states of America have been suffering an extraordinary crime spree: a string of bank robberies by a single man who cold-bloodedly murders any and all witnesses and then vanishes without a trace. Fed up by the depredations of the "Butcher Bandit," the U.S. government brings in the best man they can find-a tall, lean, no-nonsense detective named Isaac Bell, who has caught thieves and killers coast to coast.

But Bell has never had a challenge like this one. From Arizona to Colorado to the streets of San Francisco during its calamitous earthquake and fire, he pursues what is quickly becoming clear to him is the sharpest criminal mind he has ever encountered, and the woman who seems to hold the key to the bandit's identity. Using science, deduction, and intuition, Bell repeatedly draws near only to grasp at thin air, but at least he knows his pursuit is having an effect. Because his quarry is getting angry now, and has turned the chase back on him. The hunter has become the hunted. And soon it will take all of Isaac Bell's skills not merely to prevail . . . but to survive.

Filled with intricate plotting, dazzling signature set pieces, andnot one but two extraordinary villains, this is the work of a master writing at the height of his powers.

Reviews (12)

The Chase

Written by Laurie Hausherr on March 11th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I loved this book; finished listening to this in 2 days. It\'s very captivating. I enjoyed all the characters.

Great read

Written by Diane M on September 27th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

My first Cussler book. Very exciting story, which would make a good movie. I like Scott Brick, and he did another good narrating job.

the chase

Written by joel on June 7th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Wow! If I hadn't been traveling through radio wasteland I would have given up on this book after 10 minutes. I usually enjoy Cussler's Dirk Pitt; whatever the situation in which Pitt finds himself, it's a fantastical and humorous ride to hear him solve the problem. But, this story had only a bit of this (the car ride to LA and the train chase) and the story was way too easy to figure out ahead of the reader. Dang! Where's a good radio station when you need one?!

The Chase

Written by doda from Staten Island, NY on April 17th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it! my 1st Cussler book and found it extremely enjoyable. Can't wait to read more.

The Chase

Written by bc on February 6th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I loved the plot and the action is great. I hated the narrator; many times during the first few hours I was so annoyed I almost quit listening--he seemed to be a Howard Coselle wannabe. I love Cussler, but I won't listen to any more books with this reader.


Written by DJ on May 17th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love this author and this book had the right amount of action and interesting characters to make it hard for me to stop listening.

Very Exciting

Written by Jeremy from Ferndale, MI on April 16th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thought this book was exciting from start to finish....held my attention the whole time!

The chase

Written by Anonymous on February 1st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent story. Very exciting and full of surprises.

The Plot

Written by Bob Nyland from Santa Paula, CA on January 30th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The plot started off good however as it progressed it became weaker. The killer was supposed to be a super genius but gave himself away to the hero. It was a very predictable story line once you caught on to what was happening.

The Chase

Written by Anonymous from Cleburne, TX on July 17th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Scott Brick was wonderful as usual. I enjoy every book he narrates. The Chase was suspenseful and exciting. Good 'read'.

Author Details

Author Details

Cussler, Clive

Clive Cussler grew up in Alhambra, California. He attended Pasadena City College for two years, then enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War and served as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer in the Military Air Transport Service. Upon discharge he became a copywriter and later creative director at two of the nation's leading ad agencies. He wrote and produced radio and television commercials in Hollywood that won numerous international honors including an award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries and have a readership of more than 90 million avid fans. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, The Sea Hunters (non-fiction), Flood Tide, and Clive Cussler Dirk PittĀ® Revealed. Cussler is also the author, with Paul Kemprecos, of the first in a new Dirk Pitt spinoff series - The NUMA files.

Cussler was married to his wife, Barbara Knight, for more than 44 years. They have three children, two grandchildren. Regrettably, Barbara passed away in January 2003.