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The Bootlegger, Clive Cussler

The Bootlegger opening line: Two men in expensive clothes, a bootlegger and his bodyguard, dangled a bellboy upside down from the Hotel Gotham’s parapet.

The Bootlegger
It is 1920. Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing.
When Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed while in pursuit of a rum-running vessel, his friend and employee, Isaac Bell, swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers. But Bell doesn’t know what he is getting into. When a witness to the shooting is executed in a manner peculiar to the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these were no ordinary bootleggers.
Bell is facing a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs – and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.

This collaboration with Justin Scott has not been my favourite Clive Cussler book. I am not sure if this had something to do with the topic of the Prohibition in America, or if it was the actual writing. Dave also did not enjoy this book so I am not going to recommend it unless you have an obsession with the period of time.

My verdict:

The book is about Prohibition and the lengths people would take to get alcohol into the country. Coupled with that is the secondary plot of the Russians trying to destroy capitalism and instil communism into the country. Of course, the way they see to do this is to become rum runners themselves.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9780718178703
Format Paperback
Published April 2015

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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I am passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when I cook. I live in Gordons Bay with my husband and dogs. Dave and I are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. Each year we visit a new place overseas to experience the food of the area. Follow along on our adventures!

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  • I don't think I've read many books where authors have collaborated (excluding memoirs) but it doesn't sound like both you and Dave liked it!

  • Oh, what a pity - I am generally not a fan of dual authorship - I think its often confusing.

  • I have never read any Clive Cussler books, but I am looking for a new author to read. So thank you for writing about this book. I will have to go to my local library and check out some of his books.

    • At least if they are from the library you can see if you like his books without having to pay anything :)

  • Usually when two authors get together, I lose interest due to their different styles - shame this didn't work out!

    Choc Chip Uru

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