Character Analysis Of Isaac Bell's The Spy By Clive Cussler

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The book The Spy by Clive Cussler is about a private detective named Isaac Bell and takes place just prior to WWI in 1908. Isaac is in the midst of several spies who are discretely killing scholars invested in the work of dreadnaughts for the marines of the United States of America. Each of these spies is from a different country including Germany, Ireland, and Japan, without a clear understanding of who employs them. Isaac Bell needs to put an end to these killings before the world ends up in a war, leaving America in the dust. In the book The Spy, Clive Cussler makes it effortless for the reader to evaluate the characters, make predictions, and question many events. Isaac Bell is a character with many distinct and prominent qualities. One…show more content…
One likely outcome is Isaac Bell manages to hunt down these spies, like a fierce predator hunting its prey, and capture their employer. Isaac Bell is a highly trained detective, working for an agency with many connections. He works for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, which is considered to be one of the most elite agencies in the world. Isaac has had to endure countless hours of training to achieve his position as a private detective. This is not the first time Isaac has gotten his hands dirty in a dangerous mission. Throughout the book his high level skills as a detective are demonstrated in both combat and intellectual wits. One example of this is when Isaac easily disarms a full band of gangsters like a teenager stealing candy from a baby. Each of the gangsters he takes out are a part of an elite gang named the Gophers, and have enough street credit to be allowed into this prestigious gang of rebels. Isaac outsmarts the gang members in finding a way inside their hideout shelter, and then buffets them in a fighting match. Another prediction that could unravel is the spies could manage to fulfill their mission in taking America out of the dreadnaught battle. This is highly feasible because many countries back their mission. Each of these spies is from a different country: Japan, Germany, and Ireland. With so many powerful supporters and funds to back them, it would be quite difficult for the spies to be defeated by one man. One detective agency against many countries is an unlikely battle to win. The spies feel as though they have nothing to loose when fighting this battle, further complicating the mission. When one German spy is asked if he fears he will loose his life during a mission to destroy a massive battleship, the German states, “I would be amazed if I did. Fortunately, I have settled that question in my own mind. That is not what troubles me,” (Cussler 204). The German’s complete disregard
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