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Book FormatPaperback
AuthorTed Bell
Publication DateAugust, 2012
ISBN-139780061859328
GenreFiction/Thrillers - General

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Publishers Weekly,At the outset of bestseller Bell's exciting seventh thriller featuring MI6 agent Alex Hawke (after 2010's Warlord), Alex learns that his lost love, Anastasia Korsakova, the daughter of the present-day yet recently dead Russian czar, is still alive, held prisoner in a high-security Siberian KGB facility. While Alex fears he's being lured into a trap, he travels to Siberia, where Anastasia gives him their son, three-year-old Alexi, for safekeeping. Back in England, Alex throws himself into fatherhood while fending off assassins from an organization of Russian hard-liners who blame Alex for the czar's death. Meanwhile, an Iranian scientist known as Darius has built a computer dubbed Perseus that has almost attained parity with human intelligence. Alex must find Darius and Perseus in order to foil their dastardly plan for humanity. While the two distinct threats make for a sometimes disjointed plot, a terrific, final naval battle shows Alex at his fighting finest. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Specifications

Abridged
Y
Series Title
Alex Hawke Novels
Publisher
HarperCollins
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
672
Author
Ted Bell
Title
Phantom: A New Alex Hawke Novel
ISBN-13
9780061859328
Height
3.846
Publication Date
August, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
006185932X

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars
Ted Bells Alex Hawke ...
Ted Bell's Alex Hawke series is nothing if not a study in how to write an excellent and believable thriller. Yes, Hawke is a larger than life, English billionaire who loves nothing better than going into battle under catastrophic odds. He's a statesman, a lover, a warrior, a black ops guru, and in this book a newly discovered son adds father to Hawke's list of personas. And he does everything else very well, but he finds the father role a much harder role to assume. This book has everything - a super computer, a wonderful sea battle, a search and destroy mission, and a stunt that happens in Russia that will have you laughing your head off. This stunt in Russia occurs when the wonderful Stokely Jones and his sidekick Harry Brock leave an unforgettable message for a group of very bad guys in Russia who have been operating outside the laws of Russia without impunity. I found the book a page-turner to be sure, but there were times when I had difficulty slogging through the computer jargon. James Bond pales in comparison to the irrerepressible Alex Hawke. And Bond doesn't have a Stokely Jones by his side-the one man anti-tank machine, who is in turn flanked by ex-CIA agent Harry Brock who I'm sure has ice water and not blood in his veins. These characters are wonderful and I enjoy them the most in each of the books in this wonderful series. If you are fond of a good thriller with unstoppable action and numerous and threatening bad guys, you've got to read Alex Hawke, but from the beginning to get the full effect of the artistry of Mr. Ted Bell. He can write a thriller like no one else.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
Lacking the talent and...
Lacking the talent and steadiness of a Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, or even, god forgive me, a J. A. Konrath or Steve Berry, Ted Bell delivers a too-long story with an unrelatable lead character, a plot and story that's too odd even for this genre, and a conclusion that will leave no reader content. Not recommended. (Won through a First Reads giveaway.)
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars
Ted Bells Alex Hawke ...
Ted Bell's Alex Hawke series is nothing if not a study in how to write an excellent and believable thriller. Yes, Hawke is a larger than life, English billionaire who loves nothing better than going into battle under catastrophic odds. He's a statesman, a lover, a warrior, a black ops guru, and in this book a newly discovered son adds father to Hawke's list of personas. And he does everything else very well, but he finds the father role a much harder role to assume. This book has everything - a super computer, a wonderful sea battle, a search and destroy mission, and a stunt that happens in Russia that will have you laughing your head off. This stunt in Russia occurs when the wonderful Stokely Jones and his sidekick Harry Brock leave an unforgettable message for a group of very bad guys in Russia who have been operating outside the laws of Russia without impunity. I found the book a page-turner to be sure, but there were times when I had difficulty slogging through the computer jargon. James Bond pales in comparison to the irrerepressible Alex Hawke. And Bond doesn't have a Stokely Jones by his side-the one man anti-tank machine, who is in turn flanked by ex-CIA agent Harry Brock who I'm sure has ice water and not blood in his veins. These characters are wonderful and I enjoy them the most in each of the books in this wonderful series. If you are fond of a good thriller with unstoppable action and numerous and threatening bad guys, you've got to read Alex Hawke, but from the beginning to get the full effect of the artistry of Mr. Ted Bell. He can write a thriller like no one else.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
Lacking the talent and...
Lacking the talent and steadiness of a Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, or even, god forgive me, a J. A. Konrath or Steve Berry, Ted Bell delivers a too-long story with an unrelatable lead character, a plot and story that's too odd even for this genre, and a conclusion that will leave no reader content. Not recommended. (Won through a First Reads giveaway.)
Ted Bell's Alex Hawke series is nothing if not a study in how to write an excellent and believable thriller. Yes, Hawke is a larger than life, English billionaire who loves nothing better than going into battle under catastrophic odds. He's a statesman, a lover, a warrior, a black ops guru, and in this book a newly discovered son adds father to Hawke's list of personas. And he does everything else very well, but he finds the father role a much harder role to assume. This book has everything - a super computer, a wonderful sea battle, a search and destroy mission, and a stunt that happens in Russia that will have you laughing your head off. This stunt in Russia occurs when the wonderful Stokely Jones and his sidekick Harry Brock leave an unforgettable message for a group of very bad guys in Russia who have been operating outside the laws of Russia without impunity. I found the book a page-turner to be sure, but there were times when I had difficulty slogging through the computer jargon. James Bond pales in comparison to the irrerepressible Alex Hawke. And Bond doesn't have a Stokely Jones by his side-the one man anti-tank machine, who is in turn flanked by ex-CIA agent Harry Brock who I'm sure has ice water and not blood in his veins. These characters are wonderful and I enjoy them the most in each of the books in this wonderful series. If you are fond of a good thriller with unstoppable action and numerous and threatening bad guys, you've got to read Alex Hawke, but from the beginning to get the full effect of the artistry of Mr. Ted Bell. He can write a thriller like no one else.
Lacking the talent and steadiness of a Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, or even, god forgive me, a J. A. Konrath or Steve Berry, Ted Bell delivers a too-long story with an unrelatable lead character, a plot and story that's too odd even for this genre, and a conclusion that will leave no reader content. Not recommended. (Won through a First Reads giveaway.)

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Alex Hawke overcomes m...

Alex Hawke overcomes multiple adversaries in the techno-thriller. Fun story with a major sea battle.

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imaginative yet well w...

imaginative yet well within the realm of possibilities.

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Ted Bells Alex Hawke ...

Ted Bell's Alex Hawke series is nothing if not a study in how to write an excellent and believable thriller. Yes, Hawke is a larger than life, English billionaire who loves nothing better than going into battle under catastrophic odds. He's a statesman, a lover, a warrior, a black ops guru, and in this book a newly discovered son adds father to Hawke's list of personas. And he does everything else very well, but he finds the father role a much harder role to assume. This book has everything - a super computer, a wonderful sea battle, a search and destroy mission, and a stunt that happens in Russia that will have you laughing your head off. This stunt in Russia occurs when the wonderful Stokely Jones and his sidekick Harry Brock leave an unforgettable message for a group of very bad guys in Russia who have been operating outside the laws of Russia without impunity. I found the book a page-turner to be sure, but there were times when I had difficulty slogging through the computer jargon. James Bond pales in comparison to the irrerepressible Alex Hawke. And Bond doesn't have a Stokely Jones by his side-the one man anti-tank machine, who is in turn flanked by ex-CIA agent Harry Brock who I'm sure has ice water and not blood in his veins. These characters are wonderful and I enjoy them the most in each of the books in this wonderful series. If you are fond of a good thriller with unstoppable action and numerous and threatening bad guys, you've got to read Alex Hawke, but from the beginning to get the full effect of the artistry of Mr. Ted Bell. He can write a thriller like no one else.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Excellent novel!...

Excellent novel!

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This was a fairly inte...

This was a fairly interesting story... I think it makes a difference that I'm jumping into a series without having read the first six books. That being said, it was pretty well written and, for the most part, kept my attention. I was pleased with the character development, knowing that I was jumping into a series I knew nothing about. My only complaint, really, is that the ending kind of went on and on without being very interesting (to me). It built up to the end really well--the climax was great. I just felt a bit let-down by the rambling descriptions of the final scenes, fighting on boats. I think I got confused, towards the end, because all of a sudden, there were TONS of people milling about, and it kind of overwhelmed me. The final chapter or so were good again.... I may go back and check out the first books in the series....I should mention, I obtained this book, free, at the PLA Conference in Philly in 2012... it's an uncorrected proof copy. That's why I jumped into the series like that. Great way to introduce me to an author I've never even heard of before!


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