If there ever was a better Janes Bond, we have it in Alex Hawke. Born to privilege, best bud of Prince Charles (yes, that Price Charles), secret agent with a valet of wiles and ways of taking care of him. Alex has been absorbing all the alcohol in Bermuda and doing a grand job of it. Grief will do that to you and he has had more than his share after losing his fiancee and their unborn son a year ago. Pelham has all but given up on him when the call comes in the veritable middle of the night - there is a problem in England and Charles needs his assistance immediately. When Lord Mountbatten was assignated, everyone took the word of the IRA that they were behind it. Were they? Maybe not. When potshots were nearly taken at Harry in Afghanistan, who blew out the eye of the sharpshooter? Was it IRA again? And the biggie, Diana's death - it may not have been the press after all. When notes are left in places that no one should have been able to get into it was decided that it definitely was NOT the IRA but a assassin going by the name of "Pawn". Pawn has issues and wil not be denied his success at doing in the entire Royal Family, friends and anyone who gets in his way. Alex and crew are just as determined to stop him at any cost - even their lives if need be. This was my first Alex Hawke novel and my first Ted Bell book. What a treat! Not only does the author make use of current events, he ties it all up in royal purple cords and leads us into the fray. The characters were splendid and very British which was wonderful. Bravo Mr. Bell! Coming to you November, 2010.
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"Hawke is...strong, shrewd and savvy, with an aplomb not seen since James Bond tore up the pages of Ian Fleming's novels....Warlord stands tall....A first rate thriller."
--National Public Radio
Thriller fiction of the highest order, Warlord by Ted Bell returns British-American MI6 counterterrorism operative Alex Hawke to the field, as he races to stop a plot to murder Great Britian's royal family. This latest spellbinding installment in the New York Times bestselling series is filled with twists and turns, shocks and surprises, ever-escalating peril and ingenious spycraft. Warlord "puts a capital A in adventure" (Madison County Herald) and offers further proof why Ted Bell deserves his position on the A-list along with Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, and Daniel Silva.
Alex Hawke Novels
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Warlord: A New Alex Hawke Novel
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This is a great thrill...
This is a great thriller with a tight plot and believable characters (both the bad and the good guys). I love Ted Bell's Alex Hawke series and eagerly await each new book. This book starts with Hawke trying to drink himself to death in Bermuda after he has lost his fiance and unborn son. The book takes us all over the world. First to England, then Northern Ireland, Miami, Florida, and high in the mountains and caves in Pakistan. That is part of the fun of these books-we travel all over the world. Also, we have the wonderful Hawke, a modern-day swashbuckler with unlimited skills in the spying and killing game. Then there is Harry Brock-the foul-mouthed CIA agent who totally lacks fear and who can shoot anything under any circumstances. Then the wonderful Stokely Jones, the big-as-a-tank black ex- Navy seal who is Hawke's right hand man and just the type of man you want with you in the tight situations. And there are lots of bad guys throughout, some more visible than others, but this is the world of spying after all. And in this book we have real-life royals as well - Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and his sons. Really, really good fun and I couldn't put it down.
If James Bond had a yo...
If James Bond had a younger brother it definitely would be Alex Hawke. This being my first experience with Ted Bell's writing, I must say that I was extremely impressed with this book. It definitely reminds me of reading Ian Fleming. This book is due out in November and I would suggest that you put this book on your "To Read in 2010" list. I know I will be ordering Ted Bell's backlist soon.
Another terrific entry...
Another terrific entry in the Alex Hawke series. The action moves from Hawke in a year long drunken stupor following the killing of his pregnant fiance, to the UK where he is asked to help his long time friend Prince Charles and family who has been targeted for assassination by an unknown force. At the same time terrorist bombing in the U.S. are being investigated by Hawke's friends Stokely and Harry. Of course they all come together for fire fights in the mountains of Afghanistan against an Osam Bin Ladin wannabe and later at Balmoral Castle in Scotland where the entire royal family is being held hostage by terrorists. Lots of action and a well written book make for an enjoyable read.
I liked this latest in...
I liked this latest installment of the Alex Hawke series but, not as much as some of the earlier ones. I guess I'm getting tired of the terrorist story lines that seem to be populsr the last few years. However, I do enjoy the other characters that seem to always be ther to help Hawke when he gets into trouble. What is revealed in the epilogue should keep readers waiting for the next installment of the Hawke series to be published.
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