Alex Hawke overcomes multiple adversaries in the techno-thriller. Fun story with a major sea battle.
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“[Hawke is] a secret agent who takes you into the danger zone with a ballsy wit that had me hooked.”
“Ted Bell puts a capital A in adventure….Commander Bond might choke on his martini next to Bell’s superlative Alex Hawke.”
—Madison County Herald
Ted Bell’s remarkable literary creation, counterspy Alex Hawke, has been called, “strong, shrewd, and savvy, with an aplomb not seen since James Bond” (NPR). He’s back in the explosive blockbuster Phantom, on a breathtaking hunt for a madman about to unleash a terrifying new Artificial Intelligence-powered super weapon on the world. Another superb espionage thriller by a true, New York Times bestselling master of the fictional spy game, Bell’s Phantom explores a dark side of science while delivering non-stop action, as Hawke races across the globe in order to prevent a coming apocalypse—and the millions of fans of Bell’s Warlord, Tsar, and Spy will be breathless every perilous step along the way.Phantom - eBook
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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.
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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