Patriot (Alex Hawke Series #9)

Patriot (Alex Hawke Series #9)

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by Ted Bell

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Intelligence officer Alex Hawke takes on power-hungry Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is wielding a terrifying new weapon, in the latest adrenaline-fueled thriller in Ted Bell’s New York Times bestselling series.

In corrupt Russia, an erratic Vladimir Putin is determined to forge his country into a formidable superpower once again. He intends


Intelligence officer Alex Hawke takes on power-hungry Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is wielding a terrifying new weapon, in the latest adrenaline-fueled thriller in Ted Bell’s New York Times bestselling series.

In corrupt Russia, an erratic Vladimir Putin is determined to forge his country into a formidable superpower once again. He intends to redraw the map of Europe, and will go to impossible extremes to realize his fantasies—including shooting down a civilian airliner packed with tourists bound for China. Kremlin scientists have developed a radical new weapon that could forever alter modern warfare. NATO, locked in a tense standoff over Ukraine, Poland, and Estonia, knows Putin will not hesitate to use it. But there is one man who can bring the world back from the brink: Britain’s foremost intelligence asset, Lord Alexander Hawke.

The intrepid MI6 officer’s latest challenge begins in the Gulf of Aden and soon has him searching for the link to a series of bizarre assassinations. Spies are dying all over the world—from London, Washington, D.C., and Maine, to Moscow, and even the glittering Cote d’Azur. In the murky world of counterterrorism and high-stakes intrigue, the odds have never been higher. Once again, Alex Hawke must save the world . . . one bullet at a time.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Benjamin Percy
I enjoyed the high-octane ride…This novel is a lot of fun, an Ian Fleming-esque romp of a spy thriller…Hawke's world is ours, with the volume turned up.
Publishers Weekly
A secret mission in Cuba goes awry in the prologue of bestseller Bell’s fast-paced ninth Alexander Hawke thriller (after 2014’s Warriors), but the MI6 agent (and sixth richest man in England) and his pal Stokely Jones, a former Navy SEAL, manage to fight their way to safety. Soon Hawke is back in his Bermuda home, Teakettle Cottage, enjoying his favorite libation, Gosling’s rum. Meanwhile, Brett “Beau” Beauregard, a retired U.S. Army colonel who runs a private security company, orders his minions to target agents he believes have wronged him in the past. One of Beauregard’s men goes after Hawke in Bermuda, and the ensuing battle nearly destroys Teakettle Cottage. Vladimir Putin, who saved Hawke’s life in an earlier book, plays a role that ricochets back and forth between friend and foe. The villain who runs down the CIA director’s pet dog gets her just reward. Better than any writer in the thriller genre, Bell mashes up old-fashioned boys’ adventure with modern military action. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Even as spies are being assassinated worldwide, from London to Maine to the Côte d'Azur, NATO and Russia are squaring off over the fate of Ukraine, Poland, and Estonia, and everyone west of Moscow is worrying that the Russians will haul out some game-changing new weapons that Kremlin scientists have reportedly developed. Thank goodness legendary MI6 officer Lord Alexander Hawke is on the case. A follow-up to Warriors.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2015-07-14
A rip-roaring thriller wherein the hero must protect both his son and the free world from an erstwhile friend. Lord (and Commander) Alexander Hawke is a superrich British warrior whose life Vladimir Putin once saved in prison, establishing a friendship that puts them on Alex-Volodya terms. Over drinks, Putin informs Hawke that the Russians have invented a completely new and powerful explosive, Feuerwasser, which looks just like water—or vodka. Soon it's clear Putin will use this fearsome fluid to intimidate the world and reassert the glory of the old USSR. "He used a thimbleful to vaporize a huge sunken Russian freighter," Hawke says. Hawke decides to help stop the aggression, but the bad guys know his vulnerability—if they kidnap his 6-year-old son, Alexei, they can neutralize Hawke. Alas for Putin, he mustn't have read the author's Warriors, or he would have realized how tough it is to harm Hawke's child. Along the way are colorful characters Crystal Methenny, a vile siren who has cleavage to die for; Spider Payne, an ex-CIA operative gone bad; and Uncle Joe, a Stalin look-alike. Good guys Ambrose Congreve and Stokely Jones are back, perhaps for the duration of the series, although once again fealty to Hawke proves unhealthful for some. Fans of Ian Fleming's novels will love Hawke, even if he's not quite as over-the-top as James Bond. But when Hawke wonders "how the hell to stop a megalomaniac with a weapon like this," his doubt doesn't linger. "Here we go again," he quickly decides. "Alex Hawke, saving the world, one madman at a time," and the English-speaking world knows it can sleep well at night. Loaded with action and driven by a man of improbably admirable qualities, this adventure is a great escape from reality.
New York Times Book Review
“Ted Bell’s PATRIOT is the ninth in his Alex Hawke series - and the only one I’ve read - but it felt like a perfect entry point, and I enjoyed the high-octane ride enough that I’ll seek out some of the earlier installments… [It’s] a polar vortex of storytelling.”
Suspense Magazine
“Lord Alex Hawke is back, and better than ever. . . . Loaded with action and terrific characters, this story allows readers an escape from real life, while they take a wild ride with ‘Hawke & Company.’”
Booklist on Patriot
“A compelling thriller . . . Readers who enjoy their spy fiction in which the world seems to be teetering on its axis have another author to add to their reading lists.”

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Alex Hawke Series , #9
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6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

Ted Bell is the former chairman of the board and worldwide creative director of Young & Rubicam, one of the world's largest advertising agencies. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Phantom, Warlord, Hawke, Assassin, Pirate, Spy, and Tsar, as well as two YA adventure novels. Bell writes on an island off the coast of Maine.

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Patriot 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From page one to the last, Ted Bell gives another great book in a fantastic series on the British spy Alexander Hawke!
Anonymous 4 months ago
First 8 books are excellent. This one is a poorly written, attempt at, a love novel. Sorry, Hawke is no longer in my future reads.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
This author never disappoints...
P38Lightning More than 1 year ago
I have just checked both the paper and ebook copies of this title "The Patriot". Chapters 2-15 are taken directly from the previous novella by Ted Bell entitled "What Comes Around" with the addition of one more line at the end of Chapter 15. This appears to be by the author's design rather than a misprint. So for those "Alex Hawke" fans out there, once you have finished reading the prologue and Chapter 1 and then start Chapter 2 and find yourself thinking "I have read this before" you are not delusional. Simply keep going and all will once again be well upon arriving at Chapter 16! Since Ted Bell has not done this before, I have no idea if "What Comes Around" was intended to be a significant portion of "The Patriot" or if it was used as plausible filler to expand the length of the book. It is a bit of a mystery! BTW, the 14 chapters mentioned represent 17% of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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