Phantom (Alex Hawke Series #7)

Phantom (Alex Hawke Series #7)

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by Ted Bell, John Shea
     
 

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A Russian sub in the Caribbean is seized by a mysterious “force” that causes it to sink an American cruise ship.

American anti-ballistic missiles inexplicably explode in their silos.

A USAF F-15 escorting a VIP aboard another plane suddenly launches sidewinder missiles at the very aircraft it was meant to protect.

Counterspy Alex Hawke and his MI6

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Overview

A Russian sub in the Caribbean is seized by a mysterious “force” that causes it to sink an American cruise ship.

American anti-ballistic missiles inexplicably explode in their silos.

A USAF F-15 escorting a VIP aboard another plane suddenly launches sidewinder missiles at the very aircraft it was meant to protect.

Counterspy Alex Hawke and his MI6 colleague Ambrose Congreve are called in to find out who and what is behind these events—and why. But even these seasoned operatives are frightened by what they discover. Someone has created the world’s first ultra-intelligent machine—a superweapon that could shift the geopolitical balance.

In a hunt that takes them from Palo Alto, California to Vladimir Putin’s mega-yacht in the Mediterranean, to Moscow and Cambridge University, Hawke and Congreve move closer to unmasking the diabolical scientist behind this new weapon, a brilliant expert in artificial intelligence with deep ties to Tehran. In a climactic showdown in the Persian Gulf, Hawke will engage in an epic battle with Iranian warships and go nose to nose with an enemy unlike any he’s fought before . . . an enemy that isn’t even human—it’s superhuman.

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Editorial Reviews

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.)
Newbern Sun Journal on Phantom
Phantom is a book you may not want to put down. . . . Hawke is the protagonist of this novel, and he is as cool a customer as this reviewer has run across for some time.
Iron Mountain Daily News on Phantom
“A thoroughly enjoyable spy novel . . . warm weather makes one want to dive into the summer beachside books and Ted Bell’s Phantom is a great start.”
Suspense Magazine on Phantom
“This is a scary book . . . Bell never lets up on the action in this very well written tale. . . . I had to pause to take a breath before seeing what came next.”
The Mystery Gazette on Phantom
“A terrific nonstop action tale . . . Gripping from the vivid Disney World disaster until the final confrontation with a brilliant Phantom.”
Booklist on Phantom
“[Hawke’s] most personal mission yet. . . . the story is tense and exciting. A perfect read for Clive Cussler fans.”
NPR on Warlord
“Hawke is . . . strong, shrewd and savvy, with an aplomb not seen since James Bond. In other words, Bond, eat your heart out . . . there’s a new spy in town.
Rankin Ledger on Phantom
“As enlightening as it is scary. . . . Ted Bell packs so many action-amped scenarios into Alex Hawke’s seventh adventure, it’s so often hard to catch one’s breath. If you crave spy thrills with a Bond on steroids, visit the bloody British world of Ted Bell’s Alex Hawke.”
Library Journal - Audio
The seventh installment in Bell's Alex Hawke series finds the globetrotting British agent attempting to foil an Iranian computer genius who has lost control of the world's most powerful supercomputer. The machine is enlarging its computing capacity on its own and has the capability of taking over other machines—including weapons—giving it the potential to wipe out humanity. While Hawke and American and fellow British agents rush to prevent worldwide destruction, he also battles Russian gangsters bent on killing him, his son, and Russia's president. VERDICT This fast-paced, over-the-top adventure story possesses enough action and colorful characters to hold the listener's attention. Veteran reader John Shea masterfully narrates this wild tale. Recommended for Bell fans and others who like the genre. ["Hawke's seventh adventure (after Warlord) is an action-packed technothriller.... As usual, Bell keeps the tone light and the level of derring-do high," read the review of the Morrow hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 2/3/12.—Ed.]—Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib.
Kirkus Reviews
Strange disasters are occurring around the world. These disasters include the unexplained explosion of ABM missiles in their silos in Alaska and the unlikely sinking of a U.S. cruise ship by a Russian submarine in the Caribbean. The supervillain behind the mishaps is a monolithic supercomputer called Perseus, which sits 2001-like beneath the Persian Gulf. In his latest fanciful globetrotting adventure featuring British counterintelligence star Alex Hawke, Bell (Warlord, 2010, etc.) projects a future in which Artificial Intelligence has advanced to the point where its human creators can only hope to contain it. In fact, Perseus' increasingly nervous quadriplegic inventor, Dr. Darius Saffari, who answers to the government of Iran, can only pretend to control his creation anymore. The world is at risk. Before Hawke can short-circuit the evil black tower, he must survive a dangerous personal mission in Siberia to rescue his true love Anastasia, long thought dead. In a previous adventure, he killed an old-style imperialist ruler embraced as the new Tsar. Here, vengeful soldiers who remain loyal to the Tsar target both Hawke and Alexei, the 3-year-old son he never knew he had.

A long novel that is short on suspense but still keeps the reader involved with its charmingly unflappable hero and narrative quirks, as well as the ease with which it unfolds on multiple continents, on land and sea and in air.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441891341
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Series:
Alex Hawke Series, #7
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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