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Warriors (Alex Hawke Series #8)

Warriors (Alex Hawke Series #8)

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by Ted Bell

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Dashing counterspy Alex Hawke must rescue a kidnapped American scientist as the United States and China move dangerously close to all-out nuclear war in this adrenaline-fueled thriller in the New York Times bestselling series that combines the hallmarks of Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, Ian Fleming, and Daniel Silva.

When an elderly professor at


Dashing counterspy Alex Hawke must rescue a kidnapped American scientist as the United States and China move dangerously close to all-out nuclear war in this adrenaline-fueled thriller in the New York Times bestselling series that combines the hallmarks of Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, Ian Fleming, and Daniel Silva.

When an elderly professor at Cambridge is murdered, a victim of bizarre, ancient Chinese torture, Alex Hawke teams up with his Scotland Yard colleague and friend Inspector Ambrose Congreve to find the killer. But the death is only the opening move in a tense and lethal game of geopolitical brinksmanship.

In the United States the president has begun behaving strangely. Is his mental health deteriorating—or is there something far more sinister behind his questionable moves? The answer is crucial, for tensions are mounting between China, North Korea, and the U.S. And China has launched fighter jets and a mega submarine vastly more sophisticated than any seen before—military technology that leapfrogs anything the U.S. and Great Britain possess.

With the situation edging toward an unthinkable abyss, Hawke must pull off his most daring mission yet: infiltrate the China and neutralize the source of their advantage . . . or risk witnessing World War III.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
China seeks to rule the world in bestseller Bell’s entertaining eighth novel featuring MI6 super-agent Alex Hawke (after 2012’s Phantom). For five years, a Chinese military unit under the command of Gen. Sun-Yat Moon, “someone capable of unspeakable cruelty,” has held Dr. William Lincoln Chase, “the legendary American scientist and Nobel laureate,” on Xinbu Island in the South China Sea. Chase is the genius behind the Centurion Submariner Project, which has produced an unmanned submersible vessel capable of launching 40 long-range nuclear missiles. To ensure Chase’s cooperation, his wife and children are held hostage in a North Korean death camp. Hawke and his team set out to rescue Chase and family, and deal with the Chinese threat. Silly prose aside (e.g., “He had it in for people who starved, tortured and murdered children”), this is a thrilling ride that even includes a cameo appearance by the current Queen of England. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (Apr.)
“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.”
James Patterson
“Alex Hawke is the new James Bond. Ted Bell is the new Clive Cussler.”
Vince Flynn
“A secret agent who takes you into the danger zone with a ballsy wit that had me hooked.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Bell knows how to build a plot that moves at breakneck speed.”
Madison County Herald
“Ted Bell puts a capital A in adventure.”
“The sheer scope of this high-concept thriller, and the well-placed shocks throughout, make it Bell’s best effort to date. A perfect tale for fans of plot-driven action-adventure and, especially, for the Cussler crowd.”
 Madison County Herald
“Ted Bell puts a capital A in adventure.”
Rush Limbaugh
Warriors, [is] impossible to put down. . . . It’s really expansive, great reading. If you like spy, espionage, mystery-thriller stuff, you cannot get a better book.”
Kirkus Reviews
Bell's Warriors is the eighth Alex Hawke thriller, and it's fun in its own fast-moving, quirky way. Lord Alexander Hawke is a stunningly handsome and rich Brit whose hobby seems to be saving the world. He's admired by the queen and presidents alike. So when U.S. President Tom McCloskey drops dead from a poisoned birthday cake, his funeral is attacked by drones, and a new Chinese regime rattles its sabers, who're you gonna call? In fact, it's a while before Hawke is fully woven into the plot, which bounces from the U.S. to Britain to China to North Korea and the oceans in between. His personal life figures into the story, including his sexual escapades, his love for his young son and the perils of giving the nanny the weekend off. Then the American scientist William Lincoln Chase is kidnapped by the North Koreans, since he's the only person in the world with the know-how to create a weapon that will change the global balance of power. The "Norks" know exactly how to force Chase to create that weapon, and they will waste no time bringing civilization (i.e. the U.S. and Britain) to its knees. Clearly, this is a job for Lord Hawke and his handpicked band of warriors. They are jaunty types who, as they land on a darkened beach for a risky exfiltration, manage time for humor. When a team member wonders if the mission will turn into a Chinese version of Little Big Horn, Hawke replies, "I ain't no Custer, Stokely Jones." Meanwhile, in England, the "world-famous criminalist" Ambrose Congreve defends Hawke's son against beastly black birds with a James Bond–ian brolly worthy of MI6's Q. Near the end, a villain exclaims, "Then bring me the head of Alexander Hawke!" Really, there's no need. When we finish enjoying Warriors, just bring us Hawke's next lively adventure.

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Meet the Author

Ted Bell, former writer-in-residence at Cambridge University, was 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 Warriors, Phantom, Warlord, Tsar, Spy, Pirate, Assassin, and Hawke, along with two YA adventure novels.

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MSMI6 More than 1 year ago
While I am a fan of Lord Alexander Hawke, I cannot say the same for the writing style of Ted Bell.  This is by far the worst written book in the series (I've read them all), and stands a good chance to win a razzie award, should they ever give one out for writing.  I purchased the digital "Nook" copy, but I would not be shocked to find the print version was written in purple crayon. I have always found the Bell's previous Hawke works to be somewhat amateurish, but this one reeks more of ineptitude.  Fans of the hit tv series, The Office may be pleased, as I am almost certain that Bell wrote the screenplay for Michael Scott's thriller, Threat Level Midnight.  Perhaps if nothing else, it will leave you with a feeling of nostalgia instead of remorse for having supported this abomination of literature.  Finally, the dialog is forced, contrived, and in my opinion a tad bit offensive.  Bell insists that his characters embody every stereotype of their nationality and creed to an absolute fault, which gives this book a very juvenile feel to it.  I have honestly witnessed more convincing dialog watching a grade school production of A Christmas Carol.  Imagine a seven year old "Ebenezer Scrooge" trying not to giggle at the sight of his classmate, a snickering Bob Cratchit, expressing his love for Tiny Tim and you will have a much clearer understanding of human intricacies and emotional depth than you will from the characters in this book. That being said, I did buy the book...and I'll probably buy the next one.  Alex Hawke is as cool as the other side of the pillow, and I'd like to see what he does next.  I just hope Bell put forth more effort in his writing that Hawke has to in order to get laid.  For Hawke it is easy...for Bell it may take a bit of work.
CTC1 More than 1 year ago
I've been a big fan of this author since the first Alex Hawke book.  That's why it's so difficult to write this review... The book stinks.   The author refers to Alex Hawke's body so often in gushing terms that I think I grabbed gay porn by mistake.   The story itself is so disjointed that it becomes a chore to follow along and believe me, it is not worth the effort. I used to look forward to his new books but right now I don't think that I would buy another. I'm that disappointed. It reminds me of when Clancy began to "mail it in".  Bell's certainly no Clancy but hopefully you get the point. Please don't waste your money.  You'll kick yourself if you do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ted Bell keeps Alex Hawke relevant, effective, and a wonderful hero in today's current fictional world.
mr1sheet More than 1 year ago
As a longtime fan of Ted Bell's writing and his creation Alexander Hawke, I was unbelievably disappointed with this particular book. The writing was disjointed and plot points that were set up disregarded. The plot and characters didn't even jell till halfway through. A very frustrating experience.
ReaderCyn7 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Ted Bell's novels and he always finds a storyline to keep you turning pages. Reading the new adventures of his characters, Alex Hawke, Inspector Cosgrove, and Stokely Jones is like checking in with old friends. I always enjoy Ted Bell's books and look forward to reading the next book in the series. Great execiting read relating to present day global players. Hope and wish there are real warriors in our governments to "Save the Day".
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I have to say Ted Bell has grown as a writer in every new volume of Alexander Hawke adventures! And this is as it should be the newest of 8 is the best so far!
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TopShelfNook More than 1 year ago
Ted Bell is just a master of writing political thrillers. I stumbled upon the Hawke series a few months ago and have devoured all eight books and I can't wait for number nine. Great stories, wonderful characters, just the right amount of technical jargon and Hawkes' sex life to keep it spicy. The language is wonderful with the perfect British phrasing and Stokeley Jones' New York slang. Bell pulls off the almost impossible task of giving us a character in Hawke that has it all, can do it all and is still humble and likable. I enjoy spending time with all of these characters. Some readers quibble with some small points like Bell's rather loose treatment of Hawkes age and historical timeline. Who cares? It's fiction folks and bloody good fiction at that!
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