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Warlord (Alex Hawke Series #6)
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Warlord (Alex Hawke Series #6)

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by Ted Bell, John Shea (Read by)

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Counterspy Alexander Hawke races to stop a madman hell-bent on murdering the British royal family in this latest spellbinding action thriller in Ted Bell's New York Times bestselling series.

Alex Hawke has all but given up on life. The British-American MI6 counterterrorism operative lost the woman he loved almost a year ago and has sought refuge at the bottom of


Counterspy Alexander Hawke races to stop a madman hell-bent on murdering the British royal family in this latest spellbinding action thriller in Ted Bell's New York Times bestselling series.

Alex Hawke has all but given up on life. The British-American MI6 counterterrorism operative lost the woman he loved almost a year ago and has sought refuge at the bottom of a rum bottle ever since. But late one night at his home on Bermuda, he receives a wake-up call . . . literally.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles, an old friend, desperately needs his help. The prince has discovered a not-so-subtle threat directed toward the British royal family. What's more, the evidence reveals an ominous connection to Charles's god-father, Lord Mountbatten—the beloved family patriarch assassinated by an ingeniously designed bomb thirty years before. A shadowy figure from the past has the British crown in his sights, and has proven once before that his warnings are not to be taken lightly. Several clues point to IRA involvement, but the authorities have little to go on and answers are scarce. This is just the call to duty Hawke needs to get back into action—if the madman doesn't strike first.

Alex Hawke, one of the most dashing and compelling action heroes in all of thriller fiction, faces his most formidable challenge yet in Warlord, a gripping, white-knuckled adventure told with verve and swashbuckling panache by a master of the art.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bell's fine sixth thriller featuring swashbuckling British spy Alex Hawke mixes action and suspense with just the right amount of humor and old-fashioned boys-book adventure. Hawke, who's been feeling suicidal since a personal tragedy in his last outing (Tsar), snaps out of his depression and back into secret agent mode after receiving a phone call from his old pal, His Royal Highness, the prince of Wales. Someone is targeting the British royal family for assassination, starting years earlier with Charles's uncle, Lord Mountbatten. All clues point to the IRA and the mysterious killer known as Mr. Smith. Meanwhile, a terrorist organization, Sword of Allah, has joined forces with the Taliban and al-Qaeda and is carrying out a string of devastating bombings across the globe designed to establish a worldwide caliphate. Thriller readers looking for an unabashed romp with a patriotic heart and a smart take on modern-day terrorism will be amply rewarded. 6-city author tour. (Sept.)
“With a style that feels more like Trevanian than Ian Fleming (but is imitative of neither, the Hawke novels are full of danger and derringdo, but they’re written in a light, breezy tone.... A thrilling adventure yarn that’s a guaranteed winner.”
National Examiner
“[An] edge-of-your-seat thriller.... A smart take on modern-day terrorism.”
Madison County Herald on Warlord
“Ted Bell puts a capital A in adventure. . . . Warlord will bowl you over with a level of excitement rarely read in today’s spy novel. Commander Bond might choke on his martini next to Ted Bell’s superlative Alex Hawke series.”
Library Journal
Lord Alexander Hawke (Tsar), in the doldrums over the death of his pregnant fiancée, springs into action when Prince Charles calls to say the British Royal Family is in mortal danger. The enemy appears to be a serial-killing government insider responsible for the assassination of Lord Mountbatten three decades earlier, Lady Diana's death in Paris, and numerous other disasters in England. Meanwhile, his team in the States, ex-Navy SEAL Stokely Jones and CIA field agent Harry Brock, combats a rising threat posed by the Sword of Allah, a unified Taliban, and al-Qaeda command, which aim to gain control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. In this dire situation, can Lord Hawke lock down those missiles? Can Stokes and Brock stop U.S. prisons from becoming madrassa hothouses? Can anyone save us from a worldwide caliphate and stop those "criminal-coddling nannies up in Washington"? VERDICT Bell's sixth Alex Hawke thriller lacks political sophistication, adhering to the headlines in a way that seems preachy and uninspired. The multiple plotlines do not cohere, and the muted élan vital will disappoint some readers. Still, series fans and those who admire Glenn Beck may find the novel's doomsday themes appealing. Readers who want a more accurate picture of Islamic terrorism should read Michael Gruber's The Good Son. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/10.]—Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson
Kirkus Reviews

From Bell (Nick of Time, 2008, etc.),a James Bondish adventure brought up to date with Middle Eastern terrorists, Russian baddies and assorted other denizens of evil empires around the world.

Alex Hawke is a modern type, but not so modern that he's given up smoking—or, even if he does read Susan Sontag, that he'sbecome new-agesensitive. He's a reader and a thinker, a veteran of British intelligence and a counterterrorism expert of renown. He also bears the burdens of grief. As Bell tells us in a slightly hamfisted bit of exposition, Alex's parents had been killed "at the hands of drug pirates when the boy was but seven" (which, doing the numbers, would put those drug pirates well ahead of the curve). To top that off, Alex's true love has fallen victim to the endless struggle between good and evil—or, as he puts it: "My heart's in the grave." By rights he should be a basket case, but then comes a call from old pal Prince Charles (yes, that Prince Charles), who informs him that the bloke or blokes who did in his uncle Dickie Mountbatten are back, threatening to repeat their dastardly acts on Charles and his progeny. The plot thickens, involving a small army of walk-on characters, some from real life (think Princess Di and Dodi Fayed) and some from an ample supply of stock characters (for one, an all-wise, ever-patient manservant). Though many genre conventions are well in place, Bell has fun with his tale, allowing Hawke enough opportunities for mayhem and carnage as to embarrass the murderous James Bond of Quantum of Solace—as when, for instance, he dispatches a terrorist, "little more than a boy,"by slicing him apart with an assault knife. That's exactly in character, and exactly what the situation called for.

A meaty, entertaining thriller, sometimes predictable, more often not—just the thing for fans of Ludlum, Trevanian and Fleming.

Product Details

Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
Alex Hawke Series , #6
Edition description:
Unabridged, 1 MP3-CD, 16 hrs. 52 min.
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(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 Hawke, Assassin, Pirate, Spy, and Tsar. He is also the author of a series of young adult adventure novels Nick of Time and The Time Pirate. He lives in Florida and Colorado.

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Warlord 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 146 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Prior to his last mission, British spy Alex Hawke met Russian artist Anastasia Korsakova on a Bermuda beach while on R&R. He falls in love with her, but his case inside the New Russia puts him against her father Count Ivan Korsakov. While he completed the mission, his beloved Anastasia dies (see Tsar). Almost a year later, Hawke remains depressed with his only companion a bottle of rum that rarely numbs the pain inside his heart. He wants nothing to do with the espionage game until his royal friend Prince Charles begs him to help as someone threatens to assassinate the Royal family. Normally one to ignore such intimidation, Charles explains that somehow the culprit left a tome with a signature identical to the one belonging to his late uncle, Lord Mountbatten, who was murdered three decades ago. Hawke leaves Bermuda for London to begin his search for the mysterious killer. At the same time the Sword of Allah unites with the Taliban and al-Qaeda to form an evil alliance terrorizing the world. The latest Hawke espionage thriller is an exhilarating tale that combines news headlines with the historical killing of Lord Mountbatten inside a super spy tale. Hawke's battle with suicidal depression feels real as he lost his love while killing her father so has welcomed a Russian death squad since he returned home to Bermuda. Now, only a special case called in by the Prince of Wales can get him back on the job and out of his crippling grief. Once in London, he reverts to Hawke super counter espionage agent. Warlord is a fabulous action-packed entry, but it is the fight within the hero's soul that makes it special. Harriet Klausner
theoriginalpurpledragon More than 1 year ago
Warlord by Ted Bell This is my second Ted Bell Book. This is in the adult as opposed to young adult genre. This is a thriller right off of the pages of the newspaper (or nytimes.com). The British Royal Family is threatened by terrorists and a shell shocked, combat fatigued Alex Hawke is called in to save the day. This book is a medley of rock and roll action. This is a fun read. Alex Hawke makes James Bond look like a girl scout. His pal Stokely is intimidating even on paper. The characterizations were colorful and entertaining. Action was pretty much non-stop. The mysterious Smith was truly evil personified. I liked the back story use, it gave the characters more depth. The use of contemporary personages made the book more believable. Conspiracy buffs will revel in it's contents and conjectures. Bell painted Alex's despair very well. It was easy to wallow in his grief. Loyalty and honor are too often ignored in modern novels, Bell captured both. I highly recommend the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
have enjoyed all of the other Ted Bell / Alex Hawke books. eagerly awaited this one. It just doesn't flow as smoothly as the other books in this series. i knew who the "bad guy" was the minute he was introduced. No surprises
KenCady More than 1 year ago
When you have read many of Ted Bell's other novels, you will find that Warlord does not carry the same weight that they do. Which isn't to say it is not a good read, just not the read you were anticipating. So much of the story is implausible that the reader has to roll the eyes one time too many, and Bell can write better than that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Storytelling sometimes takes a back seat in the thriller genre. Not in this new book by Ted Bell. You are literally swept away from the first page onward. And the characters are all deeply developed, even the secondary figures who add humor and wit. It's simply a fine novel, and the fact that the villain is not revealed until the very end keeps you on the edge of your seat. The scenes in Paris with Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed are riveting. Great stuff. Get it, you won't be sorry.
K8lvsDn More than 1 year ago
I was thoroughly on the edge of my seat!! I cant wait for Alex to go rescue his family!!
Nemisis More than 1 year ago
You'll have to suspend more than belief to get through this. Characters (even the 'real' ones) are almost completely unbelievable... more like a 'grown up' version of a Harry Potter adventure... readable but disappointing.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Wasted. That's the only way to describe the way we first find our favorite British spy in Ted Bell's exciting sixth Alex Hawke adventure. After all, what could one expect from even the strongest, most disciplined of men when he's lost everything that had any meaning for him? In Alex's words, "My parents were murdered before my eyes when I was seven years old. I met a wonderful woman, the first I'd ever wanted to marry. She died in my arms on the steps of the chapel where we'd just been wed." Then as he puts it "The truly unbelievable happened - he fell in love again and they were to be married, but she died carrying his child, a son. Alex no longer wants to right wrongs or defend the innocent; he simply wants to die and is choosing to kill himself with alcohol and cigarettes. That is until he received a middle of the night phone call from Prince Charles. The two men have been friends since boyhood, and now Charles asks Alex to return to England because the royal family is in danger, all of them Charles, his mother, Wills, Harry. Threats have been made in notes signed by The Pawn. Charles believes the threat to his family is from the IRA, those responsible for killing of Lord Mountbatten in 1979. Of course, Alex promises to be in England as soon as possible. Once there he'll be joined in tracking the would-be killer or killers by his good friend Ambrose Congreve. Former Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard. Readers of Hawke books know this is an estimable pair. They're more than challenged when the chase also involves trying to find a missing nuke in the wilds of Afghanistan. The challenges before him are the best medicine Hawke could find unless, of course, he dies in the process. As is his wont Bell serves healthy bits of humor with his suspense. Plus he adds great doses of realism with information gathered when he participated in a special ops program sponsored by the Secretary of Defense. WARLORD is compelling adventure led by a one-of-a-kind thriller fiction hero. Alex Hawke leads the pack. - Enjoy. - Gail Cooke
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PainFrame More than 1 year ago
If you have charm, by all means ooze it. The sixth Alex Hawke novel, and one which I couldn’t help but approach with a little trepidation. How could this book possibly compare with the previous in the series (Tsar) which I love so much? Not only that, buy how could our poor Alex Hawke possibly recover from such an ordeal? Well of course I needn’t have worried overmuch. Between steadfast Pelham, good old Congreve, and Ted Bell himself, Alex didn’t really have much of a chance of staying down for long. Although that is not to say that Alex is back to being his old self, how could he be? One of the things I most admire about this series is how the characters wear their scars forever. This isn’t just another adventure, but a continuing narrative, and even though Alex finds a way to soldier on, he’s a changed man. Although this story can’t quite compete emotionally with the previous, it’s still a rousing entry and a solid tale spun by a master.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too far fetched and implausible. Liked his other books, but not this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Bell's first five Alex Hawke novels but read some of the reviews of Warlord and it sounded like he had run out of steam on this one. I AM SO GLAD I DIDN'T LISTEN TO THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS! THIS BOOK IS WONDERFUL! On to book 7 for me.
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I have always wanted to join Duke and i did. I will show you my 2012 NCAA basketball tournament. "In the Midwest region we have a 1# seed Duke to face a 16# seed Providence." I was shocked we made it in as a 1# seed in the midwest we had suffered a terrible loss against NDS (North Dakota St) we were ranked 9th in the nation. I get prepared for the tournament game i hope to win it all. I will win it all. (How did i do i know some ponies don't know their basketball but if i did well i will continue -Nitro)
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An entertaining casual diversion.
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Very good read.
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