Warlord (Alex Hawke Series #6)

Warlord (Alex Hawke Series #6)

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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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On, yo.
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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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