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Pirate: A Thriller (Alexander Hawke Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Ted Bell
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In Ted Bell's scorching follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Assassin, intrepid intelligence operative Alex Hawke must thwart a secret, deadly alliance between China and France before they annihilate everything and everyone in their headlong rush toward world domination.
Aboard the Star of Shanghai in the south of France, an American spy is held captive. He possesses vital, explosive intelligence linking two nations and one horrifying plot. If he is not rescued, he faces certain torture and inevitable death. Nearby, in a seaside hotel, a man still haunted by the loss of his wife two years earlier finds comfort in the arms of a beautiful Chinese actress--but is she to be trusted? So begins Pirate, an electrifying thriller marking the return of international counterterrorist Alex Hawke. In Paris, a ruthless descendant of Napoleon has risen to power, hell-bent on restoring France's former glory. His fiery ambitions are cynically stoked by a coterie of cold-blooded Mandarins, plotting behind the gates of Beijing's Forbidden City. Cloaked in secrecy, this unholy alliance devises a twisted global plan, backed by China's growing nuclear arsenal, that will send America and the world to the brink of a gutwrenching showdown.
With the aid of his old friend and former Navy SEAL, Stokely Jones, Hawke sets out to investigate the deadly connections that bind the French-Chinese axis. Together, they discover that a powerful German industrialist may hold the key, somewhere inside the walls of his Bavarian mountain lair. Meanwhile, clues to an old and gruesome murder in Paris lead to New York City, where horrifying evidence could finally bring a madman to his knees. In the end, as American and British forces prepare to defend a sovereign and oil-rich Gulf nation against unwilling occupation, the terror is all too real. The world is once more balanced on the knife-edge of a full-blown nuclear confrontation.
Hawke must once more prepare to hurl himself deep into the nightmare visions of madmen. He must garner every ounce of strength, courage, and useful pain from his past. He must defeat this enemy or else forfeit the lives of untold thousands, including his own, to an axis of evil no historian could have ever predicted.
Packed with unrelenting action, glamour, and high style, and featuring the spectacular Alex Hawke, who time and again transports readers to the edge of danger, Pirate is a spellbinding thriller. Be prepared for Alex Hawke's most daunting and heart-pounding mission yet. Here is an author who gets you in the palm of his hand...and then clenches his fist!

Editorial Reviews


"Very Bondlike...." -- The New York Times

From the Inside Flap

"PIRATE is the third and best of the Hawke novels, an already brilliant series of derring-do and contemporary swashbuckling that contain more action and interesting characters than most books do in three." - Joe Hartlaub

Product Details

  • File Size: 681 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416510796
  • Publisher: Atria Books (August 16, 2005)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKBR0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best One Yet November 3, 2006
The third installment in the Alex Hawke adventure series is easily the best book yet, though there were still a few wrinkles that needed ironing out. Sometime spy Alex Hawke is called in to rescue an American spook who has fallen into the hands of the Chinese. The Chinese, who have become close friends with France, are up to something big, and it somehow involves beautiful actress Jet Moon, whose bed Alex is roused from when duty calls. Jet's father, General Sun-Yat Moon, is in league with her dubious boyfriend, Baron "Schatzi" Von Draxis. The French, the Chinese, and the German shipbuilder are up to no good, infiltrating the Arab empire of Oman as part of their plans. While Alex's ex-Scotland Yard investigator pal, Ambrose Congreve, travels to New York to hunt for witnesses to a decades-old murder related to the French-Chinese plot, armoire-sized Stokley Jones rescues Jet from her angry boyfriend and travels the world gathering clues with her, figuring out what the French and Chinese are up to. Meanwhile, Alex has to infiltrate an impregnable fortress to rescue a sultan and his harem from their enemies. There were a lot of loose ends to tie up, and just when it seemed like things were winding down, they kicked into overdrive, and Alex suddenly found himself in a race against time to save New York City.

Though the book wins points for handling a multi-faceted mystery, I have a few small complaints. First, though Ambrose Congreve is a charming character who adds wonderful texture to the back story, he was given far too large a role. Pages that were spent describing his fondness for the finer things would have been better spent on Alex, whose role in the book was minuscule.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good thriller April 24, 2007
By Dan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a great beach read, which is just where I read most of it. The story moves with great pace but is pretty improbable. I liked the assortment of characters. Not literature, but a fun thriller.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read May 29, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as Hawke: A Thriller. It is a roller coaster, page turner book for a long weekend or a sunny day on the beach. Don't expect great literature or admiration to the laws of physics (and sometimes common sense) but it is a fun read especially if you like James Bond movies, Bruce Wayne persona, and Sherlock Holmes character.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PIRATE - It's great! March 2, 2006
I picked this book up after listening to the Glenn Beck Program, on which Beck sponsored this book, and even had Bell on for an interview. So, that's the backstory.

The book itself is really a great "summer" read. By that, I mean that you can just turn off your brain, lie in the hammock, frink some cold lemonade and enjoy the thrilling adventure of Alex Hawke. But, trust me, don't start it in the evening -- you may have to call in to work the next day to finish it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turn off the brain and enjoy the ride. January 28, 2006
Pirate was my second Ted Bell book to read after Assassin and was a better written book overall.

Once again, Alex Hawke is thrown into another crisis in the volitile world in which he lives. Madmen are teaming up with rogue governments to consolidate power and try to regain respect in the world if by way of the sword and the book moves at a pretty fast clip.

The thing that I couldn't shake throughout the entire book was the fact that Hawke is in his early thirties and carries the resume of a cia retiree. It drove me nuts! I'm in my early thirties and started thinking "What have I done with my life?" Hawke is personal friends with the President of the US who utilizes Hawke and his team to figure out this French / China connection; Hawke is trusted enough to fly a brand new design of a US fighter jet where he is known by the US Navy from previous exploits; His friends are Vietnam Vets and senior Scotland Yard detectives; and he travels around in his personal yacht converted over to a personal battleship. Hey, must be the money!

Anyway, this is a fun read that goes well with a beach and a beer, just turn your brain off and you'll do fine.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A trifeca September 18, 2005
This book is a perfect storm of a bad novel: unbelievable plot, absurd writing and annoyingly incorrect details.

First is the plot. A thriller doesn't have to be realistic to be good but it does have to have internal consistency. This one doesn't. Time after time, our hero(s) get caught in unescapable situations. You turn the page and they've escaped. No explanation, just escape. it's sort of like trouble, trouble, touble, oops miracle occurs, no more trouble. No explanation, just no more trouble.

Next is the writing. Mr. Bell's bio says he was the former creative director of Young & Rubican. Presumably, he was a former art director, not a copywriter because his writing is awful. Other than our three heros, characters flit in and out and back in to the book with no explanation or depth. And the quality of the prose is astounding. I could fill page after page with examples like "Moon's sidekick, a nasty little horror-show featuring a bald head with greasy black locks, leaned casually against the sweaty bulkhead, whistling a pretty ditty." I could go on but some readers may have sensitive stomachs.

Finally, the details. Mr. Bell, Ile St. Louis is west of Ile de la Cite not south; Hong Kong Shanghai Bank is abbreviated HSBC, not HKSB; von Draxis's sloop cannot have three carbon masts because a sloop, by definition, only has one mast, etc. etc. etc.

I'm generally against book burning but I'd make a exception in this case. I'd give negative stars if I could.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Escape
Bell again gives the reader a resolute escape from the drudgery of mediocrity. The character Hawke and his cohorts take on yet another enemy of civilized society in creative detail... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Brooks-Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
must read
Published 10 days ago by Richard Clements
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Hawke.
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A fun read if you want a mindless spy novel for the beach or mountains.
Published 28 days ago by John Cullom
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story teller....full of intrigue.
Ted Bell is an amazing story teller. I have read all of his Alex Hawke novels. They are well written, full of intrigue, and amazing good fun. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Sean Tp Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Not believable, yet enjoyable
The plot is a little far-fetched. The characters are somewhat stereotypical. But, my my, this book is still fun to read.
Published 1 month ago by russell1030
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This was a decent read, albeit a bit slow. Good plot involving Congreve and Lady Adriana Mars. Not too much involving Alex Hawke. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brenda Baginskie
3.0 out of 5 stars Forced
The characters are interesting, but as i read more of the series it is hard to shake the feeling that the attempts at the bigger story line are simply forced.
Published 1 month ago by Debra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
You will have a hard time putting this down! Each book keeps the story going, I can't wait to read the next one
Published 2 months ago by PATRICIA R WELCH
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
Good, but sometimes the sequences were a little chopped up. I would read the authors other books. Will do so soon.
Published 2 months ago by Gengiz Nazim
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More About the Author

My life has entered a brand new and exciting chapter. In addition to publishing a new thriller, PHANTOM, next March, I have been elected a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, UK. I hold this position at the University's Department of Politics and International Studies. We are a primary resource for the Intelligence Community as well as high level government connections. I was also honored to be named Writer In Residence at Sydney Sussex College here at Cambridge. My college was founded in 1596. I am working on a new novel, the 7th in the Alex Hawke series of spy thrillers. The new thriller will be rooted in Cambridge espionage traditions (the university is over 800 years old) and deal with the looming threat of China's ascent to world dominance. I also plan to write a 3rd installment in my series of historical novels for young people, the Nick McIver Time Adventures published by St. Martins. My Alexander Hawke novels are published by Harper/Collins. Life here at Cambridge is extraordinary, as well it should be as it was recently voted the #1 university in the world. There is certainly no lack of intellectual stimulation and even the most casual conversations with fellow scholars are a wonder to me. As are the amazing architecture and ancient customs. I often feel I'm living in a Harry Potter movie.

WARRIORS, will be published on APRIL 1ST, 2014. Set against a backdrop of increasing tensions with China in the Pacific, the insane actions of China's surrogate, North Korea, and the abduction of America's premier weapons designer,
Hawke must destroy a new undersea weapons system deployed by China in order to avert global catastrophe. Hawke, Stokely Jones, and Chief Inspector Ambrose Congreve, must also solve a puzzling and sadistic murder at Cambridge University in England that is somehow tied to the Chinese threats of world war.

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