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Warlord: An Alex Hawke Novel Hardcover – September 14, 2010

Book 6 of 8 in the Alexander Hawke Series

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From 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.
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From Booklist

Alexander Hawke, the dashing MI6 counterterrorism operative, is wallowing in self-pity after the death of his fiancée and their baby (events related in the previous novel, Tsar, 2008). It takes a phone call from an old friend, Charles, the Prince of Wales, to snap him back into action, and soon Hawke is embroiled in an investigation that revolves around the decades-old murder of Lord Mountbatten, modern-day threats on the Royal Family, an IRA assassin, and an Islamic terrorist organization. With a style that feels more like Trevanian than Ian Fleming (but is imitative of neither), the Hawke novels are full of danger and derring-do, but they’re written in a light, breezy tone: not nearly spoofs of spy novels but not quite completely serious, either. Bell, a former advertising executive, mixes exciting plots with (slightly) larger than life characters. The result: a thrilling adventure yarn that’s a guaranteed winner. --David Pitt

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Product Details

  • Series: Alex Hawke
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006185929X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061859298
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My life entered a brand new and exciting chapter in 2011-2012 when I was elected a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, UK. I held this position at the University's Department of Politics and International Studies, a primary resource for the Intelligence Community. I was also Writer In Residence at Sydney Sussex College here at Cambridge. I am working on a new novel, the 9th in the Alex Hawke series of spy thrillers, to be called PATRIOT. The new thriller will revolve around MI6 intelligence officer Alex Hawke's efforts to contain a newly combative Vladimir Putin. 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.

This past year I was honored to be the first author to speak at the Reagan Library kicking off "The Year of the Spy".

WARRIORS, will be published in paperback early in 2015. 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.

Customer Reviews

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It was an extremely engaging story that kept me wanting more with each turn of the page.
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All the characters are interesting and well developed.
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By R. Rohn on September 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ted Bell doesn't write books that are less than entertaining. His latest, Warlord may be his best yet. Literate, suspenseful with a good dollop of humor thrown in. Alex Hawke, the heir apparent to James Bond, is drowning in a sea of rum and self destruction when he gets a call from Prince Charles. The good Prince has reason to believe his life, if not the British monarchy, are being threatened. This is the catalyst to set Hawke off on another adventure told with superior skill and panache by Mr. Bell. This is storytelling at its best with an interesting take on terrorism. Fun, exciting and full of fascinating tidbits about the British royal family, spycraft and global politics. Highly recommended.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Simon Westbury on September 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
For someone who grew up enthralled with James Bond then graduated to Jason Borne, Jack Ryan and more recently Jack Bauer; 'Warlord' is a terrific read and Ted Bell's best. All the characters are interesting and well developed. The dialogue is natural, regardless of the character's nationality. The scenes are described in riveting detail.

I found 'Warlord' as intense and modern as '24' without requiring the constant suspension of disbelief. On the contrary, Alex Hawke does a chillingly plausible job of lacing together the IRA killing of Lord Mountbatten, the great fire at Windsor Castle, the death of Lady Di and Dodi Fayed in the Paris tunnel and assorted Taliban bombings into a sensational thriller. I couldn't put it down.

Can't wait to see Hawke on the silver screen.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By W. Terry Whalin on September 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've read several Alex Hawke books from Ted Bell and I've enjoyed each one. WARLORD was particularly engaging and held my attention from the opening page until the final one.

It's a rare day that I find the time to read fiction. I took WARLORD on a long flight across the U.S. and it provided the perfect way to spend several hours. Because of the length (554 pages), I have to make sure I have a solid block of time to finish a Ted Bell novel because I know once I get started, everything else around me fades and I have to complete it. I recommend WARLORD as a well-crafted read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on September 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
For those quickly making a decision on whether or not Warlord is worth purchasing, just ask yourself this: Have I read Ted Bells earlier Alex Hawke novels & did I like/love them? If you enjoyed ANY of the previous adventures, I encourage you to grab Warlord--and the sooner the better.

Now, for those who need more info, at the end of TSAR (a novel I highly encourage you to read before starting Warlord--it isn't necessary, mind you, but will put into more focus why Alex is the way he is, especially at the beginning) Alex Hawke is left broken and very nearly suicidal. Gratefully he doesn't stay this way for long, as a quite unexpected personal phone call from Prince Charles himself brings Alex out of a drunken stupor rather quickly and right into the Here & Now. Charles is absolutely convinced he and his family are in mortal danger--RIGHT NOW. Again, this further helps to sober Alex as he struggles to absorb not just the unexpectedness of the phone call, but also his efforts to put his personal demons on the back burner for the time being and focus on what he does best.

This is essentially where the rubber hits the pavement...although in the VERY capable hands of Ted Bell, its more of a gravel-like surface as we never really manage to catch any SOLID paydirt as we surf and skid all over the place as the action mounts and with it, a tension-filled action/adventure that is the equal to ANY High Speed James Bond chase-scene...times TEN. Before long Mr. Bell shifts gears somewhat and in the midst of it all, we find ourselves knee-deep inside an Islamic Terrorist organization Hell-bent on, well, doing what Terrorists do best. Never fear, Ted Bell has absolute control over where we are going and what will happen once we eventually get there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Florida Web Guy on November 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
After TSAR, I couldn't help but wonder how the next Alex Hawke book could be as fresh and engaging as the last - but Bell has certainly delivered.

WARLORD is engaging to a level of addiction, and I lost several hours of sleep because there was no way I could put it down till I was finished. It exhibits quite possibly the best character development of the entire series. The intertwining plot threads are intelligent and rich with detail.

Like all Alex Hawke books, WARLORD was obviously well-researched and reaches a rare level of realism and credibility through the use of actual historical events and characters. Bell seems to have a unique talent for weaving plots that manage to be thrilling, intricate and realistic all at once.

Riveting stories like this that are populated by such a rich range of characters are just crying out for a proper cinematic treatment, and I certainly hope Hollywood is paying attention. An Alex Hawke series done right could be even bigger than the Bourne films, and the biggest thing since James Bond to hit the silver screen.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kas on December 15, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Winning Ted Bell's Alexander Hawke novel Warlord in a Goodreads giveaway gave me the opportunity to explore personally foreign territory in my fiction reading, as book giveaways often do. In this case, I was so far from having read this author, series, or type of novel that I found the compact (mass market I think?) printing of the edition I received quite noteworthy because I couldn't remember seeing a paperback in that small, dense form ever before. So, if this type of book is the heart and soul of your library, you may want to keep this comparative inexperience in mind when considering my feedback here.

This book was no work of literary fiction and does not even pretend to be a substantial exploration of any deep theme. And that's the main reason I enjoyed it! That is, the text reflected the author's precise understanding of and sense of humor about the scope of his work. There are details of Hawke's character and the novel's plot that are so patently absurd and glaringly awful as to come full circle in effect and be quite delightful features of the reading experience. The bottom line for me was that this book made me laugh and smile a lot.
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