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A family outing in which a man is celebrating his wife’s birthday at a fancy restaurant with the couple’s children turns tragic when Chinese gunmen abduct the group. Four years later, the president of the U.S. begins acting strangely, and an enemy begins to plot an overthrow. The murder of a Cambridge professor and the growing threat of war between the U.S. and China have the world on edge. An incident in the South China Sea gets Alex Hawke involved, and he will not stop until he can end the madness, even if it means sneaking into China and staging an impossible rescue. Hawke is one of those heroes whose arrogance makes him a bit hard to admire, but he clearly wears a white hat. 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. --Jeff Ayers

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“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.” (NPR)

“Alex Hawke is the new James Bond. Ted Bell is the new Clive Cussler.” (James Patterson)

“A secret agent who takes you into the danger zone with a ballsy wit that had me hooked.” (Vince Flynn, bestselling author of The Last Man)

“Ted Bell puts a capital A in adventure.” (Madison County Herald)

“Bell knows how to build a plot that moves at breakneck speed.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“China seeks to rule the world in bestseller Bell’s entertaining eighth novel featuring MI6 super-agent Alex Hawke . . . this is a thrilling ride.” (Publishers Weekly)

“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.” (Booklist)

“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.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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.” (Rush Limbaugh)

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Product Details

  • Series: Alex Hawke Novels (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062279386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062279385
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (410 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My new Alex Hawke Spy Thriller (#9) PATRIOT, will be published September 15, 2015. My new Alex Hawke Novella, WHITE DEATH, will be published July 28, 2015.

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, was published in hardcover April 1, 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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By JDJeff on April 3, 2014
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I enjoy these books as a harmless diversion. The stories aren't first class but they are fun. But oh my gosh it is like 10 different people wrote this book alternating chapters and had the plot in common but no editing. Phrases, character descriptions, background information is repeated over and over as if someone was afraid a reader might pick up the book mid-chapter and need some catching up, or go into a coma between chapters and need to start over. Hawke lives at Hawkesmoor, Congreve's best friend is Hawke, Hawke oozes charm, etc., etc., etc.,. Got it, check, got it, etc., etc., etc. 30 minutes with a decent editor would tighten this thing up nicely, but as it stands it is distracting how poorly this book was edited. Still enjoyed it though....shame on me.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By skisby on April 23, 2014
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Verbose, disjointed & condescending drivel that was painful to struggle through.

I've read the whole series & though the Anglophile stuff (sorry) is a bit much sometimes there was always a good cohesive story at the core. I was excited to take this on a long business trip
& prepared to be well distracted during long flights. Instead I struggled through as I had nothing else with me!

I don't remember the other books being this condescending. A reminder of the characters & their back story is needed & appreciated but only from book to book not chapter to chapter, we're not that dim!

It's also very disjointed - it reads like several people wrote different chapters without much collaboration or editing to bring it together.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 23, 2014
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Fourteen bucks for this pile of poorly executed excrement? I'd call it a comic book, but that's an insult to comic books. Characters drawn with crayons, a plot that had to have been thought up by a committee of half-wits, and probably written by the committee's half-slumbering children, all combine to create something that belongs on the digital equivalent of the Remaindered shelf. Continuity errors abound and incorrect, but easily ascertained, facts about everything from automobiles to aircraft keep the reader's teeth grinding. Does the author (or author's helpers) pay people to write favorable reviews? If so, they were not paid enough, especially if they actually had to read this excuse for a novel.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 22, 2014
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I've been reading the Alex Hawke series since Pirate and have enjoyed them, since they generally had decent (if essentially unbelievable) plots, mainly because the various characters were interesting. However, it looks like the author had a difficult time coming up with anything for this one that made any sense. The various story lines were confused and hard to follow. Frankly, Hawke might as well become some sort of demi-god, since he appears essentially invincible and unaging, despite being shot, tortured and beat up so many times in the series. At least Fleming had Bond showing some scars and depression after the things he went through.

I think Bell needs to retire Hawke. He phoned this one in.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By dreamweaver25 on April 15, 2014
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I am a big fan of thrillers (Vince Flynn, we miss you!) and was looking forward to trying a new author. However, when our hero hits a tree because his car "pulls to the right" I knew I was in trouble.

When he has to bail out of his plane, winds up in the middle of the freezing ocean for hours, escapes sharks, conveniently gets picked up from said ocean, beaten by the enemy but escapes by waltzing out of his cell (with a concussion and snapped tendon or two in his leg!), smacks the heads of his captors together and they conveniently die (OMG REALLY? one smack?), then he dresses in a Chinese uniform, walks back up 8 flights of stairs (don't forget the tendon, ribs, and concussion), pretends to be a pilot, and steals one of their planes, all in one day! the ratio of enjoyment to eye-rolling was too low.

The writing is incredibly bad:
"The initial interrogation about the Chinese aircraft carrier was short but brutal. Hawke gave up nothing, and he had gotten out of it with little more than a severely wounded left knee, a few broken ribs, a black eye, three broken fingers, and a concussion. The leg was the worst. Two gorillas had tried to break it by pulling it backward. The attempt failed, but they'd managed to snap a tendon or two. He could walk, but not far." Well, I'd say the Chinese were pretty lame if that's all they did!

"When they got bored with him, they told him he'd never leave the ship alive, then locked him up inside a stinking crew cabin in the bowels of the bilge with room for little more than a crappy bunk bed." Ooh those MEANIES!

"He now lay on the top berth thinking very seriously about how the hell to escape before those bastards came for him again. Tortured and killed him.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bob Milne on April 1, 2014
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I think the thing I enjoy most about Ted Bell's Alex Hawke novels is the sense of balance. It's there in the characters, the emotions, the plot threads, and the pacing. If you're like me, you come for the action and the adventure, but it's all the other elements that keep you reading each page closely, rather than just skimming head for the next 'big' moment.

With Warriors we get more of that deliberately careful balance. Family (both intimate and extended) plays a significant role this time out. It begins with a family dinner, a birthday present, and a roadside abduction of Bill Chase, his wife, and their two children. Captured by the Chinese, Bill is tortured and tormented, forced to put his military genius to work against the Western world for the sake of his family. It continues with the relationships between Alex and his son, as well as between father, son, and Nell, the governess from Scotland Yard. There are equal doses or sorrow and happiness there, mixed in with the difficult realities of protecting a child who presents a prime opportunity for striking at Alex himself. It even extends to the villains of the piece, General Sun-Yat Moon and his daughters (Jet, Li, and Chyna), all of whom have a complicated relationship with Alex. Theirs are relationships of love and hate, emotions powerful enough to push the world to the brink of nuclear war.

With so much raw humanity to the novel, it's quite a surprise to find the technological aspects just as strong. There's a highly advance fighter jet designed to deliver Alex to his Chinese contact, and a pair of equally advanced missiles designed to prevent him from making that meet. There's an entirely new class of submarine here, far more dangerous and more chilling than anything fans have read before.
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