Alex Hawke, British lord and gentleman spy, is looking for the Queen's missing grandson, whose disappearance may be the culmination of a plot almost a century old in this breathtaking new adventure from New York Times bestselling novelist Ted Bell.
December 8, 1941, Washington, D.C.
The new Chinese ambassador to the United States, Tiger Tang, meets with President Roosevelt one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. For the next four years, China and the U.S. will be wartime allies, but the charming, sophisticated ambassador may be playing his own treacherous game.
Today, The Bahamas
Alex Hawke is recovering from serious injuries incurred during a battle with a malevolent enemy. His recuperation is interrupted by a desperate call from the Queen. Her favorite grandson has disappeared in the Bahamas. Lord Hawke is the only man she trusts with a mission this sensitive. All she knows is that the young prince was last seen at the exclusive Dragonfire nightclub owned by the nefarious Tang brothers, grandsons of Ambassador Tiger Tang.
Two alternating, parallel stories drive bestseller Bell's entertaining if slapdash 11th Alex Hawke novel (after 2018's Overkill). Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Alex Black Hawke, Alex's grandfather, meets the new Chinese ambassador, Tai Shing Tang (aka Tiger), at a party in Washington, D.C. Tiger and Alex become friends, though Tiger has a hidden agenda. Grandfather Alex later teams with British intelligence officer Ian Fleming on a dangerous mission that takes them into Nazi Germany. In the present, the Queen of England asks grandson Alex to locate her missing grandchild, Prince Henry, who is also Alex's godson. Henry was last seen at the Dragonfire Club, which is owned by the Tang brothers, Tiger's grandsons, on Black Dragon Island in the Bahamas. Alex's efforts to rescue Henry unearth a nest of evil, depravity, and international intrigue. Bell leaves a number of plot lines hanging as the good guys barrel through the mayhem with barely a scratch. Fans of overblown adventure thrillers will be satisfied.
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Dragonfire, not up to previous standare
Out of the 750 plus pages of this highly awaited pre-buy book by one of my favorite authors about 200 pages could easily have been eliminated. Such descriptions of clothing from Seville Row, wines, sterling silver from god only knows where, and page after page of adjectives that had nothing to do with anything except adding pages to the book! A gilded dresser mirror, detailed description of his smart uniform and so on and so on. I read a lot of a sales pitches for high end on-line purchases. Amazon anyone! Disappointing and very different from all his previous books. I will be careful with his next book and read ALL of the free pages before committing to buying it. I did, however, like the book when Mr Bell stuck to the two stories he was telling.
This book was a huge improvement over Ted Bell’s last book. Very interesting with a historical theme along with current timeline theme. Both theme lines were interconnected which enhanced my interest.
DragonFire is ON FIRE!
Skyrocketing to the top of the best seller list and small wonder, it is the best of Ted Bell’s Alex Hawke series. As a teaser, Ian Fleming makes an appearance as Hawke’s grandfather and Fleming parachute behind German lines to commit horrific acts of sabotage against Hitler and the Nazis. That is just the beginning. Read it at your peril!