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 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!
I was looking forward to reading this latest addition to the Alex Hawke series. Unfortunately, it did not live up to even the modestly entertaining level of Mr. Bell’s previous books. This book is possibly the most disjointed, poorly developed and under researched work that I have ever paid to read. While it is clearly fictional, one would expect at ,east some level of correctness in global geography, historical events or technology, regarding people, places or things referenced in the book. Jumping back and forth between 1941 and “present day” could have been interesting but after doing this for hundreds of pages, it never ties back together leaving the reader to wonder, “what was that about? “. Many parts of this book appear to have been added as an afterthought and it ends up a jumbled unintelligible mess, resembling a first draft in a high school writing class. I did get a laugh when the author acknowledged his lifelong editor, as it appears this book was never seen by an editor prior to release.
Ted Bell Dragon Fire a Waste!
I’ve read every book in the Hawke series by Bell and enjoyed them all,until this one. The plot is lame! I think Bell is running out of good story ideas.