“[Hawke is] a secret agent who takes you into the danger zone with a ballsy wit that had me hooked.”
“Ted Bell puts a capital A in adventure….Commander Bond might choke on his martini next to Bell’s superlative Alex Hawke.”
—Madison County Herald
Ted Bell’s remarkable literary creation, counterspy Alex Hawke, has been called, “strong, shrewd, and savvy, with an aplomb not seen since James Bond” (NPR). He’s back in the explosive blockbuster Phantom, on a breathtaking hunt for a madman about to unleash a terrifying new Artificial Intelligence-powered super weapon on the world. Another superb espionage thriller by a true, New York Times bestselling master of the fictional spy game, Bell’s Phantom explores a dark side of science while delivering non-stop action, as Hawke races across the globe in order to prevent a coming apocalypse—and the millions of fans of Bell’s Warlord, Tsar, and Spy will be breathless every perilous step along the way.
At the outset of bestseller Bell's exciting seventh thriller featuring MI6 agent Alex Hawke (after 2010's Warlord), Alex learns that his lost love, Anastasia Korsakova, the daughter of the present-day yet recently dead Russian czar, is still alive, held prisoner in a high-security Siberian KGB facility. While Alex fears he's being lured into a trap, he travels to Siberia, where Anastasia gives him their son, three-year-old Alexi, for safekeeping. Back in England, Alex throws himself into fatherhood while fending off assassins from an organization of Russian hard-liners who blame Alex for the czar's death. Meanwhile, an Iranian scientist known as Darius has built a computer dubbed Perseus that has almost attained parity with human intelligence. Alex must find Darius and Perseus in order to foil their dastardly plan for humanity. While the two distinct threats make for a sometimes disjointed plot, a terrific, final naval battle shows Alex at his fighting finest.
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A good read
A well paced action thriller that I couldn't put down. At times it was really hard to believe the plot but that never stopped me from rushing to get to the next page so I could find out what happened to Lord Hawke and his merry band of men. Well worth the time.
Mr. Bell thank you for an exciting and stimulating story line. Thought Perseus would have anticipated a sea floor attack and prevented it. Nevertheless your theme of cyber warfare was an eye opener and timely. Our local newspaper today had an article disclosing the USA was the creator the Stuxnet worm. Scary stuff. Ignorance is bliss. Your story begs the question, do we (the public)want machines to run our lives? Who or what controls whom? No question we live in exciting times with technology leading the way but at what expense, now and in the future.
Not the best
Not one of his best. Phantom is borderline sci-fi rather than the previous action packed story. Hopefully Mr. Bell will come back to excellent story line for Alex Hawke in his next book.