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British counterspy Lord Alexander Hawke must rescue a kidnapped American scientist and catch a villainous megalomaniac; a man obsessed with horrifying experiments in state-of-the-art warfare; in Ted Bell's latest mesmerizing, high-action thriller in his New York Times bestselling series, reminiscent of the very best of Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, and Daniel Silva

On the streets of Washington, D.C., a brilliant scientist in the high-tech military industry, the brains behind a revolutionary fighter aircraft prototype in development by the Pentagon, is snatched by masked thugs; along with his wife and children; and disappears without a trace.

Now, five years later, an elderly professor at Cambridge University has been murdered, a victim of bizarre, ancient Chinese torture methods. Alex Hawke teams up with former chief inspector Ambrose Congreve, his Scotland Yard colleague and friend, to find the killer, but this death is merely the opening gambit in a tense and lethal game of geopolitical brinkmanship.

In the United States, the president's behavior makes many question his fitness for leadership. Is his mental health deteriorating; or is there something far more sinister at work? The answer is crucial, for hostilities are rapidly escalating among China, North Korea, and the United States. At a somber state funeral in Arlington Cemetery, an unmanned drone twice the size of a twin-engine Cessna dives out of the sky and wreaks chaos on a shocked crowd of military and civilian dignitaries. In the East China Sea, a North Korean patrol crew murders four sailors aboard a U.S. Navy vessel. Then China launches vastly advanced fighter jets and a megasubmarine far more sophisticated than any seen before; military technology that might leapfrog everything the U.S. and Great Britain now possess.

With the situation edging closer and closer to the yawning abyss, Hawke faces a female Chinese mastermind and assassin named Chyna Moon. He must pull off his most daring mission yet: infiltrate enemy territory and neutralize their advantage . . . or risk the outbreak of World War III.

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062279385
Branch Call Number: F BEL
Characteristics: 467 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 09, 2015

Warriors --- by --- Ted Bell. Over the top escapism: nuclear missile-tipped mega submarines aimed at the western world; fruitcake North Korean dictators and assorted whackos; American supermen and a British superSir who take out an entire Norke research island and spy-training institution almost single handedly. Wow! Who can possibly pass up a New York Times Bestseller like this? But do bestsellers have to be good. I’m not so sure. This novel is slow in parts and amazingly action packed in others. It has overtones of Mr. Bond. And then there’s the image of Doctor No riding the ICBM that comes to mind. The perfect not-too-strenuous on-the-beach reading. I think. Judge for yourself.

Dec 11, 2014

I have read all the Alex Hawke books and each has gotten more ludicrous . The plots and dialog are ridiculous. This is the last Alex Hawke book I will read.

May 19, 2014

This is a book that would have made a great short story, unfortunately Ted Bell chose to tell this story as a novel and did a very poor job of it.

I've read the previous Hawke novels and found them to be quite good whereas this one seemed to be written by and for a adolescent boys. There were chapters in this book which were totally irrelevant to the storyline and served no purpose whatsoever.

I can only presume that Bell had a contract to produce a book and contracted out to someone else.

Apr 30, 2014

I liked all of his earlier "Hawke" novels, but this one fell far short of the earlier. Way too verbose. I had to plow thru about 60% of this book before the action got started. And then , of course, Hawke pulled his usual "James Bond".


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