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Phantom (Alex Hawke) (Alexander Hawke #7)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,942 ratings  ·  185 reviews
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Published (first published March 20th 2012)
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I keep reading this series because I am a bit ocd and can't *not* read a series I have started. That being said, this is not one I would recommend to my friends. Plot holes and inconsistencies from page to page make it a bit annoying as far as stories go. I can forgive the over the top characters for literary licence, but when things are (literally) inconsistent from one page to another, I can't really let it go. I'm not sure what Mr. Bell's editor does, but it's apparently a job that requires n ...more
After reading a couple of spy books that I had hoped to be intelligent works but ended up being stupidly plotted and unbelievable, I opted for one that wasn't trying to be anything other than what it was - entertaining. This was my first Alex Hawke book (No. 7 in the series) and it read like a combination of James Bond meets Tom Clancy. Alex Hawke is a British Lord and "secret" agent who has unlimited wealth and access to world leaders (Queen Elizabeth, Vladimir Putin). He works with both MI6 an ...more
What a ride!

I receive a copy of Phantom as a giveaway through Goodreads as a 'first read'. Sadly, it took me a long time to read, but it was NOT because the book was not good! On the contrary, I GREATLY enjoyed it.

The main plot of the story surrounds strange goings on around the world. It starts in an amusement park where rides seemingly develop minds of their own and go out of control. Then, everyone on board a Russian submarine loses control of all systems while doing training runs, and the bo
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Seventh in the Alex Hawke series, Phantom, like its predecessors, is a fast-paced, action/adventure novel. To understand the main character, the previous novels should be read (in order) so that when this book starts out, previous events will have been covered and no explanation is necessary. Previous books also explain the roles that the other mentioned characters play and their importance to Alex.

Because I am a technology, engineering and compute
Adam Erickson
There are many things that I'm thankful my father has shared with me. An interest in politics, my love of sailing, and my love of the Hawke series, just to name a few. Ted Bell's newest book in the Hawke series, Phantom, is a fine addition that includes all of these things.

The difficult balance in any "spy thriller" is to create a story that walks the fine line of believability and outlandish. The story must be just slightly beyond what is something you would expect to hear in the news, but not
Jun 29, 2015 Anna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: series
"silly and cartoon-like" would pretty much sum up this story ... this is more of a descriptive version of a comic book adventure rather than an actual adventure / thriller novel.

This episode is linked to the storyline in "Tsar". The beginning chapters setting up the main plot were interesting but never really developed. The most interesting part of the book was the depiction of Putin, especially in light of recent world events. I checked, and this book was copyrighted in 2012. hmmm ...
Sherri Huntley
Mar 14, 2012 Sherri Huntley marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
So excited to have won this book from Goodreads!
Mar 19, 2012 Landon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like action, spy novels, and have an interest in ships.
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to win an advanced copy through the Goodreads Giveaways. Just as a background, I was one that has not heard of or read any previous Ted Bell books (this being part of the Alex Hawke series). I was very curious to see if I would be lost or not since this is the seventh book in that series. I am glad to announce that this is a book that stands alone quite nicely. I'm not sure how the other books are written, but if they are similar to this book, I would say that you could pick u ...more
Dougald Blue

Bell is an elegant writer, and I've followed his Alex Hawke series of thrillers from the start. Always solid, realistic plots. But I have to admit my first impression of this one was "he's run out of credible plots." I felt like I was getting into the unreality of sci-fi, which I do not read, because Bell was leading us into something called The Singularity.
But I finished the book just because it's Ted Bell, and I love his useage of the King's English (literally).
The I read hi
Can AI hardware in ultra intelligent machines be capable of horrific machine warfare and cyber attacks? If we could assemble a thousand scientists, each with a mind operation at a millions times faster than our own, they could achieve an entire century's worth of scientific breakthroughs in under one hour! That could be, in the right hands, so exciting!
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
Shirley Schwartz
Alex Hawke salis again! Ted Bell's Alex Hawke series is nothing if not a study in how to write an excellent and believable thriller. Yes, Hawke is a larger than life, English billionaire who loves nothing better than going into battle under catastrophic odds. He's a statesman, a lover, a warrior, a black ops guru, and in this book a newly discovered son adds father to Hawke's list of personas. And he does everything else very well, but he finds the father role a much harder role to assume. This ...more
In the seventh book of the Alexander Hawke series, Ted Bell ventures into the world of science fiction to create a new villain to drive the plot forward. I thought that Bell did a good job explaining the science behind the plot in the Author's note at the end of the book. It reminded me of the late Michael Crichton's affinity for starting a book with non-fiction and leading the reader into a journey of fiction based on science taken to a plausible extreme. I ended the book far more interested in ...more
I won Phantom through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 03/13/2012 and received it on 05/30/2012.


Ted Bell put out another awesome book in the Alexander Hawke series. Bell's books are so well written that I really don't have any complaints. Usually. I do have one this time ... and it's about a very small part of the book.

So here it is ... Alexi ... is three years old ... and talks like he's an old man. That kinda threw things off for me. I'm a mother o
I haven't read a Ted Bell book for awhile so it has been nice to read another adventure of Alex Hawke. This is a great book. Bell is one of my favorite authors and Alex Hawke a great hero. Some surprises in this book, but a great story line. The information in this book about a "super computer" that is becoming an "intelligent" as man is pretty scary. The authors explanation at the end of the book about the development of AI (artificial intelligence) is also pretty interesting and revealing. If ...more
Chris Bauer
I've been a longtime fan Ted Bell's "Hawke" series. The most simple way to describe the series is a somewhat odd hybrid of John LeCarre ghostwriting for Clive Cussler. The protag, Lord Alex Hawke, is an English action hero. Requisite sidekicks, globe-threatening perils, nifty martial technology and other meticulously researched details make this a very entertaining series.

At times his work does take on a sort Wodehouse kinda feel, but I personally think it is very entertaining. This entire seri
Is man capable of creating a computer “a billion times more powerful than human intelligence of the highest order?” Novelist Ted Bell thinks the world is within a decade of doing just that. That’s the premise of this latest Alex Hawke adventure. We find out what happens “when artificial, or machine, intelligence first matches and then exceeds human intelligence by an incalculable factor.” In Hawke’s story, the machine wears a black hat and wants to rule the world.

Is a machine buried underwater o
Michael Iten
I listen to many books on CD because, as a high school English teacher, I spend too much time reading essays, grading homework, etc. Perhaps the recording I listened to of Ted Bell's 'Phantom' was the problem, but I think I figured out why I STOPPED listening to the book on CD after disc 9 of, I believe, 14, which I never do: Alexander Hawke is just too damned good.

Hawke cannot lose. He's an omnipotent superhero. Add to that his friendships with Vladmir Putin, the U.S. President, and seemingly
When you first pick up this novel, you will be impressed with how fast the plot moves given the size of the book, almost 500 pages. Once into the story line, it is hard to put down. Like a Clancy or Ludlum plot, there is no easy stopping point. The action is continuous. The plot opens with Counterspy Alex Hawke headed into Russia to find the love of his life. He succeeds but finds that she has married another. But, he has a son with whom he leaves Russia. Referring back to previous books, his so ...more
I have read 5 previous spy thrillers by TED BELL (former head of Young and Rubicam, one of the world's largest international advertising agencies). They were all page turners and highly enjoyable. PHANTOM (ISBN 978-0061859328, paperback, $9.99) is a welcome addition to his collection.

Lord Alexander Hawke, hero of the series, finds himself in Russia searching for his presumably dead wife. He journeys to a remote fortress on his search. What he discovers there is mind boggling to him. When he retu
Seems every new book is a NY Times best seller. Doesn't say much for the readers that buy/borrow those books. I quit after pages of prose containing the likes of "...waiting for him, her cheeks aglow in the frosted air, golden ringlets peeking from beneath the white mink cowl that framed her lovely face.." golden ringlets? Well, I went a bit farther and came across this "...his friend Ambrose Congreave, the famous Scotland Yard criminalist, had..." After a few more of those, I quit. Bleah.
Excellent adventure story!
Alexander Hawke is the new Bond. He is descended from a long line of warriors. Pirate blood runs through his veins. He rubs shoulders with Royalty. The Queen is on his speed dial. He is an aristocratic spy!
Hawke works for MI6 as a protector of the free world.
In this adventure he is up against a phantom who I has the powers of a God!
Hawke starts off in the USSR on a mission of his own. His best friend is Putin. Hawke has Cossack blood in his veins as well.
After finding
This was my 2nd Ted Bell novel....definitely not my last. I am reading all his Alex Hawke books. Alex Hawke is a cross between Mitch Rapp and James Bond. Phantom deals with artificial intelligence (machine) exceeds human intelligence and whether this is used for the good of man or the destruction of man. Several incidents happen where people are killed or injured in mysterious ways. A ride at Disney World mal-functions, a plane is blown out of the sky, a scientist commits suicide after hearing w ...more
Sep 16, 2014 Randy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Visitors at an American theme park look on in horror as their carefree holiday is transformed in an instant into near chaos. In the skies over the Midwest, the pilot of a USAF F-15 inexplicably loses control of his jet, endangering the very important lives in an accompanying aircraft. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, technology is in open revolt.For counterspy Alex Hawke and his MI6 colleague, the brilliant former inspector Ambrose Congreve, the mission is clear: to get to the root of a terrify ...more
This is another entertaining, typical “Lord Alex Hawke” thriller. But it also focuses on a concept called “singularity” relating to the development of super computers in the field of artificial intelligence. This term refers to the point --- apparently being rapidly approached --- when a computer will outperform the human brain in thinking ability. This (along with cyberwarfare)plays a prominently role in the novel’s plot. It’s another one of those things (like nuclear power) that could be used ...more
This could really happen....scary.....exhilerating read. Alex Hawke and his side kicks are still
heroes: warriors that aren't entirely cold-blooded and calculating. There's a plausible sci-fi element, as well. When I think of people's car GPS suddenly going somewhere else, well - it's probably just a baby beta test for the big kahuna in this book...
Tom Tischler
This is the 7th book by Ted Bell in the Alexander Hawke series. It's a page
turner and equally as good as the rest of the series. The books may be
read individually but I think that to understand the characters as they
come up it's better to start at the beginning. I don't think that you
will be dissapointed in any of the books.
Don M.
The basic story-line of this book is good. Control of computerized devices is being taken over by some mysterious force (this is not a spoiler - it is on the back cover of the book). However, the situations within the book are contrived to the point of being rather ridiculous. Imagine the lead character sharing drinks with Vladimir Putin in one chapter, meeting with the President of the USA in a subsequent chapter, taking his small son to Buckingham Palace to stay for two weeks (with the Queen b ...more
I don't want to slam on authors because I know it's not easy to write a book. But too often I come across books that are riddled with typos. I almost started taking notes on how many times I had to re-read sentences in this book because there was some preposition missing. I wish I could've been his editor! Typos aside, I think the writing is just not that strong and I don't understand why Bell is a NYT best selling author. He repeats phrases all too often, and I think wrote this book only to sho ...more
Kelly Knapp
Dynamite! Pure Dynamite. Ted Bell creates a thriller that moves with the break-neck speed of a skydiver whose chute fails to open, but frantically tries to deploy the back-up chute before slamming into the ground. Alex Hawke is as much an American hero as he is an English hero, incorporating all the character traits that a mother could wish her own child displayed.
Bell creates a fever pitch for readers all over the world by centering the “malfunctions” at, on, or above the soil of countries’ gr
Diane Ferbrache
Alex Hawke is MI6 and the central character of Alex Bell’s books. In this one, he has traveled to Russia to uncover whether the rumor is true – did his wife really survive and did she have his child in a Siberian prison. Once safely returned to GB with his son (you’ll have to read the book to discover what happened to his wife) he is called in to investigate and handle several international incidents. Seemingly unrelated, there are strange occurrences all over the world – rides at Disneyworld ar ...more
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Ted Bell, formerly Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University and Writer-In-Residence at Sidney-Sussex College, is a full-time writer. He is the author of 9 consecutive New York Times Bestsellers. His novels include the Alex Hawke series of spy thrillers published by Harper & Collins. And the Nick McIver Time Travel Adventures published by St. Martins. His books are international bestsellers, pu ...more
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