Tsar (Alexander Hawke #5)
The hallmark of this series is that Bell gleans just enough information from headlines to pull together a convincing series of intertwining scenarios that form the skeleton for the action in the story.
The main characters are larger-than-life, full of bravado with a wry humor and the action is hyperbolic.
It took about 30 chapters for the storylines to even begin to come together, but they never really seemed to coalesce. All of the elements are ...more
The latest Hawke adventure pits him against a self-styled Russian tsar scheming to bring back the great Soviet Union. There are fantastic new air ships! Antique motorcycles! Fast boats! Beautiful girls! Brain-shaped compute ...more
There are several aspects of this book that are bad, questionable, unnecessary or that just plain baffle me, but I'll just give you the big ones and move on:
-- There is a terribly long and fairly pointless buildup to what is eventually the main plot line. It isn't until page 140 or so that the primary plot l ...more
Now don’t get me wrong. He’s a man’s man shooting around Bermuda on a vintage racing bike at speeds well beyond those recomm ...more
I'm a fan of Clive Cussler & that vein of action/adventure and I love a good spy novel but this was really a waste of time.
I think there were just too many holes in the plot. I can suspend disbelief in search of a fun tale (ala Cussler) but seriously? It takes a subcontracted security guy to solve the bomb scenario? A guy with ...more
This is quite literally one of the worst books I have ever bothered to read all-the-way through. The plot is so ridiculously implausible, and the author has nowhere near the writing skill to convince me (at least) to suspend disbelief.
The author is better than most in plot, conflict, character development, and descriptions, but a little too heavy on decor and architecture.
He even adds some interesting quotes such as Mark Twain's comment about Bermuda, "You can go to heaven, I'm staying right here."
This is a fast action thriller that is a lit ...more
Typical adventure action type story, interesting bit with Putin in a Russian prison that was creative writing - which that chapter is representative of the creative writing throughout.
The airship travel is novel and well done, as are many of the other components. Some unique aspects that kept me reading this.
And the hidden gem for me w ...more
I cannot fathom how I managed to get through 21 chapters/235 pages of this cliched, contrived, unoriginal, verbose nonsense. This is no exaggeration: I think roughly 200 pages out of the 235 I managed to read (choke down, really) were devoted to superfluous description and cheesy dialogue. I also tried ...more
Ted Bell may be my new "Tom Clancy" Fix... I plan to read more of is titles
Now in paperback, New York Times bestselling author Ted Bell’s latest action-packed thriller features the return of counter spy Alex Hawke as he faces a global nightmare of epic proportions.
Somewhere in Russia, there dwells a man so powerful no one even knows his name. His existence is only speculated upon, only whispered about in American corridors and CIA strategy meetings. Though he is practically invisible, he is pulling strings—and pulling them hard. For suddenly, Russia is a far, far mor
Alex Hawke is recuperating from his Amazon adventure on Bermuda when he meets the beautiful daughter of a powerful Russian. The man has composed a symphony, is about to receive the Nobel Prize in physics, designed a powerful yet inexpensive computer, and d ...more
My first irritation came when reading about Fancha and Stokely in the beginning. I kept asking myself: why should I read about these guys??? Why is Ted Bell writing like 10 pages of some Fado singer looking pretty ...more
I finished this book several days ago, but waited to write the review, considering how best to put in to words what I liked & disliked about this work. This is the first book by Ted Bell that I have read. I see that he has many others, most which seem to be centered on the "hero" of this work, English spy Lord Al ...more