Pirate (Alexander Hawke, #3)
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In Ted Bell's scorching follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Assassin, intrepid intelligence operative Alex Hawke must thwart a secret, deadly alliance between China and France before they annihilate everything and everyone in their headlong rush toward world domination.
Aboard the Star of Shanghai in the south of France, an American spy is held captive. He possess...more
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Published August 16th 2005 by Atria Books
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J
Jul 17, 2008 J added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Idiots, Racists, Cretins, Jerkwads, Dipshits
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Karen
China and France have formed a deadly alliance – they are after the oil in Oman and from there – the world!

On the side of the good guys: intrepid Counter-Terrorist freelancer, British Intelligence Officer and all round English Pukka good chap, Lord Alex Hawke and his band of International merry men including man-mountain American Stokely Jones. Harry Brock, American agent, rescued by Hawke from the clutches of Chinese agents on a boat in the South of France is now part of the team. Legendary New...more
Tim
After listening to the abridged audio, I would strongly recommend the unabridged version as much important information is left out. Ted Bell is such a terrific writer that a serious injustice is done shrinking his work. Nonetheless, 7 of 10 stars
Mary Jane
Dec 31, 2008 Mary Jane rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary Jane by: Steve Kinyon
Well, I was told by someone it was the best book they ever read. It was a good thriller, but not the best I have read. It is a great international political thriller. I think the main reason I can't get into the Hawke series is because Hawke works for both the British Intelligence and the US Intelligence. It creates a vague background for me. The story was great and surprising and believable...if you read the jacket, it might sound ridiculous. The French teaming up with the Chinese...but the aut...more
Sidney
This was my first and last Ted Bell Book. I have not encountered such a supposed NYT "best selling" author of this caliber (D-league)
for so long I've forgotten when.

If I consider all the wonderful authors one can read,
still alive, I am simply awe-struck that this gentleman
has been so prolific - and actually gotten so many to buy his
wares.

Truly, this gentleman is an inspiration to all whose native language is English! If Mr Bell can write best-sellers, than so can many millions of poor humaniti...more
Mike
This is another "Alex Hawke" political thriller/action adventure story. Similar to the previous one I've read, the plot involves dire circumstances threatening catastrophe for the world, the loss of millions of innocent lives, the use of nuclear weapons, and the like. The hero and several of his close associates have a lot more than just nine lives --- they constantly find themselves in dangerous, life-threatening situations where things are not looking good and the odds are not in their favor,...more
Bobbi
Great book, a page turner! Highly recommended!
Cynthia
Jun 18, 2014 Cynthia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I first heard this as an audio-book I downloaded from Audible.com - I LOVED the narrator, John Shea. He morphed into Alex Hawke and completely brought the story to life. Unfortunately, as I have had with other Audible purchases, the recording was corrupted after a couple chapters - like when the filmstrip split right at the worst time in an action movie. So I bought the book....and then life happened, other books happened and Alex is still on that ship tied to a chair. I really need to get back...more
Toni Osborne
Book 3 in the Alexander Hawke series

I love this series, it is brilliantly written it contains more action and suspense then one can dream of. Not a dull moment in this thriller.... Step aside James Bond....

The characters are very well presented. The main character Hawke is smart, wealthy and talented. A super hero that executes every task flawlessly and often single-handedly, he carries off impossible escapes, he is cool and collected under the most extreme circumstances and of course there is...more
William
This is the third time I have read and Alex Hawke adventure by Mr. Bell, and my comments concerning this third book in the series changes little from what I said about the first two pieces. The action is great, the plot, at times, diluted, and the star of the book, Lord Hawke, is too often removed from the real action. For instance, at this novel's conclusion (attention, this may spoil it for you) we are witness to Hawke while he saves a helpful Chinese secret police agent with whom he had had a...more
Kara Jorges
The third installment in the Alex Hawke adventure series is easily the best book yet, though there were still a few wrinkles that needed ironing out. Sometime spy Alex Hawke is called in to rescue an American spook who has fallen into the hands of the Chinese. The Chinese, who have become close friends with France, are up to something big, and it somehow involves beautiful actress Jet Moon, whose bed Alex is roused from when duty calls. Jet’s father, General Sun-Yat Moon, is in league with her d...more
Jim
The third in Ted Bell's "lord Alex Hawke' series , is a rough and tumble adventure involving France, Oman, and the U.S.- British super spy Alex Hawke and his pal Stokely have to stop the evil Luca Bonaparte from taking over the country of Oman before Bonaparte has a chance of selling all of Oman's oil to China. Luca, a direct descendant of the THE "Napoleaon Bonaparte " is the evil mastermind of this story. It's a classic story of spies and bravery beyond the call of duty- Bell weaves a very tig...more
Howard Anders
Mr. Bell's stories keep getting better, and the action stays at a fast pace, from locale to locale. The supporting characters are getting more complex, even though the story line remains hugely reminiscent of Ian Fleming's "James Bond" - unfortunately sometimes, the theatrical version. Alex Hawke is a bit more human than James Bond, and is definitely not a loner. One unfortunate similarity between Hawke and Bond is their poor choice of sidearms. In "Pirate" Bell arms Hawke with a Walther TPH, a...more
Dick Gullickson
This a well written thriller/mystery just right for reading at the beach, which is what I did. It is another in Ted’s “Alex Hawke” series. Alex is a younger James Bond who lives in a cottage by the sea in Bermuda and is periodically summoned from temporary retirement to support MI6 and/or the CIA on catching the world’s master criminals and terrorists. Alex has a fascinating cadre of friends including former special operations and US and UK intel operators. After a winter of reading gruesome and...more
Marianne
This was, IMO, not Bell's best effort. I've enjoyed the other books in this series, but this one was sort of ho-hum. didn't much like the skipping around from China, to Oman, to London, to New York to Paris! Unbelievable how Hawke is the ONLY one in the world who can solve all these problems.
John Boettcher
Alexander Hawke is called back into action again in Pirate. Again, he is like a Clive Cussler replacement without all the cheesy-ness his son and multitude of co-authors are now putting into their books.

Bell is the real deal, and so is Pirate. So are any of his books for that matter. And they only keep getting better and better as each one comes out.

This is a thriller in every sense of the word. But a high-brow thriller because Hawke brings that James Bond feeling to the story that Jack Reache...more
Anna
I love Ted Bell's adventure stories which take the reader on a real roller coaster ride. These stories build on a kernel of truth in current events and take off on a wild ride!
This one featured several kernels which did not truly come together. There were some great parts that were juxtaposed to lesser ones; so that this particular story did not really come off the page for me. It's disappointing when you find yourself skimming through the main character's parts in favor of his colleagues' adven...more
Larry
Ted Bell, produced another “Alex Hawke Thriller”. Hawke is a wealthy, titled James Bond – but with all the stereotypical English formality, understatement and reserve.

Not a classic - but a fun book to read on the beach. A provocative and interesting plot with familiar characters from the prior book. All the good guys and the bad guys larger than life. If you like Clive Cussler’s, Dirk Pitt novels you’ll like this series. (Also, as of this second book I’ve read, it appears that just as Cussler sh...more
Wayne
Not a very good author. Really never brought the story together
Brian Blut
I am reading these bell books out of order, but Ted Bell is about as good as it gets for spy thrillers. Spy and Assassin are SO good, that Pirate was actually a little bit of a letdown in their wake. Not to say this was not a great book on its own... Just up against a very high set of standards.

I actually listened to this book(unabridged obviously), and the actor who reads Ted Bell's stories(John Shea) is PHENOMINAL!!! I commute so I kind of split between reading and listening, but this is one...more
Eric
Continuing my saga through the Hawke series, this third book, Pirate, was another very enjoyable read. This time Hawke confronts the insatiable demand of China for oil, the vulnerability of the United States to China economically, and the greed and lust for power of Chinese leaders who have found a willing and gullible partner in France, whose leaders seek to return to former national glory. Exciting, riveting, and fast paced, this book was a page-turning read. I am looking forward to book #4, S...more
Larry
Aboard the Star of Shanghai in the south of France, an American spy is held captive. He possesses vital, explosive intelligence linking two nations and one horrifying plot. If he is not rescued, he faces certain torture and inevitable death. Nearby, in a seaside hotel, a man still haunted by the loss of his wife two years earlier finds comfort in the arms of a beautiful Chinese actress - but is she to be trusted? So begins Pirate, a thriller marking the return of international counterterrorist A...more
Step-hen
Okay, I finally got off my duff! This book is not going to change your life any more than Da Vinci Code did, but it might help you see international relations in a different light. The book was hard to put down after I got into it, and although it is James Bondish, it was more than moderately interesting. As thick as the book is, I expected it to be more graphic, but I am happy to report it isn't. If you don't have anything else more pressing to read, and are a fan of this genre, give Pirates a...more
Milaah
This book can be only of interest of International Laws and Conter-terrorism fellows.
Matthew
this was my first alex hawke/ted bell thriller and i enjoyed my introduction to hawke and his crew of comrades. as my first foray into bell's writing i enjoyed it and expected more from tsar but am neither disappointed nor going to run right out this instant to grab the rest of the hawke series, i will eventually read them but have other things on my desk at the moment and will wait on them. do love alex hawke's character though.
Craig Leimkuehler
If you are looking for something fresh and new try a flower stand. If, however, you like every cliche in the book thrown at you this is the tale for you. Beautiful women, a hero too with tragic past, but a paragon of perfection. The good guys are better than good, the evil doers more evil than ever. The action is relentless if sometimes over the top. Much better than real life, so its worth reading.
D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
Average technothriller with some nice touches. The plot seems like it wants to continue in another book, and it's hokey as they usually are. A french/chinese alliance threatens the world. Hawke is the one man that can do something about it. Wait, he's not; he's helped out by a supporting cast. All of them feel generic and pulpy. A nice read to kill some brain cells with, but it wont convert you.
Bill Reed
A good one. Over six hundred pages. Four or five sub plots
Masha K.
Well done. Actually one of the more plausible books in the series, and I like the way it takes time to flesh out all the supporting characters. My one regret is not reading the series in order (lots of suspense involving a certain character loses its punch once you know he's a recurring player). If you haven't started the series yet, I recommend doing it the right way.
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as Hawke: A Thriller. It is a roller coaster, page turner book for a long weekend or a sunny day on the beach. Don't expect great literature or admiration to the laws of physics (and sometimes common sense) but it is a fun read especially if you like James Bond movies, Bruce Wayne persona, and Sherlock Holmes character.
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Ted Bell, now Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University and Writer-In-Residence at Sydney-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, publish...more
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