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Warlord (Alexander Hawke #6)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  4,416 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews
“Hawke is…strong, shrewd and savvy, with an aplomb not seen since James Bond tore up the pages of Ian Fleming’s novels….Warlord stands tall....A first rate thriller.”
—National Public Radio

Thriller fiction of the highest order, Warlord by Ted Bell returns British-American MI6 counterterrorism operative Alex Hawke to the field, as he races to stop a plot to murder Great Brit
Paperback, 704 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Harper (first published September 14th 2010)
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Gail Cooke
Oct 16, 2010 Gail Cooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasted. That's the only way to describe the way we first find our favorite British spy in Ted Bell's exciting sixth Alex Hawke adventure. After all, what could one expect from even the strongest, most disciplined of men when he's lost everything that had any meaning for him? In Alex's words, "My parents were murdered before my eyes when I was seven years old. I met a wonderful woman, the first I'd ever wanted to marry. She died in my arms on the steps of the chapel where we'd just been wed." The ...more
Jun 23, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bell writes a whole lot of words, but so does the Government Printing Office, and neither one writes well. His prime character, Alex Hawke, is another comic-book Superman-type, a descendant of ancient English nobility, who just happens to be an old childhood friend of Prince Charles, and admired by the Queen, as well as most of the other gentrified and oh-so-important ruling class of England (and Scotland too). He also just happens to be the only person who knows every cranny of Balmoral Castle ...more
Andrew Bass
Oct 12, 2011 Andrew Bass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ted Bell strikes again. Warlord, along with the rest of the Alex Hawke series, borders on epic while maintaining a "no boring page" standard. I find it hard to rate any of the Hawke series with less than a perfect score because they are all just so compulsively readable and near-mint. The stories are always different, but finding fault in them is not an easy task. Therefore, I won't even try. I loved this book. To rank it among the other Alex Hawke books, I would say it falls somewhere behind Ts ...more
Dean Grogan
Nov 16, 2010 Dean Grogan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was a little above my reading level, yet I still enjoyed reading it. Even though I had too look up a word every couple of pages I thought it was very well written. Quite often, when reading an action novel, you will get a sense of seriousness. Not with this book. Ted Bell balances humor with seriousness very well. His main character Alex Hawke is an MI6 agent that has been down on his luck. His depression over the death of his wife and newborn ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 20, 2010 Lianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Ted Bell book. As this is one of my favorite genres, I am always looking for new authors. Unfortunately, I probably won't read any more. I liked the character of Alex Hawke but I did not enjoy the jumping around from chapter to chapter to different cities, different countries and even different times. I have to admit I was also not a fan of the storyline either.
Apr 18, 2014 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this character, and his adventures. Tough guy......but sensitive......waaay unreal! That's probably why I like Hawke. Dream on.
May 19, 2011 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some people have said that his book was better than his previous works, but if I am honest I personally think that it is weaker. I've rated it at three stars, but it is a definite 3.5 Stars.

On one hand the plot is certainly intriguing and definitely as good as the previous books. In essence. However, on the other hand it was not produced as well as it could have been. I think that one of the most intriguing things about the Hawke books is the bond-esque feeling that they produce, yet for me the
Lee Boyland
Oct 17, 2011 Lee Boyland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I commend Bell for his portrayal of Islamic fanatics. If anything, they are much worst that the characters in the story. Criminals are being radicalized in prisons. This is a fact--a fact our leaders chose to ignore.

Bell uses India, and Great Brittan's pullout as a key component of the story. As soon as the last Viceroy departed, the country erupted into a religious civil war. Bell did not address the root cause of this conflict, which was the Muslim conquest of India. Invading Muslim armies des
Sep 05, 2010 Kira4Inu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
An intense well written tale about a man named Alex Hawke. For someone like me, who hasn't read the first five books, the author made it fairly simple to understand the plot of this book. It is a thrilling adventure well worth the read. Hawke is a character that draws the reader's emotions that they become attached to. Brilliant descriptions of the characters' emotions, appearances, and personalities really helped me get to know them and care for them. The author does a good job introducing the ...more
Jul 15, 2010 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there ever was a better Janes Bond, we have it in Alex Hawke. Born to privilege, best bud of Prince Charles (yes, that Price Charles), secret agent with a valet of wiles and ways of taking care of him. Alex has been absorbing all the alcohol in Bermuda and doing a grand job of it. Grief will do that to you and he has had more than his share after losing his fiancee and their unborn son a year ago. Pelham has all but given up on him when the call comes in the veritable middle of the night - th ...more
Sep 06, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
I won this book through the Goodreads First-Read Giveaway on September 7th, 2010!

Synopsis of Warlord - Alex Hawke is an M16 operative who has seemingly lost his will to live and everyone around him notices. His life in Bermuda centers around drinking, smoking and mourning the loss of his love a year before. All of this changes when Prince Charles calls him and asks a personal favor of him - to find the man/woman behind the threats to the royal family.

First thoughts after finishing Warlord - Why
Shirley Schwartz
This is a great thriller with a tight plot and believable characters (both the bad and the good guys). I love Ted Bell's Alex Hawke series and eagerly await each new book. This book starts with Hawke trying to drink himself to death in Bermuda after he has lost his fiance and unborn son. The book takes us all over the world. First to England, then Northern Ireland, Miami, Florida, and high in the mountains and caves in Pakistan. That is part of the fun of these books-we travel all over the world ...more
William Bentrim
Jun 25, 2010 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warlord by Ted Bell

This is my second Ted Bell Book. This is in the adult as opposed to young adult genre. This is a thriller right off of the pages of the newspaper (or The British Royal Family is threatened by terrorists and a shell shocked, combat fatigued Alex Hawke is called in to save the day. This book is a medley of rock and roll action.

This is a fun read. Alex Hawke makes James Bond look like a girl scout. His pal Stokely is intimidating even on paper. The characterization
Sandy Vaughan
Dec 09, 2012 Sandy Vaughan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Hmmmm. This one is tough to review. I liked it but I didn't finish it.

The story starts back in time with the murder of a British royal and then comes up to before Princess Diana dies. There are warnings and fears and intrigue. It is well written and well read.

So why didn't you finish it? Because the news stories before and after the death of the Princess are still too close in my mind. Such a tragedy! I just could not let it that close again.

Now, my husband (the one born in Scotland), he thinks
Apr 20, 2012 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had not read any of the first books, can't say that any more. After finishing this book I ran to get my hands on the first book of the series. After making the mistake of letting someone read the first few pages I had to make sure that I got the book back! Like 007 one cannot mistake Hawke as anything but fictional. Likeable, Hawke has surrounded himself with lots of interesting characters (is there anyone he doesn't know?) and finding himself in interesting situations, there is never a dull mom ...more
Dec 02, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all the previous Alex Hawke novels by Ted Bell, and found this one to be the best so far. The main character Alex Hawke follows in the footsteps of James Bond, meaning that he saves the world in every novel. While I find the plots frighteningly realistic, the fact that Alex Hawke seems to be a mortal superman is absurdly not realistic. However, that doesn't take away from the sheer entertainment level of this book. This was a very good book and I look forward to the release of the ne ...more
Hawke rises from his "Blue funk" to save the empire...two threats have has been ingeniously interwoven into all of the bad events of the "Royals" from the burning of Windsor Castle to Diana's death...the other involving a Jihadist movement within England and the USA called the "Sword of Allah"...Hawke and his band are more than a match for these two read as always!!!
J.P. Bowie
Feb 02, 2011 J.P. Bowie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a huge book - in style, action and length. I loved every page, had some good laughs and was kept on the edge of my seat from the action. If I have one complaint it is that although there are over 500 pages, it seemed rushed to me at the end. I could have done with some more savouring of the baddies demise. That apart, I loved it!
J.M. Guillemette
Jul 19, 2010 J.M. Guillemette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy
If James Bond had a younger brother it definitely would be Alex Hawke. This being my first experience with Ted Bell's writing, I must say that I was extremely impressed with this book. It definitely reminds me of reading Ian Fleming. This book is due out in November and I would suggest that you put this book on your "To Read in 2010" list. I know I will be ordering Ted Bell's backlist soon.
Feb 15, 2013 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were too many things going on early in this story--and flash backs thrown in for good measure. Really hard to keep things straight!! However, I figured out it would all come together and was not disappointed in the last half of the story!! Hawke and Stokes are great characters in and of themselves, but even better together!! 6 out of 10 for me.
Oswaldo Reyes
Nov 26, 2016 Oswaldo Reyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a loyal fan of the Alexander Hawke series by Ted Bell, i must say that this is one of the best books in the series. The ending left me in shock and speechless. I can't wait to continue the series a find out where this revelation will lead Alex Hawke.
Nov 10, 2010 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Ted Bell's Alex Hawke novels and have really enjoyed them. Some of the language is a little raw, but the story's Bell writes are outstanding. Recommend the entire series to those who love a good international conflict/novel.
Jerry Sonderup
Sep 17, 2010 Jerry Sonderup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best of all the Alex Hawke books. Top notch all the way.
Fast-paced and articulate. Bell reflects his research in every page. Even though the plot's a bit on the cliche side, it's still an entertaining read.
Tony Parsons
Jul 24, 2014 Tony Parsons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alexander Alex Hawke (Lord) British-American MI6 counterterrorism operative returns to the field. Alex has lost the love of his life; Anna Korsakova & their unborn son a yr. ago & is down in the dumps.

Both his parents were murdered at the age of 7. Prince of Wales Charles his BMF needs his help. A note was signed & delivered to Prince Charles by The Pawn about the murder plot.

Alex’s goal is to stop the murder plot of Great Britain’s royal family (Charles, the Queen mother, Philip t
Aug 25, 2014 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the finest examples of modern day patriotic paranoid fervor I have ever read. Laced with lectures about honor and duty and the American way (I don't have anything against, honor, duty or patriotism per se, but they seem to be a bit less black and white then they are portrayed here). Underneath all of that is a good suspense story but it is buried. It's one thing to have a honorable character who has a true drive to be a patriot (at one point prior to a battle scene one of the character st ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warlord by Ted Bell is an action-packed and engaging read, in the style of Clive Cussler and Robert Ludlum.

I really enjoyed the fictional portrayal of Prince Charles, Lord Mountbatten, and the rest of the royals. Most of the novels I read depicting royalty focus on historical figures like Henry VIII, so these contemporary portraits were a nice change. And I'm curious about how Bell developed these portraits, whether research and interviews were involved or if they're completely fictional. I also
Kara Jorges
I’ve been a Ted Bell and Alex Hawke fan since Hawke, and have increased the ranks of his readership by recommending his books to others. I was excited to see that there was finally another Alex Hawke book to add to my collection, and I could not wait to read it. And then I could not wait to finish it because it was such a disappointment. I found myself wondering if his publisher is too cheap to provide him with an editor these days because the book reads like a rough draft. I lost count of how m ...more
Nov 09, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every member of Britain’s royal family has a role to play in this Theodore Bell counterterrorism thriller. There are lots and lots of “references to real people, events, establishments, organizations (and) locales” in this two year-old Alex Hawke adventure. Some of the major events here, for example, the 1979 Lord Mountbatten assassination, the 1992 fire at Windsor Castle, the 1997 death of Princess Diana, occurred pretty much as Bell describes them. If you Google these events and watch the vide ...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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