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Pirate (Alexander Hawke #3)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  3,881 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
With unrelenting excitement and in spectacular style, counterterrorist operative Alexander Hawke returns in this electrifying New York Times bestseller from Ted Bell, "the new Clive Cussler" (James Patterson).

Aboard a ship in the south of France, an American spy faces certain torture and death for the vital, explosive intelligence he possesses. In Paris, a ruthless and p
Paperback, 640 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Pocket Star (first published August 16th 2005)
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Jul 17, 2008 added it
Recommends it for: Idiots, Racists, Cretins, Jerkwads, Dipshits
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Peter Mcandrews
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because it was super action packed, never boring, and the characters are very likable. Ted Bell develops a few characters quite well throughout the story. It might be a little much having so many different characters, but he balances them out by having different villains throughout the book. I would recommend this book to either gender. Men might like this book slightly more, but if one is looking for a good action filled book, this is perfect. I would recommend ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
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
Mary Jane
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Henri Moreaux
This book was okay but I found the storyline had gone from semi-realistic fiction to absurd fiction. I find it a little distracting to read a book and wonder why a character is making such utterly retarded choices when they are apparently an elite private spy/cop/etc.

Overall the writing was alright, but the storyline and circumstances within the plot line had me putting the book down regularly to go and do other things.

Will probably be the third & last Ted Bell book I read.
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this didn't have the big bang ending that I like, there's nothing better than justice served Hawke and Stokely style!! Loved this story with its 3 inter-related story lines, all coming together at the end. Listened on audio CD and many times laughed out loud at the antics and sayings of Stokely Jones--absolutely love this character! 8 out of 10 for me.
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
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 serious injustices are done shrinking his work. Nonetheless, 7 of 10 stars. 8 of 10 stars unabridged
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great book, a page turner! Highly recommended!
Jun 29, 2014 added it
Not a very good author. Really never brought the story together
Shayna Wark
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ahh... A good, old, James Bond-esque thriller novel. I mean, how could you go wrong?

Don't get me wrong, I liked it... enough. It just felt really messy and pointless, in a way. Like, don't show me tea over in Britain while somebody else is getting shot at over in Paris.

The action was written very nicely, but there was just too much mess for me to appreciate it fully.

Sorry, Ted. I liked Hawke, but this one just fell short.
David Liscio
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Ted Bell. Published in 2005, it's 600+ pages of action and excitement. The focus is on counterterrorism operative Alexander Hawke, who exudes a James Bond aura. The plot sets up Hawke to stop a madman who purportedly is a descendant of Napoleon from trying to take over the world. For readers who like Special Forces-style drama, this book delivers, along with espionage, intrigue and political drama. I'll be reading more from Ted Bell.
Chris Primeaux
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As an earlier reviewer, this story was very much like a James Bond movie. Very good and exciting read.
Kara Jorges
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it

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 possesses vital, explosive intelligence linking two nations and one horrifying plot. If he is not rescued, he faces certain torture a

Toni Osborne
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Luca H.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it liked it
"Pirate" is the third book in the Hawke series, dealing with Hawke and his quest to save the world from a deadly alliance between the Chinese and French. Having read three other books in the "Hawke" series ("Spy" and the first 2), I felt this book was at best rather mediocre. It's less of this book itself, but more of the repetition in the series. The stories are, at their base, exactly the same - good guy Hawke teams up with his friends and saves the world from some great evil. I also found the ...more
Jun 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
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

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
Howard Anders
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: alex-hawke, paperback
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
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dick Gullickson
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Ron by:
This is my third Hawke book, and I am not sure I can finish it. Bell is OK with theme, language and tempo, but has no where near the mastery of Baldacci, Lee Child, Steve Berry, etc. But it is his mis-understanding of facts and detail that really ends it for me, and makes one wonder if he does any research at all or just makes it all up. If you are really good at suspending reality or have no technical understanding, you will like Hawke books. Otherwise move on.

For example: In all three books he
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of Indiana Jones, James Bond, or Mitch Rapp, you will love Ted Bell's Lord Alexander Hawke. I have read all but one of Bell's Hawke books. All are good. This one tops them. It is a thriller. Hawke, a wealthy Brit and sometime spy, joins forces with the President of the United States, Ambrose Congreve from the British version of the CIA, his regular team of cohorts, and a mysterious Chinese gal named Jet to solve a major problem threatening mankind. It seems a descendent of Napol ...more
Jul 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
To be honest, a 2 rating is a gift, so one it is. While reading a book, and I must reread pape after page because I cannot maintain concentration on the novel, then something is clearly wrong. I've ready many Cussler books that many others have said that Bell's novels resemble.....I think not. I bought three of his books at a used book store....luckily, I will return all three, one read, and the other two not.
the only character I enjoyed from this work was the Scotland Yard Congreve detective...
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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
John Boettcher
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
John Turney
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book. It started off slow, yet took off about half way through. Positives: I found Mr. Bell's writing matched the personality of the character that chapter dealt with. Hawke was the pretentious Englishman so the writing was pretenious, Stokely Jones was the down to Earth urban, and the writing reflected his character. Negatives: the plot seemed to wander. Bell didn't pay attention to the timing. He had it night in Oman while it was also night in Southampton, New York ...more
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
#3 in the Alexander Hawke series. Alex Hawke, British Lord, billionaire, ex-fighter pilot and SBS member, is also the descendent of the pirate Blackhawke.

Alex Hawke is called on to thwart an insidious alliance between France, led by a Napoleon descendant, a German industrialist and China. Bonaparte wants France to regain world stature and fronts for China in invading Oman on a pretext to supply China with oil. Hawke, Stokely and Ambrose Congreve must defuse a nuclear standoff between China and t
Sep 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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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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