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Tsar (Alexander Hawke #5)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  3,543 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
In Ted Bell's latest pulse-pounding and action-packed tour de force, Alex Hawke must face a global nightmare of epic proportions. As this political crisis plays out, Russia gains a new leader. Not just a president, but a new tsar, a signal to the world that the old, imperial Russia is back and plans to have her day. And in America, a mysterious killer brutally murders an i ...more
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Published September 23rd 2008 by Brilliance Audio
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May 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: series
This is hardly the page-turner I was anticipating ...
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
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I'm sort of addicted to the Lord Alex Hawke series. They're quirky spy-story page-turners with fun characters and more gadgets and machines than Bond himself. They're fast reads, but still give you something to think about as the plots are crazy incarnations of current events.

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
Mar 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boy of boy, this by far has been the worst spy thriller I have ever read. What can you say when some of the main characters in the novel keep saying baby to each others. The characters are not two or one but zero dimensional. The timelines are ridiculous. The main character is 33 years old yet fought in Gulf War 1 as at Harrier pilot. If that is the case he must have been
Brett Roller
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bond movies have almost always been smash hits at the box office and many fans know 007 was based on a double agent who hung out in Portugal during World War II, but I’m pretty sure Alex Hawke is a completely fictitious character from the mind of Ted Bell. Hawke is the playboy super agent for the 21st century with a little late 90′s metrosexual emotional bull tossed in.

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
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My stepmother occasionally gives me books, and while they're often not exactly my cup of tea, I've learned to stop for a minute & realize that my stepmother is the reason I still have a job. She's one of the only people I know who buys books! She doesn't take them out of the library or obtain them secondhand at the Strand -- no, she'll be at a store shopping for other, completely unrelated things, and suddenly be like, "Hmm, that looks like a cool book, I think I'll buy it." Totally randomly ...more
Jackie Williams
Jun 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could have been one of the chosen few to write the Praise for Ted Bell quotes on the back cover. Those guys must have been paid pretty handsomely to give this book a positive review.

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
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My review is - I'm so glad that's over! Unbelievable situations, ridiculous characters, juvenile dialogue, physical impossibilities ... I don't think I need to go on.

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
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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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