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Tsar (Alexander Hawke #5)

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Swashbuckling spy Alex Hawke returns in New York Times bestselling author Ted Bell's most explosive tale of international suspense to date.

There dwells, somewhere in Russia, a man so powerful no one even knows his name. His existence is only speculated upon, only whispered about in American corridors of power and CIA strategy meetings. Though he is all but invisible, he is
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ebook, 512 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Atria Books
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Anna
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
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Jerome
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Heather
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
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Enrique
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
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Bess
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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Jason
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
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Stephen
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Erin
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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Joe
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spy thriller readers
Recommended to Joe by: talk radio
If you are into James Bond type spy mysteries/novels, this is as good as any recent, and there are a lot of them out there (I'm barely scraping through "Stone Cold" by Baldacci right now).

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
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Bart
Oct 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense-fiction
I gave this book an F--- (that's three minuses) on my personal A to F scale. I would have given it no stars on Goodreads, but I figured that wouldn't count against it in the tallies of all reader reviews. So I gave it one star, which is more than it deserves.

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.

This
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Mark
I eagerly awaited this new Hawke...so far, it doesn't disappoint...the West's interests are threatened, beautiful women and a trusty sidekick all weave a page turner...parts of the book are torn from the front pages of European papers...decent background on a rising threat of renewed Russian nationalism...Hawke's love interest again proves to be problematic...a fun ride!!!
Jeanne
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another case for reading an abridged version of a story! Way too long, at 15 audio CD disks, and when they spend over 5 minutes describing a Troika, I ask myself "Why??". There was definitely suspense and intrigue, but when that doesn't come until 2/3 the way through the story, and then ends on a devastating note, I can only give 3 out of 10 on this one.
Jennifer
Jan 25, 2009 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tom Clancy Fans
Shelves: will-loan-out
A more Navy Seal type "James Bond" is called on to save the democratic free world from the clutches of a strong Russia. I'm reading it for action and it has a present-day conspiracy feel to it...

Ted Bell may be my new "Tom Clancy" Fix... I plan to read more of is titles
Tim
May 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was all set to rate this two stars until the normally solid Bell concluded this story most disappointingly, leaving characters and plots uncleanly finished. Lowest rating of Hawke series, despite Shay's excellent narration as always. 2 of 10 stars
Gary
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding winter read, the Tsar's plan for world domination came from left field and made perfect sense. Got me wondering why it hasen't been tried already.
Birgit
Feb 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good beach book even in the winter. Intersting technology; likeable main characters.
Keith
Dec 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Amazing. Never had a dull moment, and the ending was incredible.
Douglas Cook
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
First sentence - "The end of the world was in plain sight."
Kaylynn Johnsen
Jun 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Alex Hawke and I love Ted Bell, but I am so over the sex and swearing. I guess as I get older I just don't want to have to put up with it to get to the story. There are so many writers out there with equally great stories who don't resort to sex and swearing. Bye Alex Hawke, I am going to miss you, the intrigue and all your cool toys.
Eddy Bryant
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read. It reminds me of the 80' James Bond films. More than a little over the top, but entertaining once I realized where Ted Bell was going I was able to sit back and enjoy the trip. Not to be taken as serious spy novel.
Billy
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story w/ so-so storytelling..., (I will add that my review of this book on Amazon was actually attacked quite viciously by the author which I found to be very unprofessional...)

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
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Gilbert G.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this Thriller. That's what they called it and that's exactly how I felt about this entertaining book. Intrigue, Spies, Love Interest, and all the other goodies people look for in a very good book. I think most people will find this book very exciting
Kara Jorges
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Swashbuckling British spy Alex Hawke has been healing his body and soul in Bermuda after the ravages of his last adventure. He whiles away his days swimming in the ocean and sunning himself on a private beach. One day, a beautiful woman rises up out of the sea. Anastasia Korsakova is the daughter of Count Ivan Korsakov, a brilliant industrialist who is rumored to be even more powerful than the Russian president. Korsakov is beloved the world over for his invention of the Zeta computer, a brain-s ...more
Mary
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good read. Skipped unnecessary parts. Last few pages were disappointing. Strong characters, suspenseful.
Gordon
"This Review goes Over ALL my Feelings of Alex Hawke Books"

'Warlord' was one of my favorites even though the suspension of disbelief must be pretty high, BUT this book, 'Tsar' easily makes it out in the top 3 I think in the Bond Wanna-be books... Stokley is still the coolest character, any large special forces black man the size of an armoire with an extremely funny sense of humor. Since all the Hawke books are average comparable speaking to most other books of this Genre I'm going to write a sm
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Randy
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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

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Dave Carroll
Mar 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I reserved this book almost exclusively for bathroom reading because it didn't deserve any additional investment of time. Without a doubt, one of the cheesiest spy novels I've ever read. The writer's fascination with Bond borders on girlish. It's too bad that the character he crafted from that inspiration is so flat, predictable and immature. "Lord Alexander Hawke" is certainly not a man I'd trust with the fate of the world. Bell really needs to do more research on military equipment an ...more
Wayne Wilson
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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