Synopses & Reviews
“[Hawke is] a secret agent who takes you into the danger zone with a ballsy wit that had me hooked.”
“Ted Bell puts a capital A in adventure….Commander Bond might choke on his martini next to Bells superlative Alex Hawke.”
—Madison County Herald
Ted Bells remarkable literary creation, counterspy Alex Hawke, has been called, “strong, shrewd, and savvy, with an aplomb not seen since James Bond” (NPR). Hes back in the explosive blockbuster Phantom, on a breathtaking hunt for a madman about to unleash a terrifying new Artificial Intelligence-powered super weapon on the world. Another superb espionage thriller by a true, New York Times bestselling master of the fictional spy game, Bells Phantom explores a dark side of science while delivering non-stop action, as Hawke races across the globe in order to prevent a coming apocalypse—and the millions of fans of Bells Warlord, Tsar, and Spy will be breathless every perilous step along the way.
“Exciting . . . A terrific, final naval battle shows Alex at his fighting finest.” Publishers Weekly on < i=""> Phantom <>
“[Phantom] keeps the reader involved with its charmingly unflappable hero . . . as well as the ease with which it unfolds on multiple continents, on land and in air.” Kirkus Reviews on < i=""> Phantom <>
“Hawke is . . . strong, shrewd and savvy, with an aplomb not seen since James Bond. In other words, Bond, eat your heart out . . . theres a new spy in town. NPR on < i=""> Warlord <>
“Theres new dimension to Alexander Hawke, the James Bond-like MI6 operative whom men want to be and women want to bed. . . . Bell keeps the tone light and the level of derring-do high. Fine escapist fare.” Library Journal on < i=""> Phantom <>
“[Hawkes] most personal mission yet. . . . the story is tense and exciting. A perfect read for Clive Cussler fans.” Booklist on < i=""> Phantom <>
“Phantom is a book you may not want to put down. . . . Hawke is the protagonist of this novel, and he is as cool a customer as this reviewer has run across for some time. Newbern Sun Journal on < i=""> Phantom <>
“A thoroughly enjoyable spy novel . . . warm weather makes one want to dive into the summer beachside books and Ted Bells Phantom is a great start.” Iron Mountain Daily News on < i=""> Phantom <>
“This is a scary book . . . Bell never lets up on the action in this very well written tale. . . . I had to pause to take a breath before seeing what came next.” Suspense Magazine on < i=""> Phantom <>
“A terrific nonstop action tale . . . Gripping from the vivid Disney World disaster until the final confrontation with a brilliant Phantom.” The Mystery Gazette on < i=""> Phantom <>
“As enlightening as it is scary. . . . Ted Bell packs so many action-amped scenarios into Alex Hawkes seventh adventure, its so often hard to catch ones breath. If you crave spy thrills with a Bond on steroids, visit the bloody British world of Ted Bells Alex Hawke.” Rankin Ledger on < i=""> Phantom <>
Visitors at an American theme park look on in horror as their carefree holiday is transformed in an instant into near chaos. In the skies over the Midwest, the pilot of a USAF F-15 inexplicably loses control of his jet, endangering the very important lives in an accompanying aircraft. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, technology is in open revolt.
For counterspy Alex Hawke and his MI6 colleague, the brilliant former inspector Ambrose Congreve, the mission is clear: to get to the root of a terrifying series of unexplained "malfunctions." But how do you fight a phantom—an enemy you cannot see? Cyber-warfare has been declared, and the hunt is leading Hawke on a breakneck race across the globe—on the trail of a villainous megalomaniac who may have created the perfect weapon: a devastating Artificial Intelligence nightmare that could shift the geopolitical balance of power for all time.
About the Author
Ted Bell, former writer-in-residence at Cambridge University, was chairman of the board and worldwide creative director of Young & Rubicam, one of the world's largest advertising agencies. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Warriors, Phantom, Warlord, Tsar, Spy, Pirate, Assassin, and Hawke, along with two YA adventure novels.