I have enjoyed this series until this book. Perhaps not great literature, but at least enjoyable yarns. This story is contrived, disjointed and boring. Not even Princess Di could save it. It seems likely this is one where Bell owed his editor another book, but didn't want to write it. I may try one more (if he writes any more) in this series, but if it is not a lot better than this one, I'm done.
Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster.
Erase it before I was done.
Poor Alex Hawke, he does not seem able to keep his mates alive. Then he goes into a terrible self destructive dive and then miracles, he recovers to work on another problem. The theme is getting old. The whole book seemed to be very formula driven. It was a difficult to listen to since it seemed so mechanical. I normally like Ted Bell style of writing but this book could have been by any thrill writer. I am probably done with listening to this series.
Maybe just not my cuppa tea. Rather long winded at times, distracting accents....I didnt get to the finish!!
This one bought me so close to necking myself i wouldnt risk another.
not written it
all the above
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
Having just worked my way through the Clancy epics I needed a change of reader. This was so predictable once the characters had been established, I became impatient to have my predictions verified. Thin is the best descriptor because it feels like a novel that has been ‘built’ rather than written with knowledge and passion. One gets the impression the Mr Bell travels as a tax write off so he can manufacture a tale or, worse still, just Googles everything for his research.
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
This was my first ted bell experience / Alex Hawke. I enjoyed the book, story line. It is a good book worth reading. my only negitive comment is that a few times in the book, when the story would change and go back in time, you did not know that until you had listened to it for a while. Bell needs to include dates when he jumps back and forth so the listener has that knowledge
Wow... is this a movie or going to be? This is everything the action movies of today are and more. Stokes is my absolute favorite! I have stayed away from the current wave of terrorist novels because I see enough of that on the news. I listen for entertainment and suspense. This book has opened a new world in listening for me and I will be enjoying another one of Mr Bell's books soon. - it really SHOULD be made into a movie, though!
John Shea has to be one of the best male narrators as well. Kuddos for an excellent listen!
On a scale of 1-5 Warlord is a 6. Bell has absalutely done it again!!! This is the best of the series and will keep you laughing or intrench until the very end. Thank you Mr. Bell for such a wounderful batch of caractors with a narrator that is unmatch in a story that can only come from the vivid mind of Master Dr Bell.
The book often devolves into a right wing vehicle used to rant about the greater fanatical Islamic conspiracy. The heroic cartoon characters are courageous and extremely well proportioned. Somehow Hawke, our thirty-eight year old hero has been everywhere and done everything even though some of those things are only possible with time travel given his youth. Think James Bond, the author did but Hawke falls short just as the prose would embarrass Ian Fleming. Stoke, a secondary character, was a medic in Vietnam and still in the prime of life circa 2009. In sum, if you can suspend disbelief, get past stock characters, sex scenes that border on comedic bodice rippers and right wing ranting, this book is for you.
I love the Alex Hawke series. These are great books. I can't wait until the next one.
Ted Bell masterfully threads the needle between drama and intense action. This would make a really good movie.