I have been hooked on Lord Hawke since the first of the series. Sure, they can be a bit corny at times, and this is no exception. But my life had to be put on hold for 2 days while I listened to it. The narrator did a great job. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait for the next adventure, which was revealed in the last few minutes of the book.
This is my first book by Ted Bell or the narrator John Shea. I had minimal expectations before beginning, but was immediately immersed into a great story by an excellent reader.
Since this is very similar to the epic adventures on a great James Bond book, you can say there is a single moment. The twists and turns, different venues, and outrageous situations are all memorable.
I have not listened to any of John Shea's work. However, half way through the book I did a search to find other works he has done. One of the best I have listened to so far.
The book had some extreme action sequences and situations. I cannot believe that these books have not be good candidates for Hollywood action movies.
The good: actually, a well-developed and reasonably innovative plot line, integrating IRA and Islamic terrorists. Good ins and outs the final third of the book.
The bad: mawkish or slavish devotion to the wondrousness of Alex Hawke and the moral virtue of the royal family. Lord Mountbatten in real life as a perv and cruel man in India is substituted in this book by prose extolling his virtue as Prince Charles' ever-wonderful godfather. We finally get to see the motives and rationale of his killer, but they are marginalized because the killer himself was such a murderous lunatic.
Not anything close to my favorite for this genre.
Wouldn't recommend to a friend.
Author seemed to tire and run out of creative "gas" with several parts of the book (rescue in the desert, etc.). The dialog of some characters, especially ethnic characters, lacked authenticity, depth and were cartoon-ish.
Narrator's voice and characterizations for Afro-American (especially for the character Stokley) and other ethnic characters was remarkably poor.
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
I enjoyed listening to this novel. It was pure escapism, not the best plot I've ever heard, but still one that kept me interested. I thought the narration was very good, the accents exceptional, especially "Hawk" and "Stoke".
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.
With this book, Ted Bell has ruined what had been a mostly entertaining series. The other books, of course, have veins of right wing fanaticism running in them, but this book crosses the line. When he has Stokely take a prisoner into international waters just so he can torture him for information -- that's when I turned the book off. Save your money and turn on Fox news if you need a right wing fear fix.
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.