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Phantom: An Alex Hawke Thriller, Book 7 | [Ted Bell]

Phantom: An Alex Hawke Thriller, Book 7

The first and most bizarre event nearly becomes a monumental catastrophe when something goes awry at an American theme park, wreaking havoc on visitors looking for nothing more than a sun-splashed holiday. In a different part of the country, a USAF F-15 pilot, escorting another jet in the skies over the Midwest, inexplicably loses control of his plane, endangering the lives of several people and deeply puzzling those following his mission on the ground.
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Publisher's Summary

The first and most bizarre event nearly becomes a monumental catastrophe when something goes awry at an American theme park, wreaking havoc on visitors looking for nothing more than a sun-splashed holiday.

In a different part of the country, a USAF F-15 pilot, escorting another jet in the skies over the Midwest, inexplicably loses control of his plane, endangering the lives of several people and deeply puzzling those following his mission on the ground.

Then, in the misty calm of a coastal California evening, the world’s premier scientist on the subject of artificial intelligence gets a strange phone call. When he hangs up, he quietly grabs his coat and leaves for an after-dinner stroll from which he never returns.

It’s up to Hawke and the brilliant former inspector Ambrose Congreve to find out what could possibly be happening. But how does one identify—and fight—an enemy one can’t see, a real phantom? Even these seasoned operatives are mystified. Is there really such a thing as an ultra-intelligent machine, a cyberweapon that can shift the geopolitical balance of power?

In a hunt that takes him from Palo Alto, California, to the Russian frontier, to Cambridge University and the glistening Mediterranean aboard his newly christened and armed super-yacht Blackhawke, Alex Hawke is joined by the unstoppable Stokely Jones and his ex-CIA buddy Harry Brock. As he moves closer to unmasking the scientist behind these extraordinary events, he goes nose-to-nose with an enemy unlike any he’s fought before—and may never again.

©2012 Ted Bell (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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“A hero to rival Bond by an author to rival Cussler.” (The Bookseller)

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    Susan Austin, TX, United States 04-03-12
    Susan Austin, TX, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2004

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    "AI Gone Amok"

    I found the plot of this book extraordinarily unbelievable. Yes, I realize it is fiction. But, I really don't think artificial intelligence is anywhere near the capabilities described. The story, based on the improbably AI gone amok premise is very hard to get in to. I listened to the entire novel but frankly, couldn't wait for it to end. The narration is terrible and sleep inducing. Don't recommend this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 04-10-12
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 04-10-12
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    "Alex saves the world again with a lot of class"

    I think this is Ted Bell's best book yet. Alex has become more arrogant and a bit pompus, even for an elite Brit character. He has absolutely no qualms about killing or being the bad guy, but is a pussycat with now having a family! It is a very interesting mix. I loved every minute and the narration was again superb. John Shea is the perfect narrator for this series. I'd like to listen to more of his books. Don't pass this one up if you like thrillers!!
    It is excellent :-)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    KH Matthews, NC, United States 04-05-12
    KH Matthews, NC, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Narrated Well, too bad the story ruined it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better Story


    Any additional comments?

    A big big disappointment here. Frankly, while I am used to and generally enjoy Ted Bell's vivid descriptions and clever plots, this one is too far out there to put me in the edge of my seat wanting more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 06-27-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2011

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Hawk entertaining,mostly Cliche,Narrator is STRONG"

    All of Hawke books are kinda cliché & although he may have some cool toys no one beats the original bond, especially when the character involved is based off of him!? This particular book brings a bit of a twist but many books it seems have been using a technology based Armageddon as part of the draw... for Bell's book this makes this book a bit better compared to all the other ones which are entertaining if your into the 'good guy' winning all the time with incredible weapons & wealth beyond economic imagination then these books are for u

    Overall though, thru all the books I find his supporting characters to be much more enjoyable to hear then Hawke himself... like Stokley Jones for sure, Congrieve (wanna be Sherlock who worked for Scotland yard), & Brock who is the USA's CIA NOC. Without them the books would not have the same appeal. Some books have great supporting characters in this case he NEEDs the characters to help create a better story

    I use all of Bell's books as a substitute for Bond now because that's basically what it is, except Bond was ALL about Queen & England while there is more of an international taste to all the stories, I might be forgetting about an Israeli team member but I read one of the funnier things another critic wrote & that was about one of Bells earlier books, I think it was is 'Warlord' or 'Spy' but when he beats up a professional sumo wrestler.... um... yeaaaa, its parts like that which keep Bell in the entertaining, candy isle instead of moving anywhere near a work of art/Novel category... fun, just fun. As usual though the Narrator 'Shea' who only has a handful of books he's done is fantastic & wish he was used for more books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 03-26-13
    James columbus, OH, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2006

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "interesting mix of true technology and an evil dr."

    as long as you understand technology then you will be fine with this novel. a very good book - ted bell story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Simpsonville, SC, United States 01-25-13
    Mary Simpsonville, SC, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Heart Racing action packed page turner!"
    What did you love best about Phantom?

    The pace of the story and the character of Alex Hawke.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes - presents aspects of Alex Hawke that weren't revealed until a unique part of his past catches him by surprise! The story combines today's technology with ancient fears and grudges as Alex, once again, must save us from destruction.


    What about John Shea’s performance did you like?

    Loved the accents, the cadence and the timbre of his voice. Felt it added to the vibrancy of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Was surprised by an unexpected revelation and the impact it has on Alex Hawke.


    Any additional comments?

    Great addition to the series, one of the most evenly paced action thrillers I have enjoyed in a long time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Bay City, MI, United States 12-24-12
    Bob Bay City, MI, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Ted Bell's Phantom another winner"
    Would you listen to Phantom again? Why?


    No. Hate to listen to ANY book more than once.
    Ther are too many books I have NOT listened too even though I have listened to ove 1800 books in the last 25 years (have a list of every single one).
    Nothing I hated more than to get an hour into a book and discover I had already heard it.
    Therefore, I started an alphabetical list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Action packed


    What about John Shea’s performance did you like?

    Great performance by John


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Action packed cyber film


    Any additional comments?

    What a great bunch of characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Ulm California 10-22-12
    Mary Ulm California 10-22-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Good Read"

    I have followed Ted Bell since his first novel Hawke, I have never been disappointed. Phantom kept me reading till the end. I love his leading man Hawk and the way he gets out of the most dangerous situation. I loved Hawk's new ship and the sea battles. The reader was a joy to listen to and the story was complex but yet I didn't get lost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mrjawbones North Carolina, USA 09-29-12
    mrjawbones North Carolina, USA 09-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Another fun Alex Hawke adventure"
    Where does Phantom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've been a Ted Bell fan for quite a while now and I've read all the Alex Hawke novels. They are all kind of "over-the-top" far-fetched in some ways, but hey that's part of the fun of this series. Phantom is no different and is exactly what you would come to expect from this series. I think Bell addresses the important issue of cyber-security in this novel, although working in the information security field myself, I found some of the logic regarding the main antogonist a little hard to swallow. But setting this aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the book as I have the others in this series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think what I liked best is Bell's attempt to address an important not to mention very real threat of the day, cyber-security.


    Which character – as performed by John Shea – was your favorite?

    First, I can't say enough good things about John Shea. He is one of my favorite performers, absolutely grade A fabulous. I love how he performs all the characters, but I especially like Stokely Jones.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer mansfield, oh, United States 09-06-12
    Kindle Customer mansfield, oh, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Read a bit less believable"
    Would you try another book from Ted Bell and/or John Shea?

    Yes I've read all Ted Bell's books to this point and they are enjoyable and i look forward to seeing more. John Shea does a great job helping the audience get a feel for the book


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    a bit more depth to the personal side of hawkes story..would have like to have read Pelum's reaction to Alex bringing his son home


    What does John Shea bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John give you the feeling that the people arent just lines


    Do you think Phantom needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    i always thank there should be a follow up Alex Hawke is my generations Bond imho


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