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Tsar: An Alex Hawke Thriller | [Ted Bell]

Tsar: An Alex Hawke Thriller

Russia gains a new tsar, a signal to the world that the imperial Russia is back and plans to have her day. In America, a killer known only as Happy the Baker brutally murders an innocent family and literally flattens the small Midwestern town they once called home. Just a taste, according to the new tsar, of what will happen if America does not back down. Alex Hawke is the only man who can stop the madness.
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Publisher's Summary

In Ted Bell's latest pulse-pounding and action-packed tour de force, Alex Hawke must face a global nightmare of epic proportions.

As this political crisis plays out, Russia gains a new leader. Not just a president, but a new tsar, a signal to the world that the old, imperial Russia is back and plans to have her day. And in America, a mysterious killer, known only as Happy the Baker, brutally murders an innocent family and literally flattens the small Midwestern town they once called home. Just a taste, according to the new tsar, of what will happen if America does not back down.

Onto this stage must step Alex Hawke, espionage agent extraordinaire and the only man, both Americans and the Brits agree, who can stop the absolute madness born and bred inside the modern police state of Vladimir Putin's "New Russia".

Take another thrill ride with Alex Hawke.

©2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2008 Ted Bell

What the Critics Say

"As always, Bell pulls out all the stops with terrific action scenes, fiendish murders, diabolical villains, dramatic rescues and all the cool weaponry the reader could possibly hope for." (Publisher's Weekly)
"I couldn't put it down." (Rush Limbaugh)

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    10-11-08
    10-11-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "pure masculine entertainment"

    I have listened to all of the Alexander Hawke novels available from Audible. This book, like all in the series, is based upon a James Bond-like character who battles egomaniacal world-conquering bad guys. The books in this series are less believable than some, but if you like to escape through fantasy, the series is great. The futuristic technology is well-thought out, the characters are enjoyable, and the action is non-stop. This book can easily stand alone, but I'd recommend reading/listening to the books in chronological order. Even better than the story line is the narration. The narrator "performs" each book, and is the best I've ever listened to. I listen while taking long walks and in the car. If you can't enjoy far-fetched action-packed stories with macho men and beautiful women, don't bother with this book. If you like to escape into action and fantasy, you can't get a better deal in terms of hours of enjoyment for the dollars spent. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys James Bond, James Rollins' books, etc. Lots of fun.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Atlanta, GA, United States 01-03-09
    Lynn Atlanta, GA, United States 01-03-09
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    "A good yarn!"

    This book would have ranked four stars if the characters had not been so stereotypical. The plot was unique and fast-moving, and tne reader was quite good. But it's not "great literature," but so what? It was a fun read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JHP Westlake, OH USA 11-23-08
    JHP Westlake, OH USA 11-23-08

    JHP

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    "I love this series!"

    Now don't go getting all "high-brow" on us here guys. It is what it is, and what it is, is bloody marvelous! Sure the plot is fantastic and predictable, but so what? This is audio book drama at its finest. If you are looking for terrific entertainment to make that daily commute actually enjoyable, look no further. John Shea's reading is the best I have heard and Ted Bell can spin a yarn! I love this series!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime Saratoga, CA, USA 11-08-08
    Jaime Saratoga, CA, USA 11-08-08
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    "predictable and repetitive"

    This book is very predictable, repetitive, and filled with cliches. Even if you like this genre of books would steer you away from this one. Overly long, wildly inconsistent, and outlandish plot with predictable villian and hero- it would be better if this was a comic book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    bonnie 01-25-10
    bonnie 01-25-10

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    "I'm ready for more"

    Another good Hawke book. I especially like the way the action and heroism is not relegated to a single person but shared amongst the various characters. The ending of this one was a bit of a surprise, because there was a comment made by a character that left me expecting a surprise action at the end, but nothing more was said of it and the "action" didn't occur. I'm wondering if Ted Bell is saving that for the next book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Kuykendall Houston, TX 12-20-08
    Jay Kuykendall Houston, TX 12-20-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "Despite its charm, the work fails."

    If you like spy works, this book will have its moments. I find the narration gifted, but the beach scene of Dr. No by Ian Flemming is clearly inspiration to at least the opening scene in this book. The similarities were so strong that I purchased the Dr. No audiobook to compare. Homage or plagiarism? I am still undecided on that count, but settling into the work, I let the question fade. No matter the intent, the opening here grabs attention. Some of the premises occaisionally strain credibility, but I was interested throughout until the very end when the work breaks. Several of the last thematic elements seem very forced. Add in free use of rough language and this work is clearly not for everyone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Nelson 11-28-08
    Mark Nelson 11-28-08 Member Since 2003
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    "a comic book, not a novel"

    silly beyond belief! It's one thing to stretch reality for the sake of a story, it's another when brain death is a requirement for appreciating the plot. The author's previous books were along these lines so I probably should have known to pass on this one. It's a long book but I quit listening well before the end. Don't waste a precious credit on this loser.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Constance Milford, CT, United States 09-12-09
    Constance Milford, CT, United States 09-12-09 Member Since 2009
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    "JAMES BOND MOVE OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    A very pleasant surprise from an unfamiliar author. Put together an intelligent, handsome, wealthy, well bred englishman with an irresistible, american, wise cracking sidekick, and you have the makings for a terrific team. These two have all the global connections needed to get the job done-they can save the world while keeping us breathlessly entertained along the way. Beautifully written and narrated.

    My only suggestion is that you read Assassin, Pirate then Tsar, in that order. I read Tsar first and although it did not really ruin the fun for me, I did realize I knew what would happen to certain characters ahead of time because these three books do have various threads carrying thru in each book.( I dont want to get anymore specific or I will ruin the stories for you.) This author has a vivid imagination. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Cant wait for the next Alex Hawke adventure. Thanks Mr Bell. Keep them coming!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roderick W. Hopper Aloha, OR United States 01-15-09
    Roderick W. Hopper Aloha, OR United States 01-15-09 Listener Since 2007

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    "Great entertainment"

    We listen to recorded books to survive the drive across Wyoming. This one kept us thoroughly entertained. It is not in the classics, but is totally entertaining. There were a few times when one's credibility factor had to stretch, but that is the nature of good fiction. A couple of factors at the end leave the idea of possible loose ends that make me wonder if the author will build on this novel.

    No, it did not take us 18 hours to drive across Wyoming, so we finished this at home, savoring the thrill of the ride provided.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 01-11-09
    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 01-11-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Great Scott!"

    The only cartoonish characters missing in this saga are Boris and Natasha with an aside from Snidley Whiplash. Unfortunately I don't think it is meant to be funny. A British accent is achieved by saying "crikey" and "bloody" a lot. I have to remember to give it a miss on his next go round.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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