On the streets of Washington, D.C., a brilliant scientist, the brains behind a revolutionary fighter aircraft prototype in development by the Pentagon, is snatched by masked thugs and disappears. Now five years later, an elderly professor at Cambridge University has been murdered, a victim of bizarre, ancient Chinese torture. Alex Hawke teams up with Scotland Yard former Chief Inspector Ambrose Congreve to find the killer, but this death is merely the opening gambit in a tense and lethal game of geopolitical brinksmanship.
In the United States, the president's behavior makes many question his fitness for leadership. Is his mental health deteriorating, or is there something far more sinister at work? The answer is crucial, for hostilities are rapidly escalating between China, North Korea, and the United States, as China launches a vastly advanced fighter far more sophisticated than any seen before, military technology that might leapfrog everything the U.S. and Great Britain now possess.
With the situation edging closer and closer to the yawning abyss, Hawke faces a female Chinese mastermind and assassin named Chyna Moon. He must infiltrate enemy territory and neutralize their advantage...or risk the outbreak of World War III.
Performed by John Shea
©2014 Theodore A. Bell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
I mostly enjoy the Alex Hawke series and this one was ok. Seems like thriller writers got together and all decided to use the Chinese as protagonists for the last 2 years or so.
For whatever reason, this one was bouncing back and forth between a few three story threads all the time which got sort of irritating. When it started to flow together about 3/4 the way through it finished well.
I can never quite get into John Shea's performances. It was ok, but it seems like he's done better in the past. Something about his Stokely Jones really grates on me. His job was made easier because his main Chinese bad guy and his daughter all speak with British accents. Ok, but not great.
John Shea does a good job, as usual, with the reading. But he seems to be trying a little too hard this time. Might be because of the disjunct plotline, or just because the book is full of predictable, poorly constructed transitions. I kept getting frustrated with Warriors as one strange, implausible twist after another is left unresolved or unexplained. General plot is straight-forward - evident immediately - but there is so much misdirection and needless filler going on that you never know what's really going on. Writing doesn't sound like Ted Bell. Almost like it was co-written or ghost-written by someone trying to impress with their abiliy to type... a lot.. Usually, Bell's dialogue and detail are important to the story. In this case, no so much.
Less of the above mentioned mess, and more traditional writing.
Really didn't have one. That's fairly telling.
It inspired me to look forward to Ted Bell making a better effort next time!
Not recommended for TRUE Alex Hawke fans.
The British accent was terrible and ruined the book..the hero comes across as too stuffy and almost feminine. Which is not the case when reading Ted Bells books
Take the cheesiest action hero movie you can think of, sprinkle in some old tired jokes and unimaginative one liners and you get Warriors. I'm by no means a book snob, I like the action books as much as the next guy but this book was just good to not turn of and give up on but by no means was it good enough.
The past few books have become less plausible. Additionally, there is too much useless detail and fluff, and then the villain is killed off so easily at the end. You could probably make a drinking game out of every time the phrase "zeiss binoculars" is used.
Dr. FPN from Portland,OR
I enjoyed "WARRIORS", Book 8 of the Alex Hawke series. Retired Royal Naval Commander, present day MI-6 trouble shooter is called upon to prevent WW-III. The Chinese are doing some high tech "saber-rattling";
Alex uses his Naval Aviator skills to even the 'Playing field".
I've been a huge fan of the Alex Hawke series and couldn't wait for this one to come out. Similar to the last effort, Warriors was rushed and very poorly developed. Why introduce us to a new "nanny", spend chapters developing her story? (won't spoil anything) but what a lost opportunity. The entire book seemed to have this problem. Glad I had a free credit and didn't pay full price.
Maybe... he seemed to lose track of the accents toward the end. At one point, Stoke had a british accent.
Not this book, but perhaps a Alex Hawke movie
Wondering if Ted Bell wrote this book? seemed to be missing the amazing character development we have come to love of Ted and the Hawke series.
I'm actually quite a fan of the Alex Hawke series, and up until this book I felt that all of Bell's other books weren't bad at all. It's not that this was a bad story, or even a bad book but it felt very rushed at the end. There was a lot of time spent on all the rising action (as well as remembering things that had happened in previous Hawke Novels), and when it came time for the climax/denouement it was kind of dissatisfying. John Shea's performance as Lord Hawke, was as good as any of his other ones, I think if you've listened to any of the other books in the series, then this one is an OK companion to the rest of them. If you're new to the series, I highly recommend starting at one of the earlier novels where the story seems to flow a little better.
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