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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

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  • Bill
  • Minnetonka, MN, United States
  • 04-04-14

Starts Slow, Ends Well

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not up to Bell's or Hawke's standards

What did you like best about Warriors? What did you like least?

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.

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

Less of the above mentioned mess, and more traditional writing.

Which scene was your favorite?

Really didn't have one. That's fairly telling.

Did Warriors inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to look forward to Ted Bell making a better effort next time!

Any additional comments?

Not recommended for TRUE Alex Hawke fans.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Jesus is not the main character of this novel, is He?

I’m confused - why are Jesus and God constantly used (derogatorily) when they are not even part of the story? As a Christian, it was very hard to listen to this book. So many unnecessary profane words just took away from a potentially good spy novel. Also, the narrator had all the characters sounding alike.

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British accent

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

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  • FPN7
  • PORTLAND, OR, United States
  • 05-17-14

Alex Hawke is back & is in top fighting form.

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".

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Awesome stories and narration

I don’t usually write reviews but I feel inclined to do so. Although sometimes a bit far fetched, I love these books and always look forward to the next one. John Shea is my favorite narrator of all times. He really brings the characters to life with his wide range of talent. Keep on keeping on, gentlemen!

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Almost lost me as a loyal listner!!!

Mr. Hall introduced Alexa, Hawks son, in the last 2 books only to begin Book 9 as if Alexa and his mother never existed. I told my wife how I really liked the series and how Mr. Hall, with the addition of Hawk's son, had given the story a deeper meaning. But that I was VERY disappointed because, several chapters in, it look like he had erased Alexa and his mother completely out of the series. I was so upset I was on the verge of stopping the book, asking for a credit refund and giving Mr. Hall a large piece of my mind!!! My wife said not to be so quick and I'm really glad I listened to her. A couple of more chapters and he finally "mentioned his son". But not until further in did he really bring you Alexa and Ms. Church into part of the plot line. From that point on I was HOOKED again and loved the rest of the book. if you too really like the depth Alexa and it's story line adds to the quality of Hawk's life then keep listening and you'll be very pleased.
Now I hope it won't be too long before the next book in the series comes out. I wait with baited breath!!!!

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  • Austin Funk
  • FORT WAYNE, INDIANA, United States
  • 11-08-17

loved it can't wait for the next one'

keeps me on the edge of my seat and you hated that the book had to end

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Killer Ravens...really?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not if they haven't read earlier books in the series. I have enjoyed the entire Hawke series.....but this one had brief periods of exciting action between long periods of filler fluff. "Killer Crows"...Ravens...whatever you want to call them. That's a bit much. I can believe a swarming flock....but a single Raven terrorizing, and killing humans....that's a stretch.

Has Warriors turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.....I am now listening to Patriot to complete the series.

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

Everything.....he is a very talented performer, with a tremendous range of characterizations.

Was Warriors worth the listening time?

About 70% of the total time.

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Very Disappointing Story, Fantastic Narration

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who love John Shea

What was most disappointing about Ted Bell’s story?

Horrible writing, predictable story, repetitive, doesn't even appear edited at all.

What about John Shea’s performance did you like?

Great voices, accents, very fun to listen to.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Warriors?

Just the repetition - lots of redundant exposition, and very predictable and implaussible scenes. Just bad

Any additional comments?

How many times do we have to hear "Hawke's best and longest friend Ambrose Congreve" already!