Phantom An Alex Hawke Novel (Hardcover)
|Author: Ted Bell|
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|Counterspy Alex Hawke, "strong, shrewd and savvy, with an aplomb not seen since James Bond" (NPR), hunts a madman about to unleash a new super weapon--one powered by Artificial Intelligence--in this latest thriller in the "New York Times"-bestselling series.|
From the Publisher:
When a Russian sub in the Caribbean is hijacked, American anti-ballistic missiles explode in their silos and a USAF F-15 launches sidewinder missiles at an aircraft it was meant to protect, counterspy Alex Hawke and his M16 colleague Ambrose Congreve are sent in to investigate. 250,000 first printing.
Ted Bell is the author of the bestselling series of thrillers featuring counterspy Alexander Hawke. A native of Florida, Bell began writing short stories while in elementary school. "When, later, I discovered writers like Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the romantic ideal of the writer's life appealed to me," he told one interviewer. Thus, upon graduating from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, he sailed for Europe, intending to write his first novel while living in France and Italy. "Unlike Scott Fitzgerald, I was not an overnight success," he confided. Needing to earn a living, he embarked on a career in advertising. He was soon the youngest vice president in the history of the New York-based agency Doyle Dane Bernbach, and in 1991 he became the worldwide creative director of the advertising powerhouse Young & Rubicam. In 2001, after winning a long string of the ad industry's highest honors, he retired to pursue his long-held ambition to publish a novel. Two years later HAWKE--which introduced his popular protagonist, a dashing former naval officer and presidential confidant--was published. In addition to his novels of espionage, Bell, inspired by his love of such classics as TREASURE ISLAND, has written a series of adventure tales for young readers. Confounding the expectations of those who consider him merely a writer of potboilers, he has been a writer-in-residence at Cambridge University as well as a visiting scholar at the school's Department of Political and International Relations.
"[It] keeps the reader involved with its charmingly unflappable hero and narrative quirks, as well as the ease with which it unfolds on multiple continents, on land and sea and in air." 02/15/2012