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Tsar: A Thriller

7 Ratings: 1.9
A book by Ted Bell

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Author: Ted Bell
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Atria
7 reviews about Tsar: A Thriller
review by . May 07, 2009
I was provided an advanced reading copy of Tsar by Ted Bell. This is the fifth novel in the Alex Hawke series and it continues the tradition Bell has developed of action and suspense using plausible plots concerning world events.      In Tsar, Alex Hawke, a modern James Bond character, is recuperating on Bermuda after his injuries suffered in the novel Spy. During his recovery, he meets a beautiful Russian artist, Anastasia Korsakov. As the novel progresses, you discover that …
review by . November 24, 2008
TSAR is a thriller for perfect light entertaintment during the holidays or vacation. It keeps the reader diverted, but it's also easy to put down and pick up again later.    Obviously inspired as to its protagonist Hawke by Ian Fleming's James Bond, Bell handles the differences in the contemporary-set plot with enough aplomb to maintain interest. The plot has nods to both "Dr No" and "From Russian with Love". Despite all the Bondisms, this writer has more style-wise in common …
review by . November 22, 2008
Within the book's 65 chapters, you are treated to a true tale of international espionage. Alex Hawke is James Bond with real human flaws. His story is interesting and complex, if you can wade through the first part of the book.    Up until almost Part Two, reading the book was a chore. My will kept me reading, not a gripping story. Although the story in Part One was cohesive and somewhat interesting, the chapters switch to different characters' stories. Like the movie Vantage …
review by . November 17, 2008
Review of Ted Bell's "Tsar."    This is my first experience with one of author Ted Bell's works. For the sake of expediency and clarity and without repeating the multitude of reviews Bell's protagonist is "Alex Hawke," ascribed "espionage agent extraordinaire" and neo-cold warrior who is of Noble English birth and enjoys a high degree of personal wealth. It should be mentioned that Hawke is a former Harrier Pilot who attained the rank of Commander in the British Navy; is well …
review by . October 17, 2008
Four years ago, I reviewed "Assassin", another novel by Ted Bell. I said of it: "I found myself finishing this novel only because I wanted to see how bad it could get. It got pretty bad and after the last page, I cursed myself for wasting the time."     I'm older and wiser and Ted Bell is no better a writer than he was in 2004. This time, though, I was a lot smarter: I stopped at page 42.     In the first 42 pages, Bell establishes himself as someone incapable …
review by . October 13, 2008
Tsar    Ted Bell's fifth novel featuring super spy Alex Hawke is deemed the only man who can stop Russia and its new tsar.    Putin, now banished, began the resurgence of a new Russia, bent on reclaiming the territories lost under his predecessors. Enter Count Ivan Korsakov, inventor, Nobel prizewinner and Dark Rider, the power behind the new Russia. His goal: first rebuild the Russian empire, then control all of Europe, all the while planning a terrorist …
review by . September 14, 2008
This is my first Ted Bell book and the only question I have for myself is... "What are you stupid"?! Not that I haven't heard of him, it's just with all the books that are waiting to be read I never got around to it. This book was absolutely magnificent! This book had so much action it was like a cross between James Bond and Jackie Chan. Alex Hawke has become my new favorite book character and I will definitely make an investment in his earlier work.    Tsar tells the story of …
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