Ted Bell's Alexander Hawke Series (Paramount)


#1

Looking though Amazon and came across the Ted Bell series of books featuring his super spy, Lord Alexander Hawke. Also came across an article dated October of '16 about a film based on this series (details here: http://deadline.com/2016/10/alex-hawke-novels-paramount-pictures-mi6-movie-series-ted-bell-kurt-wimmer-lorenzo-dibonaventura-1201842319/).

Anyone have any experience with this series? Worth a read?


#2

I have not read them but I read a lot of that type of book and this series is always very highly recommended within that “community.”

2 other thrillers I can recommend to read right now is “The Terminal List” by Jack Carr (a former SEAL) and “Warning Light” by David Ricciardi.

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#3

I have read the first five Hawke novels and I love them. Bell is now one of my favorite authors. Very highly recommended.


#4

I read one on the Hawke series, SPY (#4), and didn’t care for it. Obviously everyone’s taste is different. I found it long without enough substance to support it, simplistic, and outlandish without actually being fun. It would seem the Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt books are a partial template in terms of over the top action and evil plots, but I found it to be inferior to that series, which I find to be B-grade to begin with. Maybe I was in a bad mood when I read it… :thinking:

That said, I’m glad you enjoyed them, Tiin007. Perhaps I should try another one. Which would you suggest?

I’m personally much more excited to see Daniel Silva’s books about Mossad agent Gabriel Allon be adapted, though I wish it was for a film series and not television.


#5

SPY was actually my least favorite of the whole bunch.

In terms of which I would recommend, it’s a tough call. Of the five that I’ve read (the first five), TSAR was definitely my favorite. But I also think TSAR may only really be appreciated having read the others.

I think starting at the beginning (with HAWKE) is probably your best bet, although that first novel is the most pedestrian in terms of writing style.


#6

That’s reassuring then.

I think having read SPY, I’m on board with the concept of the character and his co-horts to pick another up out of sequence and not be lost. I’ll look for TSAR (maybe as an ebook) and give it a try.

Thanks for the recommendation!


#7

Thanks y’all for the great recommendations!!!


#8

A head’s up that the new Ted Bell book “Overkill” is out today. The cover even mentions Ian Fleming :wink:

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#9

Working my way through HAWKE right now, and my question is does the writing get better? It seems a bit disjointed at this point in the series.


#10

Yes, the writing certainly gets better. As I mentioned above, “Hawke” has the most unrefined writing of the series.

I think Ted Bell had actually submitted “Hawke” as part of a competition to get published. He won the competition and his writing career took off from there.


#11

Good to hear! Once I finish Hawke I’ll give Tsar a try.


#12

Ted Bell is on record describing Overkill as his “Goldfinger”.