Ted Bell's debut book is a post cold war thriller. The main character Alex Hawke is likened by some to a new James Bond. This is unfair to both the character and to the author. Their are some similarities but Hawke is a much deeper character, James Bond is a legend but his past is a bit mysterious. This is not the case with Alex Hawke. His past is very much at the surface of the character portrayal.
The story centers around a stolen/sold Russian submarine. Hawke is tasked with locating and getting it back. The story is fast paced and easy to follow. It is a book you can put down if you have to but you won't want to.
The cast of characters that support the main character are well written and indeed add a great deal to the book. Ted Bell is a good storyteller and this is a masterful Debut.
This is the Pocket Premium Edition-slightly larger than the MM paperback.
It is the first in the Alex Hawke series and should be read before the others. A very good read!
this is one of the fastest moving books i have ever read ted bell knows how to write an adventure story am lookking foreward to reading his novels for many years to come
Excellent story, right up there with works by Cussler and I might even say
DuBrul except that "Deep Fire Rising" left me wanting to throttle the author
(or at least burn the book) for how poorly he treated his hero in the story.
Unlike DuBrul, Ted Bell treats his hero as the good man he is and not a
whipping post, and this is an exciting, well written book as a result.