• Warriors

  • An Alex Hawke Novel, Book 8
  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (719 ratings)

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Warriors

By: Ted Bell
Narrated by: John Shea
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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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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.

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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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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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No Bond - a desperate grasp

This story line’s character is more an amalgam of Rambo, Bruce Wayne, and Laura Croft (Tomb Raider) than any semblance to Fleming’s character. If you like that sort of thing, then you’ll love this. But don’t think you’re going to find a character with the nature of Fleming’s Bond who struggles with some values and his own limits.

Additionally, throughout the book the author repeatedly, blatantly borrows scenes, images, and phrases from some of Fleming’s books and many of the Bond franchise movies (that I’m frankly surprised the editor allowed) in a clear effort to associate the book’s character Hawke with Fleming’s Bond; an unnecessary and futile effort.

It’s a fast, unchallenging listen filled with outlandish situations and rigid, unchanging characters, and ill-timed monologues. The performer, however should either improve or suppress his efforts at accents.

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Dory

Loved the story and characters. John Shea does an excellent portrayal of Alex Hawke. I could listen to him all day.

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Great Read

thrilling from the beginning to the end. I could not put it down. great story

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I love Alex Hawke and his cohorts

I love this series. The humour and sometimes outrageous plots are extremely enjoyable.I lover Stokely's saying and John Shea as the narrator is exceptional!
This series is great!

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Please provide correct geographic descriptions

While I enjoy the narrator, he makes annoying mistakes, mixing up his accents and placing locations incorrectly. The Cotswolds are well West of London & a touch North. Come on, man!