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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (658 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ted Bell Narrator: John Shea Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Hawke Series Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781441891389
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Counterspy Alex Hawke must catch a villainous megalomaniac—a man obsessed with horrifying experiments in cyber warfare—in this mesmerizing new espionage thriller in Ted Bell’s New York Times bestselling Alexander Hawke series.

A bizarre event nearly becomes a monumental catastrophe when something goes awry with the rides at an American theme park, wreaking havoc on visitors looking for nothing more than a sun-splashed holiday. Meanwhile, in another part of the country, a USAF F-15 pilot, escorting another jet in the skies over the Midwest, inexplicably loses control of his plane, endangering the lives of several people and deeply puzzling those following his mission on the ground. Then, in the misty calm of a coastal California evening, the world’s premier artificial intelligence scientist gets a strange phone call. When he hangs up, he quietly grabs his coat and leaves for an after-dinner stroll from which he never returns.

It’s up to Hawke and the brilliant former inspector Ambrose Congreve to find out what could possibly be happening. But how does one identify—and fight—an enemy one can’t see? Even these seasoned operatives are mystified. Is there really such a thing as an ultra-intelligent machine, a cyber-weapon that can shift the geopolitical balance of power? In a hunt that takes him from Palo Alto, California, to the Russian frontier, to Cambridge University, and the glistening Mediterranean aboard his newly christened and armed super-yacht Blackhawke, Alex Hawke is joined by the unstoppable Stokely Jones and his ex-CIA buddy Harry Brock as he moves closer to unmasking the scientist behind these extraordinary events.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 2/19/2014

    " I love that Hawke is back and if possible even more of a badass than ever. Stokely Jones gets married and the descriptions of the sea battle is pretty awesome. It does start out a little convoluted because it jumps around from place to place. Well worth the read once you get back to Hawke and the speed of the novel picks up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Navajojim | 2/11/2014

    " I thought this was another good book from author Ted Bell. I just enjoy the hell out of this character, Hawke. A modern day James Bond, but with an awesome haircut. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sydney | 2/10/2014

    " This book should be read by pretty much everyone. although, in my book, I have 612 pages.... Oh well! More for me! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 1/16/2014

    " I really had a hard time finishing this one. His earlier Hawke books were so much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy Hensel | 1/14/2014

    " This was a good book, but not quite as good as I was expecting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth Ann | 12/16/2013

    " The plot kept me reading; the writing/character development is too shallow for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Bench | 11/26/2013

    " Tough to get through...could have been great. Lots of potential but poor execution "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randyb | 11/24/2013

    " I have read all of his books and have enjoyed all of them except this one. The two plots in the book were poorly developed and he could have had a book for each of the plots. Not a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann | 11/18/2013

    " I enjoy the series. While Phantom was not my favorite, it was a good read. Would recommend it and would have rated it a 3.5 given the option. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roy | 11/11/2013

    " totally enjoyable. interesting to equate cyberwar and singularity. never considered that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 11/8/2013

    " brilliant thriller as good if not better than vince flynn "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Jensen | 11/3/2013

    " The Alex Hawke series continues to impress. Great thought provoking, edge of your seat, spy thriller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Anne | 10/20/2013

    " Not as good as others he has written. Too SciFi for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lbd | 10/6/2013

    " WOW!! a mind bender! really makes you think about AI and all that could happen. As Mr. Bell states, sometimes fiction is too close to fact! (okay slightly paraphrased.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Val M | 12/19/2012

    " Not a bad read as far as adventure novels go. Did not like completely stereotypical portrayal of Russia. Granted its a work of fiction to begin with, but basic fact checking would go a long way in making the book more enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 11/16/2012

    " With the exception of the tortuous graphic beginning, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Get past the beginning to reap the rewards of two stories woven into one. 8 of 10 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommy | 10/1/2012

    " This was not as good as some of the author's previous books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce McKune | 7/28/2012

    " Fabulous suspense novel. Scary! The way things are going cyberwar could happen just like this book depicts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 5/31/2012

    " Didn't actually finish it; just wasn't to my taste. I found the dialog a bit stilted, and the plot rather unbelievable. "

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