Phantom by Ted Bell


9 Critic Reviews

While the two distinct threats make for a sometimes disjointed plot, a terrific, final naval battle shows Alex at his fighting finest.
-Publishers Weekly


“[Hawke is] a secret agent who takes you into the danger zone with a ballsy wit that had me hooked.”
—Vince Flynn

“Ted Bell puts a capital A in adventure….Commander Bond might choke on his martini next to Bell’s superlative Alex Hawke.”
Madison County Herald

Ted Bell’s remarkable literary creation, counterspy Alex Hawke, has been called, “strong, shrewd, and savvy, with an aplomb not seen since James Bond” (NPR). He’s back in the explosive blockbuster Phantom, on a breathtaking hunt for a madman about to unleash a terrifying new Artificial Intelligence-powered super weapon on the world. Another superb espionage thriller by a true, New York Times bestselling master of the fictional spy game, Bell’s Phantom explores a dark side of science while delivering non-stop action, as Hawke races across the globe in order to prevent a coming apocalypse—and the millions of fans of Bell’s Warlord, Tsar, and Spy will be breathless every perilous step along the way.


About Ted Bell

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Ted Bell is the former chairman of the board and worldwide creative director of Young & Rubicam, one of the world's largest advertising agencies. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Warlord, Hawke, Assassin, Pirate, Spy, and Tsar, as well as the YA adventure novels Nick of Time and The Time Pirate. He is currently writer-in-residence at Cambridge University (U.K.) and visiting scholar at the Department of Politics and International Relations.
Published March 20, 2012 by William Morrow. 739 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Apr 08 2012
Weeks as Bestseller
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Critic reviews for Phantom
All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Jan 23 2012

While the two distinct threats make for a sometimes disjointed plot, a terrific, final naval battle shows Alex at his fighting finest.

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Reviewed by Carol Thomas on Mar 17 2012

Phantom provides an ominous portrait of "the Singularity" – the point in time when artificial intelligence surpasses human knowledge.

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Book Reporter

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Apr 06 2012

There is plenty to make the heart race here, and his masterful pacing causes pages to turn at lightning speed. Oh, and don’t miss the afterword.

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Reviewed by Jud Hanson on Mar 26 2012

Phantom by Ted Bell is a wild ride from the first paragraph to the last.

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The Daily News

Reviewed by Regina Angeli on Mar 28 2012

Woven into the threads of this modern day sea yarn is an espionage tale with a prophetic element of science fiction.

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The Mystery Reader

Reviewed by Jerry Solot

A little science fiction, a little James Bond and a lot of Ted Bell make this seventh installation of the Alex Hawke series a must read.

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Reviewed by Sharon on Apr 14 2012

It’s full of exciting plot developments and clever one-liners as the swashbuckling heroes keep their cool under pressure.

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Dougald Blue

Below average
Reviewed by Dougald Blue on Apr 12 2012

Always solid, realistic plots. But I have to admit my first impression of this one was "he's run out of credible plots."

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The Mystery Bookshelf

Reviewed by Violette Severin on Apr 28 2012

Ted Bell is one of a small group of writers who know how to craft a fabulous spy thriller. It is one of my favorite mystery sub-genres.

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