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  1. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I have a friend named Ted Bell. He is the author of a spy thriller series that centers on a character named Alex Hawke.

    Alex is a Royal Navy pilot who also has experience in intelligence. He traces his roots back to an English pirate, however his mother was American and his father was British.

    Ted's a great person and loves America and the military. I had the opportunity to nominate him for a Department of Defense program called the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. I spent a week with him traveling between different bases, sponsored by the U.S. Special Operations Command.

    My first taste of Ted's writing was just before I got underway on my cutter. I was in Rhode Island and picked up a book at the local bookstore. In general I'm a slow reader, but the book, PIRATE, had a nice cover.

    I couldn't put it down. The weird thing for me was the Coast Guard had a minor role and the scene with the Coast Guard took place in the VERY SPOT we were patrolling at the time.

    My parents sent me the rest of his books at the time to my ship for my birthday.

    HAWKE, ASSASSIN, PIRATE, SPY, TSAR and WARLORD were all great reads. Think I like about the Alex Hawke novels are, they are based in current events....so you can relate to them. They touch each branch of the military (including the Coast Guard, which was a nice change!).

    Ted's newest book, PHANTOM is with the publisher now. It has to do with artificial intelligence and cyber warfare. Interesting timing, as the control system for the Air Force's drone were infected with a virus.

    Check out Ted's fan page on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/2227689913/

    and LIKE Phantom for updates...
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Phantom/212280848839842

    I like Ted's books because they're a good read and entertaining. It doesn't hurt that the author is a good guy! Check out his fanpage, like his newest book, and interact with him on facebook. He does regularly answer questions on the group.


    Ted also has two children/young adult books called "Nick of Time" and "Time Pirate".
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  2. Boozebin

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    LITS are the books you listed above in chronological order and how we should read them? Or it doesn’t matter as they’re not tied to each other?
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    The Hawke series, listed in order, are:

    HAWKE
    ASSASSIN
    PIRATE
    SPY
    TSAR
    WARLORD
    PHANTOM

    It helps to read them in order. I didn't I read PIRATE first (the book that helped me discover the series). Then I read, SPY, HAWKE, ASSASSIN, TSAR and WARLORD.

    Why does it help to read them in order? Some of the books draw from other books. Doesn't mean you HAVE to read them in order, but if you do, you'll understand some of the references. I read them completely out of order. When I started TSAR and WARLORD had not come out. Ted kills some of his characters, so I came to a point, because I was out of order, where a character died and I couldn't figure out if they were really dead and I had read an earlier book they were alive in or if they weren't dead and would come back in a later book. Turns out the character was dead.

    Ted Bell's books constantly show up on the New York Times best sellers list.


    The young adults books should be read in order though, "Nick of Time" and "Time Pirate".
     
  4. aglages

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    Thanks for the reminder! I read Hawke a few years ago and liked it so much that I meant to read Ted Bell's next book. I just started Assassin this week and it is a great read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of his books.
     
  5. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Check out the Ted Bell Fan Club group on Facebook. Ted actually interacts with people. There's also a PHANTOM page for his new book.
     

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