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".