Aboard a ship in the south of France, an American spy faces certain torture and death for the vital, explosive intelligence he possesses. In Paris, a ruthless and powerful descendant of Napoleon has forged an unholy alliance with China for its growing nuclear arsenal, poised to send America and the world to the brink of a gut-wrenching showdown. Now, in a maelstrom of razor’s-edge danger, Alex Hawke must enter the nightmare visions of madmen to defuse an axis of evil no historian could have predicted — and no living soul would survive.
Praise for Pirate
“Pirate is a heck of a good ride.”—Houston Chronicle
“Bell concocts a rollicking tale ripped from the disturbing headlines of our dangerous times. . . Anyone who has been savvy enough to follow the saga thus far will find in the pages of Pirate not only a finer tuned Hawke but an author who has clearly mastered his trade. The ingenious subplots gel seamlessly.”—NewsMax.com
“The third and best of the Hawke novels . . . contain[s] more action and interesting characters than most books do in three. . . Bell easily could be considered the rightful heir to the throne of Robert Ludlum. . . Pirate and its predecessors are unbeatable.”—Bookreporter.com
“Michael Bay, you may be asking yourself, “What can I do to top Armageddon, The Rock, Pearl Harbor and the Bad Boy films?” We’ve got an answer for you: a film version of Ted Bell’s Pirate. It’s got action, drama, suspense, conspiracies and–you’ll love this–the potential for lots of explosions. But best of all, you don’t even need to write the narrator’s dialogue for the trailer. Just reword the publisher’s press release: “a secret, deadly alliance between China and France before they annihilate everything and everyone in their headlong rush toward domination,” “his fiery ambitions are cynically stoked by a coterie of cold-blooded Mandarins,” “cloaked in secrecy, this unholy alliance devises a twisted global planthat will send America and the world to the brink of a gutwrenching showdown,” “the world is once more balanced on the knife-edge of a full-blown nuclear confrontation.” Mike, it’s ripe for the pickin’. No need to thank us; just make sure Ben Affleck stars in it (like we had to ask).”—Dallas Observer.com
“It is probably too late, but I’ve decided that when I grow up I want to be Ted Bell. You can tell from the opening page of any of his Alex Hawke thrillers — be it HAWKE, ASSASSIN, or the newly published PIRATE — that the guy is a marvelous, unique talent: he has a canny understanding of how apparently disparate events and facts are connected, and a unique way of providing explanations for them — so much so that his novels, taken collectively, could be subtitled “How The World Works.” He is also married to a woman who, while not a household name, is possessed of one of the most brilliant minds on the planet. Lest you need any further endorsement, keep in mind that “10s” don’t marry “2s.” Bell’s most significant literary asset, however, is that he understands people, so that while his excellent novels are plot-driven, there is always a set of living, responsive hands firmly at the wheel.
Bell easily could be considered the rightful heir to the throne of Robert Ludlum, but he is too talented to assume the chair of another; he brings his own to the table with unique and considerable talent. PIRATE and its predecessors are unbeatable. Highly recommended.”
—Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter.com