People often ask me for writing advice. I sat down with Huffington Post to talk about what it takes to be a writer and shared some more insight on Alex Hawke.
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Seeing something like this makes it all worthwhile. Thanks to all of you for your unwavering support.
Here at the Writer’s Bloc, we don’t normally review fiction, preferring to be oh-so-choosy. There’s a lot of fiction out there, and not so much of it is, well, good.
Boy, are we glad Ted Bell’s new novel, “Patriot,” crossed our desk. Really glad. Bell delivers another terrific effort, which seems not so much an effort for a writer of his talent. He gives us a character that remains memorable, long after you put the book down.
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This Sunday Morning brought something all writers dream of: A Review in the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW. I am very proud to find myself among the hallowed pages I’ve been cherishing for a lifetime. Patriot was one of seven novels picked for the NY Times’ Fall Thriller Round-up. Dreams do come true.
Keep the faith.–Ted
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Ted Bell’s PATRIOT (Morrow/HarperCollins, $27.99) is the ninth in his Alex Hawke series — and the only one I’ve read — but it felt like a perfect entry point, and I enjoyed the high-octane ride enough that I’ll seek out some of the earlier installments.
Hawke, as Bell repeatedly reminds us, is the sixth-richest man in England. He’s also an MI6 troublemaker. He loves Bermudian rum and American cigarettes. He stays cool in a fight and in the torture chamber. He has a yacht, a loyal butler he trades quips with and a sprawling vacation pad in the Caribbean. If it’s not already clear, let me spell it out for you: This novel is a lot of fun, an Ian Fleming-esque romp of a spy thriller.