Tsar: A Thriller

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Simon and Schuster, 2008 - Fiction - 501 pages
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Swashbuckling counter Spy Alex Hawke returns in New York Times bestselling author Ted Bell's most explosive tale of international suspense to date.

There dwells, somewhere in Russia, a man so powerful no one even knows his name. His existence is only speculated upon, only whispered about in American corridors of power and CIA strategy meetings. Though he is all but invisible, he is pulling strings -- and pulling them hard. For suddenly, Russia is a far, far more ominous threat than even the most hardened cold warriors ever thought possible.

The Russians have their finger on the switch to the European economy and an eye on the American jugular. And, most importantly, they want to be made whole again. Should America interfere with Russia's plans to "reintegrate" her rogue states, well then, America will pay in blood.

In Ted Bell's latest pulse-pounding and action-packed tour de force, Alex Hawke must face a global nightmare of epic proportions. As this political crisis plays out, Russia gains a new leader. Not just a president, but a new tsar, a signal to the world that the old, imperial Russia is back and plans to have her day. And in America, a mysterious killer, known only as Happy the Baker, brutally murders an innocent family and literally flattens the small Midwestern town they once called home. Just a taste, according to the new tsar, of what will happen if America does not back down. Onto this stage must step Alex Hawke, espionage agent extraordinaire and the only man, both Americans and the Brits agree, who can stop the absolute madness borne and bred inside the modern police state of Vladimir Putin's 'New Russia'.

 

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User Review  - aitch35 - LibraryThing

Overall I enjoyed. However one glaring error of factual information let it down. On page 583 it refers to Tsar Nicholas II wife and Empress as Katherine when it should have been Alexandra Feodorovna. Lack of research I am afraid Read full review

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User Review  - Balthazar-Lawson - LibraryThing

I disliked this book. What more can I say. I don't really know how I got through it without throwing it out the window unread. I disliked so much about it that it's hard to know where to start. So I ... Read full review

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Ted Bell received a B.A. in English from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. He is a former member of the college's Board of Trustees. He has a Doctor of Fine Arts honorary degree from Kendall College in Michigan. Before becoming a full-time writer in 2001, he was predisdent and Chief Creative Officer of the Leo Burnett Company. He was later named Vice-Chairman of the Board and World Wide Creative Director of Young and Rubicam, one of the world's largest advertising agencies. He won numerous awards for his work including Clios and Cannes Gold Lions. At age 25 he sold his first Hollywood screenplay, Screamathon, to producers Joel Michaels and Garth Drabinsky. He writes the Hawke series and the Nick McIver Adventures Through Time series. One of his works in the Alexander Hawke series of spy novels is Tsar. This book deals with the rise of the "New Russia"and the return of the KGB. The next book in this series is Warlord which tells of a vendetta against the British Royal Family that starts with the murder of Lord Mountbatten in 1979. Ted Bell's World War II time travel adventure novel - Nick of Time was published in 2008. It features the character Nick McIver along with Lord Richard Hawke. The sequel to Nick of Time is The Time Pirate which came out in 2010.

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