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Publisher's Summary

In Ted Bell's scorching follow-up to his New York Times best seller Assassin, intrepid intelligence operative Alex Hawke must thwart a secret, deadly alliance between China and France before they annihilate everything and everyone in their headlong rush toward world domination. Aboard the Star of Shanghai in the south of France, an American spy is held captive. He possesses vital, explosive intelligence linking two nations and one horrifying plot. If he is not rescued, he faces certain torture and inevitable death.
Nearby, in a seaside hotel, a man still haunted by the loss of his wife two years earlier finds comfort in the arms of a beautiful Chinese actress - but is she to be trusted?
So begins Pirate, an electrifying thriller marking the return of international counterterrorist Alex Hawke.
In Paris, a ruthless descendant of Napoleon has risen to power, hell-bent on restoring France's former glory. His fiery ambitions are cynically stoked by a coterie of cold-blooded Mandarins, plotting behind the gates of Beijing's Forbidden City. Cloaked in secrecy, this unholy alliance devises a twisted global plan, backed by China's growing nuclear arsenal, that will send America and the world to the brink of a gut-wrenching showdown.
With the aid of his old friend,and former Navy SEAL,Stokely Jones, Hawke sets out to investigate the deadly connections that bind the French-Chinese axis. Together, they discover that a powerful German industrialist may hold the key, somewhere inside the walls of his Bavarian mountain lair.
Meanwhile, clues to an old and gruesome murder in Paris lead to New York City, where horrifying evidence could finally bring a madman to his knees. In the end, as American and British forces prepare to defend a sovereign and oil-rich Gulf nation against unwilling occupation, the terror is all too real. The world is once more balanced on the knife-edge of a full-blown nuclear confrontation.
Take another thrill ride with Alex Hawke.
©2005 Theodore A. Bell (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Ted Bell can really, really write." (James Patterson)
"Very Bondlike." ( The New York Times)
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3 out of 5 stars
By William on 03-22-10

Tom Clancy? 007?

Tomcat FA-18 Superhornets? A 660,000 ton aircraft carrier? The deck area of this monstrous carrier is just four and a half acres! It's more than six times the weight of a regular carrier but no bigger as to deck area. What, it extends three hundred feet down into the water? This story is Mr. Bell's attempt to write a Clancy-type thriller (he even takes Clancy's name in vain!) but the problem is he has none of Clancy's knowledge of his subject. Remember the movie ... Hidden Dragon? The characters in this silly story can do similar stunts. No, Really! And all the goofiness of the 007 movies? That is all here, too. The only good thing about this story is that the narrator is very good. He just needs a better story to narrate.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Nathan H. Chitty on 12-22-15

Solid and enjoyable series.

Characters are well developed and fun. I like reading series like Mitchell Rapp and Gabriel Allon.

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