Ted Bell's aristocratic soldier/spy, Lord Alexander Hawke, is back in another daring adventure fittingly called "Warriors." (William Morrow, 467 pages.)
A renegade Chinese general, Sun-Yat Moon, has dreams of ruling not only his homeland, but the entire world. As head of China's notorious Te-Wu Academy, which trains the most elite assassins, Moon is in position to carry out his megalomaniacal dreams of world conquest.
In a diabolical plan worthy of the evil geniuses conjured up by Ian Fleming, Moon sends an assassin to poison the President of the United States. At the burial at Arlington National Cemetery, he orchestrates a drone strike on the mourners.
But his ultimate stroke of mad ambition was his kidnapping of the foremost military engineer, Dr. William Lincoln Chase, and his family. The evil Gen. Moon sends Dr. Chase's family to a North Korean prison camp to ensure the scientist's cooperation in his malevolent plan to achieve military supremacy.
Only Alex Hawke and his comrades can retrieve Dr. Chase and rescue the scientist's family from a hellish North Korean prison camp and thwart the rogue Gen. Moon's plan to start another world war.
The days of the master spy carrying out seemingly impossible feats to prevent the destruction of the West have not passed away with James Bond. Ted Bell's Alex Hawke is every bit as bold as the iconic "007" but he is a much more lovable hero, especially when he smuggles a border collie puppy aboard a train as the dog is to be a gift for his young son.
In his tender relationship with the young Alexei, Hawke reveals a whimsical warmth and joviality reminiscent of Lord Peter Wimsey. For those who miss the Cold War's Commander Bond, fret not, there is a new warrior for the twenty-first century - Lord Alexander Hawke.