A Lima Charlie Review: ‘DRAGONFIRE’ By Ted Bell. With a BLAST RADIUS of a DIRTY BOMB! (9/10)

DragonfireThis summer, Lord Alex Hawke is back in Dragonfire from renowned author Ted Bell. The eleventh in Ted’s New York Times Bestselling series. Ted comes from a successful and long career in advertising, winning just about every award the advertising industry offers, on top of that he’s written screenplays, held numerous positions, such as Chief Creative Officer, President, and Vice Chairman for different companies he was affiliated with throughout his successful career. In 2001, Ted retired to write full time. What we gotten since then is 10 Best-selling international spy novels, a couple of Novellas, and two Nick McIver adventures through time novels.

A storyteller like no other, Ted Bell tells multiple stories in Dragonfire which will both keep you at the edge of your seat. The first is current day Lord Alex Hawke on a mission to rescue his Godson, who also happens so be the Queen’s grandson. All while dodging a ten-million price tag on his head. The second story follows Commander John Hawke, Alex’s grandfather in the 1940’s during World War II.

Alex Hawke is recuperating after a serious injury with a deadly adversary when he’s tasked by the Queen to find her favorite grandson who went missing or simply vanished while on a resort in the Bahamas. Without a second thought, Hawke accepts the mission and goes deep into enemy territory discovering a vast criminal enterprise that is on a global scale. This enterprise run by the vicious Tang brothers and their vindictive sister.

Commander John Hawke is coming up with ways to undermine Herr Hitler and the ever-growing Nazi war efforts. With successful high-risk missions behind enemy lines under his belt, Commander John Hawke is introduced to another intelligence officer, a gentleman who commands his own commando sabotage unit. This particular officer in real life will retire from service after the war and go on to write one of the most famous series of British spy novels ever. Together, they devise a plan to put a serious blow to Germany utilizing their skills and innovation.

Earning itself a Blast Radius of a Dirty Bomb, this spy thriller will keep you guessing constantly. The only thing it lacked, was a conclusion to the bounty placed on Hawke’s life, a story line I’m hoping Ted will dive into and make an entire book out of in the next Alex Hawke novel. I can picture Alex turning the script and instead of being hunted, becoming the hunter. Pre-Order Dragonfire today.




Author: Ted Bell
Series: Alex Hawke # 11
Pages: 416 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0593101209
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: July 21, 2020
Follow Ted on Twitter: @AlexHawke
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF A DIRTY BOMB! (9/10) – This type of bomb kills immediately & continues to kill rendering the land useless for a long time.



About Ted Bell

Theodore A. Bell, author of 10 consecutive New York Times best sellers and former advertising executive, began his advertising career in the 1970’s as a junior copywriter at Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB), New York. At the age of 25, he sold his first screenplay to Hollywood, as well as became the youngest vice-president in the storied history of DDB. In 1982, he joined Leo Burnett Co., Chicago, as a creative director. Four years later, at the age of 40, he was named President, Chief Creative Officer where he was credited with developing numerous innovative and award-winning advertising campaigns. In 1982, Bell joined Young & Rubicam, London, and in 1991 became the Vice Chairman and Worldwide Creative Director. Bell has won every award the advertising industry offers, including numerous Clios and Cannes Gold Lions, and while at Young & Rubicam, the Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival. In 2001, Bell retired to write full time. He has 10 consecutive New York Times Bestsellers to his credit: The Alex Hawke series of spy thrillers published by HarperCollins and the young adult targeted time travel adventure series, Nick of Time and The Time Pirate published by St. Martins Press.

​A native Floridian, Bell graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and is a former member of the college’s Board of Trustees. He holds an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College in Michigan. Bell is also an Adjunct Professor of English Literature at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. He is a member of the Defense Orientation Conference Association (DOCA), a program run by the Department of Defense in support of America’s military. He served on the Advisory Board at George Washington’s Home at Mount Vernon, a group chaired by former Secretary of the Army, Togo West. He also served for a time as an advisor to the Undersecretary for Domestic Relations at the U.S. Department of State.

​For the 2011-2012 Academic Year, Sir Richard Dearlove, Former Chief of MI6, British Intelligence, sponsored Bell to become a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University (UK). In addition, he was named Writer-in-Residence at Sydney-Sussex College, Cambridge and studied at the University’s Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLIS) under the tutelage of Sir Dearlove, who was the Master of Pembroke College.

​In May 2018, Bell published OVERKILL, the 10th book in the popular Alex Hawke spy thriller series.

He is currently working on the next Hawke thriller.

​In January 2019, Bell and Jon Adler of Jon Adler Films formed El Dorado Entertainment, a feature film and television production company based in New York.

​In July 2019, Bell signed a two-book deal with Random House.

​In July 2020, the 11th Alex Hawke thriller, DRAGONFIRE, will be published.

​Bell has appeared on numerous television and radio programs and has been a featured speaker at associations and clubs across the country.

​Bell has traveled the world and has lived in Italy, London, France, Palm Beach, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Maine. Today, a 19th century farmhouse in Connecticut is where he calls home.


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