A cruise ship attacked and sunk by a Russian sub……….Air Force One attacked by one of the very planes escorting it……..the testing of a new drone fighter in Israel goes horribly wrong. In these and other cases, it is claimed that some phantom force took over the controls and caused these mishaps to happen. Lord Alex Hawke is assigned the task of discovery who or what this force is. At the same time, he must protect his son and himself from those in Russia who would see him dead: the Tsar Society, who lost their leader at the hands of Hawke and seek revenge. Hawke’s quest to stop this phantom and stop those who are hunting him and his son will take him across the world and pit against some of the worst criminals in the world.
Phantom by Ted Bell is a wild ride from the first paragraph to the last. Bell has created a character that is one part Dirk Pitt, one part James Bond and one part pirate. Each new entry in the Alex Hawke series gets better and Phantom is no exception. The plot is one that could very well be pulled from tomorrow’s headlines and the character development is excellent. I happily give this book 5/5 stars and encourage all to read it.