Not one of his best. Phantom is borderline sci-fi rather than the previous action packed story. Hopefully Mr. Bell will come back to excellent story line for Alex Hawke in his next book.
Mr. Bell thank you for an exciting and stimulating story line. Thought Perseus would have anticipated a sea floor attack and prevented it. Nevertheless your theme of cyber warfare was an eye opener and timely. Our local newspaper today had an article disclosing the USA was the creator the Stuxnet worm. Scary stuff. Ignorance is bliss. Your story begs the question, do we (the public)want machines to run our lives? Who or what controls whom? No question we live in exciting times with technology leading the way but at what expense, now and in the future.
This is Ted Bell's BEST Hawke book to date!! I, for one, simply
can not wait for his follow-on! Well done, Mr. Bell. Well done indeed!! indeed!
And I thank you for the warning of what lies ahead for us all.
A fun read but definitely not the best novel by Ted Bell. Fiction is best at times when there is a thread of believability to the story but this story line is a bit too far flung.
Good book. Not the best in this series but definitely a worthwhile read.
The premise of this book is excellent but the story is laden with distracting mistakes and inconsistencies. For example, on one page Hawke's yacht is at 10 knots and on the next he says it is at 15. That in and of itself is minor but the book has several such editing mistakes. The biggest issue I had was toward the conclusion of the book. The "villain" is an amazingly powerful artificial intelligent computer. During the book he did such amazing things as taking control of a U.S. piloted fighter courting Air Force One and despite the efforts of the pilot the computer fires upon the President's plane. Later, when our hero gets into the lair of this beast and talks to it, he at one point says to it that he and his two friends would step into the corridor to discuss a point in private. So we are to believe that it could reach out to anywhere in the world to take full control of almost anything, could cause people to commit suicide, but could not hear a conversation held outside its door. In the end this book felt as if it were hastily written and poorly edited.