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Phantom [sound recording] : an Alex Hawke novel
Bell, Ted.
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From Publishers' Weekly:

At the outset of bestseller Bell's exciting seventh thriller featuring MI6 agent Alex Hawke (after 2010's Warlord), Alex learns that his lost love, Anastasia Korsakova, the daughter of the present-day yet recently dead Russian czar, is still alive, held prisoner in a high-security Siberian KGB facility. While Alex fears he's being lured into a trap, he travels to Siberia, where Anastasia gives him their son, three-year-old Alexi, for safekeeping. Back in England, Alex throws himself into fatherhood while fending off assassins from an organization of Russian hard-liners who blame Alex for the czar's death. Meanwhile, an Iranian scientist known as Darius has built a computer dubbed Perseus that has almost attained parity with human intelligence. Alex must find Darius and Perseus in order to foil their dastardly plan for humanity. While the two distinct threats make for a sometimes disjointed plot, a terrific, final naval battle shows Alex at his fighting finest. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

There's a new dimension to Alexander Hawke, the James Bond-like M16 operative whom men want to be and women want to bed. Hawke is now a devoted father to three-year-old Alexei, his son by the true love he must renounce. But both father and son are at the top of a Russian hit list, a problem Hawke must contend with as he goes about saving the free world. His adversary is an unseen force that is knocking out computer systems and causing disasters worldwide: rides go fatally awry at Disney World, a Russian submarine torpedoes an American cruise ship, a missile silo blows up in Alaska. Hawke heads the team sent to find and eliminate this force, which portends technological development of greater-than-human artificial intelligence. Verdict Quibbles about the ease of breaking the mother-child bond aside (Alexei's mother gives her son to Hawke), Hawke's seventh adventure (after Warlord) is an action-packed technothriller, climaxing in a naval battle in the Strait of Hormuz. As usual, Bell keeps the tone light and the level of derring-do high. Fine escapist fare. [See Prepub Alert, 9/19/11.]-Michele Leber, Arlington, VA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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