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Ted Bell’s Lord Alex Hawke series

to launch again in 2025

New York, NY- Ted Bell’s daughter, Byrdie Bell, and The Real Book Spy founder, Ryan Steck, are pleased to announce that the Lord Alexander Hawke series will soon set sail again!

Readers have been asking what would happen to Lord Alex Hawke and the rest of his beloved characters after Ted’s passing. Well…the whole gang will soon return in another action-packed, ripped-from-the-headlines adventure.

In order to deliver to Ted’s devoted fans more stories with Lord Hawke and to continue Ted and Hawke’s legacy, author (and The Real Book Spy founder) Ryan Steck has signed a two-book deal with Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Ryan is doing this in partnership with Ted Bell's estate, led by his daughter, Byrdie Bell. Ryan's first Alex Hawke book, MONARCH, will be available in early 2025, with the second book currently slated for a 2026 publication date.

You can read more of the big news, which was first announced via The Real Book Spy website, by clicking here.

To learn more about Ryan Steck, including a message from Ryan to Hawke fans everywhere, plus statements from Byrdie Bell and Ted's former editor, Tom Colgan . . . plus news about an Alex Hawke book club that'll launch in January of 2024 click here!






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"Sometimes, if you
 get very, very lucky,
 you get to do exactly
 what you wanted to
 do when you were  
 just a kid. For me,
 that was writing." 
                  -Ted Bell

Theodore Augustus Bell, was the author of 12 consecutive New York Times best sellers and a former advertising executive. He 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. He then joined Leo Burnett Co., Chicago, as a creative director and four years later, he was named President, Chicago 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 he became the Vice Chairman and Worldwide Creative Director. Ted 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, Ted retired to write full time. He has 10 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 was a former member of the college’s Board of Trustees. He held an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College in Michigan. Bell was also an Adjunct Professor of English Literature at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. He was 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 Ted 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, Ted published OVERKILL, the 10th book in the popular Alex Hawke spy thriller series. 

In January 2019, Ted 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, Ted signed a two-book deal with Random House.

In July 2020, the 11th Alex Hawke thriller, DRAGONFIRE, was published.

On December 7, 2021, the 12th Alex Hawke thriller, SEA HAWKE was published.

Ted appeared on numerous television and radio programs and was a featured speaker at associations, clubs, libraries and organizations across the country.

Ted traveled the world and lived in Italy, London, France, Palm Beach, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Maine. He last lived in a beloved 19th century farmhouse in Connecticut.

Check out Photos & Videos, Writer's Block, Press, Newsworthy and Scrapbook to see and read about some of Ted Bells' Excellent Adventures.

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Ted Bell's books are available in

Kindle, hardcover, hardcover large print, paperback,

audio CD, e-book versions, and in several languages.

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and at fine book stores nationwide.

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