Ted Bell is an American author of suspense novels such as Hawke and Assassin, Pirate, and Spy and Warlord and Phantom. He is best known for his New York Times Bestselling series of spy thriller novels featuring the character Lord Alexander Hawke.
Before becoming a novelist, he was President and Chief Creative Officer of the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago. He was later named Vice-Chairman of the Board and World-Wide Creative Director of Young & Rubicam, one of the world's largest advertising agencies. At age 25, he sold his first Hollywood screenplay, 'Screamathon' to producers Joel B. Michaels and Garth Drabinsky.
Bell is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, with a B.A. in English. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. He is a former member of the college's Board of Trustees. He was given an Honorary degree in Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
For the years 2011-2012, Bell was elected a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University (UK) completing his studies at Cambridge's Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLIS). He was also elected to the position of Writer-In-Residence, Sydney-Sussex College, Cambridge University (UK).
DOCA,a Department of Defense committee, selected Bell as a civilian member of the standing group that supports the US military. He also served for a brief time as an advisor to the Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy at the U.S. State Department. He serves on the Advisory Board of General George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Fairfax County, Virginia) under former Secretary of the Army, Togo D. West, Jr. Bell's former wife is Greenwich, Connecticut-based Evelyn Byrd Lorentzen (known as Evelyn Lorentzen Bell), a relative of the founder of Richmond, Virginia, William Byrd II. Their daughter, Evelyn Byrd Bell, is a well-known model and actress who lives in Los Angeles, California.
For a brief time, Bell was an advisor to the U.S. State Department.
Bell has written the Alexander Hawke series of spy novels. Warlord, released in 2010, revolves around a vendetta against the British royal family beginning with the 1979 murder of Lord Mountbatten. His previous work, Tsar, dealt with the rise of the 'New Russia', the return of the KGB and the new 'Evil Empire.' His latest Hawke novel, published by HarperCollins, is Phantom, and deals with Artificial Intelligence and a rogue Iranian scientist.
Bell's World War II time-travel adventure novel, Nick of Time, was published in a new hardcover illustrated edition by St. Martin's Press in May 2008. It features Nick McIver, along with Lord Richard Hawke, Archibald "Gunner" Steele, Kate McIver (Nick's younger sister), Commander Hobbes (Lord Hawke's colleague, a brilliant weapons designer), the murderous pirate captain Billy Blood, and his cohort Snake Eye. It debuted on the The New York Times Best Seller list for Children at #4.
The sequel to Nick of Time was published in hardcover by St. Martins Press in 2010. Entitled The Time Pirate, it deals with the Nazi invasion of the Channel Islands and Nick McIver's role in George Washington's victory over Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. It debuted on the The New York Times Best Seller list for Children at #6.
Alexander Hawke Series
- Hawke (2003)
- Assassin (2004)
- Pirate (2005)
- Spy (2006)
- Tsar (2008)
- Warlord (2010)
- Phantom (2012)
- Warriors (2014)
- "The Powder Monkey" (2006)
- "Crash Dive" (2011)
- "What Comes Around" (Working Title was "Rogue") (2014)
Nick McIver Time Travel Adventures
(Ages 10 & up)
- Nick of Time (2008)
- The Time Pirate (2010)
Blackford Blaine Short Stories
- "The Pirate of Palm Beach"
- "The Widow's Walk"