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Bell, Ted

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(1947-    ) US advertising executive (ending in 2001 as Creative Director at Young and Rubicam) and author, best known for the Lord Alex Hawke series of nonfantastic political thrillers beginning with Hawke (2003) [series not listed below]. He is of sf interest for the Young Adult Nick McIver Time Adventure series beginning with Nick of Time: An Adventure Through Time (2000), whose young protagonist lives with his brave father in 1939 on the "smallest" of the Channel Islands; their attempts to fend off a Nazi Invasion by a super submarine (see Under the Sea) are soon complicated by the discovery of a Time Machine which takes Nick back to 1805, where he must fend off the devious aims of Napoleon. In the second volume, The Time Pirate: A Nick McIver Time Adventure (2010), Nick employs a mysteriously preserved World War One fighter plane to fight off the invasion. But the kidnapping of his sister, who is now trapped in 1781, forces him to prevent a pirate navy from sabotaging the American Revolution. The deliberate Boys'-Paper exuberance of the sequence is mostly winning. [JC]

Theodore A Bell

born Florida: 1 January 1947

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Nick McIver Time Adventure


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