Assassin (Alexander Hawke #2)
In an elegant palazzo on the Grand Canal, an Ameri ...more
A group of Islamic terrorists are systematically assassinating American ambassadors and their families worldwide while working on a plot to launch a devastating attack against the United States on American soil.
Secretary of State Consuelo de Los Reyes asks Alex Hawke the only man able to foil this conspiracy to join Jack Patterson in the investigation. Assisted by Stokely Jones a Navy Seal, they embark on an action packed mission s ...more
It will probably be the only one I read.
This was such a drag to read with all the characters being stereotypes, totally illogical in their actions and completely unbelievable. There was no enjoyment in this book. The structure was totally stupid and the time lines didn't make any sense. There were two stories in this book and it was just pointless with them being their. Then there is the issue of characters who just d ...more
I was brought into the story quickly when Hawkes wife is shot and killed on the steps of the church as they are leaving, having just been married. From their the rac ...more
14 hrs and 38 mins
In an elegant palazzo on the Grand Canal, an American ambassador's tryst turns deadly. In the seamy underbelly of London, a pub-crawling killer is on the loose. And in a storybook chapel nestled in the Cotswolds, a marriage made in heaven turns to hell on earth.
Isolated incidents? Or links in a chain of events hurtling towards catastrophe? So begins Assassin, the tour de force thriller that heralds the return of every terrorist's worst ni ...more
There, for all to see, in massive golden letters forming an arch above the hotel’s azure-tiled entrance was the new name of London’s most magnificent new hotel. And, of course, it was spelled precisely the way bin Wazir thought it should be spelled. Phonetically. ...more
OMG! The main character, Alex Hawke of Ted Bell’s novel has it all. Hawke is a combination of James Bond and Mitch Rapp. He’s very rich - with family money and British title of Lord – though, by the way, he also made his own money in finance. He even has a boat like Clive Cussler’s, Juan Cabrillo’s “Oregon” – and, he’s an excellent pilot.
He is surrounded by i ...more
Bell created some particularly vicious villains this time o ...more
Whilst the cast of characters may seem an eclectic mix that wouldn't work, it does, very well in fact. In this installment we see Mr Hawke's new wife gunned down and a group of Is;and Fundamentalist terrorists on a worldwide rampage hell bent on destroying 'Great Satan' ie America.
Highly enjoyable thriller, action, ad ...more
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Alex Hawke is back. In this explosive,jaw-tightening follow-up to Ted Bell's ""rich, spellbinding, and absorbing"" (Clive Cussler) debut national bestseller, Hawke, fearless intelligence operative Lord Alexander Hawke matches wits with a cunning and bloodthirsty psychopath in a desperate race to avert an American Armageddon.
In an elegant palazzo on the Grand Canal, an American ambassador's tryst turns deadly. In the seamy underbelly of London, a pub-crawling killer is on the loose. And in a sto...more
Lord Alexander Hawke: Alexander Hawke is a military contractor and owner of one of the largest weapon companies in the world. Alexander Hawke’s life started with tragedy as when he was sailing with his parents in the Caribbean, Cuban pirates sieged the ship. The pirates led by General Manso de Herraras asked for a map leading to a treasure hid by one of Hawke’s ancestor, the ruthless pirate, Blackhawke. Alex’s parents hid him in a closet with the map and they are soon killed ...more
I do think Bell should apologize to Clive Cussler though as Assassin was a blatant Dirk Pitt rip off.
How I came by the book: I found it at Goodwill. I figured for $3 what do I have to lose.
Since it is one of Bell's early works, I wonder if he's improved any. I also wonder how crap like this get published. He must have contacts in the publishing industry.
I apolo ...more
Some, especially the main characters was a little far fetched in the abilities and lifetime achievements but I dare say I will be back for another Ted Bill book in the future.
Alex Hawke marries girlfriend Vicky then sees her assassinated on the church steps. American ambassadors are being assassinated by women named for flowers. Working with Conch and the US State Dept., Hawke tries to find the source of the killings. The trail leads to an Emirate stronghold and an Indonesian island; Stokely Jones trails the Cuban t ...more
Although the storyline is not unique, recreating the Caliphate of Islam missing since the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the playscript is certainly scary and incredibly creative on Ted Bell's part. Ted has given us a sorta highbrow James Bond in Alexander Hawke, and I like the way Hawke's so very much the complete English noble with tangents flying off to Russia, Paris and the Caribbean. In my own novels I enjoy a level of cooperation between the CIA and MI6 that s ...more
Even though this book was written in 2004 it has a modern feel to it with the main antagonists being various Middle Eastern scumbags. Several get disposed of during the course of the novel, but I get the feeling that Alex Hawke has not heard the last of this ...more