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Assassin (Alexander Hawke #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  4,999 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
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 Ameri
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Published July 30th 2004 by Atria Books (first published July 20th 2004)
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This book is one of many for Ted Bell in which the character Hawke delivers another thrilling outlandish performance in saving the world. The plot is unique in that a terrorist makes a nuclear bomb shaped liked a football and tries to blow up Los Angeles, CA. The plot is ultimately tied to a very mad maniac of middle eastern ethnicity and has a grudge against "Western Society". The scheme is to use beautiful women to kill american diplomats in Europe and then use a plane to sneak a bomb/incurabl ...more
ASSASSIN is one of those books that has a real feel of a good, old-fashioned over the top, slightly lunatic thriller. One where the bad guys are particularly.. well villainous, slightly comical in some ways. Rich, obscenely rich, evil, powerful, bent on a grandiose evil scheme, the reasons for which don't really matter, the outcome potentially devastating for the free world - the good guys. Think the magnificently over the top James Bond type villains and add the luxury of print - words that can ...more
Toni Osborne
Feb 12, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second book in the series about secret agent Lord Alexander Hawke

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
Aug 17, 2011 Sher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars is probably a little generous for this book. It should probably be about 2 and a half. I kept asking myself, "Why are you listening to this?" There must be at least two good reasons. 1. It came alphabetically right after a book I had just finished listening to, and I was too lazy to change it, and 2. I was a little bit curious to see if it was any better than the first book I read by Ted Bell. I just kept letting it play, and I was happy to find that this book was written much better ...more
Jul 28, 2010 KarenC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Saw an ad, read a positive review on this author, don't recall where, but the name stuck so when I saw this book at the Library thought I'd give him a try. He'll never match the thrills in a Ludlum or a Flynn. Too many simultaneous plots; too many characters with too many names who all seemed to be cardboard stereotypes despite the potential for interesting backgrounds; it all got too muddled & I couldn't get invested in any of the characters. Female characters were cardboard sex objects des ...more
Craig Brown
Sep 29, 2010 Craig Brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read 3 other Ted Bell books and enjoyed them. I gave this one star simply because his other books were decent and there is no way to give fewer stars. I finished it just because I kind of wanted to know what happened but was even disappointed with the ending. The plot was all over the place with chapters that must have been added because the editor paid for X number of words. There were so many worthless pages that this book should have been about 100 pages and then maybe would have been ...more
Balthazar Lawson
Dec 28, 2010 Balthazar Lawson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Alexander Hawke series, but the first I've read.

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
Feb 22, 2011 Dominique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading Ted Bell. Wow. What a writer. The character developments were amazing. I felt like I innately knew most if not all, the characters because they were so vividly created. There were many interesting plots twists such as an all woman assassin team that is used to carry out a massive Jihad against America.

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
I liked this book better than Ted Bell's first effort with "Hawke". The action was a bit more explosive, and the pace a bit quicker, but that isn't to say this was the perfect adventure. Again, the lead, Alex Hawke, seems to miss out on most of the best action. For instance, his wife gets murdered minutes after their marriage, and rather than hunt down the killer (which he leaves his friends to do) Hawke spends some time on his boat, pheasant hunting, and drinking port with his friends in Englan ...more
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Publisher's Summary

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
Anandh Sundar
Another islamic terrorism type book.but what marks this one apart is the novel methods used but the lame ending deprives the book of 5*. One of the most hilarious extracts from the book are(all showing the behaviour of the main evil guy)

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.
Jun 05, 2011 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a fun and easy read. Good for the beach or a plane ride. (I started with the 2nd in the series because I couldn’t find the 1st book.)

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
Jul 17, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I read the first book in the series a while back. Guess I did not read this one because I had a lot on my platter between here and there. Even though this is the second in the series it could be read as a stand alone. Plenty of gunfire, explosions and cars sliding off of cliffs here. Crazy murderous terrorists are also aplenty. While I felt some editorial trimming could have taken this one down a bit, as it did seem quite long, it did move along at a fairly good clip. The other interesting note ...more
Kara Jorges
Dec 18, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Hawke returns for another exciting, globe-hopping adventure. When his love, Vicky Sweet, is murdered on the steps of the church on their wedding day, Alex has little time to grieve. The American government needs his help getting to the bottom of the murders of several American diplomats. Alex and his band of merry men head for the United States following leads, with ex-SEAL, ex-cop Stokely Jones hot on the trail of Vicky’s murderer.

Bell created some particularly vicious villains this time o
Jul 23, 2012 Herbert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popcorn
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Henri Moreaux
Finished the second installment of the Alexander Hawke series today; the best way to describe this gentleman would be a mixture of Mitch Rapp & James Bond - action & classy.

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
Stacy Bearse
Feb 07, 2014 Stacy Bearse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I simply couldn't finish this novel. I gave up on page 198, when the campy, contrived and clichéd story got the best of me. The convoluted story line could have been written by a committee of eighth-grade boys ... from 1960. Action scenes remind me of R-rated versions of the Batman television series. A friend once observed, "life's too short to drink bad wine." Well, time is also too precious to suffer through bad novels. Sayonara, Alex Hawke.
Apr 26, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hawke being Hawke in this plot filled thriller. 7 of 10 stars
Rob Lever
Apr 20, 2014 Rob Lever rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Overall witless entertainment. Assassin was great for dumbing down my evenings with something other than a video game or tv. While entertaining, Assassin simply is not good writing. From cliche stereotypes to garden variety "adventure" novel plot devises its all here. Biggest frustration with the book is its last 200 pages. Bell builds a convincing and interesting plot only to drop it in a sloppy, rushed climax and conclusion. Conclusion was again, frustratingly dull and underdeveloped.
Mar 14, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As luck would have it, I didn't realize this was #2. But a well-written series will provide enough background so a new reader is familiar with the events in previous books and will not bore the faithful reader by recapping ad nauseam what they just read. I am grateful the author treated a new reader jumping into the series with respect. (Yes, I'm not over my Charlaine Harris experience and the beating she inflicts on faithful readers by regurgitating Sookie's past in every. single. book.)

I haven
Sep 16, 2014 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

Drew Schott
May 17, 2015 Drew Schott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Assassin by Ted Bell
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
Alex Gherzo
Jul 01, 2015 Alex Gherzo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ted Bell is not a good writer. I'm sorry, I know that's blunt and sounds really mean, but he just doesn't have any command of prose, pace, character development, dialogue (good lord, the dialogue!), setup/payoff, or really anything that makes a book wothwhile. Assassin is the second novel in his Alex Hawke series, and it is no better than his first. It's a frustrating read because he has some really neat ideas, but he doesn't follow them through properly, leading to one lousy novel that should'v ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Roy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was going to give one star because it started out awful. However, after I got into it, it actually improved slightly...but not by much.

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
Apr 15, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Ted Bell book and I was pretty happy with the outcome.
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.
Aug 13, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#2 in the Alexander Hawke series. Alex Hawke, British Lord, billionaire, ex-fighter pilot and SBS member, is also the descendent of the pirate Blackhawke.

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
Tony Moya
Every summer I pickup a book for the simple joy of reading. This summer I came across Bell's "Assassin" in a used bookstore for about $4. I got what I paid for; a cheap book with a bargain story. Bell's main character is Lord Alexander Hawke. A wealthy man, who was orphaned at a young age, and is a well trained killing machine with all the toys his money can buy. All Hawke needed was the black cape and the bat-cave. At several points through this book, I had to swallow hard to accept the ridicul ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action adventure junkies

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
Oswaldo Reyes
May 05, 2016 Oswaldo Reyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I began this book series with book 1,HAWK. I finished book 1 and was immediately hooked. Alex Hawk is one of the best characters i have read about in a long time.I fell in love with this series.I went out and purchased the entire series. 8 books.Alex Hawke is the new James Bond. These books are just impossible to put down.The characters are really unforgettable.I definitely rate this series at 5 stars.I am a avid reader and book collector and i have read hundreds of books,this series is one of t ...more
As a James Bond style, action adventure this is pretty good. It has all the right mix of elements to make it work; aristocratic British super spy, evil larger than life super villains, hot girls, fast suspenseful action and exotic locations.

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
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Ted Bell, formerly Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University and Writer-In-Residence at Sidney-Sussex College, is a full-time writer. He is the author of 9 consecutive New York Times Bestsellers. His novels include the Alex Hawke series of spy thrillers published by Harper & Collins. And the Nick McIver Time Travel Adventures published by St. Martins. His books are international bestsellers, pu ...more
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