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Assassin (Alexander Hawke #2)

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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  4,130 ratings  ·  143 reviews
A terrorist kingpin has orchestrated the slaying of American diplomats abroad and, as the death toll mounts, British intelligence agent Alexander Hawke is called upon to avert an attack. He battles it out against an enemy bent on destroying the West - while on a personal level avenging the crime that has left him devastated.
Paperback, 558 pages
Published 2008 by Pocket Books (first published July 20th 2004)
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Stephen
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
Toni Osborne
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
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Balthazar Lawson
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
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Stacy Bearse
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.
Drew Schott
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
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Herbert
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Larry
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
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Matthew
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.
Tim
Hawke being Hawke in this plot filled thriller. 7 of 10 stars
Randy

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

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Roy
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
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Mike
This is my first venture into this author's action adventure series with Alex Hawke as the protagonist (friends in Santa Barbara, California suggested this book to me). It is nothing special, literary-wise, but nevertheless, quite an entertaining, fast-pasted yarn. It definitely falls in the realm of what I consider light reading for fun (beach reading, airline-travel reading, etc.). I enjoyed this enough to continue with other Alex Hawke books, and apparently there are quite a few of them (with ...more
Alex Gherzo
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
Sarah
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
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Kara Jorges
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
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Sher
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
Dominique
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
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Karen
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
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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
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Rob Lever
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.
Alexander Nemeth
The book “Assassin” by Ted Bell is about a secret agent named Alex Hawke who has to save the world from an Islamic terrorist attack. A side story in the book is about two cops hired by Hawke to find a murderer who shot his wife. I enjoyed this book because I’m an action novel fan but also how the author built up the drama but put in plot twists that I wasn’t expecting. I recommend this book to people who like action novels and who like a good adventure.
William
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
Wayne
I have just finished my 4th novel by Ted Bell. This is one of Lord Alex Hawke's early adventures. Same cast of characters. Purely escapist entertainment of the type I enjoy. Alex Hawke is a tough, wise-guy type who gets into plenty of tight spots and always comes out on top. He reminds me of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp with the good looks and suave manner of James Bond. A fune read.
Glen
A somewhat over the top novel, as Alexander Hawke, something of a cross between Doc Savage and The Saint, finds himself in deep trouble.

The novel starts with Hawke's new bride getting shot on the steps of the church, and ends up with a mountain rescue and a terrorist attack, with a lot going on in between.

Fast moving, and exciting.
KarenC
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
Katherine
Mar 16, 2015 Katherine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone with time to read a 558 page novel
Recommended to Katherine by: No one recommended it to me
This is a fast-moving crime novel. Well-written though not serious literature. The characters are so unlikely and so are the assassinations. A decent book to pass the time on a long plane trip, I suppose. Glad I borrowed the paperback from the library instead of spending $8 for a book I wouldn't want to keep.
Robert
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
Jeffery Lee Radatz
I love Ted Bell(Alex Hawke series) books. He is kind of like a richer James Bondish character! But Alex Hawke is half-British, half-American. I know I am reading them out of order, now after reading 2 of his previous works! I just received his very first book in the series, "Hawke" in the mail just the other day and will be putting on my to-read shelf.
David
James Bond style adventures of a wealthy Brit aristocrat. These books are full of Alpha Males - so much so that there are not any quantity of interesting characters outside this small group of compatriots. Easy beach-read if you are inclined toward silly spy adventures.
Dennis
While this book was a fun read (the second of the Alex Hawke books) I felt it had some major plot holes. The man behind the actions against the United States - the Emir - was not part of the last third of the book. It was a bit strange. Maybe that will be cleared up in the next book? I'll keep reading to find out.
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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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