Assassin (Alexander Hawke, #2)
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Assassin (Alexander Hawke #2)

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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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
Tim
Hawke being Hawke in this plot filled thriller. 7 of 10 stars
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
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...more
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...more
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
Herbert
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Johnsergeant
Narrated by John Shea

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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...more
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.
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
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
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 Rubin
This is not so much a military novel as it is a comic book. The good are very very good, which the bad are simply evil. The heroes are infinitely capable, the villains are brilliantly devious, sadistic, and ungly.

Find more nuanced books!
Tiff
Fast paced exciting story, starring the hero man's man, Alex Hawke. Where are the men like him?
Craig Brown
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
Larry
This is a new author for me; I did enjoy the story, it took me a little while to get into it.

Hawke, who "makes James Bond look like a "slovenly, dull-witted clockpuncher" (Kirkus Reviews), is soon following a trail that leads back to London in the go-go nineties, when Arab oil money fueled lavish, and sometimes fiendish, lifestyles. Other murky clues point to the Florida Keys, where a vicious killer hides behind the gates of a fabled museum. And to a remote Indonesian island where a madman tink...more
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...more
Andrea
Cover review includes comments from Vince Flynn (a favorite author), James Patterson.

Action moves quickly, not much background or embellishement, jumps from action scene to action scene. Tons of action, a little less stellar on connections.

The author is a skilled wordsmith and obviously has exposure to the highest echelons of society; it could happen, but requires more suspension of disbelief that I was capable of achieving. Reading this book was like following an NGO James Bond, but without the...more
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....more
Julie
These aren't characters - they're caricatures. I mean, really, a pirate with a parrot on his shoulder? An NYPD cop/SEAL who hangs out with a bunch of Brits but speaks in Black English Vernacular? A Scotland Yard detective who is basically Sherlock Holmes? Putting a bunch of caricatures together does not make a good novel. There's no depth to these people. Also, it's written in the 3rd person, which added to the caricature effect. I was hoping for something Vince Flynn-like. Boy, was I disappoint...more
Marianne
Sad, funny, dashing. Great fun
Kyle
This was not a very good book. While I had a lot of issues with Ted Bell's first book - Hawke - it was a fun read; this was not the case with Assassin. In this book, Bell's lack of of characterization becomes much more obvious (all of the cast are just caricatures) and the story wasn't interesting enough for me to get past that. Assassin does have the distinction, though, of having one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read inside it (it involves an assassin and a knife's hiding spot).
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