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Hawke (Alexander Hawke #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  4,360 ratings  ·  232 reviews
A James Bond for the 21st century, Alex Hawke is suave, sexy, smart, wealthy, and deadly. And he's got the bloodlines to prove it--the direct descendant of a famous English pirate, the British secret agent is back in the Caribbean where his ancestor once amassed a legendary fortune and where, decades ago, his own parents were brutally tortured and murdered for a secret Ale ...more
Kindle Edition, 608 pages
Published January 7th 2004 by Atria Books (first published June 3rd 2003)
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Alain Dewitt
I read this book on the recommendation of an old college roommate. My friend Rick really likes Ted Bell. Rick and I both like Clive Cussler and the Dirk Pitt series so I thought I would give 'Hawke' a try.

I don't think I will be reading any more Hawke books. Frankly, the writing is almost amateurish. Bell is clearly trying to create a Pitt-like character. Hawke and Pitt have similar, nay, almost identical backgrounds(ex-military men, pilots, dashing good looks, scions of prominent families, loya
Kurt Young
This is the first novel in a series about Alex Hawke, a billionaire Brit, descended from pirates, who also happens to be a former fighter pilot, SAS opperative and known ladies man. Apparently it was a best seller. It must have been the only book published the year it was a best seller.

I've seen blurbs that liken it to James Bond. It more closely resembles what Maxwell Smart might believe his life to be like. I originally read the second book in the series: "Assassin." "Assassin," was a passable
Jane Mackay
One of the worst-written books I've ever read. Hammers the reader over the head with ham-fisted character psychology and blunt-force action that is escalated over and over again, on cue, per the injunction in every "how to write a novel readers can't put down" article. Not to mention generous helpings of cliched characters, dialogue, relationships and plot elements.

Mr Bell would do well to read and study every Ian Fleming-written James Bond book for lessons in subtlety, depth, nerve-scraping su
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 07, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Who Can't Get Enough of James Bond Wannabes With Testosterone Poisoning
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
Today's book is given to you by the letter "C." Cheesy, campy, cartoony and cliche-ridden. We meet Lord Alexander Hawke, the "hero" of this novel in the prologue when he's seven-years-old. Pirates board his family yacht in search of a treasure map. Apparently a descendent of the original owner of the treasure centuries ago just happens to catch wind that the descendent of the privateer that supposedly stole it is sailing on his yacht, and Alex's father, who doesn't know this nevertheless thinks ...more
Where to begin. I foolishly picked up the whole book after reading the kindle sample. It was 50% tripe, 25% fun, 20% interesting and 5% wrong.

To begin, Alex Hawke (Lord Alex, my apologies) is a British Aristocrat who is also able to fly f-14 Tomcats off Royal Navy ships, was a member of the navy version of the SAS, is an accomplished pilot and is also a multi millionaire with a ship (Blackhawke of course) which holds a flying boat that looks like a Spitfire (Kittyhawke naturally) and a speed boa
Having read the most recent two books in the Hawke series, and having enjoyed them so much, I decided to go back to the very beginning and to read all of the Ted Bell books. I find that the consistency of writing and form found in the last two books are equal to the first. This story sets the stage for the characters of Hawke and Congreve and Stokley. The story features ancient pirate lore, Columbian drugs, Fidel Castro and a coup de tate. Also involved are chemical bombs and U.S. Navel aircraft ...more
Started reading the Alexander Hawke series with books 6 & 7, "Warlord" and "Phantom". Decided to go back to the beginning and since "Hawke" was only available in abridged version on audio CD, actually read this one. What a great story, with a central plot, but many "sub-stories" building up to the ending. Love, revenge, fortune seeking, power, friendship and hidden treasure--this book has it all! I usually like a "big" ending to my stories, but this book had so much of everything I enjoy alo ...more
This novel entails the beginnings of Hawke's character since he was seven years old. Thus begins the exciting journey of a thoroughly enjoyable persona, especially when teamed with Stokely Jones. While some of the action is a bit improbable, the good guys come out on top and that's always best! 8 of 10 stars
Hawke is very much like a big budget summer blockbuster movie; it's a fast, fun over-the-top ride but lacks any real characters or substance. The character of Alex Hawke seems like a laundry list of young boy's hero's: he's a Naval commander. A fighter pilot. A successful business man. A highly trained military operative. He's a spy for the British government. He's a spy for the American government. He's filthy rich. He has the title of "Lord." Oh, and his descendants were pirates. Hawke is more ...more
Kara Jorges
Ted Bell brings us a new adventure series with a hero who can stand on his own, but gives a nod to several adventure heroes who have come before him. Like Doc Savage, Alex Hawke is richer than God, has a number of really cool toys, and a whole team of loyal sidekicks. Like James Bond, he is British and a spy. Like Dirk Pitt, he can pilot anything in the air or on the water, and enjoys an intimate relationship with a powerful politico, except Hawke’s ladyfriend is the Secretary of State, not a me ...more
Wayne Wilson
I think this is the first book Bell wrote with Alexander Hawke as his protagonist. I have read most of his other books with Hawke before this one and I loved them. This one was not as good. I still liked it but I think Bell has gotten better with Hawke's adventures since this first step.

We do get to know what happened to Hawke's parents when he was just a wee child, killed by pirates on their sail boat in the Caribbean while young Hawke witnessed their horrific deaths. Hawke is now grown and ret
This is my introductory journey with Hawke. "Hawke" is truly a lovely swashbuckling adventure. The main protagonist Alexander Hawke has the classic dark, mysterious and broody feel to him. The plot is satisfactory since I am taking this as the first introduction to Hawke's adventures.

Many of the pieces fall in too easily though. Nevertheless, the ride is pretty neat. The villain is also very very intimidating. Looking forward to getting to know Hawke more in his next adventures.

I have always li
May 24, 2011 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Male action-adventure readers
Recommended to Eric by: George Damanis
My friend George recommended this to me, so I gave it a shot, despite the fact that the book jacket says that the author is the "new Clive Cussler."

I see the Cussler comparison. Like Cussler's Dirk Pitt, Alexander Hawke is handsome, rugged, and good at everything he does. Hawke, in fact, is descended from a famous pirate, a lord, a wealthy businessman, as well as a military pilot and occasional spy for both the U.K. and the U.S. If you can get past this exaggerated fantastical main character, th
Jon Barber
If you like Dirk Pitt and Clive Cussletr then this is like that, times 5. Everything about our hero works out perfectly for him and all respect him. What's worse is how many of his perfect faultless friends and acquaintances also have no faults at all. Their world is a utopia, and when threatened by dastardly ne'er-do-wells, they all respond and squash it. (I don't believe that is truly a spoiler, for if you don't see it coming a MILE away, I doubt you have the tenacity and fortitude to read Goo ...more
This is the first book in this series (one doesn’t really need to read them in order) and the second one I’ve read so far. They all have one-word titles. They perfectly fit the bill for light, entertaining reading (what many refer to as books for the beach in summer). The main character is Alex Hawke, a fabulously wealthy British Lord, who has an incredible airplane and an amazing yacht that are technological wonders at the most advanced level. He’s frequently recruited by both the U.S. and Brit ...more
I would equate this to something written by Clive Cussler (if that author does not ring a bell stop reading this review). This book is akin to a big, blockbuster movie with big name actors released in the summer to simply provide fast paced action and mindless entertainment. There is one reason and one reason only to read this type of is fun. The typical plot -- A global threat is going to be eliminated by the protagonist and undoubtedly he is going to have gorgeous women falling in ...more
HAWKE is Ted Bell's 1st novel and an excellent introduction to his main character, Lord Alexander Hawke. 9 Hawke novels have been written, each an exciting, over-the-top adventure. I have now completed 6 of the Hawke novels and have enjoyed each one. Hawke and his cast of regulars get involved in the attempt to find and get hold of the most powerful submarine ever invented. Who owns it? What is it going to be used for? Involved, are ex-Russian military men, Columbian drug dealers, Fidel Castro a ...more
David Dalton
Overall I am not too sure how I feel about Hawke, which is for me, was my first Alexander Hawke novel that I have read. Sometimes I just did not get the character, things seem to come too easy for him. Of course, being a billionaire who works free-lance for the British and/or Americans might have something to do with it. Hawke comes across almost like Batman without the cape (and yes, his parents met the same type of fate as Bruce Wayne's).

Early on in the book Alex finds two arms dealers and for
Greer Andjanetta
The 1st of the series of novels with Lord Alexander Hawke as the 'superhero'. A more interesting story than some of the sequels, it of course provides background for those sequels. An easily readable and engrossing story, ideal for those who like an 'escapist' story.
Ted Bell's earliest Alex Hawke Novel. Good read, well done for one of his first books. Lots of suspense. This is an excellent series. I read some of the later novels in this series earlier. They get better each time
It borrows heavily from standard "ex-military man" action thriller plots/characters/cliches, etc. I quickly got the sense that it was another entry-level attempt at authoring just from the writing style. A lot of forced dialogue. But, there are several sequels - just like many other authors who write them, maybe he will improve his style and flow with each one. Oh yeah, the book. Hawke is an Englishman, ex-military, descended from a famous pirate, who gets involved helping the U.S. stop a major ...more
Skip this book.

Is hoped for something a lot better, given that this is the first in a series, but the characters are flat, and Bell's writing is just not worth the read.

The main character is a billionaire who has spent all sorts of time doing clandestine work, special forces work, and more, and now does clandestine work for the American and Brit governments.

Yet he doesn't know basic terminology (such as HUMINT), and it has to be explained to him in dialogue (painfully executed by the author).


While sailing in the Caribbean, young Alex Hawke witnesses an act of unspeakable horror as modern-day pirates brutally murder his parents. It is a tragedy that will haunt him forever, and shape his destiny....
As a direct descendant of a legendary English privateer, Lord Alexander Hawke is skilled in the ways of sea combat -- and one of England's most decorated naval heroes. Now, Hawke returns to the Caribbean on a secret mission for the American government. A highly experimental stealth submar

Toni Osborne
Book1 in the Alexander Hawke series

“Hawke”, is a twenty first century pirate tale which takes place on the Caribbean Seas near the island of Cuba. This action adventure thriller introduces its main character, Alexander Hawke, as a rich English aristocrat Spy working for both the UK and US governments. The main emphasis throughout is based on intense action scenes and the showdown is a classic case of revenge in over drive.

Soon into the story we have a strong sense of déjà vu, scenes that mirror
FINALLY finished this book! Oh, this is without a doubt one of the worst books I ever read. Predictable, full of cliches, swearing, unbelievable situations and outcomes, swearing and more swearing . . . why did I keep reading it? I thought, it came so highly recommended that surely something will happen to redeem it somehow. Never did. I can't say that I care one bit about one character in this novel.

As I finished the last few chapters this morning, I did get sucked into the final fight scene.
Alex Gherzo
Ted Bell's Hawke wants to be a big, fun adventure in the Bondian tradition but it ends up being a thoroughly mediocre slog, nowhere near as fun or epic as it seems to think it is. Alexander Hawke is a wealthy English lord who regularly goes on grandiose spy adventures for the British and American governments. His latest mission is to discover who is in possession of a Russian super-sub capable of, apparently, single-handedly decimating the entire U.S. Navy. A coup d'état in Cuba, an down-and-out ...more
I absolutely loved this book. From the opening pages to the end of the book, I could not stop reading. Every moment I had, I opened the book to continue the store, and I really hated it when the story ended. Luckily for me, this is only book one with the character Alexander Hawke. I look forward to reading more of the books about Alex Hawke and his further adventures. I can tell Ted Bell is an amazing author just by this book alone. I am looking forward to others.

I guess I should write a little
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Ne ho letti di libri pessimi... ma questo entra dritto nella mia top ten personale delle schifezze assolute.

Mi chiedo seriamente perché l'editore invece di darsi da fare a completare le traduzioni di ottime serie già in corso, prima di tutto quella della serie di "Sahrpe" di "Bernard Cornwell" sprechi il suo e il nostro (per chi ha la sventura di comperare questo schifo) denaro con testi del genere.

la cosa che fa più imbestialire è l'accostamento ad autori come Clive Cussler, c'è da domandarsi
Ted Bell shares many characteristics with Clive Cussler: he writes a very adventurous series which follows Alexander Hawke, a secret agent with the British Navy. This is the first in the series.

Ted Bell has a lot in common with one of your favorite authors, Clive Cussler. Both authors are known for rip-roaring adventure in exotic locations, topped with a hero who can deal with anything thrown at him. Start with the first book, Hawke.

Many fans of Clive Cussler also enjoy the adventurous Hawke ser
Hawke was a fast entertaining read but I found a lot of the plot just too unrealistic and farfetched. I would describe this book as a cross between Cussler, Ludlum and Clancy and probably men especially would enjoy this book. Alex Hawke is the main character and seems to be near perfect in that he is extremely wealthy, smart, sexy and very James Bondish. After witnessing his parents brutal murder at the hands of three depraved Cuban brothers at the age of 7, he blocks this event out of his life ...more
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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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