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Assassin (Alexander Hawke #2)

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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 Americ
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Hardcover, 433 pages
Published July 20th 2004 by Atria
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Drew Schott
Sep 10, 2014 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
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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
Herbert
Jun 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popcorn
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Toni Osborne
Feb 12, 2009 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
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AndrewP
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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Balthazar Lawson
Dec 23, 2010 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
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Stacy Bearse
Feb 01, 2014 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.
Will
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action adventure junkies
SUBJECTIVE READER REVIEW FOLLOWS:

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
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Larry
May 31, 2011 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
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Matthew
Apr 15, 2015 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.
Tim
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hawke being Hawke in this plot filled thriller. 7 of 10 stars
Charles Wiley
I'm not sure if I will continue in this series. The author seems to rely on the same plot conventions. When Hawke's new wife is killed at the beginning of this second book, this marks the third time he has thought she was dead. All of the emotion in her death was covered in her second apparent death in the first book, so not much left for her third (and actual) death in the second book.
T Sunclades
Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Do you love spy thrillers?
Do you love well constructed plots, characters and great dialogue?

If you do, then stay far away from Ted Bell.

There is nothing good about his writing. I read his first novel, Hawke, years ago after hearing a talk radio personality gush about how good Tsar was, the fifth or so book in the series.

Hawke was terrible, but it was his first novel so I thought maybe, maybe, he would get better.

I was wrong, Assassins might be worse.

The novels could be written by a 12 year old,
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Colleen Somes
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good thriller -- would like to read more by Ted Bell!
Linda B. Fraser
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Another Ted Bell success! Love the characters and the story lines. Can't wait for the next one. Quick paced easy reading.
Steve Utschig
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining read with good action
Alex Gherzo
Sep 18, 2014 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
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
Kara Jorges
Aug 04, 2011 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
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Randy
Sep 02, 2014 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

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Sarah
Aug 30, 2014 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
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Sher
Apr 03, 2010 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
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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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Dominique
Jan 30, 2011 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
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Robert
Jul 16, 2011 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
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
KarenC
Jul 20, 2010 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
Roy
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
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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Oswaldo Reyes
Apr 16, 2016 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
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
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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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