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(Alexander Hawke #10)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  999 ratings  ·  152 reviews
Putting it all on the line to rescue his kidnapped son pits counterspy Alex Hawke against Russian President Vladimir Putin in this action-packed thriller from New York Times bestselling author Ted Bell.

On a ski vacation in the Swiss Alps high above St. Moritz, Alex Hawke and his young son, Alexei, are thrust into danger when the tram carrying them to the top of the
Hardcover, 487 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by William Morrow
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Hysterical. It goes all inane and far from 'moderately insane':
“Fuck me, amigo!” an excited Shark shouted, way too loud for the confined space. “It is a bed!”
And the two amigos were off to sunny Switzerland. (c) I'm sorry, is it just me or is this plain wrong?
“Hold on a tick, Alex. You’ve just lost me.”
“It was bound to happen sometime.”

Oh, fuck. What the hell is this? Is it a book? No, like a real book, this bad???

One of the worst books I've ever seen. And I collect those. LOL, this has so many frigging gem
May 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Overkill is aptly named after my least favorite Hawke novel by far to date. This story rubs the wrong way with its high kill count, victimization and a completely unsatisfying end. 2 of 10 stars
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I’ll give it 3.75 for the time being.

There is something about Ted Bell’s work that has me returning each time a new piece has been published. He touches on electrifying aspects of espionage mixed with humour that I find highly captivating, but there remains a constant irritation on my part with some of the dialogue and character interactions throughout many of these tales. While spending time with his son in Switzerland, Lord Alex Hawke is keen to see what progress Alexei has made at
May 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Unsure how my review got removed, but this story is awful! "Overkill" is aptly titled and my least favorite Hawke novel. 0 of 10 stars
May 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Are we sure that Ted bell actually wrote this book? I absolutely loved the first nine installments of the series. It has been one of my favorites in the genre. However this book is a flaming bag of dog crap. Literally the worst book I’ve read in years. The ridiculous over the top dialogue. The nonsensical story. The holes that existed throughout this nonsensical story. The returning characters were used horribly and the newest character? Just ridiculous. Did I mention the nonstop “jolly ‘ole cha ...more
Ted Bell
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

Start with the cover. A brilliant throwback to the tales of Ludlum, Jack Higgins, Alastair McClean! Then there’s the plot. If you think GOLDFINGER is the greatest gold heist ever, think again. Only a madman would think he could rob Switzerland of its gold (70% of the world’s supply).
Hawke’s arch rival is that madman. This book is as taut as a tightrope and just as dangerous! All the usual suspects are back, including Inspector Congreve, Stokley Jones, and Harry Brock. B
R Ricalde
May 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I have read the entire series. This is the 10th book. By far this is the worst of the series and one of the most ridiculous books I have ever read. Can't really believe that Ted Bell wrote this mess and that it was not a ghost writer. The editor must share responsibility as so much of the dialogue seemed to be nothing more than filler. Too many inconsistencies regards Hawke's backstory. When did Hawke meet Sigrid? Many of the character names are just ripoff's ie Emma Peak, Captain Solo & Shi ...more
Phil Teves
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Worst book of the Hawke series. Poorly written. Poorly edited. Tons of mistakes when describing weaponry, an H&K MP5 “pistol” turns into a revolver. Characters change from one person to another within the story. Horrible, improbable story line, with too much vulgarity and slang for my taste. It was so bad that I questioned if it was actually written by Ted Bell. Writing style seems to change from one chapter to the next. Seems like a horribly written book by a ghost writer, or maybe a commit ...more
Alan Medcalf
Jun 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tough to believe this was written by the same author as the previous nine in the series.
Brian Murray
May 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While normally a fan of this series, I couldn’t even finish this one. The dialogue was ridiculous, the characters themselves couldn’t even stick to the plot points and the editing was so bad that character names were misused and multiple, conflicting descriptions of a single event would be provided in the same paragraph.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the 10th Lord Alexander Hawke book I’ve read – and the last. I can’t even believe I finished this one.

I went into this book with my eyes wide open. I knew Bell’s series is over-the-top, both in his characters and style, with a lite comic book tone. Yet I often found myself laughing out loud at Hawke’s cavalier attitude and dramatic dialogue. I thought of it as a parody of the action novel and the reserved English … OK, it’s an acquired taste but I had found it fun – particula
Ryan Hillis
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alex Hawke saves the world again!!! A great thriller about Russia!!!
leigh ann wallize
Did Ted Bell write this book????

This book did not feel as though it was written by Ted Bell. The storyline seemed to wander. And seriously a character named Shit Smith??? And no character development for this Sigrid Kssel, just throw her in there as Hawkes love interest, no back story or anything. The characters nor the storyline lived up to all the previous books in the series. Quite disappointed.
Rohit Nair
May 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely disappointed with this book. I am not sure if Ted Bell actually wrote this book, because the first eight installments were a pleasure to read and this one is clearly not. I thought the ninth installment was a bit over the top as well with Alex Hawke making a joke of Vladimir Putin! As if the head of one of the most powerful countries, with a global spy network at disposal, will be defeated by a playboy alcoholic spy-billionaire from the UK. But, overkill takes a whole new level of shit ...more
What a disappointment! Definitely not up to the usual standard at all IMO.
Cliche ridden. And the sappy romance with a felon was just too, too unbelievable. Some of the scenes between the two made me gag. Yikes! Good thing this wasn’t my first read from this series. AND, annoying repeats
May 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awful. Poor story line; poor character development.
Ben Goldstein
May 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disapointing

Read every book Ted Bell has written. Loved all but this one. Dumb and stupid names and comments. Not good

May 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Oh my God, this was bad. I love this series but this was just bad. I gave up 350 pages in. It read like a farce, everyone was a caricature, and there was no action. The editing was bad, we were told twice, about 100 pages apart, that Alex Hawke swims six miles a day in the open ocean. What happened to this book?
SK Peterson

Usual like this series but this book dragged and the editing was inconsistent. Not so sure I’ll bother with the next installment.
Mark Mitchell
The early Ted Bell books were drama. The last few have descended into caricature. But this latest one is farce! Never has a book’s title been so inadvertently appropriate; this series should be terminated with extreme prejudice.

Alex Hawke is no longer James Bond; he has become Derek Flint. Both hollowed out mountain lairs and vast Siberian military bases somehow remain undetected by world powers. A B-movie star and a disgraced cigar-smoking general arrange a confused conspiracy to take over t
Roni Thornton
Not his best by far

Unsure of why his writing style has changed over the years, but it appears to have gone from decent to just plain awful. I wish that I could say that I’ve enjoyed the storyline, but Putin’s character was pretty much laughable. Rebuilding an army and attempting the takeover of Switzerland. Really? Time to find a new author.
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The flowery language made this book difficult to read

The plot for this book was interesting, but not more so than any other formulaic adventure novel. There was a damsel, there was a villain (actually two, in this case), and of course we have the hero who is loved by everyone. Even his enemies admire him.

I kept stumbling upon the language though. So many characters used language one would never hear in society today. It was a throwback perhaps to the 1950’s or earlier, and it wa
Shirley Schwartz
I usually love this series and love the characters - especially Hawke and his cronies, but I didn't care for this book. Hawke himself didn't even seem like the Hawke I remembered. His character in this book was wooden, and didn't appear to be real. The book was over=the-top in so many ways - the violence, the villains, the repartee between Hawk and his team (Who talks like that anyway?), and even the war machines and weapons of mass destruction. I was also disappointed with the less than satisfa ...more
Tori Mueller
Mar 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Since I impulse shop at airport bookstores, I purchased this book along with a few others at Dallas FW a few months ago. I'd like to blame my taking forever to read this book on my absolute inability to create any sort of work-life balance in my life right now, however I don't think that has much to do with it.

With the story jumping around to a different perspective with each chapter, I struggled to understand the plot and get a feel for the characters. I found myself not knowing who anyone rea
Don Gorman
(2). And to think, I used to really look forward to this series. Alexander Hawke is a good character, but he (and the stories around him) has not developed particularly at all. It is just same old, same old. Crisis, revenge, crazy violence and the world is still in danger (for the most part). All of these books have been so over the top and ridiculously unbelievable it gets tired. Unless this formula changes I am done here. Sorry Ted.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audio-book
If the profanity and degrading talk of women was omitted, it would be a great story. This one was so bad I couldn’t even finish it. I won’t be listening to anymore by this author. Also this is the first one star rating I have ever given. The narrator was outstanding.
Andrew Hirsch
May 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books I've read in years. Ridiculous plot, and hopeless dialogue. I used to like this author.
john  greathouse
May 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Can’t finish this joke of a book
Ian Macarthur
May 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just brutal. Dumb plot. Cringe-worthy dialogue. Can’t believe i didn’t throw it in the trash one chapter in...
Kathleen Gray
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This might be the perfect airplane read- it's got action (lots of actions!), technology, Vladimir Putin, international conspiracies, and a guy trying to save his kid. Alex Hawke is a superhero figure who pulls together an all star team to go after his son, who has been kidnapped. Some of this is so outrageous (well, most of it) that you're going to love it or hate it. In my case, I found it a page turner which made me laugh out loud several times (maybe not for the right reasons). On balance, th ...more
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Ted Bell, formerly Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University and Writer-In-Residence at Sidney-Sussex College, Cambridge, is a full-time writer. He is the author of twelve consecutive New York Times Bestsellers.

His novels include the Lord Alex Hawke series of spy thrillers published by HarperCollins and the Nick McIver Time Travel Adventures published by St. Martins. His books are international be

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