Another great Action/Adventure/Thriller from Ted Bell. I finished this one over a weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't wait to get started on the next in the series!
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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 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 nightmare, Alex Hawke.
A shadowy figure known as the Dog is believed to be the ruthless terrorist who is systematically and savagely assassinating American diplomats and their families around the globe. As the deadly toll mounts inexorably, Hawke, along with former NYPD cop and Navy SEAL Stokely Jones, is called upon by the U.S. government to launch a search for the assassin behind the murders.
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 tinkers with strains of a deadly virus and slyly bides his time.
Hawke must call upon resources deep within himself. He must enter a race against time to stop a cataclysmic attack on America's most populous cities and avenge the inexplicable and horrific crime that has left him devastated.
Brimming with relentless action and stylish detail, and featuring a hero that readers will stand up and cheer for, Assassin is a gripping adventure. And definitely not recommended for the faint of heart.Assassin - eBook
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Another great Action/A...
Finished the second in...
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, adventure with a touch of mystery & investigation.
In this second Alexand...
In this second Alexander Hawke novel, Hawke is called upon to prevent a terrorist attack against the United States, leaving Stokely to track down Hawke's wife's killer. With lots of James Bond-esque action and suspense, the Hawke books are a pretty good read if you like this sort of thing. Unfortunately, we don't see the return of Thunder and Lightning, though they do get a passing mention in this book. I quite enjoyed them from the first book. There is quite a bit of language in this book, but taking into account the military types that are featured throughout, it's not a big surprise, just more profanity than I'm used to reading (almost nil). I'm very much a science fiction/fantasy reader, but the Hawke books are a nice departure from what I typically read.
Pretty good thriller. ...
Pretty good thriller. Enjoyable "read" - listened to the audiobook on my commute.
Unfortunately, Ted Bel...
Unfortunately, Ted Bell's writing has not improved much in his second Alexander Hawke novel. He still tries to do too much, to copy too many stock characters, to have his hero too perfect, to have the villain, too evil, etc. If Bell would limit his scope and scale back the number of characters that assist Hawke, the books would be much more enjoyable. For the time being, a Clive Cussler novel (even those that he simply "co-writes") is a much better way to pass the time than an Alexander Hawke novel. I have elected not to keep reading Bell's books (at least until someone tells me that his storytelling has improved).
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