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Assassin: A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Ted Bell
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May 20 2008
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 avengethe inexplicable and horrific crime that has left him devastated.

Brimming with relentless action and stylish detail, and featuring a hero that readers wil"

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Experienced action-adventure readers know that it's almost never a good idea for their favorite heroic characters to get married. In the opening pages of Bell's fast and furious second novel featuring the large-living Alexander Hawke, the groom-to-be is having a case of nerves, and readers will find themselves uneasy as well. Sure enough, Hawke's intended, the lovely Victoria Sweet, is shot dead by a sniper minutes after the wedding ceremony. Meanwhile, America has been targeted by the nefarious Snay bin Wazir, known as the Dog for the curious doglike sound he makes when laughing, usually while throttling someone to death. Hawke is joined once again by his "merry band" of series regulars in stopping not only bin Wazir but in finding Victoria's killer, the infamous Scissorhands, risen anew from the pages of the previous Hawke novel. There's a huge cast of colorful killers in a conspiracy spanning the globe, and Hawke and company race from New England to Indonesia dodging bombs, poison and exploding shoes. Whether the novel is taken as a grown-up boy's book or a modern thriller, readers will be caught in the whirlwind of action and find themselves having a grand old time.
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In this sequel to Hawke [BKL My 15 03], which introduced readers to superspy Alexander Hawke, descendent of a notorious pirate and a modern-day swashbuckler, our hero is recovering from a devastating personal tragedy. When the U.S. secretary of state comes to Hawke with a mission of utmost importance--someone is murdering American ambassadors and their families--he puts his emotions aside (or tries to) and takes off after the killer. Hawke is the kind of character somebody really should put in a movie: he is smart, resourceful, attractive--everything we want in an action hero. Bell is a nimble writer, and fans of the first Hawke adventure won't want to miss this sequel. New readers will be enthralled and will immediately track down the first novel in the series. The obvious comparisons to James Bond are only partly deserved; there is less of a cartoon element here. Fellow Britisher Andy McNabb's Nick Stone series is a better parallel. David Pitt
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous Espionage Story Sept. 6 2008
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 stretching from London to Indonesia and from Washington to the Florida Keys, their objective: to find the men responsible and avert a cataclysmic attack that would cripple the nation.

"Assassin" is exciting, action-packed with an outrageous espionage story. The characters are fascinating, the good guys are larger than life heroes and colourful, Hawke is smart, resourceful attractive- everything needed for an action figure. As for the villains, they are very eccentric and set on ruling and destroying the world at any cost, you hate them right from the start. This adventure is similar to watching a James Bond movie: it is set in exotic locales, with hairpin plots and twists, bleeding edge technology, fancy cars, haute couture, gourmet eating, hot men and women. Mr Bell has captivated me with his seamless writing and his intriguing story line, I was completely engrossed from page one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast fun Aug. 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A sequal to HAWKE by Mr. Bell, ASSASSIN is a thriller of great magnitude. With a cast of colorful characters worthy of a Carl Hiassen novel, this rollicking fast-and-furious page turner will keep you on the edge of your seat. Leave it to Ted Bell to turn something as non-dramatic as a wedding ceremony into one of the most riveting opening sequences ever put on paper.
Also recommended: SKINNY DIP and THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fast-paced action-adventure thriller July 15 2004
By Harriet Klausner TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
American Ambassador to Italy, Stanfield goes out for a late drink after a tryst with his mistress, but is killed by a smart missile that specifically targeted him. Alex Hawke and Dr. Victoria Sweet exchange "I Dos" when a sniper kills the bride. In Saudi Arabia, American Ambassador Butch McGuire drops dead from having his internal organs fried.
Secretary of State Consuelo de Los Reyes asks the grieving Hawke to join Jack Patterson on investigating the assault on the United States diplomatic corps. Hawke agrees. However, in the meantime in Maine a female teen babysitter slaughters Deirdre Slade and her two preadolescent children; the victims are the loving family of a diplomat.
The Sweet killing evidence points to Cuban exile Scissorhand while the ambassador murders look like the work of bin Wazir. Though he prefers to go to "Little Havana" to confront Scissorhand, Hawke lets friends handle that while he tries to stop further assassinations from occurring even as the intrepid ambassador to France Duke Merriman dies from phosphorus fire.
ASSASSINS is an exciting action-packed and nonstop tale starring a terrific series of heroes and an even better band of killers. The story line is chilling in many ways as the assassins are pretty women who one would never suspect as killers yet their loyalty is to bin Wazir or his superior, his father-in-law the Emir, a believer in a Moslem only world. The satirical spoofing of the first novel (see HAWKE) never occurs, as this is more of a straight shooter. The dual plots come together although the Sweet murder seems overkill and pale vs. the more clever kills. Action-adventure readers will enjoy this testosterone vs. estrogen thriller.
Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Thriller of All Time Sept. 30 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A lifelong thriller junkie, I thought I'd read the best: Forsythe, Ludlum, Alastair Maclean, and Le Carre.
I have to put this author in that league. This is an amazing book. It is, from first page to last, riveting.
And, because of the humor and quirkiness of the great supporting cast, tremendous fun as well as
a heartstopping action adventure. This is my personal favorite, but read the whole Alex Hawke series.
You will NOT be disappointed!
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A taut, well-crafted thriller? Aug. 13 2005
By Griz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'll have to say I'm confounded by some to the so-called 'literary' reviews I've read for this book. Poorly written? It is one of the most carefully written books of the genre I personally have ever read! It is written with the authority of someone who clearly knows what he is doing, never labored or tentative. Unlike the paper-thin characters who inhabit most of these cookie-cutter spy books, the inhabitants of this one leap off the page alive and full of humor and wickedness. This book feels like a seamless performance, a fictive dream that keeps you turning pages long into the night, hoping you don't wake up. Some of these puffed up critics have been reading too much Clancy. Sure, he knows where the men's rooms at the CIA are, but give me a break. All I know is, it's been a long, long time since I've been so completely immersed inside a well-crafted thriller. Maybe that's the problem with some of these readers--they stumble across something that's not exactly like what they're accustomed to and it sends them into an absolute tizzy.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fast-paced action-adventure thriller July 15 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
American Ambassador to Italy, Stanfield goes out for a late drink after a tryst with his mistress, but is killed by a smart missile that specifically targeted him. Alex Hawke and Dr. Victoria Sweet exchange "I Dos" when a sniper kills the bride. In Saudi Arabia, American Ambassador Butch McGuire drops dead from having his internal organs fried.
Secretary of State Consuelo de Los Reyes asks the grieving Hawke to join Jack Patterson on investigating the assault on the United States diplomatic corps. Hawke agrees. However, in the meantime in Maine a female teen babysitter slaughters Deirdre Slade and her two preadolescent children; the victims are the loving family of a diplomat.
The Sweet killing evidence points to Cuban exile Scissorhand while the ambassador murders look like the work of bin Wazir. Though he prefers to go to "Little Havana" to confront Scissorhand, Hawke lets friends handle that while he tries to stop further assassinations from occurring even as the intrepid ambassador to France Duke Merriman dies from phosphorus fire.
ASSASSINS is an exciting action-packed and nonstop tale starring a terrific series of heroes and an even better band of killers. The story line is chilling in many ways as the assassins are pretty women who one would never suspect as killers yet their loyalty is to bin Wazir or his superior, his father-in-law the Emir, a believer in a Moslem only world. The satirical spoofing of the first novel (see HAWKE) never occurs, as this is more of a straight shooter. The dual plots come together although the Sweet murder seems overkill and pale vs. the more clever kills. Action-adventure readers will enjoy this testosterone vs. estrogen thriller.
Harriet Klausner
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars amateurish and cartoonish Nov. 10 2004
By Dr. Leibnitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Are you kidding? Mindless drivel is just piled on with no sense whatsoever. Every woman is beautiful, every man is deadly and plot makes no sense and the whole thing stinks. I read this one first and then wanted to read Hawke but now forget it. I'd rather watch paint dry.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alex Hawke jumps into the fray again Sept. 28 2005
By Joseph P. Menta, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The second Alexander Hawke novel isn't quite as engaging as the series debut novel, "Hawke", mostly due to Alex Hawke taking a back seat a little too often to his supporting characters, who are given extended missions of their own. Also, speaking of "extended", the villain's extensive backstory also eats up a lot of pages. Finally (mild spoiler here), the novel begins on a really downer note, as a likable character from the first book meets a bad end in the novel's opening pages.

But with all that said, there are still enough good scenes with Alex, enough entertaining banter between Alex and his buddies, and a satisfying over-the-top final showdown (involving sumo wrestlers, no less) in the villain's lair. I also liked the decidedly non-over-the-top extra bonus showdown, where the President and U.S. military have to deal with a rogue jetliner trying to deliver a very big threat into the U.S. Here, Ted Bell courageously allowed the "good guys" to essentially play dirty pool and arguably act quite dishonorably to stop this final threat by the villain. It showed that war is indeed hell and that sometimes heroes have to act as cold as their adversaries to get the job done.

Though I ultimately liked "Hawke" more than this outing because there was less technology and more humanity, I nonetheless still enjoyed "Assassin" and look forward to seeing what Ted Bell does in the third book of this series, "Pirate".
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SAVE YOUR TIME AND MONEY! March 13 2005
By K Baumgartner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ted Bell must have a lot of family and friends to write all of these nice reviews- because after reading this book, I don't understand why ANYONE would think this book had any substance whatsoever. I bought this book because it came highly recommended by Glenn Beck, and am thoroughly disappointed that I actually paid money for it. I kept expecting the book to get better but it never did.

I want those 6 hours of my life back.
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