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Hawke: A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Ted Bell
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May 25 2004 Hawke (Pocket Star Paperback) (Book 1)

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 submarine is missing. She carries forty nuclear warheads, and is believed to be in the hands of an unstable government just ninety miles from the American mainland. In a race against time, Hawke must locate the sub before a strike can be launched against the U.S. -- and, after a lifetime of nightmares, finally avenge himself upon the men who slaughtered his family....

Featuring electrifying action, international intrigue, and a hero worthy of the finest adventure fiction, Hawke heralds the exciting debut of a bold new talent.

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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 Alex, to this day, doesn't know he has in his possession. What brings Alex back to the scene of a crime he only vaguely remembers witnessing as a child is a mission to find and recover a stealth submarine that's gone missing less than a hundred miles from the American mainland, complete with 40 nuclear warheads and a rogue terrorist's finger on the countdown button. It's a hoary premise, but Bell makes it work with skillful plotting, quick characterizations, and a lively hero who deserves a sequel, not to mention the big screen treatment. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Bell's action-adventure novel actively courts comparisons to Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, even touching down on Thunderball Atoll in the Bahamas, in a nod to Fleming's 1961 Thunderball. Bell's hero is Alex Hawke, a jet-set business mogul who does "highly secret freelance work for the governments of the United States and Britain." Thirty years before the story begins, seven-year-old Alex Hawke watches from a hiding place as his mother and father are slaughtered by three modern-day pirates. The adult Hawke, descendant of the famous English pirate, Blackhawke, owns the finest of the world's goods, makes love to the most beautiful women and defeats the world's most heinous villains. He is, in short, a cartoon. When his friend and ex-lover, Consuelo de los Reyes, the beautiful and foul-mouthed secretary of state, asks him to save America with a difficult and exceedingly dangerous piece of derring-do, he leaps at the chance. The assignment involves a cabal of Cubans who have deposed Castro, bought themselves a secret submarine from the Russians and are preparing to launch 40 nuclear missiles at the United States. Hawke assembles an arsenal of cool weapons and exotic machinery, calls in a squad of deadly ex-SEAL anti-terrorist pals and saves the world. Along the way, he avenges his parents' brutal murder. Bell's first effort, Nick of Time, was a well-received pirate book for boys. This novel is a pirate book for adult boys. It's a fast, fun read, but the elaborately constructed homage to the master-Fleming and the inimitable Bond-tips over into unintentional parody more often than it should.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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yawl he'd christened Seahawke, was on her maiden voyage to the Bahamas and Exumas. She was almost as large as his grandfather's ancient schooner in England, the one he kept moored at Greybeard Island: a wonderful boat called the Rambler. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXPLOSIVE July 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a young reader, I should share how I feel aboout Hawke. This novel is so fantastically thrilling that a tingle shoots up my spine only thinking of it. In a league all its own, Ted Bell's imagination sparkles and Hawke is a firecracker of a book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot wait for the sequel! May 26 2004
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Clearly this author has a series in mind and, based on the first Alex Hawke adventure (a Cuban coup no less!)I can hardly wait for the next one...this is a terrific new hero with quality writing from page one to the breathtakingly startling finish. Major kudos to the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hawke soars! May 15 2004
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Though not Clive Cussler, and Dirk Pitt, Alex Hawke may be the new adventure hero to watch. Obviously Bell copied Cussler's writing style, in giving us a hero with a personality much like Dirk Pitt, and a side kick a lot like Al Giordano in Ambrose Cosgrove.
Enough action, and a great plotline, involving modern day pirates, and a Cuban Coup to keep any reader interested till, as the Brits say it, "The Bitter End".
The only reason I didn't give it five stars was the authors gratuitous use of sex scenes, and blamphemies, that as a Christian, I felt was unnecessary, offensive, and kept it from being a book that I would reccomend to a young reader.
Still, all in all, a good read, and Several more books by Bell will prove him to be an heir to Cussler's Pitt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Sense of Déjà Vu March 13 2012
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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 strongly those of Ian Fleming`s James Bond are frequent. The book is very predictable, it is a rip-roaring tale with plenty of stereotype clichés, unbelievable characters, and exotic machinery and out of this world action sequences. This fast- paced adventure was quite exciting and held my attention till the very last page.

The stage is set with seven year old Alex witnessing the gruesome murder of his parents by pirates while on a sailing trip in the Caribbean. We are then fast-forwarded thirty years and Alex is send back to the Caribbean on a covert operation to find a stealth submarine armed with all the latest gadgets and believed to be in the hands of unstable militants planning a coup d'état on the Cuban government and a threat to U.S. interest in the area'.. It is a race against time ...

This novel gives you quite a wild ride into the world of fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More, more, more!! July 10 2004
By A Customer
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So good you hate to see the end in sight...Hawke kept me up all night and home all day...excellent thriller with terrific characterizations all the way thru. Get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deftly done, literate thriller. July 10 2004
By A Customer
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Alex Hawke has come to save the world. From bloated, tired, formulaic thrillers. There is sheer joy to be had in this book. The villains and heroes are as colorful and fully developed as you could wish, the plotting is tight but twist-filled, and there is humor to be found on every page. I am a librarian and ordered this in hardcover based on the Library Journal review naming Hawke as one of their Best Novel Picks last year. They recommend it for all libraries. I recommend it for yours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clancy in his dreams... July 8 2004
By A Customer
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...writes 'em as good as this! The author has done his homework and it shows--you get inside the minds of the people who would do us harm and it is terrifying. Don't walk, run to get this book!! I can't wait for the sequel and the sequel and the sequel!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrill a minute page turner! June 6 2004
I really enjoyed Hawke and I'm looking forward to reading more of his adventures over the years!Keep them coming Mr. Bell!
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