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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.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Hawke soars! May 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
Format:Hardcover
Ted Bell is not exactly a household name yet, but he has quietly influenced our world. Bell is the former Vice-Chairman of the Board and World-Wide Creative Director (impressive title) of Young & Rubicam, which is one of the world's leading advertising agencies. You've seen Bell's work at some point and have seen a lot of it. You've probably even bought products because of it. Bell has now turned his hand to writing, creating out of whole cloth an instantly likable, totally engaging character named Hawke.
Hawke is Lord Alexander Hawke, a direct descendent of Blackhawke, a legendary English pirate rumored to have buried a stolen treasure on a forgotten island. It is ironic that HAWKE opens with seven-year-old Alexander witnessing the murder of his parents at the hands of modern day pirates bent on acquiring the treasure that Hawke's ancestor reputedly stole from THEIR ancestors.
Flash forward to the future. Lord Hawke is fully grown, a decorated British naval hero, and wealthy beyond imagination. He also has no memory of the terrible event that he witnessed as a child. He is experiencing flashbacks however as he finds himself in the same waters where his parents were murdered. This time though, he is on a secret mission on behalf of the U.S. government.
A top-secret Soviet stealth submarine has been stolen and appears to be in the hands of a cartel whose aim is to overthrow the Cuban government and launch a preemptive strike against the United States. And the men who are behind this plot are the same men who murdered Hawke's parents. Hawke finds himself racing against time as he attempts to neutralize the sub, forestall the overthrow of the Cuban government and, in his spare time, rescue his lady love, who has fallen into the hands of the rebels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ACTION FILLED READING July 7 2003
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
Actor/voice performer John Shea has said, "When I read a role, I try to find something I can bring to the role and something that the role can bring to me. Something that I don't know anything about and that the character can teach me." Such in depth study and exploration of a character is obvious in his commanding reading of Ted Bell's debut action/adventure "Hawke."
Directly descended from the notorious English pirate Blackhawke, Lord Alexander Hawke knows a lot about seafaring, and a bit about skullduggery himself. As a child he witnessed a horrific scene - the brutal murder of his parents aboard their yacht. Hidden in a compartment the boy was privy to the brutality of the crime and the identity of the killers.
As an adult and one of the most decorated heroes in England, Hawke returns to the Caribbean waters where his parents were slain. He's on a secret mission for the U.S. government - find a Soviet built experimental sub carrying 40 nuclear warheads before there is mass destruction.
Is there any connection between the criminals controlling the sub and the murderers of Blackhawke's parents?
Those with a taste for seagoing adventure and international intrigue will find "Hawke" much to their liking.
- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars action adventure thriller June 16 2003
Format:Hardcover
Seven-year-old Alex Hawke is with his parents on their yacht when his father suddenly takes him into a secret room and tells him to hide. The pirate brothers, (Manso, Juanito, and Carlos) demand the treasure map that the pirate Blackhawke made before his hanging three centuries ago. They claim that BlackHawke stole the gold from their ancestor. They torture, rape and kill the Hawkes but fail to obtain the map, which is with Alex in the secret room.
Alex blocks out the tragedy and much of the first seven years of his life. He becomes a powerful and wealthy adult who does intelligence work for the British and the American governments. The de Herrera siblings become a force in the Cuban government having access to millions of dollars. They buy a stealth submarine from the Russians that is virtually undetectable and carries forty nuclear warheads. The trio obtains a biological weapon that they sneak into Guantanemo Bay, which they intend to use if the Americans don't vacate the base and lift the embargo. The Americans use intelligence gathered by Alex to make war plans but it is his destiny to have the final showdown with the men who killed his parents.
Move over James Bond, Lord Alex Hawke is on the scene and he is more realistic, believable and personable than Ian Fleming's character ever was. This is an action adventure thriller with the emphasis on action. There is no chance readers will ever feel ennui reading Hawke, a twenty first century pirate novel that takes place on the high seas and in a Cuba where Castro's control is waning.
Harriet Klausner
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Published on March 13 2012 by Toni Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars EXPLOSIVE
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. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars More, more, more!!
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.
Published on July 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Deftly done, literate thriller.
Alex Hawke has come to save the world. From bloated, tired, formulaic thrillers. There is sheer joy to be had in this book. Read more
Published on July 10 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars The best book in the world ever...! If you're 12.
Very rarely do I buy a book that I absolutely cannot stand. Unfortunately, this is one such book. There was no medal awarded for having read it, although I feel like I deserve... Read more
Published on July 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Clancy in his dreams...
...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. Read more
Published on July 8 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously lacking in research and proof reading
Ted Bell's main character, with his 'toys', is an inferior imitation of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt. I appreciate books that include a map of the story area. Read more
Published on June 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrill a minute page turner!
I really enjoyed Hawke and I'm looking forward to reading more of his adventures over the years!Keep them coming Mr. Bell!
Published on June 6 2004 by T. A Molina
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot wait for the sequel!
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... Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Alastair Baker-Soames
5.0 out of 5 stars Lotsa thrillers like popcorn (99% air) Not this one...
As someone who gobbles these things down, I was thrilled to find one that, when I was finished, I didn't sit there and say, oh, okay, its done. Now what will I eat? Read more
Published on April 11 2004
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