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 legandary English pirate, Lord Alexander Hawke is skilled in the ways of sea combat - and one of Britain's most ...
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 legandary English pirate, Lord Alexander Hawke is skilled in the ways of sea combat - and one of Britain'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 US mainland. In a race against time, Hawke must locate the sub before a strike can be launched against the US - and, after a lifetime of nightmares, finally avenge himself on the mean who slaughtered his family ...
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There's nothing wrong with a book being a cheap thriller. It's like an action movie, you don't buy a ticket to be uplifted or edified. You read potboilers for the fun of it. Unfortunately, I didn't get much fun out of this. If you have a taste for such books, and one were to describe the book to you, it actually would sound very attractive. The protagonist is a handsome adventurer with lots of money who has a penchant for saving the world. Mr. Bell's writing skills however, are not up to carrying it off. His characters are caricatures. The plot is minimal and is buried in a morass of purple prose. The one good thing about the book is that it enabled me to brush up on my speed reading skills.
Mar 29, 2012
Writing was predictable, but was still entertaining. Would recommend to friends. Being a first writing, rough around the edges. Future writings should be smoother.
Aug 4, 2011
Hawke is fast paced story/adventure....trully an exciting read that's hard to put down when a Wife is calling!!!
Sep 3, 2009
Great story! I've read "Pirate" & I'm reading "Spy" now w/ "Tsar" to follow.
Apr 16, 2008
a great first novel
This is a thriller and the first in a series of books that I hope goes on for a long time. We meet Lord Alex Hawke and his band of merry men. This series is set in current times and covers our worst nightmares of what terrorism could do. Alex Hawke is James Bond for the 21st. century. The characters are well developed and loveable. The plots, while fantastic, are believable. I highly recommend this book and those that follow in the series.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-04-28 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. (June 3) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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