" Hawke is a fast-paced adventure...truly an exciting read," says Nelson DeMille. "Rich, spellbinding, and absorbing, Hawke is packed with surprises," raves Clive Cussler. Readers beware, this stunning, high-caliber thriller is not recommended for the faint of heart. Lord Alexander Hawke is a direct descendant of the legendary English pirate Blackhawke and highly skilled in the cutthroat's deadly ways himself. While still a boy, on a voyage to the Caribbean, Alex Hawke witnesses an act of unspeakable horror. Hidden in a ...
" Hawke is a fast-paced adventure...truly an exciting read," says Nelson DeMille. "Rich, spellbinding, and absorbing, Hawke is packed with surprises," raves Clive Cussler. Readers beware, this stunning, high-caliber thriller is not recommended for the faint of heart. Lord Alexander Hawke is a direct descendant of the legendary English pirate Blackhawke and highly skilled in the cutthroat's deadly ways himself. While still a boy, on a voyage to the Caribbean, Alex Hawke witnesses an act of unspeakable horror. Hidden in a secret compartment on his father's yacht, Alex sees his parents brutally murdered by three modern-day pirates. It is an event that will haunt him for the remainder of his life. Now, fully grown and one of England's most decorated naval heroes, Hawke is back in the same Caribbean waters on a secret mission for the American government. A highly experimental stealth submarine, built by the Soviets just before the end of the Cold War, is missing. She carries forty nuclear warheads and is believed to be in the hands of a very unstable government just ninety miles from the American mainland. Hawke is in a race against time. His mission: Find the deadly sub before a preemptive strike can be launched against the U.S., and confront the murderous men behind the personal nightmare that haunts him before they find him first. Featuring breathtaking action, international intrigue, and a hero worthy of the very finest adventure fiction, Hawke heralds the exciting debut of a bold new talent.
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Very good. A well-cared-for item that has seen limited use but remains in great condition. The item is complete, unmarked, and undamaged, but may show some limited signs of wear. Item works perfectly. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine is undamaged.
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.
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