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Hawke Paperback – 6 Aug 2007
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A James Bond for the 21st century, the eponymous Hawke is suave, sexy, smart, wealthy and deadly. And he's got the bloodlines to boot--the direct descendant of a famous English pirate, Alex Hawke is a British secret agent back in the Caribbean where his ancestor once amassed a legendary fortune. 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, 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 skilful plotting, quick characterisations, and a lively hero who deserves a sequel, not to mention the big screen treatment. --Jane Adams, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Rich, spellbinding and absorbing, "Hawke" is packed with surprises and great fun to read.
Climb on board Hawke for the best adventure in years. Hawke is a swashbuckling, spine-tingling, bloody good masterpiece of an adventure novel.
Ted Bell is the new Clive Cussler....Climb on board "Hawke" for the best adventure in years.
A fiery tale of power and privilege, lusty and sinister intrigue, "Hawke" is a fast-paced adventure... truly an exciting read!
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Clive CusslerRich, spellbinding and absorbing, "Hawke" is packed with surprises and great fun to read.
James PattersonTed Bell is the new Clive Cussler....Climb on board "Hawke" for the best adventure in years.
Nelson DeMilleA fiery tale of power and privilege, lusty and sinister intrigue, "Hawke" is a fast-paced adventure... truly an exciting read!
Clive Cussler Rich, spellbinding and absorbing, "Hawke" is packed with surprises and great fun to read.
Nelson DeMille A fiery tale of power and privilege, lusty and sinister intrigue, Hawke is a fast-paced adventure... truly an exciting read!
James Patterson Ted Bell is the new Clive Cussler....Climb on board Hawke for the best adventure in years.
Clive Cussler Rich, spellbinding and absorbing, Hawke is packed with surprises and great fun to read. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"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.
It starts out well, albeit a little trite, with setting up a standard revenge thriller, but as the book progresses, the stereotypes and poor research started to do my head in.
1 - the main character is descended from a pirate, so he makes people walk the plank and has a pet parrot (no I am not joking).
2 - he works for the NSA, MI6 and the CIA - I don't think this is at all plausible.
3 - he flew F14 Tomcat's for the Royal Navy (with an American navigator!) - sorry, the RN never flew F14's, for a start none of the RN carriers were large enough to accomodate them.
4 - he transferred from the RN to the SBS, which I suppose is possible, but unlikely unless he was a navy diver to begin with.
5 - he is the wealthiest man in the world - nuff said.
6 - all the British characters go around saying "I say", "old boy" etc, this is really poor characterisation.
7 - three Cuban drug dealing generals with a revolutionary ex Soviet sub? Please.
I did like this book, it just seems the author tried to create a mix Jason Bourne/James Bond/Derek Flint/Matt Helm without doing his research properly.
It's an ok holiday read and I would probably buy the other Hawke books, but only on special offer - not full price.
A real shame, I was looking forward to this novel for quite some time, but it completely failed to fulfill its potential.
Never finished, despite the attraction of the overall plot - I couldn't get beyond the style. Maybe the later volumes are better.
Considering the accolades on the cover, there are MANY authors I'd recommend instead: Vince Flynn (who praises Ted Bell, apparently), Kyle Mills and John Sandford are all far superior.
Some of the characters are so stereotyped that it is almost embarrassing.
Don't bother unless you are stuck at an airport for 10 hours with nothing better to do - and even then think twice.