A New Alex Hawke Novel

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British-American MI6 counterterrorism operative Alex Hawke has all but given up on life, ever since he lost the woman he loved almost a year ago. But now an old friend desperately needs his help--His Royal Highness Prince Charles. A shadowy figure from the past has the British Crown in his sights, and has already proven that his warnings are not to be taken lightly. A not-so-subtle threat has been directed toward the British royal family, with an ominous connection to the assassination of the beloved Windsor patriarch, Lord Mountbatten, thirty years ago. Early clues point to IRA involvement--but the truth could be worse . . . much, much worse. It is just the sort of call to duty Hawke needs to propel him back into action. But the combination of an elusive maniac assassin on the prowl for royal blood and an unholy brotherhood of jihadists wreaking explosive global terror may be more than the recovering counterspy--and his world--can survive.
Publisher: 2011/06/28
New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780061859311
Call Number: BELL
Characteristics: 681 pages : map ; 20 cm
Subjects: Hawke, Alex (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Intelligence officers -- Fiction.
Royal houses -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Attempted assassination -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Action and adventure fiction.
Est. publishing date: 2011/06/28


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Apr 02, 2017

Cartoonish. Could not get past first 20 pages.

Kraut01 Jun 28, 2014

Childish, trite, shallow......anachronistic dialogue and a lickspittle viewpoint redolent of boys own annual novels of the 19th century and just as plausible. This idiot thinks the British empire still exists. I would recommend it highly to any pro-monarchy readers for whom this would be a trip down nostalgia lane. For others, all I can say it was so appallingly bad that I had to read it all the way through to satisfy my masochism. A bit like the movies that are so dreadful they're good

Jul 24, 2012

Wow! There is so much action in this novel that at times it gets daunting just to try to keep up. In fact, there may me one too many plots that cause muddling, especially the beginning. The second half of the novel makes up for this big time. Hawke and Stokes are GREAT characters. 9 of 10 stars

Jun 04, 2012

Rich lord to the manor born. Friend of kings with the usual sidekicks. Can do no wrong and indispensable to the protection of the realm. Shallow character, and 3rd rate writing. Gave up after 70 pages. Why I even lasted that long !!!!!!!!

BPLNextBestAdults Nov 15, 2011

I always forget how much I enjoy reading Ted Bell’s books, a series featuring the uber-rich young British lord and MI6 counterterrorism operative, Alex Hawke, until I dive into a new one. A killer is targeting the British royal family for assassination, starting years earlier with Charles's uncle, Lord Mountbatten. The author does a chilling job of lacing together the IRA killing of Lord Mountbatten, the great fire at Windsor Castle, the death of Lady Di and Dodi Fayed in the Paris tunnel and assorted Taliban bombings into a fun thriller. Thriller readers looking for a global romp with loads of patriotism and a smart take on modern-day terrorism will be rewarded! “A James Bondish adventure brought up to date... A meaty, entertaining thriller…just the thing for fans of Ludlum, Trevanian and Fleming.” (Kirkus Reviews)


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