The story hasn't kept my interest. For Alex Hawke's supposed age, he's been there and done everything. I don't find him to be believable.
Unlike other reviewers, I do not like the narrator. True, he does a lot of accents and keeps the characters separate for me. However, he has a tendency to drop his voice very low and very soft. If I turn up the volume to hear him, I get blasted by the next sentence. Consequently I miss words here and there. The narrator's ability can be the deciding factor.
The story just doesn't grab me; I haven't decided if it is the storyline or the narrator. If I continue with this author I will buy the paperbacks.
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
I don't know I guess I'm a little tired of super hero spies. This guy is like a new James Bond, always perfectly mannered, able to gun down 40 villains without getting more than a skin scratch and getting his man. Plus the ending was ridiculous in terms of the romantic ending. I don't want to be a spoiler so I won't reveal it but come on give me some credibility. Why can't all books be as original as "The girl with the dragon tatoo".
I also found the narrator did a good job with different voices for each character. Unfortunately, the hardest to understand and the most distracting were the British characters. The protaginist, Alex Hawke, sounds effete and sissified in the audio recording. It was distracting and made the story somewhat difficult to listen to at times.
The story was good, a bit too detailed. The narration was hard to understand, but I do realize they were truely trying to give it a english flare.
First Ted Bell Story.
No, probably not
Good book, but it took quite a while to get moving, very very detailed in the beginning and but story played out very well in the end..
This is a nice story and good book full of action and entertainment. There is not much suspense because the bad and good guys are known but it is still engaging enough.
The voice for the main character was lost in the overdone accents of the other characters. I wasn't very sure when the "lead character" was speaking although you knew when secondary characters were. In the story, critical information needed to be passed along and but instead it went on for 2 minutes of bantering between the main and tertiary or less characters that contributed to absolutely nothing in the story.This series is not even close to quality or story telling of other series I have listened to. I am not sure how other people gave it such high marks. I will not be continuing thru this series.I tired and it failed.
Basically, this book is just too over the top for me. Alex Hawke is just too much for me as well as many of the characters. The dialogue is super cheesy at times and Ted Bell spends a lot of time describing the exotic settings, which I personally don't care that much about. The voice-acting is the only reason I listened to about a third of this book but I couldn't bring myself to finish. Probably won't read another Alex Hawke novel.
I couldn't acquire the first title in the Hawke series, so I began Assassin hoping for something as gripping as other genre serials such as Vince Flynn's, Alex Berensen's, Andrew Peterson's or John Gilstrap's. If Assassin is accurate harbinger of what to expect with the remaining novels, I can expect to be modestly entertained, but not gripped. Also some my enjoyment arises from the authors constant development of the ridiculous like a Batman story, but unfortunately with the obvious intention of being straight-laced thriller. Except for the tights, Hawke is very much like Batman. He's extremely rich: apparently one of the richest men in England and has ample resources tools and sophisticated toys to fight evil; his parents were murdered by villains when he was a child; and the family's butler undertook raising him as a major role. But Batman wouldn't want to encounter his Lordship Hawke, since Hawke's hand-to-hand combat skills are unrivaled, he can out wrestle a killer 450 lb Sumo wrestler even while enduring the pain of broken ribs.
Thank God the U.S. President is his buddy, because even though he has the world's largest spy agency, strongest, largest and most mobile military in the world, and countless operatives, agents and spys, the U.S. is dependent on Hawke and his butler to save the world from terrorist villains. If you can put up with that- Ican- then like me, I think you'll find this book, and hopefully-series- entertaining enough. I do hope that author tightens up his writing a bit, there is far too much unnecessary descriptive narrative-not unlike a literary student trying to stretch a short story into full novel. Also a little disappointing is the thesis behind the villain's motivations. Most writers in this genre leverage social/political truths and history and expound in a unique direction. The Geopolitical accuracy rivals 4th grader's understanding. Another example of ridiculousness is Assassin's sole mad scientist. He's apparently a world class nuclear scientist and engineer cable of single-handedly developing a mini-nuclear devices that exceed or rival those of the U.S. while also developing other weapon's systems beyond the technical prowess of the West's combined private and political resources. On top of that ,It turns out that he's also a cutting edge bio-engineer as well.
Yes. The story was great. Kept me entertained the whole time. I admit it does jump around a lot to different times and places, but once you get used to the writing style it is a new and interesting way to tell a story. As far as unbelievable events, characters and circumstances, I did not personally feel they were out of the realm of possibility. And in the end it is a non-fiction book. So just sit back and let the amazing narrator John Shea get you caught up in the story.
i have now listened to 2 more Ted Bell "Alexander Hawke" series of books. And have purchased the complete series. Trust me, they are worth every credit.
The descriptions of the scenery and the people. You felt you were there
I was surprised that so many people praised the narrator. To me, he spoiled the story completely. The descriptions were really great and set the scene beautifully, but I never had time to visualize them because he was off and running and on a different subject before I had a chance to figure out what just happened. He hardly even paused between sentences. He talked like he was double parked outside and had to hurry up and get this done before he got a ticket. What was the big rush?
It spoiled the dramatic effect for me.
Not so far, I haven't finished the book.
The writing is a little predictable, a series of unrelated tragedies and then the Caped Crusader will land and sort everything out.