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Spy: An Alex Hawke Thriller | [Ted Bell]

Spy: An Alex Hawke Thriller

On assignment for the British Secret Service, a man leads a mysterious expedition into the heart of darkness. Sailing up the furthest reaches of the Amazon River, he is captured by a brutal tribe of indigenous cannibals. Forced into slave labor, he witnesses the unimaginable.
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Publisher's Summary

"A border ain't nothing but a law drawn in the sand." So says a small-town Texas sheriff in Ted Bell's most gripping espionage thriller to date.

Things along America's southern border are rapidly reaching the boiling point. American girls are being snatched from their homes, ranches are burning, and the number of deadly confrontations along the Mexican boarder grows daily.

At night, armed Mexican troops cross the border at will in support of narcotics smugglers and illegal immigrants. By day, Americans take up arms and plan reprisals. An all-out border war is no longer inconceivable. It's happening!

On assignment for the British Secret Service, a man leads a mysterious expedition into the heart of darkness. Sailing up the furthest reaches of the Amazon River, he is captured by a brutal tribe of indigenous cannibals.

Forced into slave labor, he witnesses the unimaginable. Golden domes and minarets rise beneath the rainforest canopy. Vast terror armies are being recruited and trained in the jungle. Their goal: a vicious jihad that will unite one continent...and destroy another. They possess weapons only dreamed of by the Western allies. Somehow he must escape his captors and live to tell his tale.

With tensions on its southern border threatening to ignite into war, America must look to the one man who might be able to confront the demons in the jungle...and destroy them.

Alex Hawke, with the aid of brilliant Scotland Yard Inspector Ambrose Congreve, and an unstoppable force of nature named Stokely Jones, begins a river journey fraught with peril. Hawke once again takes listeners right to that thin border between fear and overwhelming terror. It's merely a line drawn in the sand. Cross it at your peril.

Cross it if you dare.

Take another thrill ride with Alex Hawke.

©2006 Theodore A. Bell; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Think Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum meet Stephen King....Spy is the book of the summer!" (Glenn Beck, CNN Headline Prime)
"Bell ups the ante, and involves Hawke in what might be termed terrorism's perfect storm." (Palm Beach Post)
"Here's an espionage novel that not only lends itself to audio, but also is topically current....Shea's characters, whether Texan, Latino, or Brit, are highly credible and give this thriller a real international flavor." (AudioFile)

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    James Brookfield, CT, United States 10-19-08
    James Brookfield, CT, United States 10-19-08 Member Since 2007
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    "As good as the rest of Hawke's adventures"

    If you have enjoyed any of the other books in the series you will enjoy this one as well. The storyline is a bit far fetched but I enjoyed listening to this. Some of the minor characters are well defined and well used.
    Enjoy!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely 02-26-15
    Snoodely 02-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Ear-Candy for Thriller-Lovers"

    Thriller-lovers will enjoy the whole Alex Hawke series. Just don’t expect realism, O.K.? Alex Hawke is a cross between James Bond and Dirk Pitt: an impossible super-human super-hero. In the Alex Hawke series, the good guys always save the world in just the nick of time; our hero is a tall, dark, and handsome babe-magnet; the good guys always manage head-shots with one bullet, while the bad guys usually miss altogether, but might manage to hit our hero in the shoulder; and our hero always recovers from grievous wounds in record time, with no lingering sequela. Oh, and to top it all off: Alex Hawke — a Peer of the Realm, mind you — happens to have more money than God; so he can buy lots of great toys, like the fabulous armored speed yacht that our heroes use in “Spy” to root out the bad guys from their hidden Amazonian lair. If far-fetched, fantastic thriller plots offend you, I would steer you away from the Alex Hawke series. Maybe choose John Le Carré, instead. I, personally, use escape fiction to take a break from reality, so I enjoy the Alex Hawke series immensely.

    On the other hand, I hope that Islamic terrorists don’t read “Spy,” because it might give them ideas! Here, Mr. Bell coins the word “Jihadistas” to describe an unholy alliance between Mexican Reconquistadores and Islamic Jihadists. He places the political hot-potatos of illegal immigration and the porous, violent Mexican/American border at the heart of “Spy”’s plot. The resulting scenario — if Mr. Bell is not making it up out of whole cloth — would be very scary, indeed ….

    Narrator John Shea has a nice voice, and does a good job of dramatizing “Spy” for us. He has lots of voices and credible accents at his command to help distinguish the characters from one another. Although he makes little attempt to voice female characters differently from male characters, I hesitate to criticize him for that, since thespian attempts at gender-crossing sometimes flop hilariously. For the character of Stokely Jones — the big (“approximately the size of an armoire”), black co-hero of “Spy,” Mr. Shea always uses a laughing voice — which generally works, since Stoke usually does have pretty funny lines — but sometimes this voice for Stoke does not work in “Spy,” like when our good guys are engaged in hairy combat. Aside from those minor quibbles, I like John Shea’s narration of the entire Hawke series very much.

    In summary, I would recommend “Spy” to all thriller-lovers, provided that you are not expecting realism, and that you are not thinking of illegal immigration as a racist issue. You can probably get away with listening to “Spy” (the fourth in the Alex Hawke series) out of series sequence, since each novel in the series does not rely too much on previous episodes. Indeed — as of this writing — we have no option but to listen to this series out-of-sequence, since Audible has not yet provided us with the 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 installment, “Hawke.” (Hopefully, by the time you read this, “Hawke” will have been published in audio form!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 12-22-08
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 12-22-08
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    "One of my best reads of the year!"

    This was my first Alex Hawke book and I couldn't put it down! I just added the other 4 titles to my wish list. The publisher's short description doesn't do the book credit as to what it is really about. This was one of my best reads of the year!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Don LELAND, NC, United States 03-02-10
    Don LELAND, NC, United States 03-02-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Unbelievable!!!"

    This is an incredible book with an excellent narrator. John Shea makes the characters come alive with all the different voices. Best I've heard since Jim Dale on the Harry Potter books. I agree with some of the other readers that his is James Bondish, but I consider that a good thing. Only regret is that I didn't find the Hawke novels sooner. Well worth the use of a credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donald 07-18-14
    Donald 07-18-14
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    "TODAY'S WORLD! Publication date: 7/31/2007"
    Where does Spy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Spy ranks in the top 5. What insight to the future Hawke had.


    What other book might you compare Spy to and why?

    The Grey man series, Absolute power, and Ballistic. This was different because of our current problems on the southern border, acknowledged 7 years ago. Regarding today's problems , this was realistic.


    Which character – as performed by John Shea – was your favorite?

    John Shea is excellent in his wide range of voices , dialects and male , female differences. Very hard to pick one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, however there is a thing called life and luckily there are a few areas that are convenient to stop. For instance, moving from the Amazon to Washington D.C.


    Any additional comments?

    I find it scary that Alex Hawke saw 7 years ago the immigration problem on our southern borders and the open gate for ALL to enter. The training ground for terrorist under the canopy of the Amazon jungle and a connection to Bin Laden was realistic and could be happening today. Robotic 18 wheelers, tanks, and paper thin explosives added to it being today's world. Great Job Alex Hawke !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ERIC M REDMAN 06-29-14

    Retired; over 43 years owned several business' - last one for 20 years was full service independent insurance agency. Conservative Christian

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    "The best narration i have heard in an Audio book!"
    Would you listen to Spy again? Why?

    Actually I did listen to several chapters again after listening to the whole book which I have never done before.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The true hero and main spy was Hawk; but there were several key heroes.


    What about John Shea’s performance did you like?

    He was able to portray by voice the dialects of totally different individuals from proper English accent, Texan southern, Arabic, to Latin American with very convincing differences.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I had to listen to the whole book during one 24 hour day; because the book was so riveting
    and I could not shut it off. The story and narration were superior!!


    Any additional comments?

    Best Audio book I have heard!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Spike72 San Antonio, TX USA 06-24-14
    Spike72 San Antonio, TX USA 06-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good complex thriller with a few problems"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a side story with a Texas sheriff which really is exciting. The characters are believable and attractive.


    Any additional comments?

    There is so much good about the book that it is disappointing when the author throws in something that is not up to par. He has a cast of characters - some seem real, but others are out of central casting for a B movie. Also, he describes a character crossing Texas on one tank of gas which is impossible. Little things like those detract from the enjoyment, but not enough to keep me from enjoying the other titles in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Hertford, NC, United States 12-06-12
    Jack Hertford, NC, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "As with all Ted Bell novels - excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - this is a suspensful well read book


    What other book might you compare Spy to and why?

    Any of the Ted Bell books - they are all excellent


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Florida Doc 12-05-09
    Florida Doc 12-05-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Up till 4 am could not turn it off"

    This was my first Ted Bell listen. I was really impressed with the story line. It was interesting and exciting. As for the narrator "John Shea" fantastic !!! When you listen to this story you could swear there are a group of narrators each one being a different character. Sign me up as a new Ted Bell fan.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Baker APO, AE, US 03-13-15
    David Baker APO, AE, US 03-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow. Just wow! First time read, now a lifelong fan"

    Most excellent story, quite complicated but masterful, had me living the scenes. Next book already in my iPad. Wow. Just wow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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