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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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    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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    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!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Donald New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States 07-18-14
    Donald New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2012
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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 Member Since 2013

    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 2009
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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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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 06-28-14
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 06-28-14 Member Since 2012

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "Barf"
    Would you try another book from Ted Bell and/or John Shea?

    I doubt it


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I do not know but it will be one that does not make me sick to my stomach.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Shea?

    I have nothing against the narrator


    What character would you cut from Spy?

    I would cut the story so that there is no book


    Any additional comments?

    Nope, that will do it!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Earth 04-11-10
    Emily Earth 04-11-10 Member Since 2010
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    "AuShouldn't let his politics be so obvious..."

    Foolish, fear-driven drivel. The author is obviously pushing his political agenda.
    This is the 2nd Ted Bell novel I've listened to. The first (Pirate) was very good. This book (Spy) was a huge disappointment. Bell is obviously a far right republican, which is okay, except when it makes his book stupid.
    The book is replete with a Texas lawman saving the president (Bush Jr at his second inauguration) riding around on a horse in DC, Mexico wanting to take back the Alamo, Latin American countries banding together to overthrow the US, big semi-trucks driven by remote control all over the US, a Mexican border war (Please!! What are you guys so afraid of? Mexico is not having an army cross our border as illegals in order to attack us at some future date), Arabs in the Amazon, a British spy and investigator being tortured by the Arabs in the Amazon, etc....
    The whole thing is crazy right-wing fear mongering. Bell would do well to remember that fear itself is what can destroy us as people.
    Too bad that Bell ruined his characters with such crap. Bell writes well and the narrator is excellent. The book is awful -- save your money/credits.

    8 of 23 people found this review helpful
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