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.
"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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
Yes - this is a suspensful well read book
Any of the Ted Bell books - they are all excellent
Armies of Mexican bikers invading Texas border towns? American border vigilantes (11 of them) having their heads cut off and set on their horses (horses?)sent back over the border by evil Mexican sadists? Islamic terrorists building city-sized bases in the tree-tops of the Amazon prepapring to invade -- yes invade -- the US across the Mexican border? British aristocratic spy-adventurer apparently under the discipline of MI-6 but wth his own private almost-battleship sized armored craft?
This is not intrigue or espionage fiction it is a kind of witches brew of right-wing fantasy and borrowed stereotypes. Willing suspension of disbelief is one thing: you need a lobotomy to get into this one.
But: the reader is really good with accents.
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.
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