Alex Hawke has all but given up on life. The British-American MI6 counterterrorism operative lost the woman he loved almost a year ago and has sought refuge at the bottom of a rum bottle ever since. But late one night at his home on Bermuda, he receives a wake-up call... literally.
His Royal Highness Prince Charles, an old friend, desperately needs his help. The prince has discovered a not-so-subtle threat directed toward the British royal family. What’s more, the evidence reveals an ominous connection to Charles’s godfather, Lord Mountbatten - the beloved family patriarch assassinated by an ingeniously designed bomb 30 years before. A shadowy figure from the past has the British crown in his sights, and has proven once before that his warnings are not to be taken lightly. Several clues point to IRA involvement, but the authorities have little to go on and answers are scarce. This is just the call to duty Hawke needs to get back into action - if the madman doesn’t strike first.
Take another thrill ride with Alex Hawke.
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"Bell's fine sixth thriller featuring swashbuckling British spy Alex Hawke mixes action and suspense with just the right amount of humor and old-fashioned boys-book adventure." (Publishers Weekly)
“A James Bondish adventure brought up to date…. A meaty, entertaining thriller…just the thing for fans of Ludlum, Trevanian and Fleming.” (Kirkus Reviews)
My favorite so far! In the words of Harry Brock " this book is cursing good!" I loved the way Ted Bell wove historical tragic events with the royal family within his plot! Never saw the ending twist coming - Brilliant!!!!!
If the ranting about how the terrorist should all be taken out and shot because they are all pure evil could have been done in one part of the book instead of repeated over and over. Only outdone by the praise of how perfect Americans are in every way.
It has turned me off of reading anymore of this series - which is too bad as I enjoyed the over-the-top adventures of Alex.
I always like Alex and he doesn't get as deep into the propaganda as his buddy does.
Many of the tirades by Stokely.
This is my first book by Ted Bell or the narrator John Shea. I had minimal expectations before beginning, but was immediately immersed into a great story by an excellent reader.
Since this is very similar to the epic adventures on a great James Bond book, you can say there is a single moment. The twists and turns, different venues, and outrageous situations are all memorable.
I have not listened to any of John Shea's work. However, half way through the book I did a search to find other works he has done. One of the best I have listened to so far.
The book had some extreme action sequences and situations. I cannot believe that these books have not be good candidates for Hollywood action movies.
I have enjoyed this series until this book. Perhaps not great literature, but at least enjoyable yarns. This story is contrived, disjointed and boring. Not even Princess Di could save it. It seems likely this is one where Bell owed his editor another book, but didn't want to write it. I may try one more (if he writes any more) in this series, but if it is not a lot better than this one, I'm done.
Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster.
Erase it before I was done.
Poor Alex Hawke, he does not seem able to keep his mates alive. Then he goes into a terrible self destructive dive and then miracles, he recovers to work on another problem. The theme is getting old. The whole book seemed to be very formula driven. It was a difficult to listen to since it seemed so mechanical. I normally like Ted Bell style of writing but this book could have been by any thrill writer. I am probably done with listening to this series.
Maybe just not my cuppa tea. Rather long winded at times, distracting accents....I didnt get to the finish!!
This one bought me so close to necking myself i wouldnt risk another.
not written it
all the above
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
Having just worked my way through the Clancy epics I needed a change of reader. This was so predictable once the characters had been established, I became impatient to have my predictions verified. Thin is the best descriptor because it feels like a novel that has been ‘built’ rather than written with knowledge and passion. One gets the impression the Mr Bell travels as a tax write off so he can manufacture a tale or, worse still, just Googles everything for his research.
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
This was my first ted bell experience / Alex Hawke. I enjoyed the book, story line. It is a good book worth reading. my only negitive comment is that a few times in the book, when the story would change and go back in time, you did not know that until you had listened to it for a while. Bell needs to include dates when he jumps back and forth so the listener has that knowledge
Wow... is this a movie or going to be? This is everything the action movies of today are and more. Stokes is my absolute favorite! I have stayed away from the current wave of terrorist novels because I see enough of that on the news. I listen for entertainment and suspense. This book has opened a new world in listening for me and I will be enjoying another one of Mr Bell's books soon. - it really SHOULD be made into a movie, though!
John Shea has to be one of the best male narrators as well. Kuddos for an excellent listen!
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