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Putting it all on the line to rescue his kidnapped son pits counterspy Alex Hawke against Russian president Vladimir Putin in this action-packed thriller from New York Times best-selling author Ted Bell.

On a ski vacation in the Swiss Alps high above St. Moritz, Alex Hawke and his young son, Alexei, are thrust into danger when the tram carrying them to the top of the mountain bursts into flame, separating the two. Before he can reach Alexei, the boy is snatched from the burning cable car by unknown assailants in a helicopter.

Meanwhile, high above the skies of France, Vladimir Putin is aboard his presidential jet after escaping a bloodless coup in the Kremlin. When two flight attendants collapse and slip into unconsciousness, the Russian leader realizes the danger isn’t over. Killing the pilots, he grabs a parachute, steps out of the plane...and disappears.

Hawke has led his share of dangerous assignments, but none with stakes this high. To save his son, he summons his trusted colleagues, chief inspector of Scotland Yard Ambrose Congreve and former US Navy SEAL Stokley Jones Jr., and recruits a crack Hostage Rescue Team - a group of elite soldiers of fortune known as Thunder & Lighting. Before they can devise a rescue plan, Hawke must figure out who took his boy - and why. An operative who has fought antagonists around the globe, Hawke has made many enemies; one in particular may hold the key to finding Alexei before it’s too late.

But an unexpected threat complicates their mission. Making his way to Falcon’s Lair, the former Nazi complex created for Hitler, Putin is amassing an impressive armory that he intends to use for his triumphant return to Moscow.

Only one man can smash the Russian president’s plan for domination - a master counterspy who will cross every line to save his son...and maybe save the world itself in the bargain.

©2018 Theodore A. Bell (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Ted Bell keeps getting better!

Ted Bell just does not disappoint. He has had so many great novels, you wonder how each one will top the previous, but somehow he does. This book is nonstop action with twists and turns all along the way. If you have enjoyed any of Bell's books, you'll love this newest Alex Hawke adventure.

As usual, narrator John Shea does a fantastic job. As the de facto franchise narrator, he has really brought all of Ted Bell's characters to life, and with each novel Bell writes, the characters become more and more in-depth. Shea is able to bring life to these characters in such a fun way.

If you have listened to any of the other books and series, don't forget that Alex Hawke #1, entitled Hawke, was released on Audible not long ago. The book is wonderful, and the audiobook is no different.

I can't recommend this book and series enough. I had it preordered since the day it was available, and I enjoyed it so much, that I finished it around noon today, and it was released yesterday. It's the type of audiobook that makes you take another lap around the block before getting home, so you can finish the chapter. Get this right away. It's fantastic.

Great job, Ted Bell!

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Great from an author I hadn't heard of before.

Hawke's the real James Bond, no Roger Moore. Interesting storyline and characters, great narration as well. I'll be sure to listen to the other books in the series.

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fun fun

great to listen to while I work. good fun good pace. like I said. fun.

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best performance of a Alex Hawke novel..

best performance of an Alex Hawke novel. Superbly written and voiced buy a talented reader. I highly recommend

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Mr Smith’s first name is ____

The first name of Ted Bell’s character Mr Smith, best represents this book. Not up to the standards of his previous Alex Hawke novels

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Disappointed.

Unnecessary profanity and murder. Not a typical Hawke novel. Apparently Mr Bell has developed a skewed vision of the world and needs to lower himself to the bottom of the pile. Shame on you for producing this rubbish.

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Great Read!

Excellent narrator! Highly recommend! Looking forward to the next book in the series. : )

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Awesome!

Great book! Possibly his best. Ted Bell never disappoints. I can’t wait for the next book.

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The Moonraker of Hawke novels. U

Unbelievable story on so many levels. This includes the totally expected last paragraph. No more Hawke novels for me.

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  • Greg
  • las vegas, NV, United States
  • 06-20-18

Just didn't pop

I enjoyed the narrator alot, but struggled to get into the story. It seemed too similar to the others. Dashing Alex Hawk has a tragedy, he assembles his team and the do battle. His son is missing and he is having dinner and drinks, he is rekindling a relationship and trotting the globe. Predictable ending.