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Best-selling author Monica McCarty captivates millions with swashbuckling Scottish romances like The Hawk. Brilliant seafarer Erik MacSorley has never encountered a gale he couldn’t weather or a woman he couldn’t win—until he drags a wet, halfclothed “nursemaid” from the Irish Sea. But Ellie’s ordinary dress belies the truth that she’s the spirited daughter of an Irish nobleman. And her determination to resist Erik’s charms is a challenge he can’t resist.

©2010 Monica McCarty (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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After "Braveheart": The Saga Continues (Book 2)

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Monica McCarty's main characters actually did live in the times she has so thoroughly brought to life. Little is known of the actual details of their lives, of course, but she has masterfully woven the history into her stories and her characters' personas.

Here is the story of Erik MacSorley, one member of Robert, the Bruce's elite secret army. Half Viking, half Gael, and entirely too charming and handsome, Hawk is one of the most renowned seafarers of his time. His highly secret mission gets off to a very unpropitious start when a young woman, celebrating an ancient pagan ritual, accidently stumbles upon his meeting with the Irish mercenaries he is recruiting to Robert's army. When he does the only thing he can to save her, it very nearly destroys both him and his mission.

What other book might you compare The Hawk to and why?

First read: The Chief by Monica McCarty to get the foundation.

What about Robert McNab???s performance did you like?

His performance is improving, though he is not a master with the Irish and Scots brogues.

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

Yes -- near the end when Erik truly realizes the misery he has cast upon his own future.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Campton, KY, United States
  • 09-23-11

I love this series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have only recently found Monica McCarty and her Highland Guard Series. I love Highland romance stories, but I also enjoy books when they add historical information. I recommend this book, and hope audible will add more of her books

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I tried to listen....

but I can't get past the narration! I think the story might be good...but I will probably never know since I just can't listen to it anymore. I'm almost half way...but it hurts my ears! The hero sounds like a 85 year-old reading his lines from a prompter (and is reading-1-word-at-a-time-in-stacato)

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 12-14-12

hhmmm

A first time author for me recommended by Michele Warin. She said it was a Scottish romance novel which it was. Set in the early 1300's, the historical part was great with the Scots, Irish and English all involved. The romance part was OK, actually pretty intense at times. I didn't know what to expect but I have to admit I enjoyed it, found myself chuckling at times and will likely give the author another go. It was entertaining.

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  • Alaine
  • Clatence, NY, United States
  • 11-06-12

Please change narrators

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend another Monica McCarty book first with a different narrator. How the producers could choose a narrator with such a horrible Scottish accent is beyond me. It ruins the whole character of Hawk. If this were the first Monica McCarty book I listened to, unfortunately, it would be the last.

What other book might you compare The Hawk to and why?

Stephen King's "11-22-63". I coukdn't finish it because of the poor narration.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Completely destroyed the book for me.

Was The Hawk worth the listening time?

It is another good Monica McCarty book. I just truly struggled through the narration.

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Fantastic series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Oh yea, if you are interested in Scottish History, Alpha males and independent women., you'll love this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hawk?

There were so many, this book is full of action, passion and history. Takes place 6 months after Robert the Bruce lossess the Scottish Throne to England's King Edward.
You don't know who's on who's side, and the main character

Which character – as performed by Robert McNab – was your favorite?

Loved Lady Ellen... she was quite the girl, causing the all too handsome joker

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

yES i'M EXHAUSTED

Any additional comments?

won't be disappointed!!

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  • C
  • Boise, ID, United States
  • 01-11-12

Fell in love with Hawk!

Would you listen to The Hawk again? Why?

Good narrator though sometimes I think he read a little slow. I changed the narration speed on my listening device to speed it up. I loved the characters and the historical references. I look forward to more books from the author and hopefully more in this series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hawk?

His loyalty and fierce nature in all aspects of his life. Fierce fighter, jester, lover, and navigator.

What does Robert McNab bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good voice for the time of the novel.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both

Any additional comments?

I recommend it for sure. Both books in this series are excellent.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good Read!

Where does The Hawk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say above average, between an 8 - 9 on the scale of 10 being the highest.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I would have to say Hawk, as he is loyal, courageous, stubborn, and lovable.

Which scene was your favorite?

Where he goes back to kidnap her again.

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

No, the book just flowed together.

Any additional comments?

I have never read or heard Monica McCarty book that I did not like.

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Excellent book

Monica McCarty has written a great series of books during the time of Robert the Bruce. If you are interested in the history of Scotland you will not be disappointed. Adventure, romance, suspense. Robert McNab is an excellent narrator who captures you with his voice.

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  • benoibe
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
  • 09-19-12

5+ stars. Perfect!

From the first sentence, this book will grab your attention. In my opinion, this book is even better than The Chief. Hawk is a wonderful character, and the romance is super steamy.

Definitely McCarty's best series. Download all three of the Highland Guard books. You won't be disappointed. (Chief, Hawk, and Ranger are the first three in the Highland guard series)

4 of 7 people found this review helpful