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"Hawke is a fast-paced adventure...truly an exciting listen", says Nelson DeMille. "Rich, spellbinding, and absorbing, Hawke is packed with surprises", raves Clive Cussler. Listeners beware, this stunning, high-caliber thriller is not recommended for the faint of heart.

Lord Alexander Hawke is a direct descendant of the legendary English pirate Blackhawke and highly skilled in the cutthroat's deadly ways himself. While still a boy, on a voyage to the Caribbean, Alex Hawke witnesses an act of unspeakable horror. Hidden in a secret compartment on his father's yacht, Alex sees his parents brutally murdered by three modern-day pirates. It is an event that will haunt him for the remainder of his life.

Now, fully grown and one of England's most decorated naval heroes, Hawke is back in the same Caribbean waters on a secret mission for the American government. A highly experimental stealth submarine, built by the Soviets just before the end of the Cold War, is missing. She carries 40 nuclear warheads and is believed to be in the hands of a very unstable government just 90 miles from the American mainland. Hawke is in a race against time. His mission: Find the deadly sub before a preemptive strike can be launched against the US, and confront the murderous men behind the personal nightmare that haunts him before they find him first.

Featuring breathtaking action, international intrigue, and a hero worthy of the very finest adventure fiction, Hawke heralds the exciting debut of a bold new talent.

©2003 Theodore Bell (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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  • stuartjash
  • 17-03-2018

So great I couldn’t stop listening

I am so happy that Ted Bell released the first book in the Hawke series. John Shea is a fantastic narrator, especially for this group of characters. I almost listened to this whole audiobook non-stop. Ted Bell is an amazing writer and the combination of writing and aeration was some of the best I’ve ever heard.

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  • mar
  • 27-02-2018

I don't usually write a review, but...

The narration by John Shea was masterful! He was a cast of many, accents were right on for the character, English, Irish, latin, Russian, you name it, he had it down! I will get more of this series to enjoy his next performance. Oh yeah, the story line was pretty well done also.

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  • Steve
  • 25-02-2018

Excelent

A riveting novel, start to finish.
The biggest problem is putting it down. I could spend 100 hours listening.
This is a mix of good adventure, British charm and real feelings.

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  • Cary
  • 20-02-2018

John Shea

John Shea was brilliant. Good story! I lovedAlex Hawks and Stokely. Look forward to the next installment

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  • itinerant
  • 01-03-2018

Predictable, labored

A great deal of silliness ensued, under the guise of derring-do and high adventure. Amusing if you have time to kill and the patience to listen to wordy cartoonery and relentless misogyny a la cigar-smoke-filled boys clubs.

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  • brooks lewis
  • 15-02-2018

Fantastic Story and Performance

I have listened to all of Ted Bell's books. They are all excellent; however, this is my favorite. John Shea is a master narrator. I do hope the wait for the next one is not too long.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-03-2018

Good story-excessive use of God's name in vain

The incessent cursing destracted greatly from the story. Its overuse didnt add anything too the character development, just a bit of saddness that it was considered necessary here where in previous books it was absent and much enjoyed. Hopefully the author and editor will learn and return to preious quality. Be well.

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  • John
  • 11-04-2018

Is the narrator the voice for Winnie the Pooh?

My god... I feel like my grandfather is telling me this story. The writing is terribly old school & Not in a good way.

I really do feel like Christopher Robbins was going to pop up in the story somewhere, The narrator wants to put me to sleep.

I listened for an hour hoping... But I'm calling it quits

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  • Ronald D Forth
  • 19-05-2018

I am not overly fond of English novels but this one is excellent.

Mr Bell has captured my attention from beginning to end. I cannot say how much I enjoyed this novel other than to say Bravo Old Fellow!

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  • John M. Neitzey
  • 16-05-2018

military inaccuracies take away from a good story.

Loved the main character and would have loved to continue following him through what I'm sure will be many books but the authors seeming complete lack of knowledge about the military made the last third of this book almost enough to make me quit this book. Some of the things took me so far out of the story it was a struggle to continue. The reader has great range, does very good accents. But his choice for one character stokes, was ridiculous and took me out of the story whenever stokes was talking. Good book, that could have been great with some homework from the author.

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