"Hawke is a fast-paced adventure...truly an exciting read," says Nelson DeMille. "Rich, spellbinding, and absorbing, Hawke is packed with surprises," raves Clive Cussler. Readers 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 forty nuclear warheads and is believed to be in the hands of a very unstable government just ninety 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 U.S., 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.
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by Ted Bell
by David Bell
by Reavis Z. Wortham
"Lord Alexander Hawke is a larger-than-life figure who carries out secret missions for the Americans and British with the buccaneer style of his ancestor, the legendary pirate Blackhawke. He suffers from a childhood trauma--having witnessed his parents' murder during a Caribbean trip--which haunts him as he tries to deal with a threat from a new Cuban government. Hawke's offbeat character enhances the typical race-against-time thriller, even if John Shea's portrayal of the character is exaggerated. Shea handles the action and drama well, giving nuances to the characters' motivations and thoughts. The result is a fun adventure that introduces a character listeners will want to follow. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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