While sailing in the Caribbean, young Alex Hawke witnesses an act of unspeakable horror as modern-day pirates brutally murder his parents. It is a tragedy that will haunt him forever, and shape his destiny.
As a direct descendant of a legendary English privateer, Lord Alexander Hawke is skilled in the ways of sea combat — and one of England’s most decorated naval heroes. Now, Hawke returns to the Caribbean on a secret mission for the American government. A highly experimental stealth submarine is missing. She carries forty nuclear warheads, and is believed to be in the hands of an unstable government just ninety miles from the American mainland. In a race against time, Hawke must locate the sub before a strike can be launched against the U.S. — and, after a lifetime of nightmares, finally avenge himself upon the men who slaughtered his family.
Featuring electrifying action, international intrigue, and a hero worthy of the finest adventure fiction, Hawke heralds the exciting debut of a bold new talent.
Praise for Hawke
“Move over James Bond, Lord Alex Hawke is on the scene and he is more realistic, believable and personable than Ian Fleming’s character ever was. This is an action adventure thriller with the emphasis on action. There is no chance readers will ever feel ennui reading Hawke, a twenty first century pirate novel that takes place on the high seas and in a Cuba where Castro’s control is waning.”
—Harriet Klausner (#1 Amazon Reviewer) www.thebestreviews.com
“A pirate book for adults…a fast, fun read.” —Publishers Weekly
“Ted Bell is the new Clive Cussler; Alex Hawke is the new James Bond. Climb on board HAWKE for the best adventure in years. HAWKE is a swashbuckling, spine tingling, bloody good masterpiece of an adventure novel.”
“Rich, spellbinding, and absorbing . . . Packed with surprises . . . great fun.”—Clive Cussler
“A fiery tale of power and privilege, lusty and sinister intrigue, HAWKE is a fast-paced adventure…truly an exciting read!”—Nelson DeMille
“Not-so-secret agent Alexander Hawke makes James Bond look like a slovenly, dull-witted clockpuncher. . . .”
“A perfect summertime thriller.”—Dallas Morning News
“[A] thundering debut.”—Sun Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
“This rip-roaring tale is made entirely believable through convincing detail, with a grand hero in Hawke. Various flawlessly developed story lines contribute to the high-octane pace, and the fully developed characters are delineated through the nuances of voice. In short, this is a commercial blockbuster packed with pleasure.”
—Library Journal (Best of Spring/Summer 2003)
“Ted Bell… doesn’t hold back on the throttles of his first novel…. [His] own secret agent man, Lord Alexander Hawke, makes the classic James Bond look like a bargain item from Filene’s Basement…. Bond and Hawke will always come out winners. The reader of HAWKE will also come out a winner.” —NewsMax