Hawke is book one of the Alex Hawke series consisting of about a dozen books at this writing. Hawke is a handsome-type A personality-good guy with a small circle of quirky friends that gets bad guys with limited shoot-em-up stuff.

Plot – Book 1: Lord Alexander Hawke, as a seven-year-old boy, witnesses the horrific, brutal murder of his parents while on a Carribean cruise. Fast forward. Hawke is now a black-ops operator for the English government and is working undercover, again in the Carribean, for the United States.

Liked. Narration by John Shea is excellent. A good story that stands alone, no cliff hanger, although there are subsequent adventures to follow. Lots of intrigue and action. Hawke is more a military-experienced Sherlock Holmes than a tough guy. Not so hot. Although Hawke is supposed to be Ted Bell’s version of a Mitch Rapp, Jason Bourne, etc., he is not. Hawke makes me think of a privileged guy that probably went to the best private schools and wears patten-leather shoes.

Written by Ted Bell, narrated by John Shea, 16 hrs and 37 minutes of listening in unabridged audiobook format, released in February 2018 by Brilliance Audio. If you’re looking for an espionage hero who has a touch of British humor and sophistication, worth a look.


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