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A Alex Hawke series #6
Ted Bell

William Morrow
September 2010 / ISBN 9780061859298

Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer

Hawk receives a phone call from his old friend, His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, who informs him that information has been uncovered that someone is targeting the British royal family for assassination which had started earlier with the assassination of Charles' uncle, Lord Montbatten. He asks Hawk to investigate. Hawk joins forces with Ambrose Congreve, former chief inspector of Scotland Yard. All clues point to the IRA and a mysterious killer known as Mr. Smith. They find Mr. Smith linked to the killing of Montbatten, the great fire in Windsor Castle, the death of Lady Diana and Dodi Fayed in the Paris tunnel, and Taliban bombings. They must race against time to uncover Mr. Smith and discover the reason for his actions and stop him before he can fulfill his revenge.

This is a thriller adventure story. The dialogue is light and breezy and natural, the characters are well developed. Hawk is a dynamic James Bond, resourceful, fearless, faithful to his friends. The exciting plot is full of action and suspense and danger.

This is the first Hawk novel I have read. I lost no time in acquiring the past ones in the series and hope there are more to come.

Phantom, No 6


Reviewed 2011