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In an elegant palazzo on the Grand Canal, an American ambassador's tryst turns deadly. In the seamy underbelly of London, a pub-crawling killer is on the loose. And in a storybook chapel nestled in the Cotswolds, a marriage made in heaven turns to hell on earth. Isolated incidents? Or links in a chain of events hurtling towards catastrophe? So begins Assassin, the tour de force thriller that heralds the return of every terrorist's worst nightmare, Alex Hawke. A shadowy figure known as the Dog is believed to be the ruthless terrorist who is systematically and savagely assassinating American diplomats and their families around the globe. As the deadly toll mounts inexorably, Hawke, along with former NYPD cop and Navy SEAL Stokely Jones, is called upon by the U.S. government to launch a search for the assassin behind the murders. Hawke, who "makes James Bond look like a "slovenly, dull-witted clockpuncher" (Kirkus Reviews), is soon following a trail that leads back to London in the go-go nineties, when Arab oil money fueled lavish, and sometimes fiendish, lifestyles. Other murky clues point to the Florida Keys, where a vicious killer hides behind the gates of a fabled museum. And to a remote Indonesian island where a madman tinkers with strains of a deadly virus and slyly bides his time. Hawke must call upon resources deep within himself. He must enter a race against time to stop a cataclysmic attack on America's most populous cities and avenge the inexplicable and horrific crime that has left him devastated.
Ted Bell is the author of the bestselling series of thrillers featuring counterspy Alexander Hawke. A native of Florida, Bell began writing short stories while in elementary school. "When, later, I discovered writers like Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the romantic ideal of the writer's life appealed to me," he told one interviewer. Thus, upon graduating from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, he sailed for Europe, intending to write his first novel while living in France and Italy. "Unlike Scott Fitzgerald, I was not an overnight success," he confided. Needing to earn a living, he embarked on a career in advertising. He was soon the youngest vice president in the history of the New York-based agency Doyle Dane Bernbach, and in 1991 he became the worldwide creative director of the advertising powerhouse Young & Rubicam. In 2001, after winning a long string of the ad industry's highest honors, he retired to pursue his long-held ambition to publish a novel. Two years later HAWKE--which introduced his popular protagonist, a dashing former naval officer and presidential confidant--was published. In addition to his novels of espionage, Bell, inspired by his love of such classics as TREASURE ISLAND, has written a series of adventure tales for young readers. Confounding the expectations of those who consider him merely a writer of potboilers, he has been a writer-in-residence at Cambridge University as well as a visiting scholar at the school's Department of Political and International Relations.
From the Publisher
This pulse-pounding spy thriller is a sequel to HAWKE. The newly appointed American ambassador to Italy meets an explosive death in Venice, while Victoria Sweet, the bride of intelligence operative Lord Alexander Hawke, is murdered moments after the two are wed in England. These two terrible events are merely the beginning of a fiendish conspiracy that stretches from the United States to Indonesia. Can Hawke, assisted by Navy SEAL Stokely Jones, find the men responsible and prevent their heinous scheme from reaching completion?
Learning that a savage murderer is systematically targeting American diplomats and their families throughout the world, secret agent Alexander Hawke follows leads more than a decade old to London and Florida, wondering all the while if more than one killer is responsible for the attacks. Book available.