What Comes Around: An Alex Hawke Novella

Mass Market Paperback | March 25, 2014

byTed Bell

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An esteemed former CIA director dies off the coast of Maine.

Another senior CIA officer is found dead of a "heart attack" in a posh Paris hotel. Counterspy Alex Hawke and his friend Ambrose Congreve think this could be more than coincidence. Hawke discovers that the victims are connected through one man: Spider Payne, a rogue intelligence officer whose dangerous exploits got him barred from the CIA. Now Spider believes he's been wronged and is out for vengeance—and Alex Hawke is his number-one target.

Hawke's only hope is to lure his deadly enemy into a trap he can't escape—and it's a place Hawke knows better than anyone: his seaside home in Bermuda.

Includes a sneak preview of Warriors, the exhilarating new novel in the Alex Hawke series.

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An esteemed former CIA director dies off the coast of Maine. Another senior CIA officer is found dead of a "heart attack" in a posh Paris hotel. Counterspy Alex Hawke and his friend Ambrose Congreve think this could be more than coincidence. Hawke discovers that the victims are connected through one man: Spider Payne, a rogue intellige...

Ted Bell, former writer-in-residence at Cambridge University, was chairman of the board and worldwide creative director of Young & Rubicam, one of the world's largest advertising agencies. He is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofWarriors,Phantom,Warlord,Tsar,Spy,Pirate,Assassin, andHawke, along with two YA adventure novels.

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.52 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062322036

ISBN - 13:9780062322036

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tepid, yet I read on Ted Bell brings back Lord Alexander Hawke in another great adventure to give the reader a taste of adventure while awaiting the upcoming full-length novel. When former high-ranking officials within the CIA die under suspicious circumstances, current Director Brick Kelly turns to Hawke for some insight and assistance. Hawke determines the deaths were well-planned vendetta murders and posits that a rogue agent left to fend for himself after a soured operation might be to blame. Aptly named Spider, this man works in the shadows and has a sordid history with Hawke. Tasked with coaxing him out of hiding and letting a proverbial web be spun around him, Hawke lures him out and leaves nothing on the table in this battle to the death. Good for a reader looking to bridge the gap between novels, but by no means a stellar read or as powerful as some of Bell's novels with the same cast of characters. My tepid relationship with Bell's work appears to come from his less than stellar shorter stories. Hawke and his band of merry men have a decent ability to weave a decent story, though some of the writing is less than captivating. Hokey dialogue and jilted narration can sometimes make reading the series more of a headache than is worth the reader's time, even when the subject at hand is highly intriguing. That said, I have a guilty pleasure like for the stories, the characters, and even the less than mature dialogue. Still, I would not rank it as some of my favourite material. Decent work, Mr. Bell, though I would have hoped you could bridge your novellas into the larger story lines of your full novels. That said, having yet to read Warriors, I cannot be sure you haven't done so.
Date published: 2014-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What comes around Two short stories with lots of drama.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What comes around Leaves you wanting more.
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warrior. Can't wait for warrior. . Woo hooo. Now I am really on the edge of my seat. What a teaser!!!
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Warrior. Can't wait for warrior. . Woo hooo. Now I am really on the edge of my seat. What a teaser!!!
Date published: 2014-02-17