Overkill: An Alex Hawke Novel (Alex Hawke Novels #10) (Hardcover)
Putting it all on the line to rescue his kidnapped son pits counterspy Alex Hawke against Russian President Vladimir Putin in this action-packed thriller from New York Times bestselling author Ted Bell.
On a ski vacation in the Swiss Alps high above St. Moritz, Alex Hawke and his young son, Alexei, are thrust into danger when the tram carrying them to the top of the mountain bursts into flame, separating the two. Before he can reach Alexei, the boy is snatched from the burning cable car by unknown assailants in a helicopter.
Meanwhile, high above the skies of France, Vladimir Putin is aboard his presidential jet after escaping a bloodless coup in the Kremlin. When two flight attendants collapse and slip into unconsciousness, the Russian leader realizes the danger isn’t over. Killing the pilots, he grabs a parachute, steps out of the plane . . . and disappears.
Hawke has led his share of dangerous assignments, but none with stakes this high. To save his son, he summons his trusted colleagues, Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard Ambrose Congreve, former U.S. Navy SEAL Stokley Jones, Jr., and recruits a crack Hostage Rescue Team—a group of elite soldiers of fortune known as "Thunder & Lighting." Before they can devise a rescue plan, Hawke must figure out who took his boy—and why. An operative who has fought antagonists around the globe, Hawke has made many enemies; one in particular may hold the key to finding Alexei before it’s too late.
But an unexpected threat complicates their mission. Making his way to "Falcon’s Lair," the former Nazi complex created for Hitler, Putin is amassing an impressive armory that he intends to use for his triumphant return to Moscow.
Only one man can smash the Russian president’s plan for domination—a master counterspy who will cross every line to save his son . . . and maybe save the world itself in the bargain.
About the Author
Ted Bell is the former Vice-Chairman of the board and World-Wide Creative Director of Young & Rubicam, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Hawke, Assassin, Pirate, Spy, Tsar, Warlord, Phantom, and Warriors, along with a series of YA adventure novels. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
“This is a splendid entry in the Hawke series. As with its predecessors, the book is tightly plotted and energetically written… We get to see just how dangerous and reckless Hawke can be when the life of someone he loves is on the line… A propulsive, high-concept thriller.”
“In the prologue of bestseller Bell’s exciting, at times affecting 10th Alex Hawke novel, Vladimir Putin, who’s on the run from his country’s oligarchs, parachutes out of the jet he used to escape Russia.… This entry boasts all the attributes Bell’s fans have come to love.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Action-packed…Overkill is a spy thriller that operates on a tightrope high above the Swiss Alps. Alex Hawke’s work and personal life crash together in an excruciating fashion…and the stakes could not be higher.”
“For those who miss the excitement of Ian Fleming’s suave special agent James Bond, they will find plenty of action in the dashing aristocrat and fighting man Alex Hawke.”
— Iron Mountain Daily News
“Bell continues to put his amazing storytelling chops on display… Overkill is what used to be called a ‘ripping yarn,’ one that you won’t be able to read fast enough.”