"Move over James Bond"
Seven-year-old Alex Hawke is with his parents on their
yacht when his father suddenly takes him into a secret room
and tells him to hide. The pirate brothers, (Manso,
Juanito, and Carlos) demand the treasure map that the
pirate Blackhawke made before his hanging three centuries
ago. They claim that BlackHawke stole the gold from their
ancestor. They torture, rape and kill the Hawkes but fail
to obtain the map, which is with Alex in the secret room.
Alex blocks out the tragedy and much of the first seven
years of his life. He becomes a powerful and wealthy adult
who does intelligence work for the British and the American
governments. The de Herrera siblings become a force in the
Cuban government having access to millions of dollars.
They buy a stealth submarine from the Russians that is
virtually undetectable and carries forty nuclear warheads.
The trio obtains a biological weapon that they sneak into
Guantanemo Bay, which they intend to use if the Americans
don't vacate the base and lift the embargo. The Americans
use intelligence gathered by Alex to make war plans but it
is his destiny to have the final showdown with the men who
killed his parents.
Move over James Bond, Lord Alex Hawke is on the scene and
he is more realistic, believable and personable than Ian
Fleming's character ever was. This is an action adventure
thriller with the emphasis on action. There is no chance
readers will ever feel ennui reading Hawke, a twenty first
century pirate novel that takes place on the high seas and
in a Cuba where Castro's control is waning.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 20, 2003