Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: Pocket Star Books, a Division of Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 13: 978-0-7432-7724-2
In this exhilarating tale of international suspense, New York Times bestselling author Ted Bell’s “larger-than-life hero” (Publishers Weekly), counterterrorist operative Alexander Hawke, must save the United States from a devastating terrorist operation.
When a mysterious explosion destroys his research vessel in search of a lost river, Alex Hawke is captured indigenous cannibals and enslaved deep within the Amazonian jungle. Before he escapes, he learns that a fearsome foe is preparing for war – but against whom?
When he regains contact with his American and British intelligence counterparts, Alex’s worst fears are confirmed. The men in the jungle are highly trained Hezbollah warriors who are planning an unspeakably violent jihad against America. While the United States focuses its efforts on the escalating border disputes with Mexico, Alex vows to put a stop to the deadly plot. Aware that his mission may be the country’s only hope, he travels back into the jungle to destroy the lawless mastermind who dares to threaten America’s very existence.
(Source of Blurb:https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Spy/Ted-Bell/9780743277242 )
“Spy” by Ted Bell is an enjoyable thriller with cover to cover action in a variety of interesting locales, notably the Amazon jungle, the Texas-Mexico border, and the Washington D.C. area. It turned out to be a superb escapist book for me. It moves quickly and is difficult to put down once you buy into the premise. The writing is crisp and clear, and the plot keeps the reader interested throughout its length. The end of the book is particularly well done.
Initially, I did not like this book. I generally shy away from superhero characters. The premise of the book is a little outlandish and difficult to swallow. The villain seems like he comes from the pages of a comic-book, and the hero has a few too many capabilities, friends, and connections to suit my liking. I prefer heroes with more limitations. This was the first of Ted Bell’s Alex Hawke series that I read, and I needed a little more backstory to buy into the character. It appears Alex Hawke can do anything, and has almost infinite resources at his disposal. He also has an unlimited supply of attractive women, and connections that permit him to do just about anything. I found all that difficult to swallow. The antagonist was also difficult to believe. His high-tech jungle hideaway was too much for me to swallow. As much as I found to dislike about this book, the more I read it, I realized I was having a great deal of plain old fun. I wound up enjoying the hell out of this book, and will seek out more from this author.
The book is not at all politically correct. At first I had trouble with that, then I found it refreshing. It was a guilty pleasure for me. I do believe it could use a good edit as the book is very long, but I enjoyed the ride. This book will not challenge you intellectually, but it is a great deal of fun. There is a place for that, and “Spy” fills it nicely.
Link to Author’s Website: https://www.tedbell.com/
Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Ted+Bell+Spy&ref=nb_sb_noss_2