“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.” (CriminalElement.com)
“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.” (Bookreporter.com)
From the Back Cover
It is a frosty Christmas Day. A Swiss skiing vacation for gentle-man spy Hawke and his son Alexei turns deadly when a malfunctioning support cable upends their aerial tram, leaving it hanging by a thread at twelve thousand feet. During a chaotic helicopter rescue, the boy mysteriously goes missing . . . meanwhile, in Moscow, Vladimir Putin’s world is sinking in a hellish quagmire of political infighting and assassination attempts on his life. Desperate to escape, Putin secures the presidential jet for a midnight run out of Russia. But things quickly go awry. A “malfunction” in the aircraft’s oxygen system forces Putin to bail out into the night skies over France . . .
Hawke has had his share of high stakes assignments—but nothing comes close to the nail-biting suspense created by two loudly ticking timeclocks. One, the race to find the fiend who has taken his son. The other, to find the madman who is planning an armed invasion of Switzerland that will rip civilization to shreds. Could it be, Hawke begins to wonder, that the two villains are really one and the same?