Quentin Hawk is a young CIA Agent – loyal, honest and effective. But he has a problem with authority. This book is apparently the first in a series about Hawk, and it’s a series that’s worth keeping an eye on. Luke Towne, a former and highly decorated military man is now the Head of the US Military Department of Laser Research and together with his partner Cynthia Teller, he has created a lens which could be life changing for people with poor eyesight – and which could be used as a valuable defence against terrorism.
When Luke gets involved with the beautiful Kathryn de Kennessy, daughter of Lebanese Surgeon Leon de Kennessy, he falls for her almost instantly. But Brigadier General Orin Pierce – who reports directly and sole to the US President – believes that Kathryn is mixed up in a terrorist plot to bomb the country. Luke suddenly finds himself pulled in all directions as he tries to work out the truth for himself, while keeping both parties happy.
Meanwhile, we learn about the terrorist plot itself from the people who are directly involved with executing the plan. Will the powers that be work out what’s going to happen? And more importantly, will they be able to stop it in time, before there are countless innocent lives lost? Quentin Hawk finds himself firmly in the middle of the chaos, never sure who to trust, or what consequences his actions will have.
I enjoyed this book – it’s fast paced with an intricate (but easy to follow) plot, full of double crosses, secret plans, and surprising twists. There is genuine tension at the end, and I found myself eager to find out what would happen.
Quentin Hawk is a great hero – handsome and trustworthy, but with real attitude. My only complaint would be that despite the book being named after him, he isn’t actually in it all that much, until the end. The real focus of the story is Luke Towne, a man caught between his devotion to duty and his devotion to his girlfriend. Luke is a hero from the same mould as Quentin – he’s tough as nails and as honest as they come. (He does seem to cope with authority better – possibly due to his more mature age). Other characters are Kathryn; her father Leon de Kennessy – who as we find out early on – is most definitely a terrorist as well as being a respected surgeon; Luke’s work partner Cynthia Teller; and Farad Aziz, a psychotic terrorist, intent on causing destruction and pain on a country he feels only hatred towards. Aziz was also a fascinating character, a man of conflict and untempered fury, who hates his colleague Leon de Kennessy.
I do feel that while the story is interesting, with plenty of background explained for all characters, it would have benefitted from being perhaps 100 pages shorter. Occasionally there were parts which I thought were unnecessary, and it might have been a ‘tauter’ story if it had been a bit quicker. Overall though, this was a very enjoyable read, and I look forward to the next adventures of Quentin Hawk.
(I would like to thank the author for sending me this book to review. I would also like to thank him for including me in the acknowledgements section of the second print. Brian Neary’s website can be found here.)
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