Exclusive Audiobook Excerpt: Listen to the Riveting First Chapter of Ted Bell’s Latest Alex Hawke Thriller, ‘Overkill’

Ted Bell Amazon PictureOn May 1st, Alex Hawke, one of the greatest heroes in print today, returns in Overkill, the highly-anticipated 10th novel in Ted Bell’s New York Times bestselling series. 

Though it won’t land on store shelves for a few more weeks, Book Spy followers are getting an exclusive preview of the book’s nail-biting prologue, narrated by talented voice actor John Shea, who has been the voice of Alex Hawke for all of Bell’s novels.

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Click on the player below to listen to the entire opening chapter (with a runtime of 0:15:16) of Overkill, then keep scrolling to learn more about the book–which is available for pre-order here, or anywhere else books are sold.

Audiobook fans can pre-order the unabridged recording of Overkill here or on Audible’s official website. (Note: the Audible version is scheduled to be released at 3:00 am ET on Tuesday, May 1st.) 



OverkillPutting 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.




Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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