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The Powder Monkey
by Ted Bell

Experience a heart-pumping and thrilling tale of suspense!Originally published in THRILLER (2006),edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.In this offbeat Thriller Short, New York Times bestselling writer Ted Bell takes his hero Alex Hawke on a different kind of journey. It’s 1880 and a lovelorn newspaperman journeys to the Channel Islands to learn the true story of the pirate captain Billy Blood’s demise. While there, he learns how a small boy held captive aboard Blood’s frigate is saved from certain death. The boy’s name is Alex Hawke. His dramatic rescue sets the stage for later adventures.Don’t miss any of these exciting Thriller Shorts:James Penney’s New Identity by Lee ChildOperation Northwoods by James GrippandoEpitaph by J. A. KonrathThe Face in the Window by Heather GrahamKowalski’s in Love by James RollinsThe Hunt for Dmitri by Gayle LyndsDisfigured by Michael Palmer and Daniel PalmerThe Abelard Sanction by David MorrellFalling by Chris MooneySuccess of a Mission by Dennis LyndsThe Portal by John Lescroart and M. J. RoseThe Double Dealer by David LissDirty Weather by Gregg HurwitzSpirit Walker by David DunAt the Drop of a Hat by Denise HamiltonThe Other Side of the Mirror by Eric Van LustbaderMan Catch by Christopher RiceGoodnight, Sweet Mother by Alex KavaSacrificial Lion by Grant BlackwoodInterlude at Duane’s by F. Paul WilsonThe Powder Monkey by Ted BellSurviving Toronto by M. Diane VogtAssassins by Christopher ReichThe Athens Solution by Brad ThorDiplomatic Constraints by Raelynn HillhouseKill Zone by Robert LiparuloThe Devils’ Due by Steve BerryThe Tuesday Club by Katherine NevilleGone Fishing by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child