Hawke's Point

Hawke's Point

by Mark Willen

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ISBN-13: 9781940222448
Publisher: Pen-L Publishing
Publication date: 05/22/2014
Series: Jonas Hawke Series , #1
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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Hawke's Point 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Joan222 More than 1 year ago
Jonas Hawke, Beacon Junction’s once great lawyer, has been in retirement for a long time after the strenuous murder case which occurred around the same time one of his sons was killed. He’s haunted by the ins and outs of that case and the decision he made, the ethical principles he was taught to follow but abandoned. Now, when Mary Louise, a cook and on-the-side side call-girl, comes to him with news about a faulty heart stint and corrupt company given to her by one of her most treasured clients, Jonas has a second chance. Will he take it? What will he do? A novel full of intrigue, Hawke’s Point, shows the underbelly of a quiet town and of a family’s internal workings. It focuses on redemption, past mistakes, second chances, forgiveness, and the complexity of right and wrong, examining both the facets of high level prostitution, internal company shenanigans, and one young man’s quest to find out the truth about his father who was involved in Jonas’s long ago case. The writing is smooth, making readers feel a part of these characters who come alive. The plot is complex, yet well-paced and fast moving. There is just enough mystery to keep readers engaged without becoming too secretive and just the right amount of tension to keep readers wondering. Highly recommended!
Sandy024 More than 1 year ago
Complex characters, Ethical Issues I was drawn completely into the book and finished it in a single read. I warmed to the small town Vermont settling and its relaxed environment where progressively complex relations between the characters unfolded. The town also provided a context for the exploration of contemporary moral and ethical issues. Did a widely marketed stent, manufactured by the town’s major business, cause deaths? Did management inappropriately, even illegally, hide facts from the FDA? Should an employee go public with his suspicions? Should the townspeople tolerate a discreet, middle-aged prostitute? Willen explores these difficult issues without preaching or offering simple answers.
MrEric More than 1 year ago
This novel unfolds a plot in which secrets and human frailty are revealed through the conversations and thoughts of characters who carefully weigh the ethical consequences of what they tell and whom they confront. It is written in a simple and direct style which carries the reader along without calling attention to itself. The method of telling the story is based on transparency -- we learn facts about the past and about current secrets at the same time as the main characters do. The novel has a natural conversational tone throughout, which is an effective way of keeping us engaged with the story. That tone is maintained in the main characters' introspections. Much of the plot is advanced through dialogue in which characters give information and advice to each other. It is a mark of the author's considerable skill that he fashions so many characters as believable conversational partners. The novel has some deft touches which are tangential to the novel's main concerns but evoke recognizable and true emotions. Examples are the widow Nancy's helplessness before the closets full of her late husband's clothes, Jonas's musings about gardens as he walks past his neighbors' yards, and the call girl's additional role as the town’s provider of comfort food. On several occasions throughout the novel, we see the evasions and hesitations characters go through before deciding to open up to one another. This is one of the author's recurrent themes, the decision to connect emotionally with others. This book is satisfying on multiple levels. The flow is gripping, and I found it hard to put down. The secrets revealed are interesting, and the characters and their concerns are involving and real. This book is well worth a serious reader's time and attention.
DelPico More than 1 year ago
Hawke’s Point quietly explores how the residents of a small town – in this case, Beacon Junction, Vermont – react to an ethical dilemma. What would you do if you worked for a company that manufactured faulty medical devices? Would you keep quiet and hope someone else brought this problem to the authorities’ attention? Would you timidly try to approach management and hope they saw reason? Would you storm in to do the right thing and feel that you’d finally found a purpose in life, even if it meant that you were now in the spotlight and all your secrets were exposed?  The author, Mark Willen, deftly explores the varied reactions of at least seven major players – and a handful of supporting ones – without losing the reader. I was able to follow, and more importantly, sympathize, with these characters’ different takes on this situation, whether Willen was focusing on Craig, a timid scientist; Mary Louise, a happy-go-lucky call girl; or Jonas, the retired lawyer who had “retreat[ed] from life.”  Although the legal and medical aspects of the ethical dilemma were handled with confidence, I found myself more engaged when Willen explored personal conflicts, especially Mary Louise’s interaction with a client who wanted more. The outcome of that subplot was real and satisfying, even though it may have been disappointing for the characters involved. Extremely well done. I wish the other backstories had been similarly developed: Craig’s struggle to connect with his sons after a divorce and Nathan’s relationship with an estranged girlfriend.  A direct, well-written read and a great way to see the many sides of a complicated situation. I hope to see more from Mark Willen … soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the second book in this series first, liked it a lot, and then bought this one. It is every bit as good, with wonderfully drawn characters who I liked and identified with, despite their flaws. Like the second book, the plot is slow at times, but I didn’t mind it. The people, the conflicts, the town, and the ethical questions posed, were all fascinating and left me much to think about afterwards. Great dialogue, a main character you'll want for a grandfather, and a sassy unusual female character who adds a bit of humor all make it a good read. I recommend it. Sandy
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Raanan Geberer for Readers' Favorite At the beginning of Hawke’s Point by Mark Willen, Beacon Junction, Vermont, is a sleepy little town. Jonas Hawke, a retired lawyer and proprietor of a B&B, is one of the town’s most prominent citizens, and Harrison Medical Devices is its largest business. But several things happen that threaten to upset the apple cart. A high-level employee at Harrison confronts his boss with his suspicion that a stent that the company makes may have been responsible for at least a dozen deaths. At the same time, a mysterious young man comes to town to do research in the archives of the town’s weekly newspaper, which is run by Jonas’ son Nathan. The young man, Steven Delacourt, turns out to be the grandson of Harrison’s founder and the son of a man who had once been accused of murdering him. Jonas Hawke, as an attorney, had cleared Steven’s father’s name – or had he? As one who has friends in Brattleboro, a real town that, in the book, is near the fictional Beacon Junction, I can testify that Mark Willen gives a very realistic depiction of Vermont small-town life. More importantly, he is a master of depicting family dynamics. While the Hawke family is a comfortable one, it is also problematic, having seen the death of one of Jonas’ children and an affair on the part of his wife. This is not a courtroom drama – we don’t see Jonas in action as a lawyer until near the end of the book – but Willen does a good job of showing why Jonas is so respected in his professional capacity. Willen also gives his story a Peyton Place kind of flavor by giving the B&B’s cook another job – that of a hooker. All in all, Hawke’s Point is a well-written story of small-town intrigue.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: Not too much. Mr. Willen had a great story idea. This book was bursting with possibilities, but I couldn’t enjoy it for two reasons. First, writing style. The story read more like a newspaper article than a passionate work of fiction. The narrator spent most of his time telling us the story rather than allowing the reader to experience it. I didn’t feel like I was in the scene. I couldn’t hear the character’s voices in my head. I felt like an observer, and for me that was boring. The second turnoff for me was a subjective one. Mary Louise was a prostitute – not like the ones on the street corners getting beaten up by pimps and raped by clients – more like a Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman type of prostitute. Here’s an excerpt from the book: “Jonas, being an attorney and all, generally believed in enforcing the law, but he was never bothered by Mary Louise. He knew prostitution often came with some bad side effects, but he felt the higher-end work that Mary Louise engaged in probably did more good than harm, if you could tote up different sides of a ledger that way . . . If anything, he felt sorry for the guys who didn’t have the money to spare for an hour’s pleasure.” I would love for Mr. Willen to volunteer at a rescue center for prostitutes. Repeated beatings, sexual violence, sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted children, and drug abuse are just a few of the “bad side effects” of prostitution. To suggest that Mary Louise is performing a valuable public service is abhorrent and offensive. Would I recommend it: No. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Books.  Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.