Steve Hawks - The Dilemma is the first in a series of novels that highlights
the lives of Federal Agents who work only for the President of the United States.
It opens with Hawks and his agents rescuing a girl from a group of terrorists.
They are after a senator and kidnapped the wrong girl. She tells him there are
more of them on their way to Washington D.C.
After returning to D.C., Hawks receives a call telling him that six armed
Asian men have stormed the Senate Visitor Center. Hawks and his team kill the
terrorists and find the senator they were after, who denies any dealing with
Hawks and his team now travel to Thailand to capture an Air Force member who
is selling secrets to a Russian spy. Later, they go to Germany to bring the
spy to the U.S., as he wants to defect. The spy must testify before a Senate
Hearing to allow him to remain here.
The president appoints Steve Hawks as the Director of the Espionage, Terrorist
Bureau (ETB). Only thirty minutes into being the boss, the president calls and
wants him to handle an FBI case concerning weapons dealing to a foreign country
from a military base.
Hawks and his two best agents, Jim Horton and Mike Phillips, go to New Mexico
to investigate the gun smuggling after discovering shipments of weapons from
the Air Base there to another one in California.
This brings in Hawks’ love, Sadie MacKenzie. Steve sends Sadie in undercover
against the smugglers. She arranges a gun deal and must meet the leaders of
the smuggling operation. After it satisfies them that everyone is there, Hawks
and his men break into the warehouse and a gun battle ensues.
All Hawks is thinking about is Sadie and her safety. He steps out from behind
cover to shoot a smuggler and ends up shot himself.
When he awakes in the hospital, Sadie is there beside him and he tells her
to call the President to inform him of how it went. He says tell him that the
future Mrs. Hawks is calling. She accepts this odd proposal.
They go to France on their honeymoon, but tragedy strikes. Someone kidnaps
Sadie and tells Steve Hawks to go back to D.C. If he wants to see his wife again,
he must arrange for the release of a convicted military spy he arrested.
Upon returning, the President wants him to work another FBI case, but Hawks
refuses, stating that his wife comes first.
Walking down the street, Hawks see a car driving by. He then hears Sadie calling
out to him and charges the car. The kidnapper shoots him in the shoulder.
Hawks releases Taylor, the spy. However, the kidnappers decide that they will
not release Sadie until the next day. This upsets Hawks. They release Sadie
the next morning, and he swears she will not leave his sight again. He attempts
to convince her to quit her job, but this develops a sub-plot about the tension
between the two over her working as an agent that will continue throughout the
The president orders Hawks to work on the FBI investigation concerning the
senator’s, from the capital shooting, son missing. Sadie insists on working
on her kidnappers’ case, going against Hawks advice.
With both investigations running, Hawks can’t control Sadie’s
involvement and lets her go after them. Sadie’s case leads them to Atlantic
City, and Hawks’ case turns into a murder investigation.
Hawks brings in the senator’s son and they discover he is not the killer,
but another Asian man is the murderer.
Mike calls Hawks and tells him they found the kidnappers. Hawks takes a team
to Atlantic City and meets up with Sadie and Mike. Hawks tries to convince Sadie
not to get involved any further, but she refuses and insists on being in on
A gun battle ends Taylor’s life and his friends captured. At dinner
that evening, Sadie tells Hawks he will be a daddy, and that she is not quitting
Vacation didn’t last long for Sadie and Steve. Another group of Asian
men takes Chang, the murderer, from the courthouse. The police find Chang dead
and then another shooting takes place at the Capital. The terrorists shoot Senator
Patrick’s son. At the hospital, Hawks confronts the senator regarding
his involvement with the terrorists. The senator confesses that they are blackmailing
When Hawks leaves, they radio him that the terrorists have attacked the hospital
and captured the senator. Mike Phillips is in pursuit. They find Phillips shot
later that afternoon. The next day the police spot the terrorists vehicle and
a chase takes place. At a roadblock, the terrorists’ vehicle overturns.
As Hawks approaches the vehicle, he hears a shot and then the senator is yelling
to get him out. The senator explains that he killed one in self-defense.
The story ends with Sadie and Hawks visiting Mike in the hospital, where Hawks
tells Mike the truth about the senator will come out one day.