Could Ben Hope have found peace at last?
That's the question he's asking himself after his wanderings through Europe have led him to a remote medieval monastery in the French Alps. A haven of serenity, a place he wants to remain.
But wherever Ben goes, trouble is never too far behind.
When a team of merciless killers invade his newfound sanctuary and slaughter the innocent monks, Ben's revenge quest quickly draws him into a bewildering mystery of stolen treasure, deception and murder.
What is the truth behind the cache of gold bullion apparently hidden for centuries under the monastery? What is the significance of an ancient curse dating back to a cruel heretic burning in medieval times? What are the real ambitions of the enigmatic leader of an organisation of doomsday 'preppers' calling themselves Exercitus Paratorum: the Army of the Prepared?
As he works to unravel the clues, Ben is confronted with a terrifying reality that threatens to devastate the world and reshape the whole of our future. The race is on to prevent the ultimate disaster, and there's only one man who can do it.
©2015 Scott Mariani (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
“Slick, serpentine and very, very entertaining....If you've got a pulse, you'll love Scott Mariani; if you haven't, then maybe you crossed Ben Hope.” (Simon Toyne)
“Scott Mariani is an awesome writer.” (Chris Kuzneski)
“Deadly conspiracies, bone-crunching action and a tormented hero with a heart….Scott Mariani packs a real punch.” (Andy McDermott)
“A romp of a read, each page like a tasty treat. Enjoy.” (Steve Berry)
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"Ben Hope back to his best! *****"
After the disappointment of the previous book, which was very bland, this is vintage Hope. Excellent!
"Good story, but annoying production"
Cant go wrong with a Ben Hope story, but the production was again annoying with unnecessary gaps mid sentence - as if badly edited
"Scott Mariani: As good as ever."
As with all of Scott Mariani's Ben Hope series, the story was excellent as ever. Unfortunately I got a bit fed up of and irritated with the narrator gulping, as if to catch his breath all throughout the story. Probably won't spoil anyone else's enjoyment of the story but it was off putting for me personally. Looking forward to the next installment of the Ben Hope series.
Great story with excellent reading. Storyline fast paced with just the right amount of characters -recommend for Jack Reacher fans
This is quite simply the best Scott Mariani book I've listened/read in the Ben Hope collection. Colin Mace really captures the character of Ben Hope, with his interpretation of him.
"Lazy and disappointing script"
The story seems to have come from an author up against a deadline. Tired regurgitated material, slightly sexist themes. Clichés abound.
I don't think I'll be looking at this authors future works
"A must read!"
As always a suspenseful and exciting story!
Ben Hope comes to life through both excellent writing and narration.
Undoubtably, for me, the series ranks at the top of the list in crime, thriller and action adventure novels.
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