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Publisher's Summary

A sunken secret. A missing woman. A race against time.

Former SAS major Ben Hope is relaxing at his home in Normandy when he hears the worst news of his life. His ex-girlfriend, Dr Brooke Marcel, has been kidnapped. Racing against the clock, Ben's frantic search for Brooke leads him from Ireland to the Spanish mountains and the rainforests of Peru.

What is the mysterious link between the kidnapping, the salvage of a sunken 16th-century Spanish warship and the secret activities of its wealthy discoverer? As the trail of wreckage and mayhem intensifies, Ben soon uncovers a web of intrigue, corruption and brutal murder. But will he be too late to find Brooke alive?

©2013 Scott Mariani (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Deadly conspiracies, bone-crunching action and a tormented hero with a heart...Scott Mariani packs a real punch." (Andy McDermott, best-selling author of Empire of Gold)
"James Bond meets Jason Bourne meets The Da Vinci Code." (J. L. Carrell, best-selling author of The Shakespeare Secret)
"Full of authentic detail and heart-stopping action - a real thrill ride." (Ed Macy, author of the best-selling Apache)

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Never a dull moment

Where does The Armada Legacy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Maybe just below the top. Great characters, lots of twists and turns in the story and action, action, action. Maybe just a little to stretched out, that is why 4 stars.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ben Hope, of course. He is so full of ingenuity, totally ready to take on anything that gets in his way, but he also has a gentle side to his nature which peeks out from time to time. He's no perfect angel, but is a real champion for those who have been victimized by the really creepy villain.

What does Jack Hawkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really liked his narration. He is so skilled at different accents. I just wish Scott Mariani's audio publishers would stick to one narrator. I've listened to 3 of his books and they are all narrated by different narrators. They were all good, but each has his own style and I think for a repeat character it is better to have one voice "being" the main character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure

Any additional comments?

I really like the Ben Hope character and the adventures are quite varied and always interesting. I do hope that Audible will get more of Scott Mariani's books (he has quite a few out) on audio. They are never boring and Scott Mariani does great research background for each novel. Besides, they are a nice change from Jack Reacher, but similar in lots of respects.

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  • Hard Press
  • 09-02-13

Accents

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book because it's a good story if you want to list to something not too taxing, and it's skips along at a decent pace most of the time - the hero is also flawed enough to be believable.

What did you like best about this story?

A good easy read, plot works well enough, the characters are clear cut and mostly believable.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration good apart from a problem with accents. I like Jack Hawkins but he cannot do Spanish (the Peruvian speaks with a French accent) and he has a limited number of 'voices' to cover all the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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  • 02-23-17

The great Ben Hope does it again

Love it and can't wait to go on to next book . Glad it's not the same narrator as this one is awful almost spoilt book .

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  • katie stokoe
  • 01-13-17

Disappointed

I'm only marking down the performance because I've read (listened to) all of the Ben hope series and I don't understand why the narrator made Brooke marcel's accent to American from English! It spoils it! Not only that but it's a bad accent!

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  • Loraine
  • 09-13-16

A great read

Absolutely brilliant, fast paced, well read and exciting. Kept my attention 100% of the time - couldn't put it down.

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  • prof100
  • 05-16-16

Ben Hope Series Continues Well

this shows that a book series need not be completely formulaic. Fast moving and well narrated

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  • Michael
  • 08-04-15

Good book but worst in series so far

On it's own this would be a great book to read but I believe that fans of the Ben hope series will feel it is not one of the best in the series

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  • Lee
  • 07-21-15

A page turner with brains

What did you like best about this story?

It's got plenty of action, adventure and myriad destinations and backdrops. The characters are well drawn out (not only the protagonist but those around him, and the female characters are believable too). Dialogue is noticeable for lacking any jarring clunkiness. It's a good old yarn that doesn't leave the reader feeling patronised.

What about Jack Hawkins’s performance did you like?

Narration is good. Hawkins suits the main character while giving the supporting cast their respective due.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yep, though I actually did it in two

Any additional comments?

I'd say if you like the urban adventure and brawls of a Simon Kernick and enjoyed The Rule of Four you've come to the right place. <br/><br/>If Desmond Bagley was writing today I reckon he'd be creating something like this.