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The Armada Legacy

Ben Hope, Book 8
Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
Series: Ben Hope, Book 8
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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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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  • Salter
  • 02-11-19

Very Good...

Another super Ben Hope adventure.
This time, Brooke winds up kidnapped by a megalomaniac, who sees Brooke as a replacement for someone he once held very dear. Ben has to pick up the kidknap trail fast, and his chance takes him from Ireland, Europe and soon into South America.
Great fast paced adventure, with some new interesting characters making an appearance in this book.
The only criticism I have is the complete change of accent for Brooke, compared to the previous book in Hope series. For some reason Jack Hawkins presents her with an American accent, which is rather bizarre given her heritage.
Other than that, a very enjoyable read, and highly recommended.

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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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  • TW
  • 09-03-19

Excellent story...

Another excellent action packed adventure for our hero Ben Hope. Top marks.
However, bottom marks for the narrator whom spoiled things by firstly giving Brooke an American accent, & then on more than one occasion managing to confuse the accents of several other characters too. I struggled with this narrator on the previous audiobook, but it was much worse in this book. I just don’t think JHawkins was suitable for these adventures.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 08-24-19

Good story, well narrated

Scott Mariani does keep up his standard of tense tales. They do tend to be rather far fetched but written well enough so that one gets drawn in and is carried along with the tension.

Enjoyable!

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  • Jeffery
  • 11-10-18

Always giving a first class read. This is a must read.

Wonderful writer.just keep going.
Scott has a wonderful way of setting the feel of the story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-25-18

His lost love

Great read as usual SAS on the rampage again. Amazing what can be made simply

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  • Pensap
  • 09-12-18

Awesome

Great book, found it diffcult to pause / stop listening to. Although I was a little confused how how Brook now speaks with an american accent? I thought she was half France, half English?

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  • Sally Alp
  • 02-06-18

The accent of Brook

Latest instalment was better then the last book but when did Brooke develop an American accent. That was distracting.
Looking forward to reading the next one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-18

Mixed feelings

Book brilliant story brilliant narrator rubbish , jack Hawkins making Brooke have an American accent made me cringe some of his other accents were poor , I love Scott Mariani books so wanted to hear the story to the end but that’s the reason for 4 stars on overall.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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 .