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Publisher's Summary

Has Ben Hope finally met his match?

The master best seller returns with the explosive follow-up to Star of Africa. The second in a two-part series.

Held hostage by a despicable tyrant in the heart of Africa - within the lawless and unforgiving Congo - it's not looking good for Ben Hope. Even worse, someone very important to him has fallen into the enemy's hands, and they're using this against Ben as part of a depraved plan to bend him to their will.

©2016 Scott Mariani (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-18

Very bloody and very violent.

Lots of disappointment in this book, after listening to all of the Ben Hope books back to back. It was far too graphic in the violent scenes, and I found myself forwarding past these awful, descriptive scenes. it was as if the author has a very sadistic streak himself and has expressed it in this and the last book. Also, this book didn't show the normal, assertive, Ben Hope who I'm sure, going by previous books, wouldn't have let his, weak, spineless son, dictate to him what should have been done with the despotic villain. Consequently, many lives are lost when the old Ben Hope would have foreseen what would happen.
He would also have known what would have happened after the meeting with the chief of police towards the end of the book. To this end I found it very frustrating and disappointing.

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  • William
  • 04-30-18

Unnerving but gripping.

Gruesome & unnecessarily gory in places. NOT for kids. I know these horrors go on in Africa but I don't think it's needed in entertainment.

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  • Ali Payam
  • 08-15-17

Epic story

One of the best in the Ben Hope series. The story really takes you there. Fantastic performance by narrator.

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  • CJP
  • 06-25-17

Glad that's over!

This was a hard read! I am a big fan of the Ben hope books and have read them all to date but the last 2 were tough. I had to switch to audiobook because of the content being so dark. I might take a break from them for a bit.

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  • Graham
  • 03-03-17

A really great listen!

Before starting this book I did listen to part I, I would recommend it & read some reviews.
The books are full of great action, sympathetic & gruesome characters in equal parts, a full grasp of Africa.... politically etc plus many twists & turns.
I enjoyed both books, particularly this one & certainly recommend to anyone who thrives on action & adventure..... wonderful!

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  • Ian M
  • 02-26-17

Brilliant.

Like all of Scott's stories. Fast, full of action, hard to put down. Just plain brilliant.

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  • Pen Name
  • 02-22-17

Great

Awesome book great story usual gripping stuff can't wait for the next, hopefully that will be released soon !!!!

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  • philip stonehouse
  • 02-08-17

Great book

As this was part of two books it was hard to score the first book but now I have listened to them both I have to say very good books could have made this one book but hey ho .

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  • Mark
  • 01-06-17

What a rollercoaster

Totally enthralled by this rollercoaster of a book
Ben hope wipes the floor with his contemporaries

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  • Isis
  • 12-20-16

Another good book

Another page turner from the author. Though must wart readers who are sensitive that this book is quite violent in parts

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  • Steve
  • 04-11-18

Worst in series

The main characters are morons, there is no way special service soldiers would act in the way the characters did in this book, as for Benz so-called son he needs belting, he cost thousands of lives Freezone arrogant self-righteous stupidity and this contrived story One minute Ben is really smart intelligent you have a minute is making stupid erratic decisions. Really this is about bad writing, the author was trying to contrive situations and scenes and the Cotuit is violence went on way too long, we got the point Africa is tough.