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
"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)
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.
A good easy read, plot works well enough, the characters are clear cut and mostly believable.
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.
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!
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.
Narration is good. Hawkins suits the main character while giving the supporting cast their respective due.
Yep, though I actually did it in two
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.
If Desmond Bagley was writing today I reckon he'd be creating something like this.
"Never a dull moment"
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.
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.
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.
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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