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Summary

The #1 best seller.

Ben Hope lives on the edge. A former élite member of the SAS, Ben is tortured by a tragedy from his past and now devotes his life to finding kidnapped children.

When Ben is recruited to locate an ancient manuscript which could save a dying child, he embarks on the deadliest quest of his life.

The document is alleged to contain the formula for the elixir of life, discovered by the brilliant alchemist Fulcanelli decades before. But it soon becomes apparent that others are hunting this most precious of treasures - for far more evil ends.

When the secrets of alchemy hidden within the pages remain impenetrable, Ben teams up with beautiful American scientist Dr Roberta Ryder to crack the code. It seems that everyone - from the Nazis during WW2 and powerful Catholic organisation Gladius Domini - wants to unearth the secrets of immortality.

The trail leads Ben and Roberta from Paris to the ancient Cathar strongholds of the Languedoc, where an astonishing secret has lain hidden for centuries…

©2014 Scott Mariani (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

‘Fans of Dan Brown will love this thrilling adventure.'Closer‘Establishes Scott Mariani as an author to watch.'M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of The Reincarnationist‘Packed with dark intrigue, danger around every corner, bullets flying, sexual tension, and an endless assault of nasty villains bent on stopping ex-SAS Ben Hope … everything a thriller should be and more.'Joe Moore, international bestselling co-author of The Grail Conspiracy

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Very Entertaining

This book is a mix between The Da Vinci code and Jack Reacher, it was very good easy listening, with some interesting ideas and a good amount of action. I look forward to more Ben Hope novels..

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant

Have loved Scott's work for a long time. Having it read to you takes it to a new level.

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Good easy listen.

Good easy listening. Looking forward to more Ben Hope adventures. If you enjoy Dan Brown you will like this

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Compelling Storyline...

Very much enjoyed my first Scott Mariani book. It flowed in a similar fashion to Dan Brown and also reminded me of some of the Cotton Malone series, by Steve Berry.
Ben Hope is a troubled ex SAS soldier. He's now focused himself on finding missing children. In this particular instance, he's been tasked with finding a journal containing details of the elixir of life, which is hoped can help a young girl with a terminal illness. There's many more out to find it too, and Ben soon realises that his task is much more difficult than he expected.
Great storyline, interesting characters and first class narration from Will Rycroft. I'll definitely be picking up more of this series.

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  • MikeP
  • Tadley, United Kingdom
  • 17-06-16

Thrilling adventure

This is the first Ben Hope story I've read. It will not be the last. The narration was brilliantly done, and I liked all the characters in the story.

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Great read

One of those can't put down books or can't stop listening should I say. Loved it

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Fantastic listen

This is a fantastic listen, worth the money and time, I have enjoyed every moment.

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Esoteric

This writer drove me nuts with the frequent use of the word he must have just found out what it means. The narrator's American accent could use some work , badly.

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Very predictable

Very predictable , the usual doesn't kill the bad guy formulaic story ! In fact the whole book is totally written to a standard formula! Not a single bit of originality ! It's like these authors write books for people with s low iq , dumbed down for the masses I suppose .

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  • David
  • Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 16-07-18

Enthralling

From start to finish. Nothing is quite what you expect. There are many twists which make this a fantastic read/listen. I must now find more by the same author

The narrator manages to catch the feel of the story & keeps you interested. An excellent performance