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Summary

When a sniper leaves Ben Hope's friend fighting for his life, the former SAS major declares war on the men responsible. But what begins as a straightforward revenge mission gets complicated when a mysterious letter reveals Ben to be the real target.

And his isn't the only name on a crazed killer's list.

Professor Anna Manzini has no idea she's in grave danger from a man she'd thought dead. She's on the cusp of a major discovery: the location of the lost Babylon idol, a golden statue of immeasurable value.

But when word of Anna's work reaches her enemies, it sets off a cat-and-mouse chase that will lead Ben and Anna halfway across Europe and into the heart of war-torn Syria.

To reach the precious idol first, Ben must keep one step ahead of a powerful maniac. If he fails, it won't be just Ben's and Anna's lives in danger but the world.

Ben Hope is one of the most celebrated action-adventure heroes in British fiction, and Scott Mariani is the author of numerous best sellers. Join the ever-growing legion of fans who get breathless with anticipation when the countdown to the new Ben Hope thriller begins....

©2017 Scott Mariani (P)2017 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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Getting predictable

I suppose it's inevitable when a writer has a limited subject matter but it is getting very formulaic- mad greedy bad guy with army of mercenaries- intellectual damsel in distress- Ben Hopes SAS training beats all comers - wins in the end. But this time it was all very predictable. I'm a big fan but I got bored in the middle there when he had to use too much narrative to explain the plot.

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Not as Good.

I've read all of the previous Ben Hope books and this one is very weak in comparison. It was not a gripping story and did not appear to have any substance. I hope book 16 will be back on form.

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Here we go again!!

Being in severe heart failure with a defibrillator in my chest, I’m constantly afraid it will discharge !! These books of Mr Mariani should come with a government health warning.

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The story was composed brilliantly.

Loved listening to this book. it always kept me at the end of my seat. it should be made into a film :-)

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ben hope

I'm a big fan of this series its griping and intresting well wrote at parts emosnal
ben hope x

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Not quite as good as usual.

Hope & crew are disbanded by circumstances early on in the book, this is quite impactful particularly following the two African based adventures.
I was expecting a romping action/adventure again & whilst it is interesting it is not as compelling as the above mentioned.
The ending sounds very much as though the author wanted to dispatch it quickly too!

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Great book

Great book, full of the usual Ben Hope dynamism and interest. Extremely well read.
Keep them coming Scott