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The Devil's Kingdom

Ben Hope, Book 14
Narrated by: Colin Mace
Series: Ben Hope, Book 14
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (223 ratings)

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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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The Devil's Kingdom

The follow on book from The Star of Africa sees Jude separated from the rest of the survivors, and Ben installed as the General's military advisor. The only thing on Ben's mind is to find and rescue Jude, however his attempts are constantly thwarted by General Hossa.
An action packed, compelling conclusion to the two part series.
Well narrated by Colin Mace.

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Brutal and gripping

Second part of a great story. So dark and brutal but totally rewarding in the end.

Showing Africa how it is and the fact that we must not forget about what happens there.

Scott’s intent to give us a window into the realities of life in central Africa is clear.

Colin Mase is by far the best narrator of this series and long may he continue his great performances and doing this great story every justice.

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Edge of my seat for part 2...

This is the second part of the story started in The Star of Africa; this is a brilliant conclusion with Scott Mariani very much on form. Edge of the seat stuff while Ben is continually thwarted by the despotic General. I was constantly grinding my teeth each time Ben had a chance to escape. Jude nearly earned a star for escaping & saving a fellow prisoner - but even at the end after everything he guilts Ben into not killing the General - so nil points to the still annoying Jude. Well done to Scott for making each character have their personality & top marks to Colin Mace whom narrated so well.
(I enjoyed the first part of the story in The Star of Africa, but I did struggle with the characters & the fact that part of the book felt as if someone else had penned it. Was overjoyed this second part felt completely penned by the author. Only my opinion though)

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Absolutely superb

Scott Mariani has written a fantastic series in Ben Hope, I've been listening to one after the other! This book was epic, but to anyone interested I'd strongly recommend starting at book 1 and listen to the Ben Hope series in order - you won't be disappointed, abseloutley fantastic stories with very well researched plots!

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Wow

Wow loved it looking forward to the next one. Kept me rooted until the end

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Brilliant book

I could not put it down. I was totally immersed in the storyline and will go into the next book in the series.

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gruesome

gruesome story, pretty horrific but a good story all the same but definitely not for the weakhearted, this is part two so make sure you listen to the previous book.

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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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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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Epic story

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