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The Mozart Conspiracy: A Novel (Ben Hope) Hardcover – March 22, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Ben Hope
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439193363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439193365
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

British author Miriani makes his U.S. debut with the second in his series featuring ex-SAS warrior Ben Hope, a fast, exciting read in The Da Vinci Code tradition. Ben is on his way home from a mission when he receives a message from Leigh Llewellyn, an old flame and international opera star, saying she needs his help. Leigh is the sister of Ben's late friend, Oliver, who was at work on a book on Mozart when he died under mysterious circumstances. When Ben takes Leigh to the English countryside to guard her, deadly thugs attempt to kill them both. A lost Mozart letter, written in 1791 shortly before the composer's death and first discovered by Leigh's father, implicates a shadowy European group known as the Order of Ra, which remains a powerful secret force in Europe today. None of this matters much to either Ben or the reader as he singlehandedly kills his way to the top of the evil cabal. (Mar.)
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From Booklist

First-time author Mariani channels Dan Brown on steroids in this exciting (and violent) historical puzzle thriller that postulates a link between the secret order of Freemasons and the mysterious death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Former British SAS officer Ben Hope travels the globe as a crisis-response consultant (aka �a hero for hire�) performing good deeds like rescuing kidnapped children from pedophiles and protecting famous politicos from assassins. Fifteen years after Hope dumped her, ex-flame (and now famous opera star) Leigh Llwewllyn calls him out of the blue and asks for his help. Her brother, Oliver, who had been in Austria researching the death of Mozart, recently died under mysterious circumstances, and now she fears for her own life. The reunited couple attempt to complete Oliver�s research but find they have aroused the malevolent interest of a sinister group of power brokers whose origins date back to the eighteenth century. Persistently under attack by murderous agents of the cabal as they get closer to solving the riddle of Mozart�s death, Ben uses every weapon at his disposal to dispatch his assailants, including an iron skillet, a nail gun, a pool cue, and even his bare hands. Racing along at breakneck speed and promising more in a series, this action read will excite fans of Brown, James Rollins, and Robert Ludlum. --Michael Gannon

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It just doesn't work and like others, I feel the end really sucks.
Warwickian
Why does every "good guy" automatically seem to trust protagonist Ben Hope even though most of the time he comes across as an arrogant bully.
H. P.
It is extremely rare that I put a book down without finishing it, but this one was just not good.
Ben Twain

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sandy O'Seay on April 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was marginally entertaining until I got to the end. The ending to the book was awful and I now wish that I had not spent my time reading it. Everything about the book is marginal -- character development, plot,etc. -- all ok and decent enough to keep you interested. I would have bought another book by the same author . . . until the ending. Now, why would I want to invest my time reading a book like this, only to come to this totally unsatisfactory ending? Not only did . . . well, I won't give that away . . . but there was nothing to suggest that the protagonist had any umph to continue on for another mission. He just sort of fades . . . .
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Markus on April 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This story is full of cliches. There is nothing novel or exciting about it. It had a very run-in-the-mill plot, and the dialogue was ****. These people aren't kidding about the ending either. It was like Mariani was trying to end it like the Bourne films(leaving you with a smile on your face), but really just left the reader unsatisfied. I was excited about the possibility of some interesting history on Mozart, even if it was going to be pseudo-history. But there again I was dissapointed. Just don't waste your time on this rubbish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By doctorkyle on June 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Decent story line, but I found myself reading only 5-10 pages at a time and then putting it down, only to come back a week later and read a few more pages. The ending had a decent climactic build to it, but like many other reviewers say, the ending should have been cut short. The ending could have been great, but it was terrible and not satisfying and left me not wanting to read any of his future books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Warwickian on May 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have to agree with those who give it only one star. There is much ado about Mozart who has so little to do with this tired story. Cliches and poor character development fill this book. While you see the author seeks to capitalize on the thirst for Dan Brown clones he fails to engage the reader. It just doesn't work and like others, I feel the end really sucks. It was totally unnecessary as was the implications of sordid sex and the ridiculous captivity of a young woman by the major villain. This is tired and awful. In contrast, I just started reading The School of Night. I don't know where it will go but the writing, after enduring The Mozart Conspiracy, is wonderful. Looking forward to enjoying the rest of it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By charlie_boulder on June 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Luckily I did not waste any money on this book.

I checked it out from the library suckered in by the "Jason Bourne meets 007" psuedo review on the cover.

And it would have been a tolerable if forgetable read except for the ending. The book had
already ended (so you think) and there is this sort of epilog where you expect him to wrap up a
few storylines. [spoiler alert] And, instead, there is this meaningless (and totally unbelievable)
resurrection of the villian (or one of them) from what seemed certain death. And he captures
one of the few likeable characters in the book and kills her by stabbing her in the stomach while the
"hero" watches helplessly.

At the end! Why would you do this at the end? Do you want your readers to hate you? Are you stupid?
Do you want to make sure no one ever buys another one of your books? Well you accomplished all that and
more in my case.

Rated: Do not buy or read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mmlca on June 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read a review of this book in a magazine several months ago and anxiously awaited its review. Boy was I disappointed. Too bad I didn't keep the sales receipt because this was a big waste of $. The jacket has a reviewer saying: "James Bond meets Jason Borne meets the Da Vinci Code"..............don't know what book she read but she definitely insulted Ian Flemming, Robert Ludlum and Dan Brown! This book was about as exciting and deep as a Steven Segal movie. Hollow characters. Slim plot. The only depth and detail surfaced during the climax which read like a crash the cars, blow it up, shoot lots of people Vin Diesel screenplay. Scott Mariani, after reading your bio on the jacket, I'd go back to one of your former careers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Dickie on April 28, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a 3+ until the author felt the need to do the last bit, which I will not talk about, but was a lousy ending
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Scott Mariani's "The Mozart Conspiracy" is a movie-script in book form. Now that's not necessarily a bad thing, but it means the characters are an inch deep and the plot is a twisting story with many arcane moments and the body count is very high.

Seriously, though, I read this book and pictured who was going to play each character on the big screen. Since Ben Hope - Oxford-educated former British SAS commando - is described as blonde and muscular, who else but Daniel Craig would be appropriate? And for his opera-singer girl-friend? Maybe Kiera Knightly might give it a go. The Austrian cop would be played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, from "Enigma". Could Tom Hulse reprise his role of Mozart - if they do a flashback from the current day - from the 1984 movie "Amadeus"? Well, he may have aged a bit but it might still work...What multitude of humanity would play all the brutally dispatched dead people? Maybe the producers could rent the extras from the last scene of "Day of the Locust"? Heavens, the casting choices are more fun to think about than the book!

But Mariani's book isn't that bad, it just isn't that good. Other reviewers complain about the ending, but I thought it was sort of brave of Mariani to write it as he did. And if you like fast-paced plots with plenty of screaming cars - hey, I see great product placement for Mercedes or BMW here - you'll like this book. It's fun.
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