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About Ben Hammott
Most of his published works fall under the broad category of 'thriller,' getting there by way of horror, fantasy or historical mystery. Two of his many novels, 'Hell Ship: The Flying Dutchman' and 'Ice Rift,' are now available on audio.
Though now firmly based back in the UK, he wrote most of his books while travelling across Europe, until a certain global pandemic forced a change of direction. Until that point, he could genuinely style himself as something of an adventurer and explorer, making a few small discoveries and finding his way into locations not seen by the public in decades (including one small misadventure in a dinghy that's still a sore spot for the person who leant it to him).
When he's not writing, Ben spends his time exploring his passion for resin moulding and 3D printing, and constructing ever more new climbing places for his cats, while insisting to anybody who will listen that he's not a cat person.
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They have been looking in the wrong place.
They are already here, entombed in a spaceship beneath Antarctic ice for thousands of years.
The ice is melting and they will soon be free.
A huge rift in the ice is discovered in Antarctica that stretches for 18 miles, (29 km) and 820 feet (250 meters) apart at its widest point.
When environmental scientists enter the ice rift to check out an anomaly on NASA's satellite scans of the area, they discover something far more life threatening than the raging blizzard trapping them in the rift. They are unarmed and unprepared for their ensuing fight for survival.
Though Ice Rift - Salvage, is a continuation of the story from Ice Rift, it was brought about by readers feedback saying they would like to read a follow on book. Ice Rift can be read as a complete story. There is no cliffhanger or abrupt ending.
Ice Rift plot themes:
- Science fiction
- First Contact
"An exciting adrenaline rush that rarely lets you stop for a breather."
"The story quickly draws you in and refuses to let go until the last page. An excellent adventure set in Antarctica. 10/10."
"The imaginative mind of the author has produced a thrilling action adventure horror filled with atmosphere and claustrophobic locations. I dreaded each time the characters opened another door. Highly enjoyable read."
"Atmospheric locations and a cleverly written plot full of surprises. Richard was my favourite character. It was easy to imagine myself exploring the spacecraft with them. I liked the way the scientists had no weapons to defend themselves with, but had to rely on their wits to survive. It made a change from the usual gung-ho hero machinegun killing scenarios."
Xtro – The new threat to Mankind.
Still recovering from their recent ordeal fighting EV1L in the Russians secret underground laboratory, Richard, Boris, and the surviving members of the SEAL team find themselves battling a new alien species.
It only has one objective, to reproduce and spread its spores across the planet.
It could prove to be the deadliest extraterrestrial foe yet encountered.
Failure to stop it spawning will bring about an event of apocalyptic proportions—the annihilation of the human race and a new species not of this Earth ruling the world.
From Siberia to the remote American town of Devil Falls, Richard's unwavering drive for self-preservation will be pushed to its limits if he is to survive his latest confrontation with an alien species.
Xtro is the fourth book in the best-selling ICE RIFT series and continues directly where ICE RIFT-SIBERIA ended. Although it can be read as a stand-alone book, I would recommend you read the whole series for maximum reading pleasure and to understand the characters and their motivation.
"I'll tell you how dangerous it is in a language you movie-loving Americans will understand. It would eat The Thing for breakfast, Alien for lunch, Predator for dinner, and still have room for dessert!" Richard Whorley
The dream life of Harriet Harper, the celebrated author of the bestselling crime novels starring detective Florentine Cooper, turns into a nightmare when kidnappers snatch her daughter. Warned of the brutal consequences for Prudence if she informs the police, Harriet channel’s Florentine’s detective skills and bravery as she tracks the kidnappers to their lair: the haunted Hellingast Asylum.
Murder isn’t always the worst evil…
To Fabian and Nancy, it seemed like the perfect plan. Kidnap some rich person’s kid and extort a large fee for their safe return, then flee the country to somewhere tropical with poor extradition laws. Once you had the money, it’s not like you even needed to bother with the ‘return’ bit.
Kidnap three kids at the same time and you’re tripling your money without tripling the effort involved. However, they didn’t prepare for:
- A best-selling crime author who knows how criminals think, and will do anything to find her daughter.
- An entrepreneur with enough money to pay the ransom and dispatch a special forces team to hunt the kidnappers.
- Three children who would rather effect their own escape instead of waiting for their ransom/rescue.
Worst of all, something truly evil lies deep within the bowels of the abandoned asylum they’re using as a hideout, a dormant power, waiting to rise again. All it needs is some sacrifices…
Also available and linked to The Ghost of Hellingast Asylum is the free short story, Eden Falls, which takes place in the same setting and features some of the same characters. See my website for details.
The spaceship entombed in the huge iceberg calved from the Pine Island Glacier drifts towards the warmer air and ocean temperatures of the South Atlantic. The race is on to claim the alien technology before the ice melts and releases its hold on the trapped alien vessel.
The mission: Board the spaceship and salvage as much alien technology as possible before the doomed vessel sinks to the bottom of the ocean.
The obstacles: A disintegrating iceberg, a collapsing spaceship, an armed Russian salvage force intent on claiming alien technology for themselves, an approaching storm, and the biggest obstacle of all—the spacecraft’s alien inhabitants.
The aliens have another mission—survival—and when opposing species clash, there can be only one victor.
Ice Rift - Salvage is the sequel to Ice Rift, which needs to be read first to gain the most enjoyment from the story.
"An atmospheric dramatization of a true crime mystery using source documents and the investigations carried out by detective Frank Geyer to portray a believable and disturbing account of the heinous murders and crimes of the serial killer, Henry H. Holmes."
"Insightful thoughts of some characters during their impending death make it too easy to identify with the horror of what they experienced. By the time I got to the end of some parts, I was out of breath, literally!"
"Grabs your concentration by the throat with every horrific and appalling act carried out by H. H. Holmes and never lets go. The scenes are so well written that you find yourself witnessing everything as if you were there."
"This well researched dramatization of the Chicago serial killer, Henry Holmes, because it's based on actual events, isn't something that's always easily digestible; it sits in your gut and gnaws at your insides. It becomes part of your subconscious. You think of it long after you have laid the book aside. No punches are pulled to describe the horrendous crimes carried out by this cold hearted killer."
"Hammott's writing is easy to read. He has a real knack for creating great descriptions of scenes, characters, and murderous action."
"Absorbingly horrific. As if it were a plane crash that you just can't look away from, because you're intrigued as to how and what will happen next."
"An absorbing read that will remain with you long after you've turned the last page."
"The prose is very descriptive and emotive. It actually gave me quite an emotional kick in the gut when Holmes's murderous appetite focused on the children. No one was safe from this man."
"As fascinating as it is shocking."
This book contains the shocking dramatization of real events carried out by the serial killer, Henry Howard Holmes.
America's first documented serial killer, Henry Howard Holmes, holds a dubious and ghastly record that few serial killers in history have surpassed. The 19th century killer is thought to have committed over 200 murders, but, for unexplained reasons, appears to have been overlooked by many true crime enthusiasts. Set partly in the era when "Jack the Ripper" was terrorizing the foggy streets of London with his gruesome slayings in the 19th century, Holmes was committing his nefarious crimes in America, undetected.
Holmes, a handsome, well dressed gentleman with high intelligence, was a murderer and accomplished conman. Charm and trust were his most effective weapons and he welded them as expertly as any surgeon would a scalpel.
To achieve an easy way to entrap and dispose of his intended victims, Holmes constructed a huge building that when his crimes were revealed, the newspapers of the time named the "Murder Hotel." And this is a fair description as there can be no doubt the building was constructed for the sole purpose of killing his victims and the disposal of their corpses. Though the majority of his victims were women he charmed and ensnared in his murderous grasp, he also murdered men and children.
As the trial judge said when charging the jury responsible for convicting Holmes: "Truth is stranger than fiction, and if the story is true—(and it was proven to be true)—it is the most wonderful exhibition of the power of mind over mind I have ever seen, and stranger than any novel I have ever read.
Dormant for many millennia as it travelled through the cosmos, it headed towards a blue planet.
A fiery spectacle announced its arrival when it entered Earth’s atmosphere and crashed to the surface.
Trapped on an island it couldn’t escape from, it grew, evolved, hunted and spawned.
Time passed. Human’s arrived…
Almost sixty years after it was abandoned by the mysterious movie director, Ezra Houghton, successful horror writer Zane Baloc comes into possession of the remote and infamous Horror Island.
Believing it will provide the perfect inspiration for a new horror novel, he wastes no time gathering a small team together to travel to the island to investigate. He plans to spend a few weeks there soaking up the atmosphere and exploring the extravagant horror themed movie sets Ezra spent seven years creating.
Stranded miles from help, the team soon discover they are not alone and the rumours of strange, unearthly creatures inhabiting the island are more than just a myth.
Their mission of exploration and wonderment turns into a bloody fight for survival against the island’s monstrous inhabitants.
Stranded on the island filled with fear inspiring buildings and vicious, alien infected monsters, survival will be difficult. Escape unlikely.
From award winning author of the international bestseller Ice Rift series comes a new foray into fear - Horror Island - Where nightmares become reality
Horror Island is an action adventure alien monster survival horror set on a remote island.
“Swap dinosaurs for alien monsters and you have Jurassic park on steroids.”
“Monster horror at its finest.”
“Scary, gut-wrenching horror. I loved it. More please.”
“Hammott is the new master of alien monster horror.”
“Hammott’s limitless imagination is possibly scarier than his books and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.”
“Alien meets Jurassic Park in Hammott’s latest monster horror fear fest.”
“Never short, always packed with exciting action, atmosphere, unique monsters and expertly described scenes, you certainly get your money’s worth with Ben’s books. Horror Island did not disappoint.”
This is one of the most exciting novels I've read in years."
"Hammott's writing is solid and the premise intriguing. An entertaining quest filled action adventure.”
"I must say I enjoyed this novel very much. If you like Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt (His earlier novels), James Rollins or Matthew Reilly, then check it out.
"...a terrific book with a likable protagonist, skilled plotting and interesting characters. This gripping quest for lost artifacts mystery had me hooked from the first chapter."
WARNING - You will be hooked from the first page!
An exciting archaeological thriller spanning more than 2000 years.
Beginning with the construction of Solomon's Temple, the Fall of Jerusalem, the creation of the Copper Scrolls and the forming of the Knights Templar and their mysterious tunnelling under the Temple Mount. The story then takes us into the trap-riddled catacombs beneath Rosslyn Chapel, on to Rennes-le-Chateau, into the Tomb and beyond.
In the catacombs beneath Rosslyn Chapel, one man finds a secret they have spent centuries searching for.They are coming to claim it.
Back Cover Text:
A hunt for a treasure becomes a Quest for the truth.
960BC Solomon’s Temple is completed.
70AD Fall of Jerusalem and the Temple Treasure is Lost
1119AD The Knights Templar tunnel under the Temple Mount. Nine years later they find what they have been searching for and return to France. They become the richest and most powerful order the world has known.
1446 Sir William St Clair builds Rosslyn Chapel.
1891 Berenger Sauniere, a penniless priest of the small French village of Rennes-le-Château, discovers a parchment hidden in his church - it turns him into a man of great wealth.
1952 The Copper Scroll is discovered in a cave in Qumran. It is a Treasure map believed to have been written around the time Jerusalem fell.
All are connected Part of a Secret buried for centuries.
A secret many have been searching for without success.
Ancient Families, Secret Orders, innocents wronged.
All have suffered. All seek revenge. The Secret will give it to them. They just have to find something that went missing over 2000 years ago.
(NEW 2019 Updated and re-editedn version uploaded 12-4-2017)
BEGINNINGS is the first book of the Tomb, the Temple, the Treasure and thus continues in book 2 - The Priest's Secret.
"The Mummy, meets Relic, meets Alien in this scary action driven horror thriller."
Action adventure horror set in the Amazon jungle, abaord a cargo vessel on the high seas and London, England.
Concealed in a remote area of the Amazon jungle is something the Mayans thought so dangerous they built a secret prison to entomb it. It remained undiscovered for centuries.
When a maverick archaeologist hears rumours of a mysterious lost city, he heads into the Amazon jungle, determined to find it.
He soon learns that some things are best left unfound.
The dangerous past the Mayans tried so hard to bury, is about to become our terrifying future.
Extended book blurb:
When an archaeologist stumbles across a mysterious Mayan city in a remote part of the Amazon jungle, he informs the British museum funding his expedition of the discovery.When fellow archaeologist, Greyson Bradshaw, receives news of the discovery, he jumps at the chance to travel to the Amazon jungle to collect artifacts for the forthcoming Mayan exhibition he is arranging.
When the two archaeologists explore the city’s subterranean levels, they enter Xibalba, the Mayan underworld. In a secret chamber they discover something hidden away for centuries; a sarcophagus.
Realizing its potential as a centerpiece for his exhibition, Greyson transports the sarcophagus and other artifacts back to England.
The past is about to come alive.
(Includes Horror Island sample)
"Hammott is fast becoming the master of monster horror. Read his Ice Rift or Horror Island books and you'll know what I mean. Fantastic escapism."
""Fast paced and exciting without being slowed down by pretentious prose. Perfect for fans of Preston & Child, James Rollins, Matthew Reilly, Daniel Silva, Steve Berry and exciting alien creature horror thrillers."
"The author has such a creative mind it's scary. The monsters he brings alive in his books are simply terrifying. Add atmospheric locations,characters you root for, racked up tension, a thrilling plot that forbids you to stop reading, and you have Sarcophagus."
New revised edition uploaded 10-4-2018
At an isolated location in the Scottish Highlands lies the mansion of Eden Falls.
Built by a mysterious, reclusive man who kept his wife and son there as virtual prisoners, it has sat abandoned since the tragic deaths of the entire family.
Any who visit are never seen again, and rumours say the place is cursed, haunted by an evil spirit.
Keen to make a name for himself in paranormal circles, cocksure Thaddeus Inglehart decides he will be the one to purge Eden Falls of its resident evil.
Accompanied by a psychic, a sceptic and a reporter, he believes himself more than capable of dealing with whatever dwells in the old mansion.
He was wrong.
Eden Falls takes place in the same setting as The Ghost of Hellingast Asylum and features some of the same characters.
“Smart, scary and beautifully written - a dark fantasy filled with well-crafted characters, lots of action, skilled world building, and above all, real heart. I absolutely loved it.”
For 100 years the portal to the human world has been closed to them.
It is now open.
They are free.
They are evil.
They are Fae.
Warning: This is not a fairy tale. It is a tale about faeries.
At the edge of an ancient forest steeped in legends, stands a 400-year-old manor House occupied by the mysterious Sinister family since it was built. An accusation of witchcraft against the Sinisters in the past, saw seven of them burnt at the stake. Within a week of their deaths, a deadly blight swept through the village. Those that survived fled never to return.
As time passed, the abandoned village was reoccupied and steadily grew into a town. Unaware of the evil that dwelt in the forest overlooking them, the townsfolk went about their daily lives. With the death of the last Sinister descendant, that is about to change.
When a caretaker is sought to look after Hagsdell Manor, a down on his luck an author of supernatural thrillers, takes the position. He is searching for something to kickstart his writing mojo and hopes living in the old manor will provide that. When he discovers a macabre casket in the attic and opens it, the strange contents embroil him in a set of life-threatening events, not even his writer's imagination could have dreamed up.
Three scary tales of sea monsters and the humans who are unfortunate to cross their path.
When medical student Nathanial Larkin is assigned as ship’s doctor aboard the Falcon, he is determined to make the most of the undesirable posting. Looking upon it as an adventure, he climbs aboard. Thrown off course by a savage storm, they spy a derelict ship. Little knowing what horrors he and the crew would shortly face, they board her. Finding no sign of life; they turn their minds to salvaging the cargo. However, the ship might be derelict, but it is not abandoned. Something is on board and is coming for them.
Desolation Bay Whaling Station
A whale hunt turns deadly when the hunter becomes the hunted. With their ship damaged and in danger of sinking, the crew of the Harpooner head for the nearest safe harbor, Desolation Bay Whaling Station. They arrive to find it abandoned and partly destroyed. As they set out to repair their ship, they are unaware that the whaling station has been built on another’s territory. She is pregnant, vicious, and doesn’t take kindly to trespasses.
The lighthouse was meant to save souls in peril. Instead, it drew evil men into a world their worst nightmares would shun.
They have nowhere to run to.
They have no way to leave.
They have no hope of rescue.
They only have one choice; to fight.
But how can they fight and hope to win against something that isn’t human, is faster, stronger, and has them outnumbered…
Welcome to The Lighthouse.