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The Hope Vendetta (Ben Hope Thriller) Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2012

3.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
Book 3 of 15 in the Ben Hope Series

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`James Bond meets Jason Bourne meets The Da Vinci Code.' J. L. Carrell, bestselling author of The Shakespeare Secret `Deadly conspiracies, bone-crunching action and a tormented hero with a heart â ¦ Scott Mariani packs a real punch.' Andy McDermott, bestselling author of The Secret Vault `Full of authentic detail and heart-stopping action - a real thrill ride.' Ed Macy, author of the bestselling Apache --This text refers to the Digital edition.

About the Author

Scott Mariani grew up in St. Andrews, Scotland. He studied Modern Languages at Oxford and went on to work as a translator, a professional musician, a pistol shooting instructor, and a freelance journalist before becoming a full-time writer. After spending several years in Italy and France, Scott discovered his secluded writer’s haven in the wilds of west Wales, an 1830s country house complete with rambling woodland and a secret passage. When he isn’t writing, Scott enjoys jazz, movies, classic motorcycles, and astronomy.
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Product Details

  • Series: Ben Hope Thriller
  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (December 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439193487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439193488
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This "new" book is just a retitled reprint of the 2009 vintage Doomsday Prophecy, which is about #3 in the series. It was a fun read -- they actually get better as Mariani more fully develops his formula and his character. Nonetheless, if you have read the first six, do not buy this. You've already read it, even if Amazon chooses not to let you know that.
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By Oaklands on November 28, 2012
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Really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Beware, however, that it's the same book as the differently titled Doomsday Prophecy. Apparently, they named the book differently for different countries.
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Format: Digital
...this one is a three star offering. It's as though Mariani's second Ben Hope novel was the true first but he had to fire out "The Alchemist's Secret" to prove the series might work...and now he's got to continue. The result is the third novel's plot is as weakly chained together as the second novel was tightly bound; the third novel's cast of extras are caricatures of the second; the most powerful love story Mariana could have dreamt up - Hope own wife - has been knifed in favour of two stereotypes - the spoilt rich girl and the hard nosed CIA agent. Even the wannabe megalomaniac's psychotic sidekick - Jones - is a pale imitation of the previous Bozza and Glass. Enough said...it's not as good as the first two.
The story centres around Ben's continuing hopes (excuse the pun) to extricate himself from his former SAS turned do-gooder mercenary lifestyle and complete his theology degree. Trouble is this puts him straight into the sphere of his old professor Tom Bradbury whose TV personality and brilliant archeologist-daughter, Zoe, has gone missing in Corfu. Zoe is beautiful and a pain in the proverbial ass with a wild lifestyle. Not the kind of person Ben wants to go saving so he enlists an old army mate by the name Charlie to go have a look - which all ends rather nastily meaning our reluctant hero has to don his military gloves again and travel between Corfu, the US, and Israel to unravel a tricky plot centred around the "End-of-the-World" prophecies in Revelation. We get an attempt at mystery with the televangelist con artist Clayton Cleaver and the lawyer Skid (who for some reason reminded me of Saul from 'Breaking Bad') wrapped up with Ms Daisy Augusta (though there's little in the way of driving going on).
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Format: Hardcover
I’ve never heard of this author before but saw it in the Nellis AFB Base Exchange and decided to give it a shot.

The story is about a former SAS officer, highly decorated who quit, did some work as a kidnap victim recovery specialist, his wife dies and he goes off the deep end to become a theology student. He get dragged back into the game when his old college professor’s daughter is kidnapped. Mayhem ensues.

I had one great time reading this excellent thriller. Filled with twists and turns, dead ends and surprises, our hero plows from one end of the globe to the other, leaving bodies in his wake as he gets to the bottom of the apocalyptic mystery. We find out little bits and pieces from his past, but never quite enough to get the full picture. Just enough to keep it interesting.

The writing was top-notch. Solid third-person with no perceivable head-hopping, endless narrative or exposition, this thriller kept me glued to my seat. My only beef was the font side was a bit tiny, but I dealt with it.

As for the plot, I’m not much on religion, and this is far from some religious tome, but the author came up with some pretty good stuff based on the subject. It was a great plot device which worked.

A nice surprise. Highly recommended.
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I had high hopes for this book. I love religious thrillers but this one despite it's potentially interesting title was a dud.

I should have learned my lesson especially when they say on the front "Fans of Dan Brown will love this thrilling adventure". Oh yes? I think not.

The book is a plodding dull read. I almost put it down 2 or 3 times because nothing was really happening. You have no real clue as to what the book is about in the first 100 pages. For me to even have got this far was very patient of me. Come page 180 or so I just though what a waste of my life and promptly recycled it.

The main characters are pretty one dimensional and to be honest I couldn't have cared less if any of them lived or died. The starting up of a potential romance between a CIA operative and the so called theological student was just ridiculous and felt like someone though oh better shove in a romance as thats what you do about now in these kind of stories.

Anyway save your money and your time.
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Format: Paperback
#3 in the Ben Hope series and another excellent read. The author's note at the back of my edition was a bonus. Mr Mariani felt the need to explain that his novel was a work of fiction. If only the evangelicals could realize that biblical prophesies about the end of the world are as well.Do they not believe their God when he promised not to destroy the world again after the flood?
The earthquake the author alludes to whilst researching his book as "an extremely rare and bizarre event". I live about 100 miles from Mr Mariani and was almost jolted out of bed at 1 a.m. I experienced a similar jolt at work one afternoon in the office some 10 years earlier and put it down to a very heavy vehicle passing, until reading the news later. Such events are infrequent but not unknown in our part of Britain, I certainly did not think it was the End Time.
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