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The Hope Vendetta (Ben Hope Thriller) Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2012
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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).Read more ›
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.
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.
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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This author makes an interesting plot, but has no clue. You have to put reality on hold so far into the stratosphere that a Disney cartoon feature has more logic. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ruth Ellen Miller
Plot: A friend and professor of Ben's wants him to find his daughter, a wild child whose gone missing on Corfu. Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by Rod M. Holland
a very fast paced , keeps you not wanting to put it down and makes you want to buy another book to hear what going on nextPublished on February 12, 2014 by Mitchel brown
Would have been better to read in order but I thought Scott Marianis writing was very good! Wish there were more!Published on August 16, 2013 by cschaefer
I scooped up as many enovels by Mariani as possible. His writing kept me turning the pages. Would certainly.recommend. Really.Published on April 13, 2013 by MEBaker
Not as good as his first novel. I contacted the author after reading the first, and he assured me that
another was being written. Read more
I thought this was a really good book but beware that it's the same book as the differently titled Hope Vendetta and don't end up buying both books like I did!Published on November 28, 2012 by Oaklands