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The gripping new Ben Hope thriller from the number-one best-seller author.         

When ex-SAS major Ben Hope is urgently recalled to the UK from his base in France to assist with a family crisis, little does he know that he’s about to be drawn into one of the most dangerous missions of his career: his son Jude has been accused of a brutal murder, and all the evidence points to his guilt.

To prove Jude’s innocence Ben embarks on a wild chase, facing up against mysterious killers and piecing together a fragile web of clues. What connects an all-female criminal gang from the early 1900s called the Forty Elephants, a century-old vendetta and a shadowy government conspiracy that claimed millions of innocent lives?

Along the way Ben teams up with his former acquaintance, rugged Detective Tom McAllister. They’re heading for a showdown in the wilds of Cornwall, and the villains have no intention of letting Ben come out of it alive....

©2021 Scott Mariani (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Why the promote anti-COVID rhetoric?

The final part of the book essentially is an Anti-vaccine and misinformed anti-COVID rant. Personally I found this very extremely disappointing!

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Scott Mariani and Colin Mace have done it again.

Another great Ben Hope book.
Love how he constantly brings back characters from past books, and makes them feel like old friends.
Colin Mace once again has hit it out if the park with he's narratives.
The only problem is, l have to wait another stint until the next book.

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Spanish flu/covid

love any books by Scott M. always exciting with great story. so far read all of his books.

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  • Nina
  • 14-07-2021

The narration was annoyingly jarring in this one..

I love Scott Mariani books, and have listened to all previous Ben Hope books and as usual this one doesn’t disappoint; it’s a familiar formula, it’s easy listening that you don’t have to think about too much. Usually, I really enjoy Colin Maces narration, but throughout this book it was somewhat stilted, the pauses were in the wrong places, I’m not sure if it was the editing or just his reading but it was exceedingly annoying.. especially when it was straight off the back of a flawless reading by Jonathan Keeble in my previous listen.
It won’t stop me downloading more in the series, and I’ll eagerly await the next, but it was just jarring and I felt like saying so.

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  • Colin Baker
  • 24-06-2021

As expected!

Mariani has set the bar high with the stable of Ben hope books and somehow he never disappoints. The action and old school heroism is wonderfully exciting. Colin Mace narrates it so well he brings me right into the action.

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  • paul worsh
  • 04-06-2021

Terrible

The worst Ben Hope book, the story was ridiculous and not at all exciting or thrilling. It seems to have been written in a hurry and riding on the back of covid pandemic. The narrator usually good was poor as well

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-2021

Another great book from Scott Mariani

Another excellent addition from the Ben Hope series. If you've never read any start at the beginning with the Alchemist'secret

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  • Paul Philbey
  • 02-06-2021

good but not his best

I love Scott's books but have to say this was not his best it felt like he was cashing in on the current situation. it feels like the series is getting stale and he is struggling to continue developing the main characters

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  • n.s.mason
  • 28-05-2021

great listen,

looking forward to book 24, Scott Mariani's books get better and better, this was one of the best

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  • Bookworm
  • 25-05-2021

Not his best I’m afraid

Whilst being up to date with current affairs - the end smacks of conspiracy theories...and it spoiled it for me .

Colin mace does a fantastic job of narration as usual but in my opinion this was not one of the better Ben hope adventures.

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  • tony michael smith
  • 24-05-2021

Oh the Irony

Yet another great Ben Hope Saga ,
Also appreciated the Author’s backhanded dig at the powers to be with regards to the current Plandemic.
O’h the irony .

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  • Gordon Jenkins
  • 20-05-2021

Another fast paced Ben Hope novel

Probably one of my favourite Ben Hope books, and I have read/listened them all over the years.
this one even made me chuckle a few times, especially the epilogue.
Great narration too
Thanks again Scott, and I don't see Ben retiring anytime soon

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  • martin g cummins
  • 18-05-2021

Same old entertaining shtick.

A tad formulaic, but I always enjoy these books. They are fast moving and entertaining. If I knew the narrator I’d advise him to proof read first; he has a tendency to hesitate mid sentence and end up with the wrong emphasis. If I knew the author I’d advise him not to include political commentary; he may end up alienating some of his potential readership. We want thrillers not politics Mr Mariani!

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