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The Hope Vendetta: A Novel Hardcover – Mar 6 2012

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (March 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439193479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439193471
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
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Praise for The Alchemist's Secret: 'Fans of Dan Brown will love this thrilling adventure'. Closer 'The [Alchemist's Secret] establishes Scott Mariani as an author to watch.' M.J. Rose, author of The Reincarnationist 'Scott Mariani brings it all to the table in this fast-paced thriller that rockets off the first page and never slows down. The Alchemist's Secret is packed with dark intrigue, danger around every corner, bullets flying, sexual tension, and an endless assault of nasty villains bent on stopping ex-SAS Ben Hope from finding the secret to an ancient manuscript. It's everything a thriller should be and more.' Joe Moore, international bestselling co-author of The Grail Conspiracy.

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Scott Mariani studied at Oxford and went on to work as a translator, professional musician, pistol-shooting instructor, and a freelance journalist before becoming a full-time writer.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Don't get ripped off - this is a repackaging of a 2009 story April 16 2012
By An Interested Reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Buy 1 get 1 1/2 price - now I see why April 28 2009
By Mr. A. J. Stewart - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Highly formulaic Dec 11 2010
By Julia Flyte - Published on
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This is the third in the "Ben Hope" series. I have not read the previous books. There's a major giveaway about what happened at the end of (presumably) the previous book, but otherwise this works perfectly well as a standalone thriller. Ben is an ex-SAS hero who has enrolled as a theology student but gets recruited to look for a friend's missing daughter. The daughter is a reputed archeologist who has disappeared from a party in Greece. The hunt will lead Ben from Greece to Georgia to Montana. This is a high paced, non-stop read.

I came to this having read The Shadow Project, which I enjoyed. This is a much weaker novel. It's highly formulaic and every twist is extremely predictable. The character development is nil and the romance sub-plot lacks any credibility at all. I liked the early part of the story in Greece, but once the action shifted to the US it got bogged down in cliches. A little bit Grisham, a little bit Child, but without their flair. Having said that, I was happy enough to keep reading - it was just that I never felt even a shred of suspense or surprise.
Compared to the first two novels... Aug. 29 2013
By travelswithadiplomat - Published on
...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'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). By the time we're half way through, the author has tired of this and pulls in an entirely new set of bad characters who are the real reason for the entire plot. Which isn't terribly good writing, to be honest. Made me feel like he first half of the novel was irrelevant and a waste of money. I have to say, though, the scene of the shooting competition culminating in a lit match was rather well done.
From this point on Ben descends into his customary spiral of death and mayhem as he takes on a rogue unit of the CIA, sprints around Jerusalem and, in a rather excruciatingly cliched way, saves the world with a second to spare. By the end of it he's exhausted so it's no wonder he brushes off Alex. However, it does appear he might have given up his attempts to retire to a vicarage so it'll be interesting to see what happens in the next one.
Overall, not bad. But not as good as the first two. Hope the fourth's back on track.
Pulp Fiction II-Too loose, needs tightening up May 6 2014
By Rod M. Holland - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Plot: A friend and professor of Ben's wants him to find his daughter, a wild child whose gone missing on Corfu. Ben declines and passes the job to a buddy who Ben goes to Corfu to help out when the job goes sideways. The buddy is killed, and Ben is left with a vendetta against the people who did it, plus the task of finding his professor's daughter.

Pros: Somewhat disconnected from the previous books, thus you are able to do this book without a whole lot of catch-up or missing pieces. Notable, but not superlative improvement in writing over the Mozart Conspiracy.

Cons: This is better writing than the previous Mariani book I did (Mozart Conspiracy), but still flawed all over the place. Its not just one item, it's small to medium problems all over the place. This is what you get when you want an adventure story and aren't too fussy about style or details. The writing is simple, too simple at times and the short simple phrases can get annoying. The plot doesn't make sense at times and veers off at odd angles. The motivations of the various characters are suspect, in the sense that they don't always make sense. There's a tendency to be melodramatic. There's a host of small details which don't make physical sense. If you're going to claim some sort of locale, then it should be accurate, because sure enough readers will use Google earth, or street view to zoom in and check it out. Mariani shows a propensity for making these small errors. As many books as he's published, I would think he would have done better research or proofing.

Bottom Line: After two books of Mariani's, I'll say he has the structure of an adventure writer but the execution is below the level I'm willing to accept. If I get really low on material I may do another book sometime in the future, but the probability of that is reasonably slim.