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The Hope Vendetta: A Novel Hardcover – Mar 6 2012
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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
About the Author
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
Buy a Vince Flynn book. American Sniper is a good start. Or enjoy the classic, Patriot Games, by Tom Clancy. It is a far better investment of your time.
What is tragic is this disrespect and incompetence for professionals runs from the local cops to the CIA and (spoiler alert) even the Temple Mount security in Jerusalem. Did no one tell Scott Mariani, British author, that the CIA running operations inside the United States is a violation of law? Or that the FBI has a chain of command with phones, radios, even mobile command centers, his CIA operative could have called at any time? Or that there are fire watches in Montana, so all his hero had to do was light a smoky fire and hide while a herd of rescue response came? Or that U.S. senators have staffs - big staffs with multiple speech writers, security, secretaries, pollsters, etc.? Or that Israeli has multiple agencies that pay detailed and very close attention in Jerusalem on constant vigilance for bombers, a backpack being a major red flag? Or that any infidel running towards the Dome of the Rock (if not stopped by layers of security) would have been attacked by the Muslim worshipers? A mob would have beat the man for defying the holy site as they are just as alert and paranoid as the Israeli authorities? The book starts out well enough. The writing style is really good. But the book goes down hill with every major turn of the plot.
Save your money. Buy a better book. Hey, you're on Amazon.com. You have thousands of better choices just a click away.
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.