A novella by Scott Mariani
Five years before the events of The Alchemist's Secret...
June 2003: the world is still on fire in the aftermath of 9/11. Fresh from the bloody conflict of the Second Gulf War, SAS soldier Ben Hope returns to Britain for some R&R leave, only to find himself embroiled in an intrigue deadlier than anything he's encountered on the battlefields of Iraq.
When a passenger aircraft piloted by Ben's former army comrade Nick Chapman crashed off the Cayman Islands killing everyone on board, the official line was that Chapman committed suicide. But things don't add up, and Ben's old friend is barely in his grave before unfolding events point to something far bigger and more sinister going on. What did Chapman witness that powerful forces would do anything to suppress? Who was the mysterious thirteenth passenger on board the doomed flight?
Following the trail of clues from the rugged Welsh borders to the Caribbean paradise that Chapman had made his home, Ben quickly discovers that some kinds of knowledge will get you killed - fast. Knowledge that threatens to unmask a global conspiracy of shocking proportions and change the way we view the world... and its masterminds have just made Ben Hope their principal target.
Praise for Scott Mariani:
"A rollickingly good way to spend some time in an easy chair"
- USA Today
"Scott Mariani is an awesome writer!"
- Chris Kuzneski, bestselling author of THE HUNTERS
"Deadly conspiracies, bone-crunching action and a tormented hero with a heart... Scott Mariani packs a real punch"
- Andy McDermott, bestselling author of THE SACRED VAULT