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The Alchemist's Secret (Ben Hope, Book 1)

The Alchemist's Secret (Ben Hope, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Mariani
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‘Fans of Dan Brown will love this thrilling adventure.’

‘Establishes Scott Mariani as an author to watch.’
M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of The Reincarnationist

‘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 … everything a thriller should be and more.’
Joe Moore, international bestselling co-author of The Grail Conspiracy

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Ben Hope lives on the edge. A former élite member of the SAS, Ben is tortured by a tragedy from his past and now devotes his life to finding kidnapped children.

When Ben is recruited to locate an ancient manuscript which could save a dying child, he embarks on the deadliest quest of his life.

The document is alleged to contain the formula for the elixir of life, discovered by the brilliant alchemist Fulcanelli decades before. But it soon becomes apparent that others are hunting this most precious of treasures - for far more evil ends.

When the secrets of alchemy hidden within the pages remain impenetrable, Ben teams up with beautiful American scientist Dr Roberta Ryder to crack the code.

It seems that everyone - from the Nazis during WW2 and powerful Catholic organisation Gladius Domini - wants to unearth the secrets of immortality.

The trail leads Ben and Roberta from Paris to the ancient Cathar strongholds of the Languedoc, where an astonishing secret has lain hidden for centuries…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 499 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847563406
  • Publisher: Avon (5 Jun 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UZ5JJK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (458 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Scott Mariani is the author of the worldwide-acclaimed action-adventure thriller series featuring ex-SAS hero Ben Hope, which has sold over a million copies in Scott's native UK alone and is also translated into over 20 languages. His books have been described as 'James Bond meets Jason Bourne, with a historical twist'. The first Ben Hope book, THE ALCHEMIST'S SECRET, spent six straight weeks at #1 on Amazon's Kindle chart, and all the others have been Sunday Times bestsellers.

Scott was born in Scotland, studied in Oxford and now lives and writes in a remote setting in rural west Wales. When not writing, he can be found bouncing about the country lanes in an ancient Land Rover, wild camping in the Brecon Beacons or engrossed in his hobbies of astronomy, photography and target shooting (no dead animals involved!).

In addition to writing thrillers, he's also an avid fan of horror, and his most recent publication, available exclusively on Amazon, is HOUSE OF MALICE, a shocking and terrifying novella based partly on some of Scott's own personal experiences as a paranormal investigator. You can find out more about Scott and his work on his official website,

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265 of 273 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very lucky find! 10 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this Kindle version by chance after downloading the Kindle app on my iPad. To be honest the reason I got it was that it was very cheap and I wanted to test out to see if the app worked!

As there was nothing on TV I decided to read a few pages - AND WAS GRIPPED! I could not put the book down and even though it got into the early hours and I had work the next day, I kept trying to take in more and more pages, each one keeping me on the edge of my seat.

The background to the story is captivating and much is baseed on hisorical fact but with a good dose of mystery and intrigue. The main character (Ben Hope, an ex SAS Major) is very likeable and the array of characters he comes into contact with range from interesting to ruthlessly sadistic! I also loved the way his investigation takes him through different countries and settings.

It annoys me when people dismiss this book as a mock up of the De Vinci Code. Why other authors cannot take a similar line and make it their own is beyond me. I for one could not get stuck into the De Vinci Code, however, The Alchemists Secret seduces you from the word go. i thoroughly enjoyed it and will be reading the rest of the Ben Hope series in the next few weeks.
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137 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable! ! Great stuff! 12 Mar 2008
I've just finished reading this - if you enjoy the DVC type yarns, you'll really enjoy this!! Better - in my opinion - than, say, "The Templar Legacy" by Steve Berry (and I thought that was good!!)
There's plenty of fast-flowing action, believable characters, mystery, deciphering of old manuscripts, codes, artefacts, murder, plots, torture, historical interest, slowly kindling romance, etc.,etc..
I've never read a book as quickly as this, as I found it so intriguing, exciting, and enjoyable that I didn't want to put it down!
I would highly recommend this.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking and Enjoyable 24 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Plot and characters count for me in the appreciation of a good book, as does a gripping storyline. I found all of these things in The Alchemist's Secret. I found the middle portions of the book in particular very well done, which is a rarity, since it's precisely here that most prose lines stop to catch their breath before mustering their energies for a run toward the finish. I would have liked to see a bit more verve at the end of the book, which seemed just a touch flat, though I'm possibly being somewhat harsh here. This is a book, though, that I'm putting on my "read again" list, which I assure you is a short one. Consider this book a solid recommendation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Price 30 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
If you wish to critique a book regarding the detailed stuff and compare it with others, and the author with other authors, please do so after at least reading it fully with an open mind - at least once!

Would be well worth buying at a hardback price. As for 49 pence? Well I would be perfectly happy to pay twenty times that for the next book from this author!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By kdl
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I don't read this kind of book normally, not a girlie thing........... I thought !!! Got it because it sounded half interesting and cost 49p ! Best 49p I've ever spent. Couldn't put the book down, devoured every word and learned quite a lot. I downloaded the next 5 of the series within 5 mins of buying this one.
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114 of 126 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Alchemist 's Secret 11 April 2008
This is another story with a seek the treasure in Rennes-le-Chateau, but is well written and entertaining, but not as gripping as Dan Brown or Kate Mosse novel. In this book the hero Ben accepts a contract to find the Fulcanelli manuscript, which is believed to contain the formula for the elixor of life. His hunt attracts the unwelcome attention of Gladius Domini, a catholic organisation, whose leader seeks the same gaol. Ben and his accomplice Dr Roberta Ryder and Gladius Domini leave a bloody trail across France, with the story reaching it's climax at an ancient Cathar temple close to Rennes-le-chateau. There are notes at the back of book informing the reader about the facts behind the story. A good read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Once you have begun reading The Fulcanelli Manuscript, it is impossible to do anything else other than finish it! It is a 'read in a day' kind of book, causing you to feel all extremes of resentment towards other activities which prevent you from reading it!

It is an intelligent thriller, fast paced, action packed and full to the brim with historical secrets and scientific fascinations. Scott Mariani captivates his reader from the outset, refusing to let go or give anything away until the very end! The description of the locations and the character's relationship with their surroundings makes this novel appear cinematic. You live the danger and intensity, becoming as hooked on the book as Ben was on saving Ruth!

I strongly recommend The Fulcanelli Manuscript. It is truly addictive and I wait with great anticipation for Ben Hope to be brought to life again by this wonderful author!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Likeable lead character and strong storyline 22 Sep 2011
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This was my first Ben Hope read, but many other authors have set their stories around the same or a similar theme - The Cathars and their treasure. I found Ben to be an endearing hero and Roberta a likeable heroine - so glad she wasn't useless! I shall read more of Ben. I like Scott Mariani's style too - very easy to read.
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excellent read and unusual hero would recommend it to all.
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Bought as a pressie for someone who alfredy liked the author
Published 15 days ago by Sharon E OKeeffe
4.0 out of 5 stars The Alchemist's Secret
Another good story from Scott Mariani who is fast becoming one of more interesting authors - recommended
Published 17 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read?...oh yes!!!
I haven't read a full book in about 15 years...this just changed.
Very entertaining, fast paced a gritty when it needs to be. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mr. S. Daly
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Published 1 month ago by Mike Greenberg
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Great pace and detail. A thoroughly good read. Great at anytime but especially on hols
Published 1 month ago by wsavill
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun ... But disappointing after reading reviews
I am quite surprised at the glowing reviews for the alchemist s secret. I thought it was entertaining but contained many cliches ( hurt, tough man who can t help himself and falls... Read more
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Another great read from Scott mariani
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