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The Shadow Project (Ben Hope, Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Mariani
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FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Only one man can foil a plot set to change the course of history…

Ex-SAS soldier Ben Hope is enjoying life at Le Val, the facility in Northern France where he trains others in the dangerous art of hostage rescue, until a chance incident forces him to take on the role of bodyguard to the Swiss billionaire Maximilian Steiner.

The victim of a recent abduction attempt, Steiner believes that a neo-Nazi terror group are bent on seizing a prized document from his personal collection - one that could support claims that the Holocaust never happened.

But what initially seemed like a straightforward VIP protection job is turned upside-down by the appearance of a mystery woman from Ben's past. Could he be right about her, or is he losing his edge?

On a quest across Europe, Ben finds himself embroiled in a deadly kidnap intrigue and a sinister project that has lain dormant since 1944. The stakes are global - and this time Ben is also fighting to protect the people closest to him…



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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 … 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 is the author of the worldwide-acclaimed action-adventure thriller series featuring ex-SAS hero Ben Hope. Scott’s novels have topped the bestseller charts in his native Britain and are translated into over twenty languages worldwide. To date the Ben Hope series comprises the #1 Bestseller The Alchemist’s Secret, The Mozart Conspiracy, The Doomsday Prophecy (published in the USA as The Hope Vendetta), The Heretic’s Treasure, The Shadow Project, The Lost Relic, The Sacred Sword and the forthcoming The Armada Legacy (May 2013). Scott is also the author of the bestselling Kindle eBook novella, Passenger 13. Scott’s novels have been described as ‘James Bond meets Jason Bourne with a historical twist’.


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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, www.scottmariani.com.

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable! 25 Jan. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Like the previous reviewer I read this long-awaited book in a single sitting, stopping only for a snack in-between. What a book! Every time I read a new instalment in the Ben Hope series and think they couldn't get any better, I have to eat my words when the next one comes out. The Shadow Project is just awesome. All the great Mariani elements are here, with twists and turns all over the place, heart stopping action and suspense and in the middle of it all the brilliant Ben Hope who just seems to get deeper and more complex with each story. Not many thrillers manage to combine characters you really care about with a storyline that doesn't let you go. A five-star book if there ever was one.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another gripping thriller by this popular author. 23 Feb. 2010
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Another book in the series that follows the adventures of ex-SAS soldier Ben Hope, this is a gripping and exciting adventure. It opens with the murders of two scientists and follows rapidly on from there with a range of twists and turns and the action flows at an absorbing pace.

Ben is forced into providing protection for Swiss billionaire, Maximilian Schneider, against whom there has already been one kidnapping attempt. Before long, another attempt is made, and Ben sees something that shocks him to the core - something that takes him back into his past. One of the would-be kidnappers appears to be someone he knows well - someone who was kidnapped many years earlier and thought dead! But what is this person doing in this gang, and why are they trying to kidnap Maximilian Schneider?

Dogged as ever, Ben is determined to get to the bottom of it all and to find out exactly what is going on; however the danger follows him and Ben must fight to protect not just strangers, but those closest to him!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Ben Hope is an ex-SAS hero who now runs courses in personal security. He takes a short assignment to provide protection for Maximilian Steiner, a Swiss billionaire who has been the subject of kidnap attempts. Hope realizes that the kidnappers are trying to get hold of some secret Nazi documents that Steiner possesses. As he starts to investigate, he discovers that there is a plot to resurrect a mysterious technology that was first developed under the Nazis. The group have been targeting and eliminating a select number of scientists who are experts in this technology. Hope also realizes that the stakes are intensely personal for him.

This is an enjoyable, fast moving thriller. It has no literary pretensions: it's just written to entertain, and entertain it does. Yes, the plot is silly, yes the characters are one dimensional, the villains remain shadowy and the storyline is highly derivative. None of these things detracted from my enjoyment of it. It's relentlessly paced, with short chapters designed to keep you reading and it's very hard to put down. I probably won't remember much about it in a month's time, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This is the first Scott Mariani book that I have read. I gather that there are others featuring the hero, Ben Hope, but it didn't seem necessary to have read them. It reminded me in several ways of The Day After Tomorrow, which I think is one of the best thrillers in the genre. A perfect airplane read.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This is a terific novel, and based so much on fact and a lot on accumulated knowledge, without giving away the plot suffice it to say the story is fast moving and you will find you just will not be able to put it down. I read it in 3 days - and for a person who takes 2 weeks to read a book, that is some going.

If you wonder about the ozone layer and climate change, then there is so much scope for a follow on book, even though this book is complete in itself.

Chris Barrable
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Number 5 down, on to number 6 9 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been reading all the Ben Hope novels recently, and although I have enjoyed them, this one stands out.

What's not to love when Hope becomes involved in a Nazi plot.

As usual there are sections of action, twists, turns and some real surprises. Unfotunately, I can't say too much, as those Mariani fans not up to this book are in for a real surprise.

Of course, Hope gets out of more scrapes than any ten men could survive, but that's part of the fun, and keeps the pace rolling along.

I can't recommend this series highly enough, they are real page turners, go and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Mariani 7 Sept. 2011
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Another great Ben Hope book from Scott Mariani, each one i read seems to improve on the last, the plots become more complex, the characters grow and take on more life, the pace of the books is such that the reader is sucked into the book and you literaly lose time, i have been late back from lunch and suprised to find its 2am and had to put the book down as i have work in the morning.
As far as thrillers go, these are a great read, and well reccomended.

(Parm)

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Only one man can foil a plot set to change the course of history...The latest heart-stopping novel from the rising star of the conspiracy thriller genre.Ex-SAS soldier Ben Hope is enjoying life at Le Val, the facility in Northern France where he trains others in the dangerous art of hostage rescue, until a chance incident forces him to take on the role of bodyguard to the Swiss billionaire Maximilian Steiner.The victim of a recent abduction attempt, Steiner believes that a neo-Nazi terror group are bent on seizing a prized document from his personal collection - one that could support claims that the Holocaust never happened.But what initially seemed like a straightforward VIP protection job is turned upside-down by the appearance of a mystery woman from Ben's past. Could he be right about her, or is he losing his edge?On a quest across Europe, Ben finds himself embroiled in a deadly kidnap intrigue and a sinister project that has lain dormant since 1944. The stakes are global - and this time Ben is also fighting to protect the people closest to him...
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