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The Mozart Conspiracy
on 9 October 2013
This is the second book in Mariani's 'Ben Hope' series. I read the first one a while back and found it reasonably entertaining, and this one's exactly the same. It's a bit bonkers, very daft, moves at a hundred miles an hour, and probably doesn't bear up to close inspection.
But it's fun. It's the sort of book that Lee Child used to write before Jack Reacher became omniscient and indestructible, more Bourne than Bond (although it's easy to imagine Daniel Craig in the lead role). Ben Hope has flaws. He rages, he wallows in self-pity, but - when it comes to getting the job done - he is remorseless, single-minded, and quite capable of making mistakes that put not only himself in danger, but those he cares about as well. It has a plot full of twists, explained well enough in the Amazon blurb, and you have no doubts as to who the good guys are, and who the bad (if they had moustaches to twirl it couldn't be more obvious). And it's one of those tales dragged kicking and screaming out of Hollywood, full of false endings followed by just one more twist. Predictable on many levels, but written with such pace that it manages to excite.
The writing's functional, nothing spectacular, with the occasional mistake in continuity that probably should have been picked up before it went to print. Nobody seems quite sure as to the illness from which Mozart died, and Mariani has his own theories, and has some fun with them here. It's a book, though, where you can probably put your thinkymeatz to one side to chew some gum. Fire and forget. Read and enjoy, and inevitably come back and read the next book in the series at a later date. Mission accomplished.