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The Armada Legacy (Ben Hope, Book 8) by [Mariani, Scott]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 463 customer reviews
Book 8 of 14 in Ben Hope (14 Book Series)
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Praise for Scott Mariani:

‘Scott Mariani is an awesome writer.’ Chris Kuzneski, author of Sign of the Cross

'Non-stop action – this book delivers. It's a romp of a read. Enjoy!' Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The King's Deception

‘Deadly conspiracies, bone-crunching action and a tormented hero with a heart . . .Scott Mariani packs a real punch.’ Andy McDermott, bestselling author of Empire of Gold

‘James Bond meets Jason Bourne meets The Da Vinci Code.’ J. L. Carrell, bestselling author of The Shakespeare Secret

‘Full of authentic detail and heart-stopping action – a real thrill ride.’ Ed Macy, author of the bestselling Apache

'Sunken secrets, psychos in the Peruvian jungle, a dark twist on a Hitchcockian, 'Vertigo' style obsession, 'The Armada Legacy' is slick, serpentine, sharp - and very, very entertaining. If you've got a pulse, you'll love Scott Mariani. If you haven't, then maybe you crossed Ben Hope.' Simon Toyne

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A sunken secret. A missing woman. A race against time. Former SAS major Ben Hope is relaxing at his home in Normandy when he hears the worst news of his life. His ex-girlfriend Dr Brooke Marcel has been kidnapped.

Racing against the clock, Ben’s frantic search for Brooke leads him from Ireland to the Spanish mountains and the rainforests of Peru. What is the mysterious link between the kidnapping, the salvage of a sunken 16th-century Spanish warship and the secret activities of its wealthy discoverer? As the trail of wreckage and mayhem intensifies, Ben soon uncovers a web of intrigue, corruption and brutal murder.But will he be too late to find Brooke alive?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1983 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AAU3H14
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 463 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mariani doing what he does best - action, adventure and a flawed hero. Ben's on/off lover Brooke inadvertently becomes the target of a madman's affections. Murder and mayhem result from the discovery of a shipwreck treasure which indicates that Serrato, the unhinged villain, is entitled to own vast tracts of the Amazon rainforest in Peru. As in previous stories, the historical elements are thoroughly researched and the characters are well-drawn, although I could have done with fewer descriptions of Serrato's viciousness. There is a fairly unsubtle ecology message running through the later parts of the novel, involving the indigenous peoples, their life style and the damage to the rainforest, but I felt it was relevant and did not detract from the plot's development. Brooke's ingenuity in organising her escape shows that she is Ben's equal in a crisis.
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Once again Scott hurls his readers into an action packed, fast paced thriller. There is the usual convoluted mystery to solve. Also I found this novel particularly fascinating because his on/off lover, Brooke is kidnapped, and he has to take many risks and suffer many difficulties to try to rescue her. Brooke participates in her own attempted rescue and both she and Ben fight to get together. BUT do they get together? Well I will not create a spoiler here, you will have to read the book for yourself to find find out what actually happens!
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I preordered this and have just finished it, in a day as was hooked, and thought I'd share my thoughts.
It is a very good book and packed with action, twists and unforeseen turns.
I must admit I had a feeling of the storyline for two reasons 1. From the title 2. From the first chapter that was released. and I thought here's another story that's going to focus, heavily, on the Spanish Armada but I have to say I was really surprised of the path that the story took me on and I hope you are too.
Some brilliant new characters are introduced and are really believable.

So overall I was really pleased with the book and thoroughly enjoyed the adventure.

Ps. I bought the kindle version so am not sure if this will apply to hard/paper backs but there's an extract of a new, untitled, book coming in 2014 and from reading the extract - wow!
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I am a big fan of Ben Hope, the tough, heavy drinking, charismatic, blond warrior-hero created by Scott Mariani. While I have read all eight thrillers, the last - The Sacred Sword (Ben Hope 7) - was for me the weakest. I found it formulaic and even tired.

The Armada Legacy is a different kettle of fish altogether. Arguably, this is a back to basics Ben Hope thriller. The archaeological mysteries, the world-stopping revelations, the bulletproof superhero all take a step back and what we have instead is a tightly plotted, focused race against time, dominated by the always intriguing and fascinating character of Ben Hope. This is a man who has woken up with a jolt. We've followed his stormy relationship with Brooke over several books and now he is faced with the very possible outcome of losing the woman that can heal his life. He even stops and thinks before taking a drink. In The Sacred Sword there were other discoveries about Ben's past that you could call more significant and earth-bending but for me they were far less meaningful. In The Armada Legacy, it's much more simple. Ben Hope loves Brooke Marcel and he will stop at nothing to get her back.

While this intensification of Ben's purpose is a positive force, it did mean that the mystery of the Armada legacy itself gets very short shrift. Whereas in some of the Ben Hope novels the archaeological mystery has prominence, here it does not. But this didn't matter. The pace of the novel is so strong and the efforts of Ben to find his way back to Brooke are so satisfyingly complex, that the thrill of the hunt across Europe and South America more than atones for the lack of archaeological puzzle. As for the villain of the piece - you'd have to read a lot of thrillers to find a villain as nasty and as corrupted and yet still as human as this one.
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Pre-ordered this and am not disappointed. I have all Scott Mariani's novels and read them over and over.
The Armada Legacy is yet another well researched, exciting novel that gets one's mind working overtime.
Whilst reading, I found myself (out of character) hoping that Brooke did not get killed as she is a perfect partner for Ben Hope (not a soppy blonde). I know that may sound very "girly" but Scott M's characters are so lifelike that one becomes attached to them.
On a more serious note- This novel is well researched, well plotted and well written. I give 5 stars as always.
Looking forward to the next novel.
Long live ben Hope - and LONG LIVE Brooke.
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Mariani delivers another thrilling Ben Hope adventure taking in Ireland, Grenada in Spain, and the Peruvian jungle. Brooke is taken hostage as a South American kingpin steals secrets from the sunken Spanish Armada and it is up to a Hope and a Colombian detective to seek revenge and save the day. This is a rollercoaster adventure that flies off the pages and is an easy and entertaining read. Great fun.
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