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The Heretic's Treasure (Ben Hope, Book 4) by [Mariani, Scott]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1608 KB
  • Print Length: 499 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (25 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RIA076
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 270 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the fourth book in the Ben Hope adventure series (The other three being (in order) 'The Alchemist's Secret, The Mozart Conspiracy, The Doomsday Prophecy. I have read all the Ben Hope books and am a real fan - he is an ex-SAS operative with a bit of a tortured past so he makes a decent hero (and no it's not as cliched as it sounds!).

It's not necessary to read the books in order as each book has its own story and whatever important bits about Ben's past are going to be relevant again, you are told quite early on in the book.

Amazon has provided a synopsis so I won't reiterate what the story is about. Suffice to say that 'The Heretic's Treasure' is great because it has all the elements of a good adventure story and once the pace picks up, it just keeps racing. It's well-written with various twists so it keeps you interested in the story and keeps you rooting for the characters to the very end.

If you haven't read any of the other books and aren't sure if you will like Scott Mariani's style, I would say his books remind me most of Dan Brown both in terms of how the stories are structured and the writing style. I loved the Dan Brown books and I always seem to be hunting for another writer who can have me hooked in the same way!
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I have not read Mr. Mariani before, but after enjoying this thriller/adventure his other books are on my reading list. Mr. Mariani's style of writing, adventure theme, and fascinating plot line involving an ancient mystery reminded me of James Rollins' novels. This book would make an awesome movie. The plot involves an ancient fortune that has been lost for thousands of years, ancient Egyptian archeology, and plenty of action adventure and few twist and turns to spin your head. It's great to have a cool new favorite author!
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This is one of those books you can't put down. I think it is the best Ben Hope book yet. The plot takes several twists and keeps you interested. An excellent book which sees good, strong characters, and very interesting themes. The sub-plots are totally entertaining. Have spoiled my holiday reading now, as I only wanted to start it before going, but I had to keep reading. Can't wait for the next book.
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I brought this with no expectation, I guess after reading four or five books from the same Author you expect stories to become a bit familiar, but I am happy to say the only thing that stays familiar is Ben Hope, Scott Mariani has written this book as if it were his first, actually I think each book gets better as you go along. Good Story, Good Plot, Surprising twist, but best of all plausibility, He makes the stories believable, locations, characters, the plots, even the time line of events. The descriptions lets your imagination feel, react, see and may I say it smell the surroundings He puts you in. I know I haven't said anything about the story itself but I hope I have teased you into reading the synopsis for yourself.
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Given that stories about Akhenatan are a solid "go-to-plot" for authors writing this kind of airport novel, Mariani manages to fool us as we gaze at the shelves by giving our second-favourite Pharaoh a pseudonym - "The Heretic".
Very cunning.
Anyway, Ben Hope is back, Mariani's ditched the whole "theology student" alter-ego, and luckily for the reader our reluctant killing machine is calmly accepting that: "He'd been forced to kill. Every time he'd done it, it sickened him so badly he'd sworn it would be the last - but it never was. What tormented him most of all was that he was so good at it." Tormenting for Ben maybe, but not for reader. Without it, these books would be over pretty fast and not in the slightest bit entertaining.
This fourth outing is much better than the third, as good as the second. There are more twists in it, ones that aren't so blindingly obvious to those now more familiar with Ben. This time Mariani chooses to have several characters portrayed as the opposite of what they really are. There's a developing theme of "Bond Girls" coming through - in this case Kerry/Kim, Zara, and Brooke. I've got to say, an amorous attachment to Ben Hope is usually a fatal one. Were I female, I'd steer well clear of this blond hunk.
The plot will be fairly well known to those who have indulged in these novels featuring ancient Egyptian treasure - David Gibbins "Pharaoh" is hot off the press as I write this and a fair few more abound - Paul Sussman immediately leaps to mind plus the ever present Andy McDermott or Mathew Reilly. Basically, a foppish, out-of-his-depth Morgan Paxton has got himself murdered in Cairo. A man who just so happened to discover a series of clues that might just lead him to the famous hidden treasure of pre-Atenism religious iconography.
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