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The Babylon Idol (Ben Hope)

by Scott Mariani

Series: Ben Hope (15)

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The hunt is on when a sniper leaves Ben Hope's friend fighting for his life, the former SAS major declares war on the men responsible. But what begins as a straightforward revenge mission gets complicated when a mysterious letter reveals Ben to be the real target. And his isn't the only name on a crazed killer's list. Professor Anna Manzini has no idea she's in grave danger from a man she'd thought dead. She's on the cusp of a major discovery: the location of the lost Babylon idol, a golden statue of immeasurable value. But when word of Anna's work reaches her enemies, it sets off a cat-and-mouse chase that will lead Ben and Anna halfway across Europe and into the heart of war-torn Syria. To reach the precious idol first, Ben must keep one step ahead of a powerful maniac. If he fails, it won't just be Ben and Anna's lives in danger, but the world.… (more)

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This book marks a return to the formula that Mariani deviated from with the previous couple of books - history, an ancient mystery, bad guys, and lots and lots of action and fast pacing. Well worth a read,

Also, a word about the "Ben Hope universe" - others have said that it's not necessary to read them in order, and strictly speaking that's true in the sense that each book is a self-contained story.
However, Mariani does tend to reference earlier incidents in all of his books. Thus, reading them in order allows you to understand those references - this, along with the deeper understanding of the Ben Hope psyche, provides a greater reading experience in my opinion. ( )
1 vote adam.currey | Mar 11, 2018 |
It was great to see Scott Mariani take Ben Hope back to grass roots with this excellent book. This has to be one of my favourite series, but felt recent ones had dipped with Ben hiding away & frankly feeling sorry for himself! Life has to go on, Ben. This has become one of my favourites in this series & I look forward to No 16 which is published this month. If you like adventure books, a great male lead & some history thrown in, give these a read. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Nov 6, 2017 |
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The hunt is on when a sniper leaves Ben Hope's friend fighting for his life, the former SAS major declares war on the men responsible. But what begins as a straightforward revenge mission gets complicated when a mysterious letter reveals Ben to be the real target. And his isn't the only name on a crazed killer's list. Professor Anna Manzini has no idea she's in grave danger from a man she'd thought dead. She's on the cusp of a major discovery: the location of the lost Babylon idol, a golden statue of immeasurable value. But when word of Anna's work reaches her enemies, it sets off a cat-and-mouse chase that will lead Ben and Anna halfway across Europe and into the heart of war-torn Syria. To reach the precious idol first, Ben must keep one step ahead of a powerful maniac. If he fails, it won't just be Ben and Anna's lives in danger, but the world.

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