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The Bach Manuscript (Ben Hope, Book 16)

by Scott Mariani

Series: Ben Hope (16)

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While on a business trip to the UK, Ben Hope makes an impulse decision to attend a college reunion at his former university, Oxford. There he meets an old friend, Nick, now an internationally-renowned classical musician. But storm clouds are soon once again brewing on Ben's horizon. After Nick's brutal murder in an apparent home invasion robbery, Ben is drawn into the mystery of a missing music manuscript that may be a lost work by the legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The hunt for his friend's killers leads Ben across Europe, and into bloody conflict with even more dangerous people than he'd bargained for. As his quest unfolds, so does the shocking truth about the lost Bach manuscript, a secret dating back to the very darkest historical chapter of Man's inhumanity to Man.… (more)

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I have read all of the Ben Hope books, and I feel this one is the best. The earlier books established a great formula of matching a nice guy/tough guy hero and lots of action and excitement, with history and ancient legends and conspiracies. Mariani seemed to drift away from this formula, but with this book it's back in a big way. It brings back all the historical intrigue we're used to reading and is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Existing fans of Mariani's Ben Hope series are also in for an extra treat in this one, in the form of quite a bit of filling in of Ben's back story, including his time at college and his relationship with Michaela Arundel. While reading these books in order is not strictly necessary, I advise it - each book usually has several references to earlier adventures which are best appreciated if you've read the book being referenced; this is particularly the case with this one, as the filling-in of Ben's earlier life won't mean anything to you if you haven't read any of his earlier works. ( )
  adam.currey | Mar 16, 2018 |
Another excellent read in the Ben Hope Series, which is a particular favourite of mine. This may be book 16 in the series but we did find out more about Ben’s early life & what led to him making the major changes in his life he did in his earlier years. This is a good read if you are doing a world tour & need to take in Serbia, & there was also a fair bit of detail about the Yugoslavia and Bosnian troubles, as well as the life of Bach. Recommended. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Dec 10, 2017 |
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While on a business trip to the UK, Ben Hope makes an impulse decision to attend a college reunion at his former university, Oxford. There he meets an old friend, Nick, now an internationally-renowned classical musician. But storm clouds are soon once again brewing on Ben's horizon. After Nick's brutal murder in an apparent home invasion robbery, Ben is drawn into the mystery of a missing music manuscript that may be a lost work by the legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The hunt for his friend's killers leads Ben across Europe, and into bloody conflict with even more dangerous people than he'd bargained for. As his quest unfolds, so does the shocking truth about the lost Bach manuscript, a secret dating back to the very darkest historical chapter of Man's inhumanity to Man.

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