The Pretender’s Gold by Scott Mariani (Ben Hope #21)
English | 2020 | Mystery & Thriller | ePUB | 3.0 MB
Scott Mariani is a British bestselling author, best known for his thriller novels about ex-SAS Major and former theology student, Ben Hope. The first of these novels, The Alchemist’s Secret, was ranked No.1 in the UK’s Amazon Kindle chart for six consecutive weeks.
Mariani was born in St Andrews in Scotland and studied Modern Languages and Film Studies at Oxford University. He now resides in west Wales, where he first got the idea for the character Ben Hope when out walking. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he worked in various jobs, including as a translator, professional musician and freelance journalist. He has cited his interests outside of writing to be shooting, archery, photography and astronomy and he is a supporter of the Woodland Trust and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
The Ben Hope novels have been described as ‘James Bond meets Jason Bourne with a historical twist’.
The series starts with the lead character – who has left the SAS to become a freelance consultant in searching and rescuing children who are kidnap victims – being recruited to try to find Fulcanelli, or at the very least his manuscript, in order to try to save the life of a child. The manuscript in question is purported to contain the secret of the elixir of life.
The use of ancient history, significant historical events, conspiracy theories and myths such as the elixir of life has become a standard theme running through the books, with others revolving around subjects such as the death of Mozart (The Mozart Conspiracy), Die Glocke (The Shadow Project) and the Great Famine of Ireland (The Forgotten Holocaust).
His novels have been translated into over 20 languages.
The next Ben Hope thriller in the series which has sold millions of copies around the world.
When things get rough, we should all have a friend like Ben Hope . . . .
Retired army sergeant Boonzie McCulloch travels to the wintry Highlands of Scotland to help a relative in danger, but is soon deeper in it himself than he’d bargained for.
Ruthless, controlling thugs are running amok across the region and will kill anybody to get their hands on a historic hoard of lost gold treasure.
But the villains haven’t reckoned on what’s coming their way.
Because when you mess with an old comrade of ex-SAS major Ben Hope, you’re bringing a whole world of trouble down on yourself.
Once he gets started he won’t stop until he gets the job done.
With Hope on the war path, the snowy Highland wilderness is about to warm up considerably . . . . .
Whilst the Ben Hope thrillers can be read in any order, this is the twenty-first book in the series following House of War.