The Hope Vendetta by Scott Mariani
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At first, only the parents of the lovely archaeologist are concerned. They just want to get in touch with the unpredictable party girl. In fact, Zoë has been kidnapped by a trained team and is being brutally interrogated. The problem: Zoë doesn’t have the answer.

When ex-SAS operative Ben Hope is asked by old friends to find their missing daughter, he tries to stay minimally involved. But when the search erupts into violence, Ben realizes that once again it’s all up to him. While Zoë’s sudden influx of cash right before her disappearance may be related to her recent discovery of an ancient artifact connected to the book of Revelation, the only hard evidence leads from the Greek islands to Savannah, Georgia, then on to Israel and Jerusalem. Gradually, Ben realizes that it’s not just Zoë’s life on the line, but the lives of millions.

However, the shadowy group who are hell-bent on making an end-of-days attack for political gain have made one huge mistake. Because in Ben Hope they are facing the ultimate reckoning. . . .

About Scott Mariani

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Scott Mariani grew up in St. Andrews, Scotland. He studied Modern Languages at Oxford and went on to work as a translator, a professional musician, a pistol shooting instructor, and a freelance journalist before becoming a full-time writer. After spending several years in Italy and France, Scott discovered his secluded writer’s haven in the wilds of west Wales, an 1830s country house complete with rambling woodland and a secret passage. When he isn’t writing, Scott enjoys jazz, movies, classic motorcycles, and astronomy.
Published March 6, 2012 by Touchstone. 370 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On the brink of suicide following his wife's death, one-time British special-forces operative Ben Hope is intent on putting his violent past behind him and studying religion at Oxford.

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British author Mariani’s third thriller featuring ex-SAS operative Ben Hope, the second to be published in the U.S. after 2011’s The Mozart Conspiracy, offers plenty of religious intrigue but comes off mostly as a confusing kill fest.

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Ben engages his former colleague, Charlie Palmer, to take on the task, but Charlie soon runs into a snag and insists that Ben join in to lend a hand.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Hope sends his friend Charlie to investigate, but Charlie soon feels out of his depth and sends for Hope.

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In Scott Mariani's “The Hope Vendetta” (A Touchstone Book, $25), Ben Hope was an Oxford theology student until some years back when he became a British Special Air Services covert operative.

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Shortly after his return, his professor, Tom Bradbury, asked Ben to look into the disappearance of his daughter, Zoe.

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Review: Ex-SAS operative Benedict "Ben" Hope has returned to Oxford to continue his study of theology when his old professor and family friend Tom Bradley tells him he fears for the safety of his daughter Zoë, who hasn't yet returned from a archeology expedition to Greece, in The Hope Vendetta, t...

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