Summary

To possess it he will pay in blood.
Where ex-SAS major Ben Hope goes, trouble always follows....
Ben Hope is trained to identify danger. So when he finds out that someone very important to him is working on a US container ship in the treacherous seas off the East African coast, he fears the worst. Within days the ship is hijacked by pirates.
Taking matters into his own hands, Ben embarks upon the most daring rescue mission of his career...because this is no ordinary hostage situation. There is something onboard the ship that's more precious than life itself - and a bloodthirsty tyrant will kill to possess it. As events spiral out of control, Ben Hope's skill and resourcefulness will be tested like never before.
Ben would die to protect those close to him, but in a hostile environment, against ruthless warriors, even the ultimate sacrifice might not be enough....
The first part of a sensational new two-book sequence that will be the biggest and most epic Ben Hope adventure yet!
Ben Hope is one of the most celebrated action-adventure heroes in British fiction, and Scott Mariani is the author of numerous best sellers. Join the ever-growing legion of listeners who get breathless with anticipation when the countdown to the new Ben Hope thriller begins....
©2016 Scott Mariani (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic reviews

"Slick, serpentine and very, very entertaining.... If you've got a pulse, you'll love Scott Mariani; if you haven't, then maybe you crossed Ben Hope." (Simon Toyne)
"Scott Mariani is an awesome writer." (Chris Kuzneski)
"Deadly conspiracies, bone-crunching action and a tormented hero with a heart.... Scott Mariani packs a real punch." (Andy McDermott)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 19-06-16

a fest of unnecessary, atrocious brutality

I have devoured all the Ben Hope series and to date have thoroughly enjoyed them but I was immensely disappointed by this book which seemed to consist of a fest of unnecessary, atrocious brutality that added nothing to an already weak storyline. There just wasn’t enough content to hold my interest. The repetition of Ben being put into no win situations (his helplessness and lack of action being completely out of character) started to irritate me as the narrative was going nowhere, and what did Hercules and the lion add other than more gratuitous violence? I am not going to say too much about the relationship between Ben and his son, the underpinning of this book, as that wasn’t developed at all which was a further cause for frustration.

To add insult to injury, I got to the end of the book only to discover it was the first of two parts, Devil’s Kingdom, Ben Hope #15 is due out November 2016 and I might give it a miss.

With any luck in Ben Hope #16 Scott Mariani will return to delivering a tense, twisty thriller with a strong but humane hero fighting his way through ‘situations’ in order to right a wrong or maybe the series has run its course.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Bernie G on 11-06-16

Long winded , drawn out & Ben Hope totally out of character

The story line seems like it was put together to a deadline.
Not much substance & Ben Hope out of character, Ben Hope would have taken the chance of freedom rather then letting 50 innocent people get butchered to save his son

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