The Mozart Conspiracy: Ben Hope, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Former SAS operative Ben Hope is running for his life. Enlisted by the beautiful Leigh Llewellyn - world-famous opera star and Ben's first love - to investigate her brother's mysterious death, Ben finds himself caught up in a centuries-old puzzle. The official line states that Oliver died whilst investigating Mozart's death, but the facts don't add up.
Oliver's research reveals that Mozart, a notable freemason, may have been killed by a shadowy and powerful splinter group of the cult. The only clues lie in an ancient letter, believed to have been written by Mozart himself.
When Leigh and Ben receive video evidence of a ritual sacrifice being performed by hooded men, they realise the sect is still in existence today...and will stop at nothing to remain a secret.
From the dreaming spires of Oxford to Venice's labyrinthine canals, the majestic architecture of Vienna, and Slovenia's snowy mountains, Ben and Leigh must forget the past and race across Europe to uncover the truth behind The Mozart Conspiracy.... An electrifying and utterly gripping must-listen for fans of Dan Brown, Sam Bourne and Ludlum's Bourne series.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 37 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||19 February 2015|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Publishers Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 8,924 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
29 in Conspiracy Theories
45 in Mystery Action Fiction
80 in International Mystery & Crime (Audible Books & Originals)
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Ben Hope is a retired SAS soldier who uses his 'retirement' and vast resources to track down missing children (his own sister having disappeared when he was a child). He is contacted by the sister of a friend that he served with. Oliver died in a reportedly drunken accident 12 months prior. Now his sister, Leigh is being pursued and it appears to be related to research Oliver had been doing on Mozart before he died.
This story is similar to those like [book:The Da Vinci Code|968], in this case it is an Austrian based secret society called the Order of Ra. There is a lot of violence in the book and look many heroes, Ben suffers injuries but is unstoppable in the most dire of circumstances.
There was plenty of action and it moved at a decent pace, but a bit too predictable.
It was an OK read but I won't be rushing to buy more in the series.
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For those unfamiliar with the series or the writer, Mariani’s lead character, former SAS man Ben Hope is a loose cannon who does challenging retrieval’s of kidnap victims, breaking up criminal Gangs or other dangerous jobs which utilise his skills from his time in the SAS. He’s a flawed hero to be sure but he usually finds a way out of whatever sticky situation he finds himself in. In his novel, he’s contacted by an old flame, Leigh Llewelyn, a successful opera singer whose brother served with Hope but who has apparently been executed in a ritualistic style killing. What follows is a fast moving romp similar to a Jason Bourne style story (albeit a little less detailed/ labyrinthine than the Bourne book themselves) but it takes in an international conspiracy bent on global domination. Listen, the style is not ‘high culture’. This is entertainment, pure and simple. There was one particularly egregious twist where I was saying ‘really?’ But overall it was a very entertaining ride and if you like this genre, would thoroughly recommend. A four star work to be sure.
Ben Hope, the indestructible hero of the story goes in search of the killer of his ex army buddy Oliver Llewellyn. Oliver had been writing a book about Mozart's death in which he purports that Mozart may have been murdered. While conducting his research he is seen witnessing a horrific execution which leads to his murder. His sister, Leigh, a famous opera singer, announces in an interview that she will continue Oliver's work and complete his book but soon realises her life may now also be in danger. So, she contacts an old flame, Ben Hope, for help.
There are plenty of twists and turns as the plot of this thriller unfolds (as well plenty of intrigue). The way the story unfolds made me think it could easily be made into a terrific film.
However, I was disappointed by one rather convenient 'event' that occurs part way through the novel when, faced with almost certain death, the plot takes a totally unexpected turn that enables our hero to fight another day. I won't reveal any details as I do not want to reveal the plot but even allowing for this being a fictional story, the 'event' was just a mite too contrived and convenient for my liking. Hence my four star rating for this novel.
Overall though, The Mozart Conspiracy is a really engrossing story, told at a relentless pace and it has certainly whetted my appetite to read the next novel in the Ben Hope series.
I am an avid reader and love a book which keeps me gripped and takes me into the world of the characters. These books certainly do this!
This was a particularly good one and gives you insight into the main characters. The book is full of twists and shocks and plenty of action.
Would highly recommend this series of books, looking forward to starting the next one.
There a twists and turns at every page aided by a sinister cult who will do anything to stop the truth coming out, and the reappearance of an old enemy and a tragic end makes this book a real page turner. Mariani describes and sets a scene with great detail and the book is well researched, the only criticism I have of the book is that the book itself has very little with the Mozart himself apart from the mysterious letter he send just before his death in 1788, apart from that he's not really mentioned after that.
Overall a good page turner that excites with non stop action, i'm looking forward to reading the other Ben hope novels.
Well here I am again, having started the series whilst on holiday again, I do remember certain parts of the books, but reading them for possibly the 3rd time, I still find myself captivated by his writing and clear description of the action unfolding, I do believe that I am there right in the middle of this world of Ben Hope.
When Ben receives a call from a beautiful and well known opera singer saying she is in trouble, his heart does a double take, the beautiful Leigh a girlfriend he left to continue his life and to keep her safe. Once he meets with her again, the old heart strings are pulled. Leigh's brother Oliver an old army pal of Ben's has died fallen through the ice whilst in Vienna- but not everything adds up - when Leigh starts looking through Oliver's possessions and does a TV interview and mentions this, she starts to be targeted.
Leigh and Ben's adventure takes them to Paris, Vienna and Ireland and never stops to keep you riveted from the 1st page to the last, their undying love is sparked again, but tragedy is not far behind.