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Slightly different plot structure than the usual read, this time we find Hope fighting against the odds while managing a debilitating injury. The stakes are raised and mayhem reigns when a psychopath steals and murders his way from La Val and beyond with Hope and Storm in pursuit. This novel exposes a more emotional and mature Hope to readers.
I normally enjoy the Ben Hope books but this one was quite different in terms of pacing and adventure, thanks to an injury being carried by Ben throughout the novel. I can understand the author wanting to try something different, but I don’t feel that it worked, as far as structure and excitement in the book went. Hopefully there will be a return to the usual formula in the next one.
Scott Mariani certainly knows how to write page-turning action thrillers and The Crusader's Cross is an excellent example. The story is the latest (at the time of writing this review) in the series that features the seemingly indestructible Ben Hope. As with previous novels in this series, Ben is able to overcome numerous obstacles in his pursuit of justice. In this story a broken ankle set in a plaster cast barely slows him down! The plot has two interconnected strands; the first involves the hunt for a gang of Corsican thieves who break in to Ben Hope's training facility at Le Val at Christmas to steal some armaments as, according to their intelligence, the facility would be only lightly guarded at this time. However, not all goes to plan and one of Ben's friends and several of his dogs are killed. The second strand involves the theft of an ancient cross that has been unearthed at Le Val and that could be of historical importance as well as being financially extremely valuable . So, if you are looking for an easy to read, all-action thriller then The Crusader's Cross should certainly be to your liking (and especially so if you like your thrillers to have death defying central characters who are completely indestructible). If, like me, you have read other novels in the series featuring Ben Hope, then I can only say The Crusader's Cross is every bit as exciting and engaging as most of the earlier novels in this pulsating series. If you haven't read any of the other stories, then don't despair as this one can be easily be enjoyed as a stand alone novel.
Probably the best Ben Hope book I have read an absolutely amazing plot that twisted and turned you can never have guessed where this plot was going and where it ended up I could not put down until I had finished a book you have to read.
I like the Ben Hope series, have read them all and in order. Some might call them formulaic but each book works well as a stand alone story as well as part of the series. This one is no different bad guy gets his comeuppance. Give the Ben Hope books a try, you won't be disappointed.
Scott Mariani never fails to deliver in any of his books and this is no exception. I've read them all (ben hope books) from day one and although Scott's writing style has changed a bit the quality just gets better. This book gives you action, insight, sadness and satisfaction from start to finish and I didn't want it to finish
English is not my native tongue, so I need a little more effort to read and understand the book. But I think the book is worth it. Pattern for each book is fantastic in my opinion. Just 400 pages or so is sufficient to spend hours together with Ben Hope, and not too long to get bored. After each chapter I'm dying waiting to see what happens next. It's a symphony of playing on my emotions. I think both male and female readers of the book can admire Ben - reason could be slightly different. Thank you for improving my English during 24 books.
I was disappointed with the last couple of Ben Hope books but this one is heading back in the right direction. Still not in the same league as the early books and this seems to be an almost new character.but not a bad book by any means. I'll keep on reading the series, as I have from book one .
The story started off quite interestingly as we have come to expect, but then it seemed to go waffling onto a chase that could have been predicted from chapter three. A little dissatisfied,as the background and history of the cross was a classic storyline waiting to be played out into a corner, but this wasn't it.
Yet another thrilling adventure with Ben Hope. Fast and furious as usual but disappointingly without the twist and turns that feature in previous works. I still give it five stars and highly recommend buying it. I hope Ben is back with us again soon.