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The Shadow Project (Ben Hope #5)

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Only one man can foil a plot set to change the course of history! The latest heart-stopping novel from the rising star of the conspiracy thriller genre. Ex-SAS soldier Ben Hope is enjoying life at Le Val, the facility in Northern France where he trains others in the dangerous art of hostage rescue, until a chance incident forces him to take on the role of bodyguard to the ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published January 21st 2010 by Avon (first published 2010)
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Apr 05, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it
Ben Hope is an ex-SAS hero who now runs courses in personal security. He takes a short assignment to provide protection for Maximilian Steiner, a Swiss billionaire who has been the subject of kidnap attempts. Hope realizes that the kidnappers are trying to get hold of some secret Nazi documents that Steiner possesses. As he starts to investigate, he discovers that there is a plot to resurrect a mysterious technology that was first developed under the Nazis. The group have been targeting and elim ...more
Susan Freeman
Oct 23, 2011 Susan Freeman rated it really liked it
Loved the story in this book, really enjoy the character of Ben Hope,look forward to reading follow on.
Dec 20, 2015 Metabull rated it it was ok
Not the greatest thriller out there, but reading the fifth novel in a series without reading the other ones might have something to do with it, but it might also not.

Basically we have Nazi secrets, an ex-SAS hero, some dark science mumbo jumbo and a family affair gone wrong in one novel. Besides the fact that Ben Hope seemingly is able to travel all over Europe in a matter of days (mostly by car), this novel is a bit much of everything, in a bad way. Sub plots all over the place and twists that
Oct 04, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it
When a training exercise he is running goes wrong, ex-SAS kidnap specialist Ben Hope finds himself sent to Switzerland to command a group of mercenaries who have been hired to protect billionaire Maximilian Steiner. It becomes clear that Steiner is hiding something, and that his secret is connected with the mysterious disappearance of a group of scientists.

This is the fifth Ben Hope book, and the plot is less mysterious than the preceding books, it is more of a conventional thriller. It's no les
J.F. Penn
Jul 30, 2011 J.F. Penn rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
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I found my first Scott Mariani book in a secondhand bookstore and have gone on to devour several of these books in a row. They feature Ben Hope, ex SAS security consultant who gets involved in various adventures. He is a kind of Jack Reacher character but more into his relationships, not so much of a loner. Jeff Decker helps Ben run Le Val, a tactical training unit in France and Brooke Marcel is the love interest, on and off across
Robin Carter
May 05, 2012 Robin Carter rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Another great Ben Hope book from Scott Mariani, each one i read seems to improve on the last, the plots become more complex, the characters grow and take on more life, the pace of the books is such that the reader is sucked into the book and you literaly lose time, i have been late back from lunch and suprised to find its 2am and had to put the book down as i have work in the morning.
As far as thrillers go, these are a great read, and well reccomended.


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Only one man can fo
May 06, 2015 Andy rated it liked it
A good read as long as you don't kid yourself you're reading fine literature. If you've read the previous novels you already know the format and this is more of the same with the added interest that he's now a personal security consultant running his own firm. Good 'boys' own adventure stuff for sitting by the pool. Hero survives impossible odds cos he's just better than anyone else.
Tom Tischler
May 30, 2013 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it
Ex SAS soldier Ben Hope is enjoying life at LaVal his facility
in Northern France where he trains people in the art of hostage
rescue. A chance incident forces him to take on the role of
bodyguard for a Swiss billionaire Maximillian Steiner. He is
the victim of a recent abduction attempt and Steiner believes
that a Neo-Nazi terror group are after some prized documents
in his possession. What seems like a straight VIP protection
job turns upside down by the appearance of a mystery woman
from Ben's p
Aug 20, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
This was a quick and easy read with an interesting story line. However, I found some of the dialogue passages to be stilted and awkward, just not at all how a normal conversation would flow. The other disappointment I had was with the "science" of the book. Perhaps this is just too much expectation on my part, but I want to be able to believe in what I'm reading, even if it may not be 100% true. For the invention in the book that is gathering energy, it seemed that the author just glazed over th ...more
Aug 07, 2015 Colin rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
By the second murder, just before the introduction of a massively unlikable, and not particularly credible character, I'd lost patience. Far too formulaic. I thought it might be an interesting new twist on the "secret Nazis" theme but it didn't seem to be going anywhere except over old territory.
Simon Busk
Not his best, but still a good read

Not his best book by far, but still a good read, looking forward to the new two book story though.
Dec 12, 2012 Rox rated it really liked it
Probably one of my favorite amongst the rest of Ben Hope series for the sole reason that I'm interested with anything related to WWII. Good work to Scott Mariani for making a relatively-unknown WWII general to some kind of a science hero with this-and-that discoveries. Furthermore, aside from being reunited with Hope's long-lost sister, it was also surprising that Hope's ever-tragic love story finally has finally ended in the name of Brooke's. Though, who knows what's in store for Brooke in Mari ...more
Peter Wilson
Apr 22, 2014 Peter Wilson rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-thriller
one word fantastic this series just continues to get better, from a slow start in book 1 to this its beginning really heat up.
Feb 23, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
This is the second Ben Hope I've read and I enjoyed it very much. There is lots of action and adventure although not a huge number of jaw dropping surprises. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the roller coaster like ride. Suspend believe just a bit at the end and I think you'll enjoy it as well. My only complaint is some of the books in the series no longer seen to be in print or available electronically (my preference). Guess I'll have to start scouring the used book shops in the area as I want to re ...more
Jul 09, 2015 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book and it was exactly the type of thriller that I like to read. Once again the author did a good job on both the story and the characters. I haven't read a book in this series for a while and had forgotten how much I enjoyed them.
Hardik Patel
Aug 12, 2014 Hardik Patel rated it really liked it
Cant put it down when the action begins, boring at first but it goes intresting at the end!
Pablo J.
Feb 10, 2015 Pablo J. rated it really liked it
Interesante propuesta del maestro de los thrillers-de-acción, Scott Mariani. Inspirada en la famosa arma nazi, die Glocke, erróneamente relacionada con una máquina del tiempo. Mariani propone, según la trama y los acontecimientos [SPOILER ALERT] que no se trata de una máquina del tiempo sino de un reactor de energía del punto cero, algo con lo que sueñan los ecologistas... o los terroristas, pues al mismo tiempo que puede salvar a la tierra, puede también destruirla. Recomendada si eres fan de l ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-fiction-read
A much better constructed thriller than the previous three with some twists I didn't see coming.
Animesh Sarkar
Mar 29, 2014 Animesh Sarkar rated it liked it
Starts with promise but stumbles along the way.
I love how Mariani always keeps something in reserve for the ending. Ben gets wrapped up in a multi-level job after the team leader gets hurt at his training center. Truths about his sister's disapperance finally come out and the truth about where she's been all this time is revealed. There is also some interesting theorizing about the Nazi Bell project and what happened to it. It is almost as if Mariani is weaving two stories and then whips them together with the speed and power of a cracking b ...more
Gennaro Imperatore
Jul 28, 2014 Gennaro Imperatore rated it did not like it
utter mince
Andra Nicoara
Feb 02, 2016 Andra Nicoara rated it it was amazing
From my point of view, this was by far the best book in the series (yet)! In this one we finally get to hear a bit more about Ben's family and his sister, Ruth, and there's a lot of surprising information coming up. This book also made me happy because there was no fleeting romance between the main character and some random woman he met on the mission (hurrah!), but it develops something more of a stable attachment. Also, Jeff is a f*cking gem of a character!
James Cridland
Feb 26, 2011 James Cridland rated it really liked it
Not a bad thriller. Lots of Amazing But Almost Impossible Things Happening At The Same Time, which is the hallmark of a thriller. Some nice characters, and an interesting da-Vinci-code-like bit of stuff about the Nazis, and particlar Hans Kammler (don't worry, this isn't a spoiler) who it's interesting to read about on Wikipedia, for example. Some nice and clever bits: if you're looking for another non-taxing Dan Brown book, you can't go far wrong with this one.
Dora Okeyo
Mar 05, 2013 Dora Okeyo rated it liked it
My first book by Scott Mariani and I enjoyed reading it- the action is something compelling and the Science made me ask a lot of questions and inspired me to look into the Nazi regime and learn what I could about it.
I liked: Brooke-as the Psychologist who is in love with Ben- she does have this stability to her that makes you wonder just how good their relationship would be.
It's a good story-keeps you turning pages and I liked it.
Jul 03, 2012 Alison rated it really liked it
Another page turner from Scott Mariani, this time throwing Ben Hope into a world of Nazi science. Interesting to find out about Ben's history as he encounters someone from his past. Of course there has to be the usual love interest but it's right at the end so doesn't interfere with the action too much - and maybe this one won't die! Really enjoying this series of books, and will be downloading number six very soon.
David Highton
Nov 18, 2015 David Highton rated it liked it
more beach reading
May 10, 2011 Barb rated it liked it
A good story with plenty of suspense and twists and turns in the plot. A little heavy on the armoury and action sequences for my taste but I enjoyed the dovetailing of the separate strands of the tale. I thought fleshing out of the characters was well and cleverly done. There was a little bit of pleasant fantasy in the 'ever after' but I am not complaining.
It was an enjoyable holiday read.
Jul 27, 2012 Vickie rated it it was amazing
An amazing book that stands above it's predecessors. The plot and the twists it contains are amazing and in one case, although the 'twist' is something you're expecting, you desperately want to be proven wrong and the confirmation of your suspicions actually makes your stomach twist as the implications hit you right between the eyes. Uncompromising and unsettling, a brilliant read
David Stimpson
Jan 19, 2014 David Stimpson rated it it was amazing
love these books
Apr 24, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Not too shabby. I really enjoy novels in this genre (adventure/action/thrillers with a bit of actual truth to them), though I have read better than this. It was a pretty easy read, had good characters and good attention to detail. All in all, it was fine, though nothing especially amazing.
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