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Valley of Death

(Ben Hope #19)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  587 ratings  ·  52 reviews
This time it’s personal…

People going missing in the remote wilds of India is not unusual. But when the son of a wealthy Delhi businessman is kidnapped just weeks after his brother fell victim to an alleged bandit attack in the mountains of Haryana, it raises eyebrows.

With the local police doing close to nothing, there’s only one man for the job: ex-SAS major Ben Hope. But
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Published May 16th 2019 by Avon
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Grace I stumbled across Scott Mariani by accident via my local library and have been hooked ever since. I don't think there has been one that I haven't…moreI stumbled across Scott Mariani by accident via my local library and have been hooked ever since. I don't think there has been one that I haven't enjoyed. They are easy to read and Ben Hope is a likeable character.
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Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Scott Mariani is back with another explosive novel in the Ben Hope series. Having recently returned from America’s Deep South, Ben is forced to come to terms with the fact that his helpful vibe seems to be an inherent aphrodisiac to women all over, causing him much distress in his romantic relationships. However, he soldiers on while working at his training facility in France. When a woman appears with a message, he takes notice. The sister of his former love interest, Brooke Marcel, has come to ...more
Alan Cotterell

Having read all of this series to date, I have been a big fan of the authors phenomenal ability to produce very fast paced novels that still managed to teach you about some ancient civilisation or historical artefact.
This one still has the lessons, but the pace for most of it is considerably slower. Only 60mph, for first 60% anyway, not the usual 100 mph plus. The remaining 40%, moves more like his best. Having said that, this is still a lot better than the two African books.
The body count
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Never fails to bring fast paced action and enjoyment.
Paula Howard
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Valley of Death might just be best of the Ben Hope series.
Action and intrigue never end.
Ben and Brooke meet and are hunting for her missing husband.
Set in India, the reading gives a sense of some of the countries problems as well as history.
I have a little hope that we haven’t seen the end of Ben and Brooke.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, aty2020, fiction, mystery
Another action-packed Ben Hope novel, this time in India. I really enjoy the series where our hero has a real loyalty to his friend, persistence in finding his targets and a code of personal honour in how this story ends.
I love this series and have read and adored each one of them. They always go straight to the top of my reading pile. Valley of Death is fantastic! Every bit as good as the best of the rest and good to see Ben Hope spending time (ie, fighting baddies, righting wrongs, rescuing the good guys, unearthing archaeological mysteries, drinking single malt, wrecking cars) with an old friend. This time the action takes place in India. Excellent! review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Trevor Snape
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I felt that this book was slightly lacking the brisk pace during the first half compared to what we have come to expect from this legendary thriller writer, however the second half more than made up for it. This series is so phenomenal that we expect excitement on every page with the storyline always travelling at a hundred miles an hour, so a more sedate pace in the early chapters helping to build the background story of this particular escapade for Major Ben Hope should be expected. This story ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of the Ben Hope series of novels since the beginning, and Valley of Death did not disappoint. Set in India, he must find out what happened to an old friend. This puts him in the path of some very ruthless people. While this could be read as a standalone thriller, I would recommend starting with the first one (The Alchemist’s Secret) to get a better picture of how this character has evolved. This series is all about Ben Hope; the details may change, but he is always the same – ...more
Joe Geesin
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not only is this a well written action drama with a historical plot, the plot has a twist, it's classic Ben Hope, but there's a face from the past (or two) and a twist or two there also. Things are left open - making the next book just as enticing.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
He's getting better and better as he goes... less Washington political stuff, and more good action!
David Highton
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another adventure for Ben Hope, this time in India responding to a cry for help from his former fiancee. As usual, fast-paced and violent.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
19th installment of my most fav hero Ben Hope series. Ben is in Le Val and suddenly out of blue he gets a visitor asking for his help. He can't able to refuse as it's from someone very special to him. Finally Ben lands in my country INDIA... Yeh.... Welcome to INDIA Ben hope... He has to save a person who may or may not be dead already. He takes us through the busy Delhi city areas to remote arid areas of Rakhigarhi. Once again Brooke enters into his life and we can feel the Ben's suffering well ...more
Unputdownable - as always.
R.J. MacDonald
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
What did the military do before the SAS came along? Another novel with an ex special forces hero saving the day. Fast paced, but predictable; I'll look out for one of his earlier novels to see how the author's style has evolved.
Andra Nicoara
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
I loved that this book brought back familiar characters and explored some of Ben and Brooke's pain and residual feelings towards one another, it made my interest peak. The action itself is one you can expect when Ben gets involved, a lot of shots being fired, vehicles getting utterly wrecked and many moronic bad guys. I do enjoy the way Scott Mariani manages to describe the environment thoroughly and gives you the sensation that you're almost there, egging Ben on. The only thing that slightly ...more
Melly Kallon
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was so cool. I just love this thing about thrillers - they make you suspect something, pushing you in a concrete direction on purpose only to prove you entirely wrong. A bit annoying on one side because I'm so eager to be correct but the element of surprise in everything, as Ben Hope surely knows. He is my most favourite bookish character for sure. I just love everything about his personality and he's not a bad looking guy either. Ben has a very intriguing sense of humour, meaning he's ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Scott Mariani (and his character, Ben Hope) at the top of the game.
Ben Hope is running a course at his training centre in Le Val when the sister of his ex-fiancee comes to ask him to help her. Her brother-in-law has been kidnapped in India, his older brother is also missing in the same area and is presumed dead.
The brothers are tow of three brothers born to an Indian couple who seem to have almost immeasurable wealth, power and influence. The eldest son works in the family firm, the
Sue Morcumb
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads
I think this was the book about the Irish Potato Famine and all the subsequent events, I found there was too much detail about the issue, and at times I got bored with it and was about to give it a miss, but it took a turn for the better and the story began to make more sense, there were two leading ladies which confused things, and as always Ben was on a mission to sort out the bad guys, which he did very successfully. He is a thinker and a does and everybody loves Ben, he is an enduring ...more
Rosie Amber
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, adventure
Valley Of Death is book nineteen in the Ben Hope action thriller series. This story takes place mainly in India.

Ben is an ex-SAS major and his latest adventure involves a kidnapping and disappearance of two brothers from a wealthy Indian family.

Kabir Ray, a leading archaeologist in the continued search for answers about the Bronze Age Indus peoples, recently went missing in a remote area. When his concerned brother Amal returned to India to help find Kabir, he was kidnapped from a city street.
dennis barron
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Valley of Death Scott Mariani

An esteemed professor and archeologist in India is kidnapped. He manages to escape from his kidnappers after they brutally murder two of his students. His kidnappers knowing he is wounded leave him after assuming him to be dead or dying. Then his brother is kidnapped. The reason. A lost treasure the professor knows the location of. Now, the kidnappers believe his brother knows. Their knowledge of this is based on a traitorous family member and a trusted family
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Ben Hope books by Scott Mariani never fail to deliver excitement and great story lines. This is one of the best. A friend from Ben's past comes back looking for help to find out what is happening in India and from then we are on a fast paced adventure full of twists and turns. The characters are as always very good, and believable. The research in the book is flawless and you do learn a bit of history that you didn't know before. I always love these books they are dependably exciting. So if ...more
Gordon Johnston
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ben Hope, someone kidnapped in a foreign country, he rides to the rescue. Add in an ancient mystery, a fight against the odds and much death and daring do. In other words, a typical Ben Hope story.

The dynamic between Ben and Brooke, returning to his life after many years, gives an additional layer to this episode. We see a little of his inner torment and the emotional element adds to a fairly straightforward adventure story.
Heather McRae
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous as always

Scott remains one of my favourite writers for his cinematic style, fast pace and, above all, the fabulous characters, especially Ben Hope. Valley of Death lives up to all expectations with an engaging story and wonderfully satisfying ending. Can't wait for the next one!
Thomas Gordon
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic as always, Scott Mariani has kept it going great again and his knowledge and research of local cultures was unbelievable as always.

Another amazing Ben Hope adventure and whilst not shy on the action front, it very much delved into Ben's personal life and feelings too!

Top Noch read and would recommend!!!!!
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading Ben Hope books since the beginning and yes I throughly enjoy them there have been a couple below par but still good. This is not one it's a great read from the beginning. Ben is off to India and gets reunited with Brooke but not like that, she's married and there's trouble around, great read great characters and I can't wait for the next.
Hilary. Mccarthy
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as good as previous books in this series.
I felt the storyline was rather laboured at times and without much substance .
There was plenty of action but it lacked intensity .
I wasn’t drawn into this book as I have been before .
Hopefully the next novel will bring me back into the fold ,
Mrs A. J. Turbfield
Another masterpiece from this master of adventures. Brilliantly written as expected

A wonderful journey from beginning to end. Very unputdownable I have done little else since I picked it .a bestseller without a doubt.
Robert Bradberry
Continued Excellence

India was interesting, the villains were interesting, but teasing
us with the possibility of Brooke and Ben and showing us who
and why Ben is where he is was excellent. Another five star rating
for an excellent series.
Karen Gibb
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you enjoy action or historical fiction then this is the book for you.
I love Scott Mariani books they are always exciting and jaw dropping at times.
I think everyone should try them and they love them too!!
Anandh Sundar
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
As an Indian, I picked up this book hoping to get a great plot. Unfortunately, the book has scenes which are more out of Slumdog than showing indepth research. That is why I docked a star. But I did like the chemistry between Ben and Brooke, and for that reason, a 4* instead of 3*
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