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House of War

(Ben Hope #20)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  395 ratings  ·  43 reviews
The brand-new thriller from the #1 bestseller.
‘A gripping tale that will have you turning the pages well into the night’ MARK DAWSON


Following a chance encounter with a terrified young woman in the streets of Paris, former SAS soldier Ben Hope finds himself hurled into a violent new mission involving murder,
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 31st 2019 by Avon
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Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Scott Mariani, and Avon Books UK for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

A long-time fan of Scott Mariani and his work, I eagerly read this latest Ben Hope thriller when I could get my hands on it. Full of poignant themes and a quick narrative, Mariani does not disappoint his readers. After returning to France from his most recent mission, Ben Hope only wants to enjoy the sights
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
House of War is the twentieth outing for Ben Hope, and although this has become a long-running series, it doesn't appear to be showing signs of floundering any time soon. It is not necessary to have read any of the previous instalments to enjoy and engage with this story so any potential readers can safely and simply jump right in. This is a very difficult book to describe in terms of the plot without giving away crucial details, and I feel that going in blind makes this all the better. Scott ...more
To Isis terrorists, the world is divided into two houses, the House of Islam and the House of War, meaning the land of infidels who the terrorists will bring to their knees with endless war. Ben Hope learned about this type of thinking years earlier as a British special forces soldier in Iraq. Now, living in Paris, still fighting the bad guys, but privately, he literally stumbles into a nest of vipers intent on bringing endless war to the streets of Paris. This is an action packed bloody black ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Ben Hope series is easily my favourite thriller series. I absolutely adore it - and Ben Hope! While this isn't the best of the series (it's also one of the more violent), it's still a thoroughly exhilarating thriller, which pits Ben against a worthy opponent. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Scott Mariani always delivers with his Ben Hope thrillers. If you like clean cut heroes who are like a cross between James Bond and Jason Bourne, Mariani’s Ben Hope series is definitely worth a read.
This one, the 20th in the series, had me on the edge of my seat and I devoured it very quickly over the course of a few days. In true Ben Hope style it left me wanting more when I got to the final page and as always the author provided an opening chapter to his next Ben Hope book to hook me in!
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Now in to its 20th instalment, Scott Mariani continues to entertain with his enigmatic protagonist. The great thing about this series and the one thing you can truly depend on is that you feel at home reading a Ben Hope series. Great characterisation, evil enemies and an almost thrill a minute read.

While perhaps not his best adventure, let’s face it Mariani has set the bar relatively high in his career, the book does flow well enough to keep the reader turning the pages and in Nazeem you have a
Paula Howard
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ben Hope is back in action by accident after colliding with a young woman in Paris. Instead of putting his Parisian safe house on the market, he instead is hunting down an Islamic terrorist. Throw in an ex-Delta Force “friend” who is more that what he seems, the plot thickens quickly.

In the view of the Islamic terrorists, the world is divided into the House of Islam and the House of War, the infidels.
Julie Lacey
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first Ben Hope book I’ve read despite having several others on my TBR pile. I thought I’d request this ARC and go in at the deep end and I really enjoyed it.
After returning to France, Ben has a chance encounter when he literally bumps into a young woman. He realises she’s dropped her phone and tracks down her home address to return it to her.
He arrives to find the door ajar and the woman lying dead in her apartment. She’s still warm so he thinks back to the man he passed in the
Trevor Snape
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is the 20th book in the Major Ben Hope series and this series is as good as ever. Major Ben Hope's exploits and adventures are still fresh and exciting and will still make the readers heart race and make it very difficult to put the book down. This story is very current with references to the "yellow jerseys" in Paris where the story begins and revolves around members of ISIS and how they have destroyed religious statues in the middle east and how they are trying to exploit the West's ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free copy of this book in return for a review.

I have to be honest and say that I’m not the sort of person who usually picks up thrillers. I am, however, an insatiable reader, one who can bury her nose in and enjoy books spanning across all genres. After seeing several Mariani books in shops close to me, and thinking that the blurb of this book sounded interesting, I decided to give it a go. I had, after all, heard good things from several different people,
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yet another brilliant book from Scott Mariani!
Ben Hope is a former SAS soldier, who now runs a tactical training facility (Le Val) in France with Jeff Decker and Tuesday Fletcher, a big black Jamaican SAS wannabe. Ben is in Paris after finishing a job before returning to Le Val when a young woman literally runs into him. She's clearly afraid, but says nothing to Hope before running back to her apartment. Ben finds her mobile phone and tries to return it to her, but she's murdered before he can
Sue Morcumb
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads
Another on the edge of your seat read, and the usual style and panache of Ben Hope, although a person who thought he was an ex-military man with him throughout a previous skirmish turns out not to be the innocent bystander he showed in his demeanour towards Ben and it raised questions in Bens mind, what was this guy who was supposed to be his friend doing? All will be revealed later on, the chase was on as always with Ben Hope stories and they move quickly smoothly and have you moving as fast as ...more
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars: Cinematic quality shoot outs and car chases. Scott Mariani never disappoints.

Scott Mariani is easily one of my favourite authors. His Ben Hope series manages to combine historical content with cinematic style action sequences. Fast paced and interesting plot lines come together in this latest effort with the political Parisian background bringing things right up to date.
A chance encounter with a lady who drops her phone leads Hope on the trail back to an old enemy. He stumbles upon a
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great adventure

What I love about Scott Mariani, is the wonderful way that the author researches his material. Pages of pages of intricate detailed knowledge, that makes the Ben Hope novels completely gripping and exciting to read. Once you get your teeth into a Ben Hope adventure, you cannot put it down. You get drawn into the action. That's 20 Ben hope novels that I have now read, and I have to say that you never get tired of Ben Hope. My only wish is that Scott re writes in Ben's sister
Gordon Johnston
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fast paced and engaging instalment in the long running series. Ben Hope takes on an ISIS cell in France with the aid of a former US special forces ally. But he has secrets. Can they work together to stop an old common enemy before his plan comes to fruition?

Much of the book sees Hope trying to work out what the links are between a museum worker, her boss and a terrorist. When the story comes together he realises that he doesn't have much time to stop a terrorist attack. Of course, there
Kathleen Gray
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I hadn't read any (any) of the preceding 19 (!) books but was just fine with this one. There's lot of action, a great hero in Ben Hope, and the requisite evil villain in Nazim, an ISIS fighter determined to commit big terrorist acts. Hope and his cohort Tyler Roth work well together (love the dialogue). If this sometimes seems a bit out there, note that you are turning the pages to find out what's going to happen. There are good guys, there are bad guys, and hope triumphs over all. Thanks to ...more
Anne Robinson
I occasionally dip into this series when I want an easy read that will take me out of myself. Although this is the 20th book, there is still plenty of action, the odd twist in the plot, and excitement with a satisfying resolution. I am not interested in the details of weaponry and I do get a little irritated by the fact that live female characters are few and far between, but I suppose that Mariani is not really writing for people like me. He does what he does well enough and I can see this ...more
Doug Yonce
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ben Hope has a past, as nineteen previous entries in this adventure series will testify. But he also has a present as this exciting novel reminds us. The antagonist, thought to be dead, proves to be a worthy opponent as the body count rises in the Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean.. With the help of his Delta force ally, the race is to stop millions more in a battle of stolen artifacts and international terrorism. I received an advanced digital copy of this book from the publisher and ...more
Agnes Melissen
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Scott Mariani is one of my favorite writers.
The book is fun to read and fast, but for me it's casual things what happen and Ben Hope is on the right/or wrong place when it happens. There is no real soul in the book and no real story too. It all goes too smooth. And that's exactly what I loved in most of his previous books. He is really caring for people and doing his utmost to save them and this is not one of those books.
dennis barron
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
House of War. Scott Mariani

To begin, this is a masterfully written masterpiece. Ben Hope is again, caught up in a situation he didn't ask for, but he will rectify, punish the one person who escaped their judgement for their heinous crimes. An Isalmic terrorist. A devious mastermind. Non stop action. If Ben Hope doesn't stop him thousands will die. Simply put, an incredible read. Enjoyed immensely! My highest recommendation.
Hilary. Mccarthy
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
An easy to read novel that keeps the attention of the reader .
The plot is fairly complicated .
Many twists and turns for our intrepid hero Ben Hope .
I am still not sure if I enjoyed the earlier booms more when Hope was freeing kidnapped victims , the stories seemed to ring a little truer .
Nevertheless , a good novel in true adventure spirit .
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book in the wonderful Ben Hope Series, 20 Books and still going strong. This was a book of our times, even included a roofless Notre Dame, and focused on a terrorist plot that Ben had to try and stop. Love Ben’s personality and his refusal to die, or to stop going for revenge for others. Strongly recommend this series, and always surprised it isn’t better known!
Robert Bradberry
Love Ben Hope

Best recommendation I can give. Just ordered Pretenders
Gold, #21 in the series. Can't get enough! The best series
out there and House of War was among the best. 5 stars!
Melly Kallon
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really can't remember much of this book now, it was good as usual though. I love Ben Hope, I should've changed it to read a month ago as I finished it a matter of days... Anyway, I recommend the whole series, it's awesome and Ben is the best!
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Another great Ben Hope thriller. I’ve missed a few in this series but although there was a new (to me) character in his team, I didn’t feel like it jarred too much, though I do want to read back to find out more about Tuesday. Exciting plot revolving around a group of terrorists.
David Highton
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Ben Hope adventure, against an ISIL plot in France, as our hero meets an enemy from the past. Some lengthy unrealistic dialogue as some of the characters explain the hsitiry and political context
Joe Geesin
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best, it's a good story well written, a colleague from the past is roped in to hit a common enemy, and there's a nice twist. Lots of action, could have been a bit more tension at the climax though.
Mrs A. J. Turbfield
Another page turned from this master of revenge. Not quite as

thrilling as some of his previous tales, but good anyway. Felt a bit on the short and unfinished side to me.
Mr Bill Dunn
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping stuff!

Another adventure over for Ben Hope, always enjoyable as one of my winter reads. Good old rip roaring fun, keep it up Mr Mariani.
sheila greenwood
Great adventure

I've read most of the Ben Hope books and I think this is the best. Can't wait for the next one.
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