Passenger 13 by Scott Mariani

Five years before the events of The Alchemist’s Secret… 

June 2003: the world is still on fire in the aftermath of 9/11. Fresh from the bloody conflict of the Second Gulf War, SAS soldier Ben Hope returns to Britain for some R&R leave, only to find himself embroiled in an intrigue deadlier than anything he’s encountered on the battlefields of Iraq. 

When a passenger aircraft piloted by Ben’s former army comrade Nick Chapman crashed off the Cayman Islands killing everyone on board, the official line was that Chapman committed suicide. But things don’t add up, and Ben’s old friend is barely in his grave before unfolding events point to something far bigger and more sinister going on. What did Chapman witness that powerful forces would do anything to suppress? Who was the mysterious thirteenth passenger on board the doomed flight? 

Following the trail of clues from the rugged Welsh borders to the Caribbean paradise that Chapman had made his home, Ben quickly discovers that some kinds of knowledge will get you killed – fast. Knowledge that threatens to unmask a global conspiracy of shocking proportions and change the way we view the world… and its masterminds have just made Ben Hope their principal target.

My Thoughts

I’ve read a couple of Scott Mariani’s books before and very much enjoyed them. When I was searching through ebook/ Novellas on Amazon, I came across Passenger 13 and as it was a ‘Ben Hope’ book, I downloaded it without hesitation. I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

Ben Hope is a great hero for the book and I love the fact that he has his flaws as well.  Although Passenger 13 doesn’t have the historical references that some of the later books have, it’s a great read and gives some background to Ben Hope which was nice to find out about. Lots of action, fast paced, twists and turns in the plot as always, stuff that really keeps you on your toes.

Links for Scott Mariani

Webpage : http://www.scottmariani.com/index.html

Amazon link : Passenger 13

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