Adventures in Books… The Alchemist’s Secret

Over the last week I have wanted to read a lot of the time and I have also wanted to read books I haven’t read before. This is when I love that Amazon offer cheap Kindle books. I had downloaded a few books back in the summer and I finally got round to looking again at what I already had ready to read.

I decided to read The Alchemist’s Secret by Scott Mariani.

“Where there’s Hope there’s trouble…Ben Hope lives on the edge. A former élite member of the SAS, Ben is tortured by a tragedy from his past and now devotes his life to finding kidnapped children. But when Ben is recruited to locate an ancient manuscript which could save a dying child, he embarks on the deadliest quest of his life.The document is alleged to contain the formula for the elixir of life, discovered by the brilliant alchemist Fulcanelli decades before. But it soon becomes apparent that others are hunting this most precious of treasures – for far more evil ends.When the secrets of alchemy hidden within the pages remain impenetrable, Ben teams up with beautiful American scientist Dr Roberta Ryder to crack the code.It seems that everyone – from the Nazis during WW2 and powerful Catholic organisation Gladius Domini – wants to unearth the secrets of immortality.The trail leads Ben and Roberta from Paris to the ancient Cathar strongholds of the Languedoc, where an astonishing secret has lain hidden for centuries…”

I really enjoyed the book. It was full of adventures, a bit of fantasy and the old favourite a bit of romance. The book was well written and fast flowing. I got pulled into the story and liked the characters more than I thought I was going to. It has a familial ring to it if you like ancient code cracking books, but it was different enough to be a fun and exciting read.

I started the book not realising it is the first of a series. I will definitely be looking at the other books in the future when I need something different and quick to escape into.

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