Can Ben Hope find peace at last in a remote medieval monastery in the French Alps? His wanderings through Europe might have led him to this refuge but salvation is to be short lived for wherever he goes, trouble is never far behind.
When a team of merciless killers invade his newfound sanctuary and slaughter the innocent monks, Ben’s revenge quest quickly draws him into a bewildering mystery of stolen treasure, deception and murder.
What is the truth behind the cache of gold bullion apparently hidden for centuries under the monastery? What is the significance of an ancient curse dating back to a cruel heretic burning in medieval times? What are the real ambitions of the enigmatic leader of an organisation of doomsday ‘preppers’ calling themselves Exercitus Paratorum: the Army of the Prepared?
As he works to unravel the mystery, Ben is confronted with a terrifying reality that threatens to devastate the world and reshape the whole of our future. The race is on to prevent the ultimate disaster and there’s only one man who save us. His name is Hope, Ben Hope.”
To be up front, I was sent a copy of this book for free with the agreement to post a review today.
This is the 3rd book of the Ben Hope series I’ve now read and I want to read the others. So far they have been easy, fun reads I have enjoyed. I would definitely recommend as a holiday read for the summer. The chapters are short and snappy and left me wanting to carry on reading each time. I was saying ‘just one more chapter’ a lot with this book.
The book starts off catching up with Ben as he is rebuilding his life after the last book. He is lost and destitute and living in the middle of nowhere. He is in despair and is just looking for a way out. He is found and taken in by monks and that’s where the story starts to get interesting.
I love books where the modern world and history collide. I find it interesting and often learn something I didn’t know. I like fiction over non-fiction, but I also like to learn and find facts intriguing and often lead me to google a subject area to find out a bit more. This book did that, but I don’t want to give away the story by telling you what I looked up.
I liked the pace of this book. Starting out in a monastery setting helped slow the story down and let you get to know the main character more. It then starts to speed up as the action unfolds. The pace started to get too fast for towards the end. I felt it was rushed compared to the rest of the book, which was fast paced. Maybe it was just me getting into the end of the book and turning the pages too quickly.
Overall I enjoyed the action thriller that this book was. It was a fun speedy read that kept me entertained while I was reading it. It is predictable in a way as it follows the same kind of format as the other books I have read in the series, but that does not make it any less entertaining and enjoyable. The character has developed through the books I have read and I have grown to understand him more. If you are looking for a fast paced action book that could easily be a film, or TV episode, to keep you enthralled for a few days then this books, and the series, is a good place to start.
The Marytr’s Curse is published today!