The thirteenth Ben Hope adventure has officially made history by being the first ever No. 1 title in the opening week of the new ebook chart from the publishing trade organisation The Bookseller. STAR OF AFRICA leapt straight to the top position based on just half a week’s sales after publication. In the same week, the book also took the #1 spot in Apple’s iTunes chart, blasted into the Top 10 Sunday Times bestsellers list, and rocketed into the Amazon Kindle Top 10.
The concluding part of the two-part ‘Africa’ sequence, THE DEVIL’S KINGDOM, is released in November 2016.
Immediately after its January release, The Cassandra Sanction shot into the Sunday Times bestseller chart to spend two straight weeks in the Top 20. At the same time, the book reached the #1 position in the Google Play and iTunes charts. As ever, Scott wishes to thank the growing army of Ben Hope fans who put the books into the charts, time after time . . . Ben Hope raises a glass to you!
The Science behind The Cassandra Sanction: new site launched
Lots of readers have asked Scott of the hair-raising scientific background of this novel: ‘Can it possibly be true?’ They’re amazed (and maybe not too relieved) when Scott replies that, yes, the scary stuff in TCS is all firmly grounded in real science, with a more urgent and direct meaning for all of us than anything Scott has written about before. This is all based on research that Scott has been working on for quite some time. He considers it so important that he’s started up a separate new website on the subject, The Cassandra Files. This is a blog-style site that will grow as it goes, so if you want to find out more about one of the most pressing issues facing humanity, be sure to check in regularly to find out the latest!
Coming soon: Star of Africa!
Star of Africa, the thirteenth Ben Hope adventure and Part One of an epic double-bill set in Africa that will be the biggest, boldest and most explosive Ben Hope adventure yet, will be out in early May 2016. With pre-orders already topping the charts months before its release, Star of Africa will be followed by its concluding part, The Devil’s Kingdom, in November.
Countdown to Ben Hope 12
The much-awaited twelfth Ben Hope novel, THE CASSANDRA SANCTION, publishes internationally on 28 January. This time around, while delving into the suspicious disappearance of a beautiful lady scientist and dealing with a set of murderous villains, Ben will stumble on a stunning revelation that has profound implications for all Humankind . . .
2016: a Ben Hope fest
This year, Ben Hope fans will be treated to not two, but THREE new books. Following on from THE CASSANDRA SANCTION in January will come STAR OF AFRICA in May, the first part of an epic two-part adventure that will culminate in THE DEVIL’S KINGDOM in November. Stand by for the most Ben Hope-packed year since the series began!
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The 11th Ben Hope novel burst into the Sunday Times Bestseller list immediately on its release in June 2015, based on just half a week’s sales . . . and climbing. Click here to order your copy and stay up to date with our hero’s adventures.
Kings of Kindle
Some old books never fade away, they just keep coming back . . . Summer 2015 has seen the triumphant return, yet again, of the very first Ben Hope novel The Alchemist’s Secret to the Amazon bestseller charts, missing out on its former #1 position by just one place, with The Mozart Conspiracy, The Doomsday Prophecy and many other of Ben Hope’s adventures following close behind.
The Forgotten Holocaust in the charts
The tenth Ben Hope adventure was a top pre-order title for HarperCollins and rocketed straight into the Sunday Times bestseller list. As ever, Scott wants to thank the many readers who made this happen. Stand by for book 11, coming hot on its heels . . .
The Alchemist returns
It's official: the ninth novel in the Ben Hope series will be titled THE NEMESIS PROGRAM and will become available in early Spring 2014. The action is even hotter and faster than before, taking Ben to new locations around the world. Read the taster at the end of The Armada Legacy, then stay tuned to read more ...
Ben Hope hits the million
Scott is delighted to announce that the Ben Hope series has now officially topped the million sales mark in the UK alone. Once again, it is thanks to the support of the many Ben Hope fans at home and abroad that the series keeps going from strength to strength.
The Armada Legacy hits the Charts
The Armada Legacy
The Armada Legacy, the long-awaited explosive eighth novel in the Ben Hope series, was released on 11th April in eBook format and has been storming the Amazon charts. Paperback on sale 9th May.
The Sacred Sword is an Instant Bestseller
Within days of its release, The Sacred Sword was propelled higher than ever before into the bestseller charts by the thousands of Ben Hope fans who rushed to read it. Many thanks to all of you for your continued support! And of course, Ben will be back . . . keep watching this space for news of The Armada Legacy.
‘Quite simply, the most ferocious and brutal book in the Ben Hope series yet, and it’s a page-turning stunner of a read. The second in the sequence, THE DEVIL’S KINGDOM, really can’t come soon enough!’ - Lovereading review
‘Compelling and controversial . . . In addition to his captivating writing abilities, Mariani has carried out a massive amount of research to ensure that The Cassandra Sanction is scientifically accurate. But don’t worry, this is not a science book. It’s filled with the kind of exciting action that deserves to be made into a blockbuster movie.’ - Robert W. Felix, climate scientist and author of the bestselling book Not by Fire but by Ice
‘[The Cassandra Sanction is] a wonderful action-loaded thriller with a witty and lovely lead in Ben Hope . . . I am well and truly hooked!’ - Northern Crime Reviews
‘I love the adrenalin rush that you get when reading a Ben Hope story . . . The Martyr’s Curse is an action-packed read, relentless in its pace. Scott Mariani goes from strength to strength!’ - Book Addict Shaun
'The pace of these books ensures a swift completion of each episode. I absolutely love each book I read, each is unique and takes you on a thrilling journey of discovery, but at the heart is a lead character you love from the start and root for each time!' - Amazon
‘The Ben Hope series is my favourite action thriller series. I’ve read and loved every one of them. I think it’s fair to say that this, the eleventh, is the best of them all – and that is a considerable achievement.’ - For Winter Nights
‘Scott Mariani seems to be like a fine red wine that gets better with maturity!’ - Bestselling Crime Thrillers.com
'Mariani's novels have consistently delivered on fast-paced action and The Armada Legacy is no different. Short chapters and never-ending twists mean that you can't put the book down, and the high stakes of the plot make The Armada Legacy as brilliant to read as all the previous novels in the series.' - Female First
'Sunken secrets, psychos in the jungle, a dark twist on a Hitchcockian Vertigo-style obsession - The Armada Legacy is slick, serpentine, sharp, and very very entertaining. If you've got a pulse, you'll love Scott Mariani; if you haven't, then maybe you crossed Ben Hope.' - Simon Toyne, best-selling author of the Sanctus Trilogy
'Authentic settings, non-stop action, backstabbing villains and rough justice - this book delivers. It's a romp of a read, each page like a tasty treat. Enjoy.'
'Scott Mariani is an awesome writer'
'Creatively weaves a storyline through ancient history and modern times . . . An exhilarating ride that races along to an exciting conclusion.' - Mysterious Reviews
'Mariani constructs the thriller with skill and intelligence, staging some good action scenes, and Hope is an appealing protagonist.' - Kirkus Reviews
'A fast-paced arcane thriller that will captivate readers with its plot evolution and characterisation.' - Fresh Fiction
'A breathtaking ride through England and Europe' - Suspense Magazine
'The Mozart Conspiracy hits thrilling, suspenseful notes . . . a rollickingly good way to spend some time in an easy chair.' - USA Today
'The helter-skelter pace kept me hooked like a prize catch . . . if Mariani can type at the pace his novels move, then his PC must have breathed a sigh of relief every time he finished work for the day.' - Crime Squad Reviews
The Cassandra Sanction in audio
For those who enjoy listening to (rather than, or perhaps even as well as reading) the latest episode in the continuing exploits of Ben Hope, here’s a sample of the all-new audio download produced by HarperAudio and now available from your favourite retailer.
The Ben Hope prequel PASSENGER 13 enjoyed a Festive Season boost when it shot into the ebook charts in Australia, hitting the Kindle Top 30 on Amazon.com.au and clambering up the Movers and Shakers chart.
Ben is back, in-between full length novels, for a brand new short story. THE TUNNEL is now available from the Amazon Kindle store and takes us step back in time to 2004. Ben Hope has recently left the SAS. So what is he doing in full military garb, stalking a dangerous enemy in the remote Highlands of Scotland? What is the deadly secret behind THE TUNNEL? Read and find out . . .
The latest Scott Mariani short story is now available at a Kindle store near you! DECOY is a breathless suspense thriller that tells the story of a young mother battling to save her child, and herself, from the clutches of a psychopathic murderer. Click HERE to purchase.
Ben Hope fans who like to listen as well as read can now catch up with our hero’s pre-Alchemist’s Secret adventures in the brand new audio version of the bestselling ebook novella PASSENGER 13, now available in both CD and downloadable formats. CLICK HERE to purchase and / or listen to an audio sample.
Top of the Pre-orders
For the second time running, the forthcoming Ben Hope novel The Nemesis Program has topped the publisher’s pre-order chart, reaching the #1 spot with both the ebook and paperback editions, a month before publication day. Scott says a big thanks to all those who pre-ordered the book . . . and he knows you won’t be disappointed by what we all think is the biggest, boldest Ben Hope adventure yet!
In this dark new novella, Scott ventures once again into the realm of the supernatural with a chilling ghost story about an attractive young writer who moves into her dream cottage in the Cotswolds, only to find the dream turning into a horrifying nightmare . . .
The Armada Sails in At #1 for Harper Collins
The hotly-anticipated new Ben Hope adventure, The Armada Legacy, is HarperCollins' #1 preorder book pending the official release dates in April (ebook) and May (paperback).
Meanwhile the book is riding high at #4 in Amazon's Kindle preorder chart and Paperback Hot Releases. Scott wishes to thank all those who have placed their orders in advance to read Ben's latest epic adventure. It's been a long time time coming, but you will not be disappointed!
Amazon's Worldwide Top 10
Amazon have just released their list of the top 10 bestselling ebook authors for 2011, based on Kindle downloads in the UK, USA, and Europe. Scott comes in at #8, proving once again that the Ben Hope series is a rising force worldwide thanks to all you readers out there!
Lucky Number 13!