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  • Ben Hope, Book 26
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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Graveyard of Empires

By: Scott Mariani
Narrated by: Colin Mace
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Summary

Some wars are destined to be fought forever…

They call it ‘The Graveyard of Empires’ for good reason. For thousands of years, Afghanistan has been the rock that generations of would-be conquerors have perished on. What chance does one man stand in this place?

So when ex-SAS major Ben Hope hears former bounty-hunter, Madison Cahill, needs his help he knows it will test him to his limits – and beyond. As the borders slam shut, he must trace his friend before the new regime does. His only lead? An ancient lost city founded by Alexander the Great and rediscovered by Madison’s archaeologist father.

The mission will take Ben back to a place he thought was firmly in his past, back to someone he can never leave behind – and back to some old comrades. Among these is SAS man turned assassin, Jaden Wolf. Wolf has come to Afghanistan with his own agenda and knows as well as Ben that the conditions they face may prove as lethal as their enemies.

As they uncover old secrets, they find modern ones are just as dangerous. Who is the mysterious ‘Spartan’ that the British officials are so desperate to extract from behind enemy lines? And outnumbered and outgunned at every turn, is the pressure of being the last hope of the innocent too much to bear when surviving past sundown seems impossible?

©2022 Scott Mariani (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Compelling from the first page until the last, Mariani and his fabulous protagonist Ben Hope entertain in a gripping tale that will have you turning the pages well into the night." (Mark Dawson)

"History, action, devious scheming and eye-opening detail. Mariani delivers a twisting storyline." (David Leadbeater)

"A high level of realism … the action scenes come thick and fast. Like the father of the modern thriller, Frederick Forsyth, Mariani has a knack for embedding his plots in the fears and preoccupations of their time." (Shots Magazine)

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Wonderful part of the series

The story takes Ben into a scenario we haven't read before and doesn't disappoint

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Great story, poor narration

Another solid story from the Hope series, though he almost dies a little too often. What let's it down is the terrible accents of the narrator and don't understand why the females can't be voiced by a female which would add so much to the story

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The best of Ben Hope.

I've read most of Scott's Ben Hope adventures. This is the best one yet! Set in Afghanistan trying to rescue a group of orphans and an important person. Ben is again in the middle of fighting the ruthless Taliban. Colin Mace's narration is once again faultless bringing the story to life. Scott Mariani shines!!!

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Disappointed

Have read all of his books and this is poorest yet. Very little substance perhaps Scott is running out of material

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adrenaline rush, keeps you hooked from beginning

totally hooked from the beginning, keeps you wanting more. can't wait for the next chapter and challenges in the life of Ben Hope 👍

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Interesting take on history repeating cycles

Good fun and with a royal twist included. The Ben Hope series hopefully continues.
Thanks

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The bitter truth of war in Afghanistan

Scott has done his homework with this delicate issue but truth be known we have lost good soldiers in a conflict that for 20yrs gave freedom to the people of Afghanistan.... Now look at we have done re armed a deadly terrorist organisation.

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Always a great read

As always a good story keeps you interested and funny in places, you can just hear the sarcasm dripping in places

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Brilliant as always

Adore the characters in these books. Colin Mace is an excellent narrator- looking forward to the next adventure already

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Another great adventure mixed with humour, although Ben’s one liners are becoming cringe and cheesy

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  • Roberta j Forrest
  • 29-11-22

A great read!

I loved this book and your Ben Hope. All his friends that appear in other Ben Hope books are delightful & great warriors that I have enjoyed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-22

Always a great listen!

Not my favorite, but a great listen nonetheless - I liked the interspersed real life references. They made the story relevant and that much more interesting. Love, love this series! I’ve learned a lot of history through Ben Hope’s crazy adventures -
Thank you Mr. Mariani - keep them coming.
Thank you as well to Colin Mace, whose excellent narration brings the books to life

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  • JoAnn
  • 27-11-22

Suspend your skepticism

I love this series so I am willing to suspend skepticism and believe that it's possible to run into an old friend in the deserts of Afghanistan. And to drive on in big trucks yet never run out of gas. Anyway, just sit back and listen. Not one of the best in the series but still very good.

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  • NE124
  • 27-11-22

A Great Adventure

Implausibly great and good read. Who knew so much of Alexander the Great and Afghanistan? Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Ian
  • 25-11-22

Mish-mash plot - not the best in series

I have been a huge fan of the Ben Hope series, but this is not one of the best.

Mixed meandering plot with so many elements (terrorists, orphans, treasure, love interest and a secret VIP) that it becomes convoluted and relies on too many chance encounters to be feasible.

Colin Mace as always is a stella narrator,

Overall disappointed.