The Shadow Project [Paperback]
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 21 January 2010
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This could easily have been utter dross, and to be fair at times it balances precariously on the knife edge of quality fiction vs drivel. Yet it Mariani always seems to get away with it. The hero Ben Hope is an ever-so-slightly predictable ex-SAS tough guy with both a brain and a conscience (and even a degree in Theology, although that is only obliquely referred to in this, the 5th of his outings). With romance, Nazis, secret inventions capable of destroying the planet, conspiracy theorists, a misunderstood billionaire, a long lost sister presumed dead, and (slightly bizarrely due to a mistake in the Kindle edition) a prologue reference to Vampires and/or Werewolves, and you've got a novel that rather surprisingly had me gripped all the way through. I'll be looking out the rest of the series.
Quite a nice thriller for the bathtub or the beach with some unexpected turns. This time, Ben Hope gets involved in the mysteries of long-forgotten documents about the work of a high-ranking SS scientist during WW2. Various people have set out to get hold of the papers - and some of them would stick at nothing. As usual, Mariani's characters show much more depth than those of many other thriller writers and their actions, often due to their personal involvement in the case, appear plausible and understandable. Although part of a series of novels, the "Shadow Project" is an original book of its own and highly recommended to fans of mystery crime-novels.
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