Your Scott Mariani Mission

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To celebrate the publication of THE NEMESIS PROGRAM by our top ten Sunday Times bestselling author Scott Mariani we ran a competition to find the ultimate die hard Ben Hope fan.

We found him!

Meet Rich Wigley and read on to find out exactly why Scott Mariani’s Ben Hope series should be on your must-read list! 

I came across Scott Mariani by complete chance. As an aspiring writer myself, I was actually on a mission to find some new novels to help inspire my own work. It was a couple of years ago now and I was exploring the ibook app on my new iphone, scrolling through the ‘istore’ in search of a new adventure. I guess the first thing I look for in a novel is material that I can relate to. The fundamental things I look for in a book are action, great characters and the knack to make me believe I’m somewhere else – escapism at it’s very finest. Being a young lad, I can become quite distracted, so I needed a book that was going grab my full attention.

After some ‘scrolling’, I came across an ebook called ‘Passenger 13’. The first thing that captured my attention was the synopsis. It described the main character – an ex SAS soldier (Ben Hope) who embarks on a wild goose chase around the world, in an effort to unravel the mystery behind the suspicious death of his former army comrade in a plane crash. The book was fantastic, filled with twists, jam packed with action, intelligent crime solving, and provided amazing descriptions of locations I could only dream of visiting. I was mostly intrigued by this Ben Hope character and soon discovered there was an entire series that follows the development of the protagonist as an intelligent, yet troubled hero, written by the author Scott Mariani. I began reading all of the books in chronological order and have been hooked ever since.

Shortly after completing the series I decided to contact Scott himself, to tell him how much I enjoy his books. Scott was really grateful and was keen to get me to write a testimonial for his website, which now features on the ‘readers corner’ section of his dedicated site.

Importantly for myself, I wanted to find out how I could use his work as a catalyst to begin my own , I wanted to find out how Scott gets ideas on to shelves. I went to my local library and discovered a book, written by the man himself, called ‘How to write a thriller novel’ – Perfect! The book has proved to be incredibly helpful, providing me with much motivation. It also covered an insight into the publishing world, including important things to bear in mind when catering for a thriller audience, specifically.

I guess as a fan you have the assumed duty to lend the books on to people and spread the good word. About two years ago I had an interview for a sales role at a well-known magazine publisher. For the interview I was asked to prepare a ‘Presentation on one of my passions’. Usually I would have covered Football or Music, but I figured given the context of my interview it would be more fitting to create a short presentation on my favourite author, Scott Mariani. Needless to say, the interviewers were impressed and I was invited back for a second interview. One of the interviewers was that impressed, she even asked to borrow a copy of a Ben Hope book, for her son.

Having read all the books, I find all I can do is wait patiently for the next whilst Scott is grafting hard on the next Ben Hope plot, somewhere in the Welsh hills. In the meantime, I’ll continue to recommend his books to everybody I know. Because that’s what his biggest fan would do, right?

– Richard Wigley


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JUBILEE WEEKEND IS COMING… get your crime & thriller hit for just £1.99!

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Jubilee weekend is almost here (if you hadn’t already noticed all the paraphernalia around town) and that means a FOUR DAY WEEKEND.  What better way to celebrate all that glorious reading time than by snapping up the following fantastic Kindle reads for the teensy price of £1.99!!

A Spy by Nature by Charles Cumming

For fans of TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY comes this
masterclass in suspense about a spy caught up in
his own web of deception…



Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride

Stuart MacBride’s Number One bestselling crime series
opens with this award-winning debut. DS Logan McRae
and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer
who stalks the frozen streets.



The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill

A stunning, fast-moving, standalone psychological thriller
from the award-winning author of the
Dalziel and Pascoe series.



Fallen Idols by  Neil White

A Premiership footballer is shot dead in cold blood on a
busy London street, and a country is gripped by terror.
Who is behind this apparently motiveless killing – and
who’s next in the firing line?



Vanishing Point by Danielle Ramsay

The stunning new novel from a rising star of crime writing,
featuring a sadistic and powerful trafficking ring
that has its roots in the highest corridors of power…

The Alchemist’s Secret  by Scott Mariani (only .99p)

Ben Hope lives on the edge. A former élite member of
the SAS, Ben 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.

Scott Mariani

Category: Author Post

Scott Mariani is the author of the worldwide-acclaimed action-adventure thriller series featuring ex-SAS hero Ben Hope. Scott’s novels have topped the bestseller charts and have been translated into over twenty languages worldwide. To date the Ben Hope series comprises The Alchemist’s Secret, The Mozart Conspiracy, The Doomsday Prophecy (published in the USA as The Hope Vendetta), The Heretic’s Treasure, The Shadow Project, The Lost Relic, The Sacred Sword and The Armada Legacy.  Scott is also the author of the bestselling Kindle eBook novella, Passenger 13.  Scott lives in the wilds of west Wales, and when not busy writing enjoys outdoor pursuits, walking his dogs, archery and photography.

Visit Scott’s official site

A selection of some of  Scott’s titles, click on the jacket for more information.


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