Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Mozart Conspiracy-Scott Mariani

The Mozart Conspiracy
Scott Mariani
Touchstone, Mar 22 2011, $24.99
ISBN 9781439193365

International opera star Leigh Llewellyn sends a message to her former lover Ben Hope that she needs his help. A former SAS solider, Ben immediately visits Leigh. She explains her late brother Oliver who was Ben’s friend was writing a biography of Mozart when he suddenly died in Austria under questionable circumstances. She fears for her life too as she thinks her sibling was murdered over the seemingly innocuous book.

Though he doubts it is foul play, Ben agrees to protect Leigh. However, as he expected to rusticate with his ex lover, Ben revises his opinion when deadly mobsters try to kill them. Apparently the father of Leigh and Ben found a previously unknown Mozart letter dated just before the great composer died. In it Mozart accuses the secret Order of Ra members of odious deeds including assassinations and provoking war. This lethal cabal remains active with Ben and Leigh in their crosshairs for elimination.

The latest Ben Hope thriller (see The Doomsday Prophecy and The Heretic’s Treasure) is an exhilarating tale that is a cross between Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, Harrison Gradwell Slater's Night Music and Dick Adler’s The Mozart Code. The story line is fast-paced as Ben and Leigh struggle to stay alive while the deadly operatives of the Order of Ra want them dead.

Harriet Klausner

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