The Alchemist’s Secret (Ben Hope, Book 1) by Scott Mariani

The Alchemist’s Secret (Ben Hope, Book 1)

By Scott Mariani

  • Release Date: 2008-03-03
  • Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,281 Ratings
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A former élite member of the SAS, Ben is tortured by a tragedy from his past and now devotes his life to finding kidnapped children.

When Ben is recruited to locate an ancient manuscript which could save a dying child, he embarks on the deadliest quest of his life.

The document is alleged to contain the formula for the elixir of life, discovered by the brilliant alchemist Fulcanelli decades before. But it soon becomes apparent that others are hunting this most precious of treasures - for far more evil ends.

When the secrets of alchemy hidden within the pages remain impenetrable, Ben teams up with beautiful American scientist Dr Roberta Ryder to crack the code.

It seems that everyone - from the Nazis during WW2 and powerful Catholic organisation Gladius Domini - wants to unearth the secrets of immortality.

The trail leads Ben and Roberta from Paris to the ancient Cathar strongholds of the Languedoc, where an astonishing secret has lain hidden for centuries…

BEN HOPE is one of the most celebrated action adventure heroes ever and SCOTT MARIANI is one of the most successful home grown thriller writers of all time. Join the MILLIONS of readers who get breathless with anticipation when the countdown to the new Ben Hope thriller begins …


‘Fans of Dan Brown will love this thrilling adventure.’

‘Establishes Scott Mariani as an author to watch.’
M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of The Reincarnationist

‘Packed with dark intrigue, danger around every corner, bullets flying, sexual tension, and an endless assault of nasty villains bent on stopping ex-SAS Ben Hope … everything a thriller should be and more.’
Joe Moore, international bestselling co-author of The Grail Conspiracy

About the author

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 in his native Britain and are translated into over twenty languages worldwide. To date the Ben Hope series comprises the #1 Bestseller 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 forthcoming The Armada Legacy (May 2013). Scott is also the author of the bestselling Kindle eBook novella, Passenger 13. Scott’s novels have been described as ‘James Bond meets Jason Bourne with a historical twist’.


  • The Alchemist's Secret

    By 44Ksake
    Thoroughly enjoy this book, fast paced keeping interest to the end.
  • The Alchemist's Secret

    By phirow
    An excellent read
  • Enjoyable and Informative

    By Helen Mack
    Had read a couple of Scott Mariani's books and enjoyed them so thought I'd read the first. This, too, was good other than what seemed to me to be a glaringly obvious lapse on Hope's part from the very beginning! Hence 4 stars rather than 5.
  • Mostly good

    By Afoxychica
    Good story told well with good momentum but some character flaws which left an annoying lingering.
  • The Alchemist's secret

    By frogface1234
    A poor mans Da Vinci code. For some odd reason the "T" is missing throughout the book numerous imes. A weak plot with a superhero and a Disney ending. A lighthearted read.
  • Brilliant

    By Allan1949
    An exciting thriller with real twists and turns. We'll researched and interesting subjects. I couldn't put it down
  • Loved it

    By Qwerty4765
    Great book, got totally caught in the moment. Didn't want to put it down
  • :)

    By Ellediamond
    Really really enjoyed this book! Although I thought it was such a good read I probably wouldn't read it again hence the four stars instead of 5! But can't wait to read more of the Ben hope stories!
  • Good old fashioned adventure

    By SueC&Flo
    I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would, it has a slow burning start but develops into a really good traditional adventure. Only slight flaw is you will guess all the twists before they happen, but you will still enjoy them nevertheless. The author would need to leave a few set up scenes out to give the reader some real surprises.
  • Fantastic - couldn't put it down!

    By porky25
    Like other reviewers, I downloaded this as a freebie on iBooks with little expectation of the great reviews being plausible. Well, this book has been my undoing ... reading it on my phone at every given (and more often stolen!) opportunity to the detriment of my sleep pattern and social life :). The pace is blistering and there is never a dull moment in the plot, which is superbly crafted with lots of tiny markers/subtle clues (which the reader may either pick up upon or remember with 20/20 hindsight) and the characters are expertly drawn and engaging. This really was a thrilling read and I'll be keeping an eye out for this author in future.