House of War

Passing through Paris on his way home to Le Val, Ben Hope is minding his own business. A young woman accidentally bumps into him in the street, and when she has gone on her way he finds her mobile phone in the gutter. He goes to her address but is too late to save her; she has been brutally murdered. He passes a man on the stairs and realises they have met before, many years ago, when Ben was in the SAS. Warning bells are ringing; this man – Nazim al-Kassar – was captured in the Iraq War, and reported dead by the Americans.

In this relentless, action-packed thriller, the twentieth novel featuring Ben Hope, a dangerous terrorist is on the loose and the clock is ticking. Ben is forced to turn to Tyler Roth, a Delta Force colleague involved in the original capture of Nazim al-Kassar, in order to track him down. He is obviously not to be trusted, and his anti-Muslim tirade is really over the top, but Ben has no choice; he must follow the only lead he has.

House of War is slightly different to the other books in this series as it does not have the usual historical element to the story. The up-to-date theme of terrorism makes Ben’s task seem much more frightening because it is rooted in reality. There is always a point in Ben Hope books where you wonder how he is going to get out alive, the tension is ramped up, and you have to keep reading feverishly to see how he does it; this is no exception.

Looking forward to Ben’s next adventure, The Pretender’s Gold, when it comes out in May. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.