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The Cross : There Are Worse Things Than Vampires... - Scott G. Mariani

The Cross

There Are Worse Things Than Vampires...

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When an ancient cross is discovered in Eastern Europe it becomes a powerful weapon in the war between the trads and the Vampire Federation - but soon, the world is threatened by its discovery...

The cross of Ardaich, feared by vampires, was believed to have been destroyed during the bloody war between the Vampire Federation and the Trads. But its accidental rediscovery could be catastrophic. Detective Joel Solomon can't forgive VF agent Alex Bishop for making him a vampire. Yet when Federation arch-enemy Gabriel Stone enlists a vicious killer to retrieve the cross, the couple and their human allies become the only defence against pure evil.

If the cross is used to gain power by the Ubervampyr, the sadistic and primeval race of elite vampires, it isn't just ordinary vampires like Alex and Joel who will be in danger. Things could be about to turn very nasty for the human race...A high-octane, action-packed adventure that will thrill fans of Charlaine Harris, Blade and The Passage.

About the Author

Scott G. Mariani grew up in Scotland. He studied modern languages and film studies at Oxford University and went on to work variously as a translator, language teacher, professional musician, pistol shooting instructor and freelance journalist before becoming a full-time writer. Scott had the idea for the Ben Hope series one day in 2007 while out walking with his dogs in the Welsh countryside. The first draft of the first novel was written in just three weeks, and its original hardback edition sold its print run in less than two months. The Avon imprint of HarperCollins then bought the paperback rights and offered Scott a four-book deal, launching the series in earnest. Within less than a year of the initial contract being signed, Scott was commissioned to write three more Ben Hope books. The Alchemist’s Secret was an immediate success, storming the UK charts while appearing in translated editions all across the world.


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Better than i thought

By kelshap81

from adelaide, sa

About Me Bookworm


  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about The Cross:

    Better than i thought it would be and may even continue with the series, Characters are all good but maybe a few to many to fall in love with any of them.

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    Praise for THE CROSS: "Essential reading for those bitten by the vampire craze., - Closer Book Club Praise for UPRISING: "It's got action ... it's a thriller ... more hardcore Underworld action than Twilight angst. This could be the one for you." - Falcata Times "Dark and dirty ... returns vampires to their rightful place as the creatures of nightmares." - Monsters and Critics "Exhilarating ... [the author] makes his undead realm seem genuine." - Midwest Book Review 'Mariani certainly knows how to rack up the tension in this high-octane thriller, Lancashire Evening Post 'Smart, action-packed thriller...it,s completely addictive., Closer Magazine 'This fast-paced thriller leapt off the page!" Closer Magazine

    ISBN: 9781847562135
    ISBN-10: 9781137364623
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 458
    Published: 13th October 2011
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 3.7
    Weight (kg): 0.318