The second novel of Scott Mariani’s series, The Mozart Conspiracy follows Ben Hope, a hero in the manner of James Bond, as he searches for the reason behind his friend Oliver’s death. Working together with Oliver’s sister, Ben uses all the tools at his disposal – including pistols and nail guns – to find his friend’s murderer. With elements of love, friendship and graphic violence, The Mozart Conspiracy is a wild ride of a novel.
Plot Overview: Conspiracies, Murder and Mozart
Ben Hope is a stoic, tense man, one who spends his life rescuing kidnapped children. When his ex-girlfriend, popular opera singer Leigh Llewellyn, reaches out to him following her brother’s murder, the soft-hearted and hard-bodied hero agrees to meet. Together, the two trace Oliver’s last steps and the origins of a mysterious letter written by Mozart.
As Ben and Leigh begin to discover who murdered Oliver and why, their lives and those of the people around them are threatened. Joining forces with a local Austrian police detective, Ben and Leigh fight off vicious thugs who are members of the sinister Order of Ra. Outnumbered, the trio will stop at nothing, not even murder, to find the truth.
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Mariani’s The Mozart Conspiracy is written in the same vein as Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code or Harlan Coben‘s Myron Bolitar series. Mariani, like Coben, provides a trickle of clues, each one guaranteeing the reader only knows as much as the characters. Both Mariani and Coben also appear to have such power over their plots, casually doling out information that leads to explosive reveals. And like Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, The Mozart Conspiracy exposes the secret and sometimes corrupt actions of an ancient society.
Mariani, who is a musician himself, thoughtfully explores the world of music as only someone with experience can. He writes with accuracy and a depth of feeling, and his background in music makes his proposed link between Mozart and the Freemasons that much more plausible. It is accepted knowledge that Mozart was a Freemason in his time and that The Magic Flute contains various Masonic symbols; Mariani, however, takes it one step further, suggesting that not only was Mozart an upstanding member of the society, but his death was also at the hands of a sinister side group.
The Mozart Conspiracy is a fast, page-turning read. Although Mariani does not shy away from describing violence and murder, his novel is terrific, both in its plot and in its protagonist, courageous Ben Hope.
- Mariani, Scott. The Mozart Conspiracy: A Novel. Touchstone, 2011 ISBN 9781439193365