The Chosen (Rogue Angel #4)

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Synopsis

Mysterious happenings are occurring in New Mexico. Demonic creatures of darkness are killing people, an incarnation of the Divine Child keeps appearing and saving people, Annja keeps having assassins trying to kill her and through it all an old Jesuit killer keeps popping up.

Also the big, bad, terrible United States Military is doing horrible, dark, secret, scary things. Oh my!

 

My Thoughts

Annja, the skeptic, who can pull a sword out of no-where, is physically enhanced, sees a demon with her own eyes, but she says it was just an eagle. This whole “I don’t believe in the supernatural even though I’m part of it now” thing grates. It is “Denial” of the worst kind.

Other than that, this was a pretty enjoyable action urban fantasy. Annja teams up with a dying Jesuit who goes after supernatural baddies and they go after a deranged military guy who is trying to breed hybridized demon/animals. Yeah, weird.

I enjoy reading these, even with the faults. It is a formulaic action story, so if I have to put up with 1 or 2 faults in each story, that’s ok. Not all formula stories can be as awesome as the Mack Bolan series.

 

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Author: Alex Archer

The Chosen

Rogue Angel #4

The Spider Stone (Rogue Angel #3)

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Synopsis

A sacred stone, said to be a gift from Anansi to an African tribe, is being pursued for various reasons and by various people. Some say it is a treasure map, others a supernatural symbol of Anansi’s protection and others a curse.

 

My Thoughts

First off, while I know these are throw-away adventure stories, they do more than just dabble in the supernatural. They make philosophical and theological statements and that gets my inner Lion roaring away. But I still enjoy the adventure side of things.

Alex Archer is a catch-all for whatever author is writing that particular book and each author seems to be bringing their own pet political and theological ideology into the books. This time, we get smacked with the evils of the White Man, the pureness of the tribes of Africa [except for when they weren’t, but that is glossed over] and how killing is Evil, with a capital E. Which means that Annja must feel guilty and all dark-sidey when she has to kill someone with her sword in self-defense or in defense of the innocent.

Other than that, I really liked this. We get a sacred stone and all that that means, ie, warlords, treasure hunters and witchy-women. There are some serious kickass fights, ranging from fisticuffs to swords and daggers to guns to vehicle mounted assault weapons.

The ending wraps up as quickly as the previous 2 books and I’m beginning to sense that the ending is the least important and least thought about part of the book. I mean, BAM, every badguy dies and the goodguys get the goods at the last 2% of the book.

I suspect these books will be lucky to get a 4 star from me, ever, but a run of 3 stars is pretty good by me. I don’t need The Codex Alera by Jim Butcher for every fantasy book series ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Author: Alex Archer

The Spider Stone

Rogue Angel #3

Solomon’s Jar (Rogue Angel #2)

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Synopsis

Annja Creed finds out about Solomon’s jar, where he supposedly stored the demons he used to build the temple described in Kings and Chronicles. Of course, others want this jar for it’s supposed occultic power.

 

My Thoughts

Let me start off by saying that I believe that demons are real, that possession can and does occur today and that suggesting that Solomon built a temple to Jehovah using demons is ludicrous and blasphemous. So some of what happened in this book touched a nerve instead of just being fantasy to me.

Ok, now that that is stated…

Annja continues on her quest to discover what it means to be an agent of Light. A lot of this story was babbling about “Goodness” and how God is too big to be nailed down to one belief, and other such new age non-sense that might sound comforting and is easy on the mind, but when examined, is just so much rubbish. Philosophy-Lite I’d call it.

But, a lot of action happens. And that was all that saved this story. Annja is attacked. Everywhere she goes. By mercenaries. By rogue Israelis. By an Amazonion super Model [I kid you not!]. By a group of Earth First nutters who want to wipe out humanity. By a group of scared fishermen. And finally by a group who is working for Garin Braden, Roux’s old apprentice. [Roux is currently a kind of hit or miss tutor for Annja when it fits into the story] The ending was kind of besides the point it seemed to me, but it wasn’t disappointing or anything.

I can’t wait to see what further adventures happen with Miss Creed in the later books. I just checked Wikipedia and the series is up to something like 45. So I’ve got plenty to read, as long as I don’t get sick of it ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Author: Alex Archer

Solomon’s Jar

Rogue Angel #2

Destiny (Rogue Angel #1)

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Synopsis

A Lara Croft clone, down to the shorts, twin pistols and twin “guns” (if you know what I mean) finds the missing piece Joan of Arc’s sword and becomes an agent for Light with some supernatural powers.

 

 

My Thoughts

This was published by Gold Eagle, the imprint that did/does the Mack Bolan books, so I knew I was in for action and kickass’ness. It’s like Harlequin, for men. However, I’ve never been a fan of Tombraider, as I don’t really prefer busty babes as action heroes. So I wasn’t sure how this was going to work.

Thankfully, it was a lot of fun. The supernatural side of things was very limited and I’m hoping it ramps up in further books. Having an older “mage” mentor worked well, especially since he’s a dick. He’s the perfect cranky old man. And his former apprentice does a good job of coming across as the deadly playboy who’d kill you as soon as look at you.

The plot was more setup than anything. It worked in finding the final piece of the sword, getting the sword and dealing with another adventurer who wanted the piece of the sword. Lots of introductions that WERE the plot.

Overall, I enjoyed this for the light fluff it was and am looking forward to the next couple in the series. I believe there are 30+ novels, but I’m not promising to hang around THAT long. But who knows, maybe it will keep my attention ๐Ÿ™‚

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Author: “Alex Archer”

Destiny

Rogue Angel #1