The Soul Stealer (Rogue Angel #12)

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Title: The Soul Stealer

Series: Rogue Angel #12

Author: Alex Archer

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 284

 

Synopsis:

Annja goes to Siberia[?] with an old friend who is an archeologist. His trademark is that he bicycles to each site. So Annja, Mr Friend and his bodyguard all bicycle in. They get trapped in a small village due to a snowstorm and come across a monster that might be a fallen goddess.

Russian Mafia are involved, as well as forbidden Cold War science and a deranged scientist.

 

My Thoughts:

While I enjoy these books as Action/Adventure books, the Paranormal aspect is so badly done that it really takes away from my enjoyment.

Take this book for example. Annja has a sword that she can pull out of the air, her mentor is 500 years old, she has seen and fought demons and yet she won’t believe in the possibility of a goddess. Won’t, not can’t.

This wicked smart woman simply won’t accept the evidence right in front of her eyes.

And that bugs the heck out of me.

Either go Paranormal or not. Stop going back and forth between hidden science or the supernatural.

And Elijah came near unto all the people, and said, How long go ye limping between the two sides?

– I Kings 18:21

That pretty much sums it up. I’m giving this series another couple of books to smooth this out, but if not, I’ll drop it.

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Provenance (Rogue Angel #11)

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Title: Provenance

Series: Rogue Angel #11

Author: Alex Archer

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 348

 

Synopsis:

Annja finds herself embroiled in some world wide broo-haha over a mysterious and allegedly super powerful artifact.

A super secret sect of Christians [oh my, are there ANY OTHER KINDS OF CHRISTIANS IN LITERATURE THESE DAYS?],  a group of kindly and devout Muslims and then some Indonesian Pirates all want this artifact.

And NOBODY knows exactly what it is, or what it does or anything concrete at all in fact.

 

My Thoughts:

This book was patently ridiculous. Plain and simple. The only thing redeeming this was the onslaught of unrelenting action, from a cruise ship to ninjas in an apartment to an island gun fight to a naval battle. It was guts, guns and glory.

At the end, Annja, the remaining Knights and Muslims [who are now all bff’s as they realize that they all want the same thing *insert super de-duper eyeroll*] look into the coffin and see something SO AMAZING that the author can’t tell us what it is. It is just all that.

This book pretty much set off so many bullshit alarms that I was drinking pepto-bismal by the gallon when I was done. If all the books had this amount of action however, it would really improve the series. Just lose the philosophy and let the urban fantasy explain itself.

Serpent’s Kiss (Rogue Angel #10)

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Title: Serpent’s Kiss

Series: Rogue Angel #10

Author: Alex Archer

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 292

 

Synopsis:

Annja finds the remnants of an old shipwreck. It appears to be from a possible Lost Civilization and the descendants of an escapee from there want whatever is on that ship. Because it will lead them to a Lost City filled with treasure.

 

My Thoughts:

Annja has adventures. Runs into a modern day pirate and then into a whole city of inbred bestial savages.

And uncovers an archeologists’  wetdream.

And that really sums up everything.

Warrior Spirit (Rogue Angel #9)

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Title: Warrior Spirit

Series: Rogue Angel #9

Author: Alex Archer

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 292

 

 

Synopsis:

Annja is recruited to find an old family relic with possible mystical powers, by the last in a clan of…..Ninjas!

And they are opposed by the Yakuza, another Ninja’y kind of guy and some monks.

 

My Thoughts:

My eyes were rolling so much while reading this that I had to change my glasses.

Ok, it wasn’t quite that bad, but almost.

The Sword goes on the fritz whenever Anna isn’t in real danger, which I find ridiculous. It completely took away the idea of Free Will and negated the idea that she could go all Darkside by killing innocents, which has been previously explored.

I don’t expect much from my action books, but if you are going to try to be Philosophical, I expect something real, not some new age crap that has as much depth as a bikini.

And Mr Ninja? I have nothing to say *grin*

Secret of the Slaves (Rogue Angel #8)

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Title: Secret of the Slaves

Series: Rogue Angel #8

Author: Alex Archer

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 253

 

Synopsis:

Annja Creed is approached by a Bono/U2 based Billionaire Activist who is after some super tech created by a hidden society in South America.

At first this hidden society seems bad, as they kill everyone around Annja but then we see the light about how good they are because they “shared” in the past.

And Mr Activist is shown for the horrible, horrible person he really is and in the end everyone gets what they really deserve.

 

My Thoughts:

I still don’t understand how a group of escaped slaves somehow turns into a super advanced society that can hide itself from satellites, etc? Sharing culture with those they escaped to doesn’t suddenly make them into supermen.

I go into these stories with my believe-o-meter turned all the way to zero, or so I think and yet I still get shocked each time. I guess when the author writes so heavy handedly it can’t be helped.

Other than that, this was typical Rogue Angel with guns and punching and swords and exotic locales. And plenty of new side characters to kill off. I have to admit, I love that part, I really do.

God of Thunder (Rogue Angel #7)

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Title: God of Thunder

Series: Rogue Angel #7

Author: Alex Archer

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 352

 

Synopsis:

Thor supposedly came to earth and left a great treasure as well as his hammer Mjolnir.

One of Annja’s former acquaintances wants to make his mark by finding the hammer.

At the same time, a family of nobility that is skirting bankruptcy is seeking the treasure.

Leroux and Garin get involved, one on each side.

 

My Thoughts:

Forget any thoughts of Mjolnir. This story doesn’t actually have anything to do with that, even though it should.

Lots of parenting issues between Annja, Leroux and Garin.

Some shooting and chases, an obligatory badguy who is “really” bad because he does torture and stuff [oh lordy, like that makes someone worse than the guy who embezzles and ruins 1000’s of families lives? phhhh] and of course everything is solved in the last 5% of the book.

Too much about the treasure and not enough about the Hammer. That would have been cool but I guess the ghost author doesn’t have an imagination? Wouldn’t surprise me. I never liked Mel Odom, even if he wasn’t the particular ghost writer for this book.

The Lost Scrolls (Rogue Angel #6)

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Title: The Lost Scrolls

Series: Rogue Angel

Author: Alex Archer

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Genre: Thriller/Urban Fantasy

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Annja is on a digsite helping out a group that is trying to discover some information about Atlantis when a para-military group descends upon the camp, kills almost everyone and takes all the scrolls they can.

Annja is stuck with a whiny, immature, genius of a girl and together they must figure out who is after them and what is so important about the scrolls in their possession.

 

My Thoughts:

This started out ok, but about 3 or 4 pages in, we meet the most horrible girl ever. I don’t remember her name now, but she was the epitome of a stuck up, arrogant, immature, selfish genius. I hated her.

And Annja had to deal with her through the entire book and that ruined this book for me. The story, about losts scrolls that might lead to more info about Atlantis and super-civilization, could have been pretty good.  You get a lot of action and a cool battle scene on an oil rig, but the pretentious prig ruined it for me.

I didn’t understand why Annja kept helping her out, or being nice to her or anything. The brat was in her 20’s, able to take care of herself and smart enough to know better. But she acted like she was 12 or 14 the whole time.

I hate it when a side character makes such a big impact that it completely affects my enjoyment of the book overall.