The Golden Elephant (Rogue Angel #14)

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Title: The Golden Elephant

Series: Rogue Angel

Author: Alex Archer

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 315

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Roux loses all his money and sends Annja out to recover a priceless artifact so he, Roux, can sell it to a collector.

Annja gathers a team, and in a race against a tomb raider, finds a lost city, beats off 2 armies, saves the treasure and becomes BFF’s with aforementioned tomb raider.

 

My Thoughts:

This series has lost me with this book. I don’t expect much from ghost written action girl series, but this went beyond “a mess” into full on “terrible”.

First, Roux losing most, or all, of his money. That is so much garbage that I don’t even know how to respond to it. The man has had 500 years to perfect his poker face and yet we’re expected to believe he’s almost broke? Ridiculous Number 1.

Second, Tomb Raider girl. An african princess, with severe daddy issues, has deux machine pistols and robs tombs. A tip of the hat to Lara Croft? Only if you’re a senseless dolt. This was ripoff, pure and simple.

Thirdly, the “philosophical” talks between Annja and Miss Tomb Raider consisted of T.R. saying her piece and Annja going “oh yeah, I guess you’re kind of right…” Bad philosophy, or even wrong philosophy, is one thing but LAZY philosophy isn’t acceptable. I wanted to jump into the story and just rip apart Tomb Raider’s supposed arguments.

Fourthly, the “token” lesbian. I’m a Christian and don’t accept the homosexual lifestyle as something that is ok, but even I was embarrassed at just how shallow and pathetic this 2 paragraph part of the story was. Change it “token christian” and you would have had a black woman hollering “Jesus save me!” once or twice and that would have been that.  Write it well or go home.

Finally, the collateral damage. I’m a big fan of lots of death in action/adventure stories. But when just about everybody dies simply to clean up the story and Annja is weeping hysterically one moment over them and the partying the next, well, it is pathetic.

So in conclusion, this was just a sad sack of a story and with the lacklustre of this and the past couple of books, I think I’ll be done. I need to find some good series instead of settling for pathetic and mediocre.

 

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Gabriel’s Horn (Rogue Angel #13)

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Title: Gabriel’s Horn

Series: Rogue Angel

Author: Alex Archer

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 314

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Roux, Annja’s erstwhile mentor, is hunting down a painting that might lead him to Gabriel’s Horn. An artifact of power that will end the world, and end Roux’s guilt over the death of Joan of Arc.

Garin, Roux’s other apprentice, wants the artifact for himself.

Annja is caught in the middle of her “family’s” squabble and is pretty much blown to and fro.

 

My Thoughts:

This time around, the author doesn’t make Annja doubt the supernatural side of what she has inherited with the sword. She plunges into the adventure without all the inner whining and self-doubt we’ve run across before. Thank goodness!

The “romantic” under current between Garin and Annja was a bit ridiculous. In many ways, they are like step-siblings with a rascally, unruly father. The tension between them is more animalistic than real. Two powerful people coming to terms with the other while jealously guarding the relationship they have with their father figure. The “family” aspect was really played up in this book and it should have been, it is a great plot device.

The overall layout of the story is the exact same. I think there is a template that all the authors must use. Something, something, something, wrap it up in the last 10% of the book. Things just get solved in all the books in the last 10%, without fail. It is good to keep that in mind.

 

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.

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.