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.

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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.

Forbidden City (Rogue Angel #5)

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Synopsis:

Annja, in the process of helping out a Chinese man find his long dead relative, stumbles onto a secret that both Garin and Leroux want. And there is a whole gang of Chinese triads under the direction of a ruthless business man involved as well.

A lost city in the desert, traps and lots of action.

 

My Thoughts:

This was a lot of fun.  Annja gets almost killed in California while looking for a corpse and that ends up with her teaming backup with her ersatz mentor Leroux and going against Garin, Leroux’s former pupil.

And there is a sub-plot about some girl assassin, but besides literally providing a piece of a puzzle, she wasn’t an integral part of the story.

But we get a booby-trapped city under the desert! That is what made me bump this up half a star. Swords, darts, spears, falling floors, a locked room with a descending ceiling, it was ALL good.

The magical item this time was some doodad that Leroux thought was terrible, so he and Garin join up to destroy it.

Overall, a good fun read. No complaints from me this time 🙂

 

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Author: Alex Archer

Forbidden City

Rogue Angel #5

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 🙂

 

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 🙂

 

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 🙂

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Author: “Alex Archer”

Destiny

Rogue Angel #1