Title: ROGUE ANGEL: DESTINY (Book 1)
Author: Alex Archer
Publisher: Gold Eagle
Genre: Urban Fantasy
An ancient order tied to the Vatican…
A blood fortune buried in the caves of France…
A conspiracy of power, greed and darkest evil…
Archaeologist and explorer Annja Creed’s fascination with the myths and mysteries of the past leads her to a crypt in the caves of France, where the terrifying legend of the Beast of Gevaudan hints at the unimaginable. What she discovers is shattering: an artifact that will seal her destiny; a brotherhood of monks willing to murder to protect their secret; and a powerful black-market occultist desperate to put his own claim to centuries-old blood money. Annja embarks on a high-tension race across Europe and history itself, intent on linking the unholy treachery of the ages with the staggering revelations of the present. But she must survive the shadow figures determined to silence her threat to their existence.
WHAT I THOUGHT
In this rip-roaring, action-adventure, Alex Archer, aka author Mel Odom (one of a handful of authors in this writing team) has pulled together all the key ingredients for a seat-of-your-pants intriguing mystery—complete with a welter of historical detail that does not overwhelm a plot, which, btw, twists and turns all the way to the very last page.
This plot is carried along by a thoroughly likeable and, more to the point, three-dimensional lead female protagonist, in the guise of Annja Creed. A cross between a more vulnerable Lara Craft (without the guns blazing) and a young female Indiana Jones, minus the hat and attitude. This is a page turner that doesn’t lag at any turn, in fact, you might find yourself breathless by the end.
My only quibble, and it’s a little one at that, is the character of Lesauvage—as the main antagonist—who came across as somewhat predictable if not, a little lacklustre. As a counterbalance to his petulant theatrics, though, we have Roux and Garin, two 500 year old feuding knights of antiquity, drawn by circumstances and fate, to Annja’s side and to the small town of Lozere, France, where a certain destiny awaits them all.
While Annja has me hooked, and wanting to read the next in the series. I’m also looking forward to knowing more about Roux, who’s real identity I think I already suspect.
Great fun, and a really fast read. I recommend you add this to your TBR pile as entertaining filler!
Rating : 7.5 / 10