Rogue Angel: Destiny by Alex Archer

ROGUE ANGEL: DESTINY
Author: Alex Archer
Publisher: Gold Eagle
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy

BACK COVER BLURB

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 the duo of 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. 

A plot 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 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 bad guy—who came across as somewhat predictable if not, a little lacklustre. As a counterbalance to his petulant theatrics, 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 Destiny awaits them all.

While Annja has me hooked, and desperately wanting to read the next in the series, I also want to know more about Roux, who’s real identity I already suspect. 

Great fun, I recommend you add this to your TBR pile!

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