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“It's basically Lara Croft, but with a special power. Not really all the intriguing as the characters are kind of shallow and the dialogue iffy. [possible spoiler] My favorite character who helps introduce our heroine to her special powers disappeared in the next book. There's a lot of lore and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“After reading over 100 pages in one sitting, which is something I've not had the time or inclination to do in many years, I can see that this might me a great series to get involved with. Well go figure - turns out to be three books in one! Two to go.”Mick Fitzpatrick wrote this review Sunday, February 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's basically Lara Croft, but with a special power. Not really all the intriguing as the characters are kind of shallow and the dialogue iffy. [possible spoiler] My favorite character who helps introduce our heroine to her special powers disappeared in the next book. There's a lot of lore and past- things I typically dig in SF/Fantasy book, even in current urban settings- that are barely glossed over and later ignored. I suppose if I read more of the books, there might be more lore to learn but eh.”john d wrote this review Wednesday, July 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
The first book in the incredibly long "Rogue Angel" series is a fun way to spend a few hours on a rainy afternoon.
There's nothing here that's high literature - magical weapons, murderous cults, a coverup, historical mystery, and "archaeology" - the same kind of "archaeology" that Indiana Jones and Lara Croft like. The reader follows Annja creed, basically a Mary Sue with a sword, as she discovers some Strange abilities, a Strange link to the past, and a couple Strange people who might have connections to her. This is a pretty decent start to a series that depends on rapid-fire adventures and excapades.
Expect to be entertained, expect to have a thrill or two, but don't expect to close the book and feel enlightened. It's pulpy, it's a little silly, a little hackneyed - but it's all FUN.
Solomon's Jar, Book Two in the long-running Rogue Angel series is a rather noticeable step down from Book One.
The first two chapters feel like the first five minutes of and episode on Alias: open with a recap of what has gone before and then have an exciting action scene. (Of course in Solomon's Jar, it goes Sexy Action scene, then recap.)
From there, we follow Annja, sexy-talented-intelligent-preternaturally gifted-archeaology girl into a rollicking adventure from England to Israel to...somewhere else..and then to another place... The plot isn't as logically presented as in Destiny; it seems like the author just wanted to write fight scenes that describe, blow by blow, what each combatant swings at and with. A fight scene might go on for ten pages, and not one paragraph is dedicated to transition. At some point I wouldn't have even minded seeing "Now that they knew [fact], Annja and [character] went to [place] to find [info]."
Not that I was lost - this isn't that complicated of a book. However, it felt like the author was really more interested in getting Annja to become the next great action star than to have her figure out anything really interesting. At least Book One had some made-up historical mystery, the story of Joan of Arc, and possibly immortal characters. Solomon's Jar has to rely almost entirely on Annja's reluctant and somewhat sanctimonius ability to kick butt.
I'm glad I started with the first book in the series. This one is rather underwhelming.
The fact that "Alex Archer" doesn't exist but is a house name for a set of four or five different authors is a bit of a let-down, but that explains how a series of 28 books can be published in a couple years. If you need some fluffy plane or train reading, this might be a book to pick up. If you want something with a little more meat on it, you should probably look elsewhere.”