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Posted September 27, 2013
Time to retire this series
I have been a fan of Annja Creed since I discovered this series a few years ago. The premise of a young lady who possesses the sword of Joan of Arc provides many interesting ideas. But after more than 40 books in the series, it seems to be getting a bit stale. The stories are getting more formulaic with Annja starting out on a journey of discovery only to be followed by someone who is out to steal whatever she finds. She always manages to get captured by her nemesis at least once in every episode and lately always seems to find herself running through underground caves and tunnels. It is time to let this series come to a logical conclusion. Annja needs to find her parents to discover her geneology and the fact that she must be a direct descendant of Joan D'arc.
Besides the common themes in all these stories, Annja seems to be making more and more bad judgement calls or making extremely inaccurate statements. This novel has some doozies.
She referred to her SUV rental as "Detroit Iron". It was a Nissan Pathfinder. At another point, while being chased by several other SUVs, she was worried that one of them would roll over on her and she would be smashed by "500 pounds of metal". 500 lbs??? Many motorcycles weigh more than that.
Then there is the scene where she is using a dead elephant for cover while she is under fire from the people who killed it. She knows that she needs to make a break for her SUV, which for some reason is parked quite a distance from her cover. So she makes a break for it, immediately gets fired apon, until she gets to her vehicle, opens the door and slides in, then starts FUMBLING IN HER POCKET FOR THE KEYS!!! Annja, ya gotta make sure the keys are in your hand before you make your break for it. Too unbelievable.
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