Destiny (Rogue Angel Series #1)

Destiny (Rogue Angel Series #1)

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by Alex Archer
     
 

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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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
History, mystery and metaphysics are at the center of an inspired adventure novel, the first in a series by debut author Archer. This present-day tale brings Annja Creed, archeologist and field reporter for cable TV's Chasing History's Monsters, from Brooklyn to the small town of Lozere, France, to hunt down evidence of La Bete, the Beast of Gevaudan, rumored to have killed close to 100 people between 1764 and 1767. Instead of investigating dusty bookshops and hiking in the Cevennes Mountains, however, Annja finds herself fighting to protect an ancient charm she's uncovered from 500-year-old men, a dangerous occultist anxious for profit and a brotherhood of monks desperate to keep safe the charm's secret. Annja is a deft, well-drawn character, a woman in her mid-20s who is intelligent, alluring and able to fend off multiple attackers twice her size while keeping her cool. Archer keeps pace by building up a cohesive, multilayered plot with attention-grabbing action sequences. Though Archer wraps up Annja's hunt for the truth behind La Bete in this volume, readers should be eager for her next adventure-and fortunately for them, it's scheduled for release this September. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552544945
Publisher:
Worldwide Library
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Series:
Rogue Angel Series , #1
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
145,258
File size:
244 KB

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An excerpt from DESTINY, book 1 of the new Rogue Angel™ series.

Deep in the mountains of Lozère, France, a discovery is made that will seal Annja Creed’s destiny…

Was this a place of worship? Annja wondered. Or an altar celebrating past triumphs? She tried to imagine Cro-Magnon men sitting in the cave bragging about their success as fierce hunters. Except that the sheep’s body was anachronistic. None of the sheep’s forebears had looked like that in Cro-Magnon times. This sheep was small and compact, bred for meat and wool, not far removed from the sheep Annja had seen on farms she’d passed on her way to the mountain range. Looking closely, she noticed that several of the skulls were human. Used to handling human remains on dig sites, she had no fear of the dead. She set down the flashlight to illuminate the scene. Upon further inspection, she discovered that several of the ribs, and arm and leg bones were likely human, as well. Shreds of clothing that looked hundreds of years old clung to some of the bones. Boots stood and lay amid the clutter. A cold chill ran down her spine. Whatever had lived in the cave had preyed on humans. Shifting the light, heart beating a little faster, Annja spotted the great body stretched out on the floor. For a very tense moment, she’d thought the animal was lying there waiting to pounce. She froze. The light played over the mummified lips pulled back in a savage snarl that exposed huge yellow teeth. The eye sockets were hollow, long empty and dry. In that moment, the animal musk she’d smelled seemed even more intense. Death had stripped the fantastic creature of much of its bulk, but it was still easy to see how huge it had been in life. The head was as big as a buffalo’s but more bearlike in shape. Its body was thick and broad and the limbs were huge. It was unlike anything Annja had ever seen before. Making herself move despite the fear and astonishment she felt, Annja took pictures of the creature with the digital camera. Finished with the camera, she hurriedly took out a small drawing pad and a mechanical pencil from her backpack. If the camera failed to capture images, she could at least draw them. On closer inspection, Annja saw a broad-bladed spear shoved through the beast’s chest. Beneath the corpse of the impossible animal was a human corpse. Decomposition hadn’t settled in. Locked in the steady climate of the cave environment, kept bug-free by depth and ecology, the dead man had mummified as the beast had. His hands, the flesh so dehydrated it was almost like onionskin over the bones, still held tightly to the spear. Man and beast, locked in savage combat, had killed each other. Kneeling beside the dead man and beast, she reached out her empty hand. Something gleamed at the dead man’s throat. Taking a surgical glove from her backpack, Annja plucked the gleaming object from the corpse. It had partially sunk into the dead man’s chest. A leather thong tied the object around the corpse’s neck. After freeing the gleaming object, Annja held it up so her flashlight beam could easily illuminate it. A jagged piece of metal, no more than two inches to a side, dangled from the leather thong. The piece looked like an ill-made coin, hammered out on some smith’s anvil in a hurry. One side held an image of a wolf standing in front of a mountain. The wolf was disproportioned, though the oddities seemed intentional, and it appeared as though the wolf had been hanged. The obverse was stamped with a symbol she couldn’t quite make out. Annja remained kneeling. She was checking the image when a flashlight beam whipped across her face. Instinctively, she dodged away, remembering the motorcyclists and the old man she’d seen outside. She tucked the drawing pad, pencils and charm into her backpack as she scooped up her flashlight and switched it off. “Where the hell did she go?” someone demanded in French. Shadows created by the glow of the flashlight trailed the beam into the chamber. Annja stayed low as the light sprayed around the room. She barely escaped it before reaching the pile of skulls. Once there, she flattened herself against the wall. Light played over leather-clad bodies that stepped into the chamber. Evidently the motorcyclists had made their way down the sinkhole. They’d come along the passage Annja had found. She’d been so absorbed by her discoveries that she’d forgotten all about them and hadn’t noticed them. Silently, she cursed herself. “She can’t have just vanished,” another man said. In the soft glow of the reflected light from the flashlight, all six of them stood revealed. All of them held pistols. “If we lose her, Lesauvage is going to kill us.” The speaker’s voice was tight with fear. “We haven’t lost her,” someone stated calmly. “We came in that hole after her. There’s no other way out.” “You don’t know that, Foulard.” Another man gave a startled curse. “What the hell’s lying there?” Foulard aimed his flashlight at the creature’s huge mummified body. “The Beast of Gévaudan!” someone said. “It must be! Look at it! My grandfather told me stories about this thing!” His voice dropped and took on a note of awe. “I never believed him. Thought it was all crap old men told kids to scare the hell out of them.” Hidden by the shadow of the skulls, Annja’s mind raced. They came here looking for me. “Forget about that damned thing,” Foulard commanded. “Spread out. Find the woman. Lesauvage wants to speak with her. I don’t want to go back and tell him we lost her.” He directed his flashlight at the cavern’s ceiling, providing a weak cone of illumination from above. Thankfully, the light didn’t quite reach the cavern floor. Annja sank down low. Her free hand plucked up one of the human skulls. Her fingers slipped easily through the empty eyeholes to secure her hold. It wasn’t much as weapons went, but she hoped to improve her standing.

Join Annja in her quest to uncover the truth behind the Beast of Gevaudan and discover how the unusual coin will seal her fate.

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Destiny (Rogue Angel Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, I read this book twice. I thought this was an amazing adventure for a brand new action hero beautiful Annja Creed. Beginning with the mystery of La Bete to the sword of Joan of Arc I could not put it down. A cross between Indiana Jones and Lara Croft. This is the first of three books in this exciting series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a fun book to read while traveling on an airplane and the Rogue Angel kept me entertained. The main storyline involves Annja Creed, an adventuresome Archaeologist/TV personality who becomes the owner of Joan of Arc¿s sword. This book is the first of the series and establishes Annja¿s origins with the sword. The storyline for this book focuses on the mystery of La Bete, which involves deadly occultists battling with renegade monks while Annja is trying to solve the puzzle and stay alive. The mystery of the La Bete keeps you guesses and ends with a satisfying conclusion. The author does an excellent job of writing a character-driven action story. If you are fan of Joan of Arc, Witchblade and the Da Vinci code, this book will appeal to you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely terrific action/adventure with a wonderfully unfolding mystery, a delicious treasure hunt, secrets, a mystical sword (that you'll want to own), and -- my favorite -- a smart, witty heroine (I wanted to be her). You will stay up turning the pages to see what happens next. And the secondary characters are fabulous, as well! Two especially -- they made me laugh and charmed me completely. Some books you just want to dive into the pages and become part of the story and this is one of them. This is a book to buy, no doubt about it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Annja Creed is worthy of a series. The archaeology and the action in this first book - Destiny - is reminiscent of Raiders of the Lost Ark but with a touch of the TV show Witchblade thrown in. The pacing in this story is great---a very fast read. Can't wait for the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this FAN-TAB-ULOUS book. I powered through it in under three hours. It hooked me hard and fast. When another writer hooks another writer, readers HAVE to believe the book is well written. Annja is a kick-butt heroine in the same line as Laura Croft, Marion from Raiders of the Lost Ark or Sigorney Weaver's character in Alien. An archeologist, Annja stumbles onto a mystery while trying to make a living as a host of a history show. She's in search of a story, but what she finds is more than just a story. She finds a magical sword linked to Joan of Arc, a villian of great proportions, a monster and two possible villians who could also be redeemed as heroes. This book reminded me of my favorite kind of action films or books, The DaVinci Code, Tomb Raider, Raiders of the Lost Ark and all the action flicks I've seen over the years. To say that Archer created a movie in my head is an understatement. The tight writing, terrific detail and exciting pace didn't let up until the end, and it left me wanting more. I'm glad there are two more books to come later this year. If there was anything not to like, it was that there was no real romantic elements woven into the book. This didn't hinder the read though, and it was quite satisfying nonetheless. If you like action, like to see a woman empowered and outsmarting the bad guys, then this book is for you!
Michigo More than 1 year ago
I love this series! You know how I got into this book? I had found Destiny plus 4 or 5 of the other Rogue Angel books at Goodwill. At the time they were outside in big boxes with a sign saying they were 25 cents a piece. Of course me and my mom shifted through them to see if we could find anything good. I came across a book with the Rogue Angel title and, after reading the back cover, it looked interesting enough. After a little bit of searching, we found all there was there and went inside to pay for them. When I got home, after figuring out the Destiny was the first book, I started to read and quickly feel in love with this series. Weird how stuff like that can happen huh? Anyways now I own all of the books, some used some new, except for the newest ones that are being released. I plan on getting those too though and I hope that this book continues with the series. Though with 41 books, they may be running out of ideas for this book. Still great book, one everyone should read for they want a new series to get hooked on.
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This book is intense
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Great story with a mystery to solve
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