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EBOOK Õ Destiny ¹ 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 A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3 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 Freedom And Domination 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 La Sélection - Histoires secrètes eBook: Kiera CASS, Cécile ARDILLY, Madeleine NASALIK: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. 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 Gentlemen, I give you the Rogue Angel series.With all the new pulp talk these days, it s time to start looking at some contemporary novel series The 70 s and 80 s were good for the men s action adventure books, this millennia, not so good I keep expecting kindle and e book publishing to solve that little problem, but in the meantime, Let s see what else is out there.Unleashed upon the world by Gold Eagle, the Mr Hyde version of Harlequin Romance, in 2006, the series is up to 40 at the pres Gentlemen, I give you the Rogue Angel series.With all the new pulp talk these days, it s time to start looking at some contemporary novel series The 70 s and 80 s were good for the men s action adventure books, this millennia, not so good I keep expecting kindle and e book publishing to solve that little problem, but in the meantime, Let s see what else is out there.Unleashed upon the world by Gold Eagle, the Mr Hyde version of Harlequin Romance, in 2006, the series is up to 40 at the present Impressive when you consider Doc Savage flamed out at 181, but still a way to go to reach the output of the Shadow The series is going strong and is making bank for it s publisher Each one is written by Alex Archer who is this centuries Kenneth Robeson Each cover features a twentysomething woman wielding a sword.The Rogue Angel series is about Annja Creed, a world traveling archaeologist who has been given the sword of St Joan of Arc Raised by an orphanage, she travels the earth seeking adventure and relics The whole premise sounds silly, but I ve read the first book in the series and it works I have to give credit to whoever edited this book the plot is tight, filled with action, and the characters interesting Here is professionalism at work You may not get the flashes of brilliance found in K W Jeter s Kim Oh books, or the bow chica wow wow of the Baroness series, but Rogue Angel 1 was a solid good read.Destiny begins with Annja searching in the Cevennes Mountains of France for evidence of an 18th century monster known as The Beast Although a trained Archaeologist she earns her coin working for a cable TV show called Chasing History s Monsters She realizes the show sensationalizes her work, but it s one way to pay the bills Unfortunately for her, other people are searching for the remains of The Beast, including a French gangster known as Lesauvage and a mysterious order of monks While trekking through the mountain chain, an earthquake splits the ground open, sending Annja falling into a cave There she finds evidence of The Beast s death at the hands of a warrior On the run from the bad guys, she takes a medallion from the cave before the earth seals it back up.She escapes to her apartment in Brooklyn with a rubbing of the medallion, but the same forces trying to prevent her from finding The Beast pursue her to the United States By the conclusion of the novel, the reader learns how the sword of St Joan can be summoned by Annja and what it can do in combat The gangsters are punished and he innocent rewarded But Annja has learned there are people still out there who are very interested in her and the sword.The action of Destiny is non stop One minute Annja is trying to kill a poisonous snake, the next she s on the run from motorcycling minions of the French gangster It s not over descriptive Annja went, stumbling over the first couple steps, then running for all she was worth The door closed behind them Her breath sounded loud in her ears as she rapidly caught up with Garin Gunshots sounded behind her, muffled by the door, and she knew the Brotherhood of the Silent Rain was tearing up Roux s study Destiny also introduces two characters pivotal to the series Garin and Roux Both have been afflicted with immortality since witnessing the death of St Joan Roux was an alchemist who acted as the saint s adviser Garin, the bastard son of a knight, his apprentice Both were too late to stop the the execution of the saint They distrust each other and have maintained a tense relationship over the past half millennia.I m hoping the character of Annja develops with the series She uses the internet extensively, but is a loner socially There is mention of a cop on the New York Police Department she dates, but he s regulated to a minor role She knows nothing of her parents, as all records in the orphanage where she was raised were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.I have a few historical issues with the events in the book For instance, a group of knights are described as destroying a renegade monastery in France during the 18th century Granted, there were still knightly orders in western Europe by the 18th century, but they were mostly gentlemen s organizations And The Brotherhood of the Silent Rain as the name of a medieval catholic monastic organization Hardly Most were named for saints or precise aspects of the faith.I m going to give this series a chance and see where it goes I m working on the second book 4 A buddy audio read with my friends at BB B Now that is what I call cool audio This was fun, since the first time I read it when it first came out in paper format years ago, and I remember enjoying it then as well I always look upon this series as on a TV series with a new episode out every month Full of action, not to complicated, a main MC who is a modern day supper woman, and many tidbits of history, mythology and a healthy mix of action scenes, sward and gun fights, adventure an 4 A buddy audio read with my friends at BBB Now that is what I call cool audio This was fun, since the first time I read it when it first came out in paper format years ago, and I remember enjoying it then as well I always look upon this series as on a TV series with a new episode out every month Full of action, not to complicated, a main MC who is a modern day supper woman, and many tidbits of history, mythology and a healthy mix of action scenes, sward and gun fights, adventure and imagination It is OTT, it is unbelievable, but it is a great way to spend an afternoon with and audio book Annja Creed is an archaeologist and an adventurer, who pays her bills by working for a bit of a scummy dude who publishes mostly doctored stories about History s Greatest Monsters She tries really hard to stay true to her craft, but that does not sell well and it is usually turned into sensationalized stories Annja is not proud of it, but it does bring home the bacon On a trail of a story of possible werewolf in Paris, Annja meets and interesting old gentleman, Reux, finds a mysterious medallion, and eventually holds the sword of Joan of Arc Meanwhile, two separate groups are trying to either abduct her or kill her, and she shows off some skills in all types of fighting and survival Now, I read a lot of reviews which gave this book low ratings, because they found Annja to be to perfect, to good at absolutely everything, to Mary Sue ish I get it and I would agree, if the premise of the series was to be taken as a serious, literary Urban Fantasy and was shooting for immortality This is not the case You have to approach this series as a contemporary Pulp Fiction, not looking for political correctness nor emotional involvement This is for entertainment purposes only and should be approached in that way, no high expectations, no deep insights, not high standards This is a great fun to listen to when your brain is tired of thinking about work, chores, or theserious books you have been reading and need a bit of a break from And there is nothing wrong with filling the lets just have some adrenaline fun niche Some of us totally appreciate it Call me simple, call me lacking in standards, I don t mind Just don t tell me what I should or should not enjoy and this is pure fun So, if you are to good for some relaxation with Lora Croft on steroids and without the thieving part, because Annja Superwoman Archaeologist would never steal something on purpose, she is too much of a Marry Sue for that , and are not willing to hang with us folks from low places, this would not be a good choice for you You have to be capable of chilling and just enjoying the great job the voice actors are doing in order to appreciate this series I know I will try to listen to as many of those as I could Now I wish you all Happy Reading and manywonderful books to come I decided to try out this series as I had noticed through my library that they had over 40 books in the series, so I wanted to try something just a little bit different By looking through the reviews on here, this book is up and down from one stars to five stars, which tells me that it is random for some people and what impressed or didn t impress them I am in the impressed category as with this first book it grabbed me right away in the first chapter with some action continuing on with myster I decided to try out this series as I had noticed through my library that they had over 40 books in the series, so I wanted to try something just a little bit different By looking through the reviews on here, this book is up and down from one stars to five stars, which tells me that it is random for some people and what impressed or didn t impress them I am in the impressed category as with this first book it grabbed me right away in the first chapter with some action continuing on with mystery, suspense, adventure, and lotsaction.Annja Creed is an archaeologist a k a treasure hunter a k a adventurer She has been interested in locating the Beast of Gevaudin which is considered a legend in France Annja decides to go on an adventure to France to see what she can find On her quest to find the Beast, she stumbles into another mysterious find which leads her into a fight with some villains who are after a certain treasure Trying to escape the clutches of these bad guys she meets up with a old man named Roux who helps her escape After the meet up with Roux, the book keeps twisting and turning withmysteries as Annja is lead to what is considered the sword by Joan of Arc As she pursues all these different treasures she is basically hunted by all kinds of bad guys including some monks from a monastery The whole book was a mystery and a thrill ride as Annja goes from one extreme to another finding treasures and fleeing bad men I would consider the character, Annja to be a cross between Indiana Jones and Lara Croft the video game heroine as she basically has the skills of both of them to get her through and out of her predicaments I found the book refreshing and fun as the action just keeps kicking from the first chapter to the last chapter I will be continuing on with the series, but it is going to take awhile as there are a total of 61 books in this series I look forward to pursuing all of them in the future Giving this book four stars This was the first Graphic Audio read I ve completed and that made this book a lot of fun I liked the sound affects and the cast, it really was like a movie in my head.Annja is an archaeologist and works for something akin to the National Inquirer but for history She is better than the place she works for but it pays the bills and lets her travel the world to research histories This takes her to investigate a serial killing wolflike beast that is thought to have killed around 40 people before This was the first Graphic Audio read I ve completed and that made this book a lot of fun I liked the sound affects and the cast, it really was like a movie in my head.Annja is an archaeologist and works for something akin to the National Inquirer but for history She is better than the place she works for but it pays the bills and lets her travel the world to research histories This takes her to investigate a serial killing wolflike beast that is thought to have killed around 40 people before its disappearance.It appears that Annja might have a tie to Joan of Arc and her sword and meets some very interesting older gentlemen along the way that have agenda s of their own I liked Roux and hope that he gets to play a role in future books He is a great opposite for Annja since she is a bit Mary Jane and he is a little morally ambiguous.Drawbacks for this book that are that Annja was too good at everything She is still pretty young and even if you start to think that she is perhaps Joan of Arc reincarnate it doesn t explain how a 24 year old has so many skills at everything Also I m a bit of a romance reader and I like to have a romantic interest to root for Roux seems a bit too old and I didn t really like anyone else in the series thus far, so there wasn t anything like that to hope for, yet.I liked this with the Graphic Audio I m not sure I d like the written story as well It needed something else going on with the plot maybe or some character development to be a little stronger