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The Spider Stone (Rogue Angel) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Nov 2006


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Gold Eagle (7 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373621213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373621217
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,812,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Chrapliwy VINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Okay, so if you've been following reviews of other Alex Archer Rogue Angel books, you will see that the fact that there are actually multiple authors under this pseudonym is widely discussed - when you sit down to read the books, you'll know that it's true.

I started by reading Destiny (Rogue Angel bk 1) - such a fabulously fun book that it is on my keeper shelf. It was well written and the character of Annja Creed became one of my favorite fiction characters. Then I moved on to read the second book in the series and immediately knew it had been written by someone else. It wasn't written as well and, though it was a great edge of your seat read, it just didn't measure up to the writing in the first book. Also, Annja's character was not as likeable or as noble as the Annja in the first book in the series.

Now I have finished the 3rd book in the series - The Spider Stone. I could tell immediately that this book had been written by the original author of Destiny. The original Annja character was back - and just as likeable as the original.

This story begins in the southern United States where Annja has been asked to come in and assist in a dig at a site that was once a part of the underground railroad. The dig nets a stone - the Spider Stone - with elaborate carvings on it. This leads Annja and her fellow archeologist to Africa to investigate the stone's origins. I don't want to say much more as it might spoil the story by giving too much away.

This book was well written and very well plotted. It kept me on the edge of my seat until it's thrilling conclusion. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An old fashioned highball 26 Jan. 2007
By D. McCue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Rogue Angel: The Spider Stone" is an old fashioned highball. It's a big shot of action in an ice cold world, lightning fast pacing to fill and garnished with a sacred stone from the heart of Africa. It's intoxicating and fun.

The action in this story is positively breathtaking. An experienced hand wrote this book and it shows. That hand has been in the dojo, doubled into a fist and smashed through some bricks. That hand recognizes the feel of steel, has cradled a blade and known a sword as weapon and a friend. That brings an edgy reality to the action sequences that pop right off the page.

Annja Creed is a heroine with a mission from the highest power. She's definitely not one of Alcott's little women "taught by weal and woe to love and labor ..." She's on the other end of the pendulum's arc with Laura Croft and Electra. She is a hero in the ultramodern sense, and that is the story's only flaw. She is unshackled by uncertainty, romantic interest, or existential introspection. I missed the depth that would have brought to her character. But this isn't a tea and crumpets romance, it is an unapologetic action thriller, and it earns its chops.

"Rogue Angel: The Spider Stone" stays true to its theme rooted deep in a constant opposition of light and shadow. Alex Archer's commitment to plain prose makes this story read fast and sure.

Annja Creed has the avenging sword and social compass of Saint Joan of Arc. And that's just for starters. This story takes Annja Creed across the world on a quest to protect a sacred stone. Yes, the trail is bumpy, dangerous and littered with plenty of bad guys. I'm glad I went Annja on this adventure. You will be glad too. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sort of a Flintstone's Vitamin of literature. Good stuff. 28 Jan. 2007
By J. D. Stiver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The team failed," a slim warrior with an eye-patch told Tafari.

"How?"

"They went after the woman. They thought she would be the easiest to capture. Instead she killed three of them."

In Alex Aracher's, "Rogue Angel: The Spider Stone," that's pretty much how it goes for the bad guys who go after Annja, the story's hero, an archeologist with a secret weapon - the reassembled mystical sword that once belonged to Joan of Arc. The sword awakens a warrior's fighting ability within Annja (to nothing less than superhero proportions) and it's a good thing since her latest excursion into an archeological mystery eventually causes her to cross paths with an African warlord.

That poor warlord didn't even know what he was getting himself into.

I was unfamiliar with the Rogue Angel series and only read it at the suggestion of a friend. I'm glad I did because not only was it designed to be a quick read that throws you into the fast-paced action sequences, but it also brought the brutality of slavery and the horrendous economic conditions that plague Africa alive for me in a way that history books and news articles don't. That's what good storytelling is, I think, it entertains, but also opens your eyes to something you might not have seen before (without getting preachy in the process).

The book itself is a relatively quick read, by design, and is broken up into brief chapters for people on the go - read a little here and there, stop, then pick it back up later - the type of book that satisfies the reader on the go. (The writer seems to have understood who today's readers might be.)

I recommend this book for the action lovers out there who read sporadically, love history and world events, but don't have the time to become completely immersed in them - sort of a Flintstone's Vitamin of literature. Good stuff.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, edge of your seat read by the author of Destiny 15 Nov. 2008
By Mary Chrapliwy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Okay, so if you've been following reviews of other Alex Archer Rogue Angel books, you will see that the fact that there are actually multiple authors under this pseudonym is widely discussed - when you sit down to read the books, you'll know that it's true.

I started by reading Destiny (Rogue Angel bk 1) - such a fabulously fun book that it is on my keeper shelf. It was well written and the character of Annja Creed became one of my favorite fiction characters. Then I moved on to read the second book in the series and immediately knew it had been written by someone else. It wasn't written as well and, though it was a great edge of your seat read, it just didn't measure up to the writing in the first book. Also, Annja's character was not as likeable or as noble as the Annja in the first book in the series.

Now I have finished the 3rd book in the series - The Spider Stone. I could tell immediately that this book had been written by the original author of Destiny. The original Annja character was back - and just as likeable as the original.

This story begins in the southern United States where Annja has been asked to come in and assist in a dig at a site that was once a part of the underground railroad. The dig nets a stone - the Spider Stone - with elaborate carvings on it. This leads Annja and her fellow archeologist to Africa to investigate the stone's origins. I don't want to say much more as it might spoil the story by giving too much away.

This book was well written and very well plotted. It kept me on the edge of my seat until it's thrilling conclusion. I highly recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
ROGUE ANGEL: THE SPIDER STONE by Alex Archer 9 Nov. 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With a vicious African Warlord hot on her trail, Archaeologist Annja Creed meets life head on, first in Kirktown, Georgia, then in West Africa as she deciphers the story and treasure map of the Hausa people's past found on a small stone.

THE SPIDER STONE is Alex Archer's third book in the Rogue Angel series, with DESTINY being the first and SOLOMON'S JAR the second. A fourth book, THE CHOSEN, will be released January 2007. Even though this was my first Alex Archer book, I enjoyed it enough to order the first two in the series and anxiously away the release of the fourth.

The action-packed story contains strong characters that face life-and-death battles. At times the take-charge heroine and cast of colorful characters kept me guessing who was friend and who was foe, effectively increasing the story tension. The author's succinct style creates an edge-of-the-seat read, which made it difficult for me to put down before turning the last page.

This reader kept waiting for a stronger romantic subplot to develop for the main character, as the necessary elements were present. Now, I wonder if the seeds were planted for the two characters to meet again in another story and further develop the romantic relationship.

Readers with eclectic tastes who like a cross-over of genre elements will enjoy ROGUE ANGEL: THE SPIDER STONE, which is shelved as science fiction, but tinted with fantasy and embroidered with legend and history, yet grounded in modern times. A surprisingly fresh story experience!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The BEST one yet! 15 Nov. 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rogue Angel: The Spider Stone: There are a lot of reviews here; this bodes well for the series I imagine, who seem intent on revealing the story and plotline. Since I'm not the first review and probably not the last I'd like to focus on a few of the finer elements of the series, this book in particular.

I am a HUGE fan of religious fiction, specifically Christian fiction, but I will read stories that have any hint of truth wrapped up in the. As I've told my spouse, if it makes you think and investigate further than that's always a good thing. A quick run through Google will point you not only to the Hausa people but also to information about the Spider God (fictional though it may be).

Combine that with the already legendary sword of Joan of Arc and you have the foundation for a great read. I hate to be clichéd but I must admit that I found this book to be quite the page turner. I haven't had this much fun since book 3 of the "Left Behind" series, at which point I just started flying through THAT series.

Although I am prejudiced about this book, since I have read and reviewed the other two, I do find one common irregularity in all of them. These are very well written books of action, intrigue, mystery, suspense and information. But I find myself getting completely LOST in at least one fight seen in every book. Now I will admit, The Spider Stone seemed to rely more on character development and plot advancement that violence, but in the same vein the fight in the cave was over WAY to quickly for MY enjoyment.

However, if you a fan of action the rope bridge chapter will keep you reading all the way through to the end. Over all an A+ and surely the best book of the three, so far. I admit that I am now expecting a great deal of good things from this author in the future. I also commend GOLD EAGLE for publishing a series that has as much thought provoking material as this one does.!

Buy it, read it, enjoy it, and then run out and get the FIRST two!
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