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Destiny (Rogue Angel #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,774 Ratings  ·  180 Reviews
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
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eBook, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Wwl Gold Eagle (first published July 11th 2006)
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Robyn After the first one you can jump around. If you want though you can skip the first one but I wouldn't recommend it as I didn't read the first one…moreAfter the first one you can jump around. If you want though you can skip the first one but I wouldn't recommend it as I didn't read the first one first and it took me a bit to understand what was happening.(less)

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faeriemyst
Sep 28, 2011 faeriemyst rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one with a working brain
Have you ever been reading a book when all of a sudden a turn of phrase, an offensive passage, or something altogether different pops up and it all comes to a screeching halt? Whatever it is, it bothered you so much that it colored the rest of your reading and you just couldn't go on, whether or not it was an irrational reaction. In my case it happened with the first paragraph, chapter two (pg. 26):
The rental Avery had arranged turned out to be an old Renault pickup truck. If Annja had been a la
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Tim Mayer
Feb 10, 2013 Tim Mayer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lady Claire, Marchioness of Fancy Pants
I’m giving this book two stars because I actually finished it. I liked the characters at first, but as the book progressed, I felt that they started to become very annoying. “Oh Roux thinks he’s always right.” “Garin is an asshole.” “Annja can kick anyone’s ass and knows everything about everything.”

I thought Annja’s fighting abilities got out of hand by the end of the book. She learned karate from the nun’s in New Orleans??! That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. The fight scenes
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Ringman Roth
Jan 12, 2010 Ringman Roth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ashley Wright, Kat Sterner, Katana, Shelverman
If you are a history/mythology buff and liked Indiana Jones but hated the portrayal of Laura Croft, this is the book to pick up. She's a positive female role model, who doesn't fall prey to the over-sexed stereotype which actually gets lamp shaded in some parts. The book itself is a mix of fantasy/Historical fiction and a good one for comic lovers.

Furthermore, you learn some history about Joan of Arc, and La Bête du (The beast of) Gévaudan. The story stands alone, so you don't have to worry abo
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catechism
Things Annja Creed Is Absolutely The Best At: An Incomplete List

- archaeology
- languages
- judo
- boxing
- swords
- rock climbing
- ropes
- gymnastics
- guns
- anthropology
- ethnography
- motorcycle tricks
- television production & special effects
- writing books
- being on Letterman
- being super hot

she's like... 24? In short, this book was hilariously, catastrophically stupid. I read it because I was at a truck stop and apparently the audio book is a popular choice? who knew. It was on my reader so I
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Jean
Jan 14, 2013 Jean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. This book had a very intriguing idea; it's sort of a cross between Indiana Jones and the TV show Relic Hunter with a hint of magic. I was excited by the idea, but ultimately Destiny ended up being kind of meh for me.

I just didn't like the main character, Annja. There was a lot of telling instead of showing. For example, we were told quite a lot that Annja is a people person and loves to talk with the locals, but I didn't really feel like she was that friendly. I was also frustrated by
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Blodeuedd Finland
Jul 26, 2013 Blodeuedd Finland rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
I was not impressed by this book, it felt rather B. Like the show Relic Hunter, a total B tv-series, but still at least that show was funny while this book was lacking.

I also saw that there are like 40 books out! All with the same plot. Annja finds an artifact, is hunted by bad guys, kidnapped yada yada. The first few books are written by one author, the rest by different ones so I am sure there is a difference in quality too. I decided not to read any more.

Yup Annja, she is great at everything
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Ithlilian
Jan 12, 2011 Ithlilian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I wasn't sure what this book would be like. The jacket makes it seem like a cross between Indiana Jones, The DaVinci Code, and a typical urban fantasy novel. I guess in some ways that is true, but overall it is just an enjoyable read. The main character, Annja, is strong, tough, intelligent, and beautiful, as is to be expected with a typical urban fantasy novel. On the up side, she doesn't have the answers for everything, is willing to ask for help, and sometimes puts her trust in the wrong peop ...more
Mrs.soule
May 09, 2011 Mrs.soule rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I wish I could give this book 3.5 stars because I have two problems with it:

One - the fight scenes are way too detailed for me. Not too graphic, just too technical with how she positions her feet, holds her hand and shoulders while striking, moves her head, repositions her feet, adapts a certain fighting style into her next block, repositions her head and feet at the same time, etc. I found myself getting lost and then skimming to the end of the fight scene to see how it all turned out (they wi
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Talizmyn
Jan 02, 2012 Talizmyn rated it it was ok
Well, for starters, the beginning of this book is very off-putting. It's one of those series that I can tell the writing style is going to bug me endlessly. The writing itself, too, was very awkward at times and often told me who Annja was, rather than show me through her actions. In this way I found it condescending, almost as if this book were intended for a much younger, and less intelligent, audience. As an added bonus, Annja is the Maryest of all Sues. She has some type of martial art skill ...more
Jess
Jan 23, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2010
I wasn't sure what shelf to put this book in. It was a mix of suspense, history, a little supernatural, and a lot of action. It was a cross between Lara Croft and Indiana Jones.

The main character Annja is just trying to make a decent living as an archeologist. To supplement her income she works on a TV show that investigates historical mysteries. When the book starts off, Annja is investigating the mystery of Le Bete, supposedly a werewolf, that lived at one time in France. While searching for p
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Barbara
Jul 11, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I feel a bit guilty giving this 3 stars when the previous book I read only got 2, even though it was better written than this one.

The plot here is preposterous. Even the most corrupt police force can't cover up that many running gun battles in the French countryside. The main character is an appalling Mary Sue. She's smart, well educated, speaks several languages, is drop dead gorgeous and can kick arse even before she comes into her mystical powers.

On the other hand, it is a lot of fun. I enjo
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Sarah
Jan 25, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Destiny is the first novel in the prolific "Rogue Angel" series written by Alex Archer.

Here's the synopsis for Destiny courtesy of Fantastic Fiction:

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 unimaginab
...more
Doug
Jul 08, 2014 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun. Fun. Fun! Superficial -yes, Goofy -yes. Flawed in the sense that the characters are perfect specimens, egotistical, and wealthy..... Yep! I read this book and subsequently another 12 of them for the sheer fun of it. They are a break from the mundane. Fodder for the soul and are fun. Do not read them if you have to criticize everything because you will write more than the stories are long. Just escape and enjoy.
Karen
May 14, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
I'm going back and forth on whether this should be considered YA friendly or not. In terms of sexual content and language, there are no problems, but some of the fight scenes are fairly graphically described. I'm having a hard time deciding if they are as bad as some that I've recommended for YA before, but my memory isn't great.

Overall the book seems to be very Tomb Raider-esque in terms of character and content. Lots of exploring in caves, looking for artifacts, keeping the bad guys from getti
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Grazzit
Nov 05, 2014 Grazzit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Made it to book 7, by book 7 the heroine had found 5 world changing treasures, and still had to scrape to by to live.

Nothing really changed except what new thing she was after. just wow. however the stories weren't bad, but couldnt take the carbon copy life
Helen
Aug 29, 2014 Helen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book should be required reading for people studying the archetypal Mary Sue. The main character has an unusually spelled name (Annja), unusual coloured eyes (described as "amber" and "green" which does make me wonder whether the author knew what amber looks like!) and apparently has the ability to alter time. I say this because she is under 30 but yet has managed to get not one, but three degrees in anthropology, archaeology and something else. Not only that but she has learned several form ...more
Joy
I've been meaning to start this series for ages. It's a bit daunting as there are 40+ books to it and I often worry that something that goes on that long is a real potboiler (old word I know, look it up.)

I was actually very pleased with both the quality of the hero and the action involved. The writing makes an enjoyable read with well developed personalities and just a touch of magic. Going on to book two so I'll wait and see how well it all holds up. FYI: They are short books
pdarnold
Review of Graphic Audio audio production.

This is the first book I've listened to from this company. It's promoted as a movie in your mind. It's almost like listening to a radio program, with sound effects, etc. The book is read by several people, different ones for each character. While this is a fun way to listen to a book I found the background music and or sound effects too loud in several instances, drowning out the voice of the person reading. If not for that I would have given this 4 stars
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Rolf
Mar 02, 2008 Rolf rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It doesn’t get much more “fluffy” than this, but then again, that’s not totally a bad thing. If you’re looking for a quick, action-packed read, this book will fit the bill. The character of Annja is just a little too Lora Croft to be completely comfortable (and as such, just a little too perfect as well), but that doesn’t overly detract from the fun ride. This is adventure pulp for the 2000’s and it’s pulp done well and the perfect tonic after a few too many “serious” books.
Sarah
Jan 21, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. 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 FU
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Nancy
May 13, 2016 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
****** spoilers ahead ******



This book feels like a mishmash of history and myths from different cultures smashed together.
I found the whole Joan of Arc parts completely unnecessary. Annja could have found a coin that was just a coin and the story would have made more sense. Plus Lesauvage playing at the Wild Hunt had no bearing on the story. It's like the author threw a bunch of her favorite things together along with a "I'm good at everything" archeological and expected a story.

Girl looks up m
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Amyiw
I kind of liked this book though as a book it didn't have the element that I wanted most, a great premise and plot. The protagonist was over the top good, a combination of wonder woman and Bones, with the fighting skills and knowledge, to the point of condescension. A little bit annoying.

It starts with her being chased by, not 2 groups, but 3, for looking into the story of La Bete. The story is loosely related with the story of Joan of Arc and the artifact she discovers takes part in both histor
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Lewstherin14
Plot: Excellent
Mythology: Nothing abrasive sort of like warehouse 13 meet the davinci code written by Joss Whedon
Characters:Main character gets waay too mary sue but she is shown up or saved occasionally and at least there is an excuse.
Writing: Just don't ask I hope there will be fewer mistakes in the later books
Enjoyment: Pros: I read it in two days.
In 15 years of reading sci-fi/fantasy this felt newish

Cons: Poor writing in at least 2 instances character know things that they were never told
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LunaMoon
I would read the rest if I had them, but I dont and I probably wont go out of my way to get the rest of them. the book itself was not bad, it just did not leave me itching to read the next one
Casia Courtier
Jan 02, 2014 Casia Courtier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, if you’re looking for an intellectual read with deep insight, this is not the book for you. Rogue Angel is a Science Fiction/Fantasy (more fantasy than sci-fi, but stores may place it in either section) serial. It is a bi-monthly type of book where you would most likely want to read it between hefty textbooks, in the bathroom, or on a trip where the traveling is in need of entertainment. For me, I needed a break from the fantasy book I was reading.

It may sound silly that I went from o
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Emma
Oct 02, 2014 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad that I pushed through the first few chapters of this book, as it turned out to be quite an adventure. As the first in the series, Destiny does ooze first novel syndrome a little, but I found the dialogue spot on and witty - matching most of the characters. My problems came from the prose. At the start of this story, Archer didn't seem to know what to do with the text between dialogue, throwing in all sorts of useless information and stereotype actions. But that's okay. I pushed throu ...more
Monica
May 13, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
This book was a quick read that I actually read the whole way through without skipping to the end, which is saying something for me. It grabbed my attention from the beginning and held it with every turn of the page. I understand why some people wouldn't like this book. If you don't like learning about history, they do go on a bit sometimes as their trying to solve the mystery, but I liked it because it was relevant to trying to figure out the mystery. As for her knowing everything, she doesn't, ...more
Amy
Ok, totally not a four star book, totally not very well written, totally convoluted and ridiculous, and at times a little hard to keep track of. But I can't help it! I ate this book up! It's an action book with a smart, educated, female protagonist who is not looking for a man (not a kiss or a roll in the hay in sight), and she kicks ass! Unbelievably so, actually, but the girl dishes out her martial arts moves! I could just feel the air around her on her flying sidekicks, the solid thump of her ...more
Ines
Jul 02, 2015 Ines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
Archaeologist Annja Creed is in France trying to find material for a piece on a local monster for a sensational TV show. Annja ends up finding that the beast really existed, but the most pressing mystery is to figure out why she is being followed by assassins and a brotherhood of monks. Turns out Annja's destiny is bigger than she ever thought as she ends up with a magic sword that only obeys to her.

I'm assuming this is the type of series filled with adventures that involve Annja kicking and fig
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