Alex Archer, Other Crowd

Posted October 31, 2011 by Kathy Davie in

The Other Crowd (Rogue Angel, #30)The Other Crowd by Alex Archer
Series: Rogue Angel, 30
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thirtieth in the Rogue Angel urban fantasy series about an archeologist/TV host who “inherited” the broadsword of Joan of Arc.

The Story
It’s just another jaunt to film a really lame episode for Chasing History’s Monsters and Doug Morrell, the producer, had just the bait to dangle to induce Annja to accept. Fairies are kidnapping humans from an Irish archeological dig and Doug knows Annja will do anything to get her hands in the dirt!

Once Annja gets onsite, nothing is right. There are two camps from the same “supposed” company and the guy in charge of the “enemy” camp, Michael Slater, is running around brandishing a gun, being too secretive, fighting at the drop of a hat, and getting on everyone’s nerves. Nothing loath, Annja steps up and pushes right back even as she befriends others.

Her cameraman for this episode, Eric Kritz, turns out to still be in high school although Annja does appreciate his forethought and skills with a video camera. Of course, he’s also pretty gullible about fairies…

In the meantime, Garin and Roux are plotting on a particular gift for Annja. A little something to welcome her to the family.

The Characters
Annja Creed is a serious archeologist but is not associated with any institution that would pay her way onto a dig site so she uses her income from Chasing History’s Monsters for sites that she can’t manipulate the show’s producer, Doug Morrell, into using for the show. Annja is not the only host for the show, but she is the scientific one.

Eric Kritz got his dad to pay for this shoot in Ireland and he’s using it to boost his résumé as well as for a class project. Yeah, he’s not even out of high school yet! The further we go in the story, the more Annja starts to question just who his dad is and what kind of side jobs he may pursue.

Wesley Pierce was the original leader for the dig but he got supplanted by Michael Slater who later divided the camp into two. Pierce is certainly an archeologist but Annja has some major doubts about Slater who has more of a military feel to him. Frank Neville is quite ominous sounding until we meet him. Then we know he’s a bad man! Daniel Collins is their guide for the area. A most curious man who collects incredible wines but doesn’t seem to have any money or a job. His mother, Rachel Collins, is certainly interesting with all her little treasures…including the spear of Lugh…read the last few paragraphs…Annja might have competition!

My Take
This story was all over the place and doesn’t really hold together. Supposedly NewWorld is running this dig but Pierce has made so many phone calls to them protesting, attempting to inform them of Michael’s actions, and gotten nothing back from them. Does he pursue it any further than this? No. Why not??? This is pretty serious business. Annja has remarked on how stringent Irish laws are on archeological artifacts so why are they letting this slide?

Three people have gone missing and everyone is willing to let is slide? Including the gardia?

This is the first story, that I can remember, which opens with a Joan of Arc sequence. It does turn out to be a nightmare Annja is having, but still… The message Annja picks up from this dream is that the power is not hers. Annja’s not sure if the sword is warning or threatening her.

I dunno, this particular story felt even more made up than the others as though Archer didn’t have his heart in it. Although, I do appreciate Garin letting us know his true thoughts about Annja!

The Cover
Looks like they got a new cover model to stand in for Annja. She’s got her battle stance ready, sword raised about to unleash hell on earth in front of a pretty marked-up standing stone. Pretty weird reflections on that sword although I do like the reddish-brown leather jacket Annja’s wearing over her black jeans and brown, lace-trimmed tank top. The title refers to the topic of this installment, the wee folk, the fair folk, little people, the Other Crowd.

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