Book Review: Alex Archer’s Labyrinth

Posted June 30, 2012 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.



Alex Archer

magical realism in a Kindle edition that was published by Gold Eagle Books on January 1, 2012 and has 318 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include The Soul Stealer, Gabriel's Horn, The Golden Elephant, Swordsman's Legacy, Polar Quest, Eternal Journey, Sacrifice, Seeker's Curse, Footprints, Paradox, The Spirit Banner, Sacred Ground, The Bone Conjurer, Phantom Prospect, Restless Soul, False Horizon, The Other Crowd, Tear of the Gods, The Oracle's Message, Cradle of Solitude, Fury's Goddess, Magic Lantern, Library of Gold, Matador's Crown, City of Swords, The Third Caliph, The Babel Codex, Sunken Pyramid, Staff of Judea

Thirty-fourth in the Rogue Angel urban fantasy series revolving around the wielder of Joan of Arc’s sword.

My Take

Oh boy, oh boy, oh … brother … that ending twist … oh, boy.

Yeahhhh, I have to agree with Annja, there’s something odd about this maze. I can’t believe Kessel didn’t figure out that Greene would have the maze bugged.

Cocky, much… Oh, please, Archer has Greene expressing remorse? Why?

Seriously? Annja really thought she would be forgiven?? Then hanging around to kiss? WTF? Hullo, it’s Annja’s thirty-fourth adventure (that we’ve read about) and Kessel is a Navy SEAL and they never learned the cardinal rule about hanging around in the bad guy’s space?

The Story

Annja’s finally got some downtime and this Mike Jackson is sorely impinging on it. Fortunately, he doesn’t interrupt for long. Unfortunately, it’s not a positive departure for him. It seems that Greene requires a certain book, the Tome of Prossos, that survived the destruction of the Library in Alexandria. A book that he believes will force the world back to a cleaner, more pristine time.

But the dealer who owns the book refuses to give it up and, instead, demands a meeting with Annja Creed. Greene doesn’t give Annja ANY options to refuse — he shows absolutely no reluctance to shoot anyone who may help her, anyone he can destroy and force her to reverse her refusals, and, besides, he won’t give Fairclough the antidote to the poison if Annja doesn’t agree.

The Characters

Annja Creed is an archeologist and TV show host for Chasing History’s Monsters. A show to which she attempts to bring some sense of accuracy. She’s also the holder of Joan of Arc’s sword and it requires that she right the wrongs she encounters.

Scott Greene is an environmental terrorist on the lunatic fringe. Jonas has medical skills, especially with toxins, and a fervent desire to experiment on people. NOT to their good health. Kessel is his mute associate. And undercover with the FBI. A former SEAL, he’s makes a good partner on this adventure. Kozumi is a Japanese ninja hired to harass.

Reginald Fairclough is the reluctant client, a seller of old books.

The Cover and Title

The cover finds a ripped and torn Annja wielding her sword two-handed in her trademark tank top and pants against the background of a labyrinth.

The title is accurate as Annja must solve the puzzles that a Labyrinth provides to find the book.