- Mass Market Paperback: 349 pages
- Publisher: Gold Eagle; 1st edition (March 13, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 037362123X
- ISBN-13: 978-0373621231
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forbidden City (Rogue Angel, Book 5) Mass Market Paperback – March 13, 2007
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Annja is asked by Huangfu Cao to help find the remains of a Chinese immigrant who was murdered in Volcanoville, a gold rush shanty town in the hills around San Francisco.
Cao claims he is searching for the remains of an ancestor to return him home for burial. Annja agrees to help, because that ancestor happened to own an ancient plaque carved by the Scythian people thousands of years ago. When Annja finds the plaque she is targeted for murder by Cao. It seems no one is what they seem.
Huangfu Cao fails to kill her, leading to a chase through the forested hills. Annja'a knack for survival, not to mention the Sword of Joan of Arc, keep her alive an one step ahead of death. Annja escapes the killers and is rescued by park rangers.
The police try to protect her, but fail and she loses the plaque, but our girl is smart, she took pictures. Her investigation leads her to a local historian who knows something about the plaque and its curse.
No good Rogue Angel story is complete without Roux, who puts in an appearance. He wants the plaque also. The plaque is the key to an ancient city in China, the City of Thieves. The City of Thieves was home to a group of assassins that worked for the ancient Emperor of China, Qin. Qin fought and won wars and eventually forged the nation that is now China. He was a great warrior, who had the services of these assassins and their leader, Sha Wu Ying.
Sha Wu Ying betrayed Qin, but in doing so, led to his own destruction.Read more ›
The action in the first sixty pages is some of the best in the Rogue Angel series. It starts with a bump in ancient China and sweeps on to forested goldfields of California. There is a host of bad guys, dazzling chase sequences, and the flashing sword of Saint Joan of Arc, and that is just for starters. The rest of the story is a compelling turn toward adventure and mystery. With a strange heirloom belt plaque as a guide, Annja unravels a mystery that leads her beyond the Silk Road in search of a lost treasure city that was built by assassins and thieves ages ago.
"Forbidden City" explores a theme of possibility and the likelihood of change. China, with its thousands of years of tradition and current headlong plunge into modernity, is the perfect canvas for the story. When the clues don't make sense, the pitch of battle sharpens to a razors edge, and events turn their darkest, Annja is forced to grow as a character. This isn't a teaser, this is meaty and substantial. Then Annja allies with Kelly Swan, a trained assassin on a mission to even the score with those who murdered her father. Kelly is so richly drawn that she's a perfect counterweight to Annja. Kelly is a character fully deserving of a spin-off novel of her own.
For the first time since the beginning of the Rogue Angel franchise, we really dig into the inner workings of Roux and Garin Braden. The theme rings true even in the smallest details when Garin partners with the villain.Read more ›
While this story is full of action, there is enough dialogue to hold it together and keep the reader guessing as to what will happen next. While there are a few references to earlier stories in the series, this would be a good start for a first time reader of the series.
Annja is not unfamiliar with important artifacts. She is the current carrier of a sword which once belonged to Joan of Arc. This weapon has the handy ability to be summoned from thin air--useful if you're being attacked, which Annja frequently is.
The Chinese gangster looking for the artifact is also seeking other clues--clues that might lead him to the rediscovery of an ancient city of assassins along the silk road in China. This lost city may be full of treasures, but it may also be subject to ancient curses, including the curse of the Fox Spirit Woman. What he doesn't realize is that he's stirring up a lot of trouble. Annja is a lot more dangerous than he'd anticipated and he also makes an enemy of a Chinese-American CIA assassin. But making an enemy out of Annja comes with one positive result--from his perspective. Annja has powerful enemies including a man who fears his immortality is threatened by Annja's sword.
Author Alex Archer continues his ROGUE ANGEL series with an exciting thriller.Read more ›
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It was well worth the wait of borrowing it from my local library.Published 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading each of these books and can't wait to start the next. I recommend picking up the first book in the series, but be warned, you will have to read... Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by M Kronkowski
All the Rogue Angel books are easy to read and tell interesting stories. The grain of historical fact is great.Published on June 5, 2013 by Juanne
Great read,found the unusual twists in the storyline added depth to the story.The main character was a different heroine with her sword.Published on April 27, 2013 by Kevin Simpson
Was a good fast pace book. It gets confusing at times who the person in the book is. Hard to put down to go to bed. Good Readin type is a bit small.Published on January 28, 2012 by Beckie
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Annja Creed is working a dig in California to find an old gold mining camp but uncovers the... Read more
This is one of my favorite books in the series. The historical aspect of the Chinese culture alone makes this an enjoyable book. Read morePublished on September 25, 2008 by Sunny Skies
I really like this series. Annja Creed is a fascinating character. I won't go into the plot or backstory - plenty of other reviewers have done that much better than I could. Read morePublished on June 26, 2008 by C. Bayne