Book #65: The Chosen (Rogue Angel #4) by Alex Archer


Archaeologist Annja Creed believes there’s more to the apparitions of “Santo Nino”–the Holy Child–luring thousands of pilgrims to Santa Fe. Other sightings of strange and anomalous creatures in the area indicate a mystery more profane than sacred–with links, perhaps, to Annja’s own fate. But she is not alone in her quest to separate reliquaries from unholy minds who dare to harness sinister power. A dangerous yet enigmatic Jesuit, sworn to protect the Vatican at any cost, a brilliant young artist whose genius portrays a truth too potent for words and a famed monster hunter with a terrifying agenda are the keys to the secrets that lie in the heart of Los Alamos–and unlocking the door to the very fabric of time itself….

I listened to the Graphic Audio (a movie in your mind!) production of the book after I listened to the third book. If you don’t know about Graphic Audio productions of audio books, you are either missing something in your life or living life grandly. I say it like that because sometimes the voices are cheesy. Yes, from the slogan I stated earlier, the audio books are complete with different actors, background music, and sound effects. There is a narrator, but for the most part the books are like a movie in your mind. Granted, depending on the book, this could be a good or bad thing.

For The Chosen, it was iffy. I like the Graphic Audio version because that’s what I’ve been listening to since the second book in the Rogue Angel series. The recurring characters have the same actors and it’s easy to go back into the flow of things. However, I found this book to be boring.

It wasn’t due to lack of action. Oh no, this book has a lot of that. It was more due to the action made little to no sense. Annja Creed is no stranger to death threats and terrible events. They happen in every book. But, the amount of threats and attacks in this one was beginning to feel silly. The effect of worrying about the main character basically ended after the third or fourth attack.

There was a cool new character, my brother and I dub him the Super Priest. He’s strong, quick witted, and has an angle about him that I wish there was more of in the book. The basic storyline is convuluted and made little to no sense for me. Part of it had a spiritual edge, but then there was a scientific aspect too. It wasn’t the type of joining like in Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. Instead, it felt like the author didn’t know what to do with the story being crafted and put together a bunch of things.

No matter what the reason, I found myself confused and only caring for some moments in the book. It is my least favorite so far. I will continue with the series most likely, but I think that you could skip this book without any damage to the overall feel of the world.

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