Tag: Rogue Angel

New Pulp Recommendation: Staff of Judea (Rogue Angel # 41)

judeaEvery so often I focus on a New Pulp work that I think merits your attention. Sometimes it will be something that’s brand new, other times I’ll look at something that’s a few years old. This week, I’m encouraging you to check out Staff of Judea, which is the 41st book in the Rogue Angel series published by Gold Eagle. Before we launch into a detailed look at the book itself, let’s see how the publisher describes the volume:

The Staff of Aaron…the sword of Joan of Arc.After decoding an ancient scroll—one that purports to pinpont the treasure of the Jewish Temple, lost for two thousand years—archaeologist Annja Creed agrees to lead the party to recover the find in Judea. It’s a perilous desert journey through sandstorms and bandits, and complicated by mysterious sabotage within the group, to arrive at a long-forgotten fortress deep beneath a mountain. Only then does Annja discover that this archaeological expedition is really one man’s quest for the mystical Staff of Aaron, one of the Bible’s holiest and most powerful relics—a weapon they say can do incalculable harm in the hands of the wrong individual. She must try everything humanly possible to prevent the staff from being used for selfish purposes. Even if it puts her in the mightiest battle yet—sword against staff.Rogue Angel stars Annja Creed, archaeologist and host of a television series, Chasing History’s Monsters. In the very first book in the series (“Destiny”), Annja becomes the owner of a sword that once belonged to Joan of Arc. This sword can be summoned to her mentally — when she’s not using it, it floats in another dimension, waiting for her call.

Rogue Angel is a consistently entertaining New Pulp series — and one of the most successful, to boot. New books come out every other month and you can find them at your local grocery store or convenience center. I bought this one at a K-Mart… how many other New Pulp series can you say that about these days?

At first glance, Annja looks like a Lara Croft ripoff and I’m certain that played a part in her creation. But despite her beauty, the series does not pander at all… in fact, it’s almost oddly sexless. There’s no romance to be found in most of these — it’s straight-ahead adventure fiction, just with a female protagonist. Plots vary wildly from book to book but are almost always based around ancient myths and relics.

This particular volume is written by Joe Nassise, though it’s credited to the house name of Alex Archer on the cover. The story moves quickly and, while it gives you sufficient historical detail about the Staff of Aaron and the various mysteries being explored here, it’s never a dry read. Some old faces from the series (like Roux) reappear but for the most part, Annja is with new characters in this novel and they play off of her very well. I sometimes worry when we delve into Christian myths that we’re going to somehow become a little too spiritual for my tastes but it’s handled well here, with little difference from how they treat any other mythology.

If you want some fun reads that can bring you back every other month, I heartily recommend not only Staff of Judea but the entire Rogue Angel series.

New Pulp Recommendation of the Week: Staff of Judea (Rogue Angel # 41)

judeaEvery Friday I focus on a New Pulp work that I think merits your attention. Sometimes it will be something that’s brand new, other times I’ll look at something that’s a few years old. This week, I’m encouraging you to check out Staff of Judea, which is the 41st book in the Rogue Angel series published by Gold Eagle. Before we launch into a detailed look at the book itself, let’s see how the publisher describes the volume:

The Staff of Aaron…the sword of Joan of Arc.After decoding an ancient scroll—one that purports to pinpont the treasure of the Jewish Temple, lost for two thousand years—archaeologist Annja Creed agrees to lead the party to recover the find in Judea. It’s a perilous desert journey through sandstorms and bandits, and complicated by mysterious sabotage within the group, to arrive at a long-forgotten fortress deep beneath a mountain. Only then does Annja discover that this archaeological expedition is really one man’s quest for the mystical Staff of Aaron, one of the Bible’s holiest and most powerful relics—a weapon they say can do incalculable harm in the hands of the wrong individual. She must try everything humanly possible to prevent the staff from being used for selfish purposes. Even if it puts her in the mightiest battle yet—sword against staff.

Rogue Angel stars Annja Creed, archaeologist and host of a television series, Chasing History’s Monsters. In the very first book in the series (“Destiny”), Annja becomes the owner of a sword that once belonged to Joan of Arc. This sword can be summoned to her mentally — when she’s not using it, it floats in another dimension, waiting for her call.

Rogue Angel is a consistently entertaining New Pulp series — and one of the most successful, to boot. New books come out every other month and you can find them at your local grocery store or convenience center. I bought this one at a K-Mart… how many other New Pulp series can you say that about these days?

At first glance, Annja looks like a Lara Croft ripoff and I’m certain that played a part in her creation. But despite her beauty, the series does not pander at all… in fact, it’s almost oddly sexless. There’s no romance to be found in most of these — it’s straight-ahead adventure fiction, just with a female protagonist. Plots vary wildly from book to book but are almost always based around ancient myths and relics.

This particular volume is written by Joe Nassise, though it’s credited to the house name of Alex Archer on the cover. The story moves quickly and, while it gives you sufficient historical detail about the Staff of Aaron and the various mysteries being explored here, it’s never a dry read. Some old faces from the series (like Roux) reappear but for the most part, Annja is with new characters in this novel and they play off of her very well. I sometimes worry when we delve into Christian myths that we’re going to somehow become a little too spiritual for my tastes but it’s handled well here, with little difference from how they treat any other mythology.

If you want some fun reads that can bring you back every other month, I heartily recommend not only Staff of Judea but the entire Rogue Angel series.

New Pulp Recommendation of the Week: The Third Caliph

rogueangelEvery Friday I focus on a New Pulp work that I think merits your attention. Sometimes it will be something that’s brand new, other times I’ll look at something that’s a few years old. This week, I’m encouraging you to check out The Third Caliph, which is the 40th book in the Rogue Angel series. The author listed on the cover is Alex Archer, which is a house name. The actual writer for this book is Mel Odom, who is thanked for his contributions on the inside cover. Golden Eagle does the same thing with it’s Executioner series. Here’s how the publisher described this volume:

A holy war. An ancient scroll lost in history…until now.During a dig in Morocco, archaeologist Annja Creed and her companions are nearly buried alive when the khettara ceiling collapses, revealing a 1,300-year-old corpse. But when Bedouin bandits raid the camp, Annja barely escapes with her life…and half of a scroll in ancient Kufic script. Her companions’ survival now depends on her.The scroll dates back to 656 AD, when Muslim raised sword against Muslim and the assassination of the third caliph left no clear heir to Muhammad’s teachings. It’s a coveted find. Annja quickly finds herself caught between a devious terrorist whose family honor depends on destroying what she possesses and a ruthless CIA team. Both believe the end justifies the means. And that Annja cannot allow.

Rogue Angel stars Annja Creed, archaeologist and host of a television series, Chasing History’s Monsters. In the very first book in the series (“Destiny”), Annja becomes the owner of a sword that once belonged to Joan of Arc. This sword can be summoned to her mentally — when she’s not using it, it floats in another dimension, waiting for her call.

Rogue Angel is a consistently entertaining New Pulp series — and one of the most successful, to boot. New books come out every other month and you can find them at your local grocery store or convenience center. I bought this one at a K-Mart… how many other New Pulp series can you say that about these days?

At first glance, Annja looks like a Lara Croft ripoff and I’m certain that played a part in her creation. But despite her beauty, the series does not pander at all… in fact, it’s almost oddly sexless. There’s no romance to be found in most of these — it’s straight-ahead adventure fiction, just with a female protagonist. Plots vary wildly from book to book but are almost always based around ancient myths and relics.

This particular book is a good one — a solid read, with a clearly defined plot and solid action. Mel Odom was one of the original authors on the series and he really shines, showing off his understanding of the character. There are other books in the series that I’ve enjoyed more but this is a recent one, coming out in January 2013, and should be easy to locate.

If you love Indiana Jones, Lara Croft or The Librarian, you should check this series out. They’re quick, pulpy reads that maybe aren’t great literature but they are great fun. The first three books have been combined into an omnibus called Rogue Angel: Renaissance so you can dive in quickly. You can start anywhere, though, as they always recap the important information with each new story.

One of those rambling posts.

lollipopWelcome, one and all, to Ye Olde Blog!

Just uploaded the 25th episode of The Shadow Fan. If you’re a fan of The Shadow (and, if you’re not, why aren’t you?), download it and listen to me talk at length about Shiwan Khan’s debut in “The Golden Master” before I move on to issue 10 of Dynamite’s ongoing Shadow comics series. Long story short: “The Golden Master” is good and I really like The Black Sparrow. There. I just ruined the whole episode for you.

Spending part of today answering interview questions. I’ve got two sites who want to run Q&A’s with me about Gravedigger. I’m very flattered anytime someone thinks I’m interesting enough to seek out my viewpoints. I often find myself that interesting — but then again, all writers are a bit egotistical, aren’t we? I mean, we think our creations merit sharing with the world… so it’s no shock that I’d find myself worthy of public adoration lol

I’m in a strange mood today – I apologize. 😉

Still writing away on the Weird West tale, which is going well. I’m about halfway through the story. Once that’s been put in the mail to Mechanoid Press, I might go ahead and start Gravedigger Volume 2. I do have a few inklings about doing something completely new but I don’t think those ideas have coalesced enough for me to actually do anything with them.

Before starting on Volume 2 of Gravedigger, I’ll probably read over (re: “hard skim”) the first book to get me back into that mindset since I’ve been writing some other stuff lately. I do have to admit to being chagrined that I opened volume 2 and saw a typo on the very first page that I looked at. I literally screamed. Both myself and David White went over and over that damned thing — it’s the only one that I’ve noticed but it was still disappointing. Nobody’s perfect, especially me. Still, it’s only one word amongst about 60,000 so hopefully nobody will hold it against me.

I’m currently reading both a Rogue Angel novel and a biography of Oscar Wilde. Once I’m done with one of those, I’ll be diving into either Shiwan Khan Returns or Monster Earth. Maybe I’ll do both!

Take Care, guys.