A silly series, but fun. Another episode in the Rogue Angel series featuring archeologist Annja Creed and her two mentors, Garin and Roux I chose to read this based on a review of another GoodReads member who said it featured a change between the three characters I agree with that assessmentor less, i.e in this the 43rd installment of the series, protagonist Annja Creed does come to the aid of both Garin and Roux but she puts herself in danger by doing so and it isn t much of a reversal of roles for the 3 of th Another episode in the Rogue Angel series featuring archeologist Annja Creed and her two mentors, Garin and Roux I chose to read this based on a review of another GoodReads member who said it featured a change between the three characters I agree with that assessmentor less, i.e in this the 43rd installment of the series, protagonist Annja Creed does come to the aid of both Garin and Roux but she puts herself in danger by doing so and it isn t much of a reversal of roles for the 3 of them Also, I was hoping forbackground information on Garin and Roux and found little that I didn t already know But I did notice one interesting change I have read 7 of the books in the series before this one and nearly every mention of either Garin or Roux states they are both centuries old While their exact age has never been revealed when it is discussed its usually around 400 years for both Here in this 43rd installment they clearly state that both are around 500 or even close to 600 years old So this is a significant change in the background information to these two men Author Alex Archer is actually a Nom de Plume for a group of 5 authors They each have a slightly different prose style but they all follow the series formula The author of this episode isn t as good as some of the others He left several loose ends unexplained at the end of the story and the tone of this story is particularly lacking, even dismal For fans of the series, this is another notch in the canon but as I alluded to above, I didn t care for this one, in spite of the new information and slight change in roles for the 3 main characters I plan to read a fewbut will probably not ever read the entire series 49 installments so far A key An ancient automaton A race against the devil to the deep blue sea It started inBC when a centurion on a rescue mission for Caesar went down with the ship in a storm With his last breath, he saw the object of Caesar s seafaring excursion an accursed, mechanical minotaur hit bottom and start to walk away While taping an episode of Chasing History s Monsters, TV host and archaeologist Annja Creed learns that her sometime friend and protector Garin has acquired an ancient butterfly key artifact, the kind once used to wind automatons, clockwork style devices Except, this key comes with a rumor attached, a story that it once worked a god touched device both rare and unbelievably powerfulNo sooner does Garin hold the key than it s snatched from his hands by a freewheeling historian who plays by her own rules And she wants ultimate power, which could happily include the sword of Joan of Arc The quest for the key and the mythological automaton reunites Annja, Garin and his old mentor Roux in Genoa, and pits them in a race across Europe to beat a foe as resourceful and skilled as Annja herself ClockworkAnother interesting story of creedGood to see Roux and Garin actually working together and not trying to kill each other Always love the history of things that actually happened Till the next one The only thing holding me back from giving this one 5 stars is the prologue It totally makes the clockwork items appear to be waydeadly What happens later totally does not match the same scale of what happened in the prologue Besides, I don t recall what they did with the powerful item Loose ends totally NOT tied up as far as I can see If I missed it, then let me know It may be enough to get me to change my review. Annja Creed, who wields Joan of Arc s sword and is very reminiscent of Indiana Jones and Lara Croft and especially Sarah Pezzini, appears every other month or so in a new Rogue Angel adventure It s a very formulaic series, like television adventure series used to be, with everything at the end having to be re set to the way it was at the beginning They re usually light, fun, books, good for a couple of hours of relaxation Predictably, some of them aren t very good, but every once in a while t Annja Creed, who wields Joan of Arc s sword and is very reminiscent of Indiana Jones and Lara Croft and especially Sarah Pezzini, appears every other month or so in a new Rogue Angel adventure It s a very formulaic series, like television adventure series used to be, with everything at the end having to be re set to the way it was at the beginning They re usually light, fun, books, good for a couple of hours of relaxation Predictably, some of them aren t very good, but every once in a while there s one that s way above the average, such as the newest, CLOCKWORK DOOMSDAY It s a kind of James Bond ish story involving ancient clockwork constructions At the start of the story Annja is searching for graveyard ghosts in the company of two delightfully quirky characters, Colleen Digby and Victor Lambert Things don t go as planned, and they encounter a ring of Russian smugglers Eventually Annja s off to Europe to meet up with old friends Roux and Garin, and the game is afoot Later we meet Roux s new driver, Honeysuckle Torrey, who s another great special guest star kind of character The action is fast paced and furious as they track down the ancient evil and save the world for another couple of months It s very well written and a whole boat load of fun I liked it because Roux and Garin are alotprominent in this book then in most of the series..It was a nice change..It kinda of raisedquestions then it gave answers though..Hence the 4 star rating instead of 5..Still it was a good read that gripped me and I honestly didn t put it down til it was done.. 4.25 starsDefinitley one if the better stories in this series This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I was heartbroken when the clockwork pieces of art were lost again, but I loved the storyline, as always Thanks One of the bestThose of you who follow the Angel know that some of the writers aren t very good This book was written by one of the best Wish i knew who it was.