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Audio Book Review – Rogue Angel: Forbidden City by Alex Archer

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In Rogue Angel: Forbidden City, Annja Creed finds herself in trouble again. This time it is while trying to help a Chinese man, Huangfu Cao, who is trying to locate the remains of a long dead immigrant who was murdered in Volcanoville, an old ghost town outside of San Francisco, California.

When Annja finds a Scythian/Chinese belt plaque ,she finds that Cao will stop at nothing to get it from her; even kill her. Eventually, he does get it from her, but not before she takes pictures of the inscription and artwork. Even more importantly, not before she inflicts a fair amount of pain to him.

Once again I was treated to a Graphic Audio performance that really brings you into the story. The combination of sound effects and artistic vocal performances creates what Graphic Audio calls a “Movie in your Mind” and that is truly what it is.

Image courtesy Graphic Audio

What I like about Rogue Angel: Forbidden City as well as all of the Rouge Angel series is that the depth of character that is developing within the series. Also returning in more significant proportions are Garin Braden and Roux. Garin takes to the side of Cao and Roux to the side of Annja. Both are after something that is hidden in the Forbidden City. Add to this mix Kelly Swan, a trained assassin who is after Cao for killing her father. I really hope that this character returns as well in future installments or even better yet, has her own spin-off series.

I find that when I am listening to a Graphic Audio book, I am so immersed in the story that time seems to fly. I feel that if you are into graphic books or you want to be entertained while you are listening to an audio book, you will find Rogue Angel: Forbidden City fills the bill.

The quality of the story and performance are the reasons that I will be coming back for the next Rogue Angel. I will also be checking out some of their other series as well. If you want you can download a MP3 excerpt, or purchase the GraphicAudio Book from their on-line Store. The story comes three ways: standard CD, MP3 (the version I reviewed) and downloadable WMA CD with digital rights management.

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  • http://www.kinabaloo.com/beijing.html Jack, Beijing China

    A gripping tale, well delivered.