The third book in the Rogue Angel series, The Spider Stone, hit stores in early November. Though I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the first two, The Spider Stone is exactly the type of book I like to read. It has got me hooked on this series.
The book opens in West Africa, in the year 1755. Yohance, the keeper of the Spider Stone, has been captured and sold in the slave market and is destined for America.
Flash forward to present day. Annja Creed, an archeologist by formal training, is called in to support a group of students excavating the remains of slaves who were buried in an underground explosion dating back to the Underground Railroad and the Civil War. At the dig site a marvelous tiger's eye stone is found. The stone is a gift to the Hausa tribe from the spider god Anansi. According to the legend, as long as the stone was in possession of the tribe, they would always have a home.
Etched within the Spider Stone is ancient writing and a map with directions to an ancient treasure. Annja tries to decipher the writing on the stone and the group of archeologists falls prey to an attack from a group of hired mercenaries with ties to an African warlord and Al Qaeda. With the help of Homeland Security, Annja finds herself facing an African warlord in a head-to-head battle for life and treasure in the African savanna.
This is a great book. Fast-paced, good characterization with an absolute real setting, this book will keep you turning the pages. Archer is an awesome author and I can’t wait for more from the Rogue Angel series. The next book in the series is The Forbidden City, due out March 13, 2007.