Solomon’s Jar (Rogue Angel #2) By Alex Archer
The Rogue Angel series continues with Solomon’s Jar. In this episode, it begins with Annja Creed outrunning mercenaries in South America. The novel opens with her archaeological research in an isolated village near the Amazon. Armed men show up and threaten to kill the entire village unless they reveal Annja’s location. Before the desperadoes can get to work, Annja summons her sword and swings into action. Naturally, Annja escapes and carries on her work.
After a brief meeting with her mentor Roux, she’s off to Israel in search of the legendary Jar of Solomon. Legend has it that King Solomon imprisoned a group of demonic beings in a magical jar and forced them to build his temple. Regardless of the truth of it, someone has found a jar which resembles the one of history and someone else is willing to kill to get the artifact. Annja soon ends up in Amsterdam, where she meets an Englishman named Aidan Pascoe who spends the rest of the book with her running after/from the bad guys.
Annja is in the thick of it again. She’s threatened by Deep Ecological Extremists, pursued by Russian Mobsters, and squares off against New Age Zionists. In the middle of the book, we are introduced to a kabbalistic Jewish lady named Tsipporah from New Jersey, who just happens to be residing in Israel. She serves as the commentator for the action at the middle point.
Solomon’s Jar wraps in a Brazilian metal foundry. All the major factions introduced manage to end up in one location and shoot it out. Just as one faction gains an upper hand, another faction shows up to supplant it.
Words by Umar Mohammed