I first saw Rogue Angel on an endcap at Barnes & Noble and thought it looked interesting (good cover: hot chick with a sword), and the back cover made it sound interesting. I went home and looked it up, and found it was part of an ongoing series. I picked up the first volume off of PaperBackSwap, and I will get the other volumes soon!
The main character, Annja Creed (pronounced Anya?), is one of those Dirk Pitt-type characters that can, and has, done it all. She's a young, attractive, somewhat experienced archaeologist - has studied martial arts and can hold her own in a brawl, can free-climb a rock face, knows how to use guns, etc.
She also has an unusually strong fear of fire, which hints at some history of the character.
If you combined Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider series and Sara Pezzini from WitchBlade, you'd get Annja Creed. Great combination of action, the supernatural (or at least some hints of it), and a little history.
This is purely fluff reading - and I give it a high rating because it's just so enjoyable.
The "author" has a blog for the series, but it hasn't been updated in months. Alex Archer is apparently a pseudonym used by two guys co-authoring the series.
From the Publisher
An ancient order tied to the Vatican . . . A blood fortune buried in the caves of France . . . A conspiracy of power, greed and darkest evil . . .
Archaeologist and explorer Annja Creed's fascination with the myths and mysteries of the past leads her to a crypt in the caves of France, where the terrifying legend of the Beast of Gevaudin hints at the unimaginable. What she discovers is shattering: an artifact that will seal her destiny: a brotherhood of monks willing to murder to
protect their secret; and a powerful black-market occultist desperate to put his
own claim to centuries-old blood money. Annja embarks on a high-tension race
across Europe and history itself, intent on linking the unholy treachery of the
ages with the staggering revelations of the present. But she must survive the
shadow figures determined to silence her threat to their existence.
(NOTE: this review was originally posted on my family blog on 1/31/07)