Alex Archer is a pen name for a group of authors who wrote this book and the others in the series. The authors for this book are Milán and Mel Odom (Information was provided on fantasy fiction web site)
This is the first book in the series and follows an archeologist by the name of Annja Creed.
Annja Creed works for a TV program called Chasing Monsters in which she tries to find the real facts behind Vampires and werewolf's as well any other popular culture creature.
Her Boss Doug is one of those annoying producer types that is only interested in ratings and of course money.
Annja on the other hand is only interested in finding the facts and could care less about all the other things.
What makes Annja so different as a character is not only is she smart, she has learned martial arts so she can defend herself. She is described as beautiful by the author as well if her intelligence and ability to fight was not enough.
I found it a bit strange she was brought up by nuns as her personality does not reflect it.
In this book Annja is trying to find out the secret behind a werewolf named La Bete in which her journey takes her to France.
She is not the only person in pursuit of information of La Bete, a local gangster who holds lots of power wants the same information.
She has an assistant by the name of Avery who is born in the life of crime as his dad is a robber. If there were any flaws in the story I would point out how obvious his role in the story would be.
She meets up with a big collector of antiques who goes by the name of Roux.
His house is described like something out of a Bond movie with all the gadgets he uses to protect himself and his antiques. All of his money that he has earned is not from an honest living and he is gambler as well.
When she does find La Bete in the mountains I found it to be a bit of a disappointment that she found it dead. The author could have had more of an action sequence there and had her dueling with a werewolf.
The book is a work of fiction so if you don't like magical swords or anything of that nature it would best to ignore this book.
The book is so well written that you feel all the events that happened in this book really did happen and am looking forward to other books in the series.
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