Archangel Checkmate
Vijaya Schartz
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Vijaya Schartz
Blue Planet Books
320 pages
April 2001
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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The scream awakens the senses in the fierce Lord of the Reptilian's memories. Many have suffered his wrath. He is embodied cruelty waited for the unsuspecting. Then the ripple arrives. The being follows the path to his victim. Jennifer, the daughter of the Archangel, feels Lufriec enter her mind. Terror fills the teenager. Terrified but afraid to show weakness, she makes contact with her father, Michael. Knowing her father is on his way, Jennifer tries to relax only to learn of another gruesome crime against teenage girls. Even with her extraordinary powers, unease fills Jennifer as she realizes every girl killed fits within her sleek profile. Someone. Somewhere. They want her dead. But why?

Meanwhile, light years away but mind-linked to his daughter, Michael is filled with unease. It was his destiny to live within the immortal world of his father. Yet he still wishes to see his daughter grow through her teenage years. Now, when she needs him most, he would return to combat the evil threatening his little girl.

Michael's path is rife with nuances of alternate universes and evil reptiles. Unprepared to face his past, Michael lands within the alternate reality that would have been his life if he hadn't destroyed the Reptilian years ago. Only after this battle will Michael be able to understand that he will never be totally free until he can free his human counterparts from the evil silently invading their world. This deadly mission can only be accomplished with help from those who wish to form a rebellion, they who sincerely claim to be one with "The Secret Order of Saint Michael." With their help, Michael regains his powers to claw his way back into the real world and save their world from utter destruction.

Only the real world holds more surprises. Michael finds his daughter violated yet comforted by a friend who truly cares, Tori hurt but bravely facing the evil interrupting their lives, and his lifemate missing.

Sorcery abounds in this true-to-life tale. Schartz digs deep in grabbing the hearts of each character bringing them to life. Archangel Checkmate shows the brutality of human nature through the eyes of a Reptilian overlord and Michael's equally tormented daughter. To complete the picture, Schartz allows healing to overcome and conquer the Reptilians who wish to do this family harm. Wickedly insightful. Grab this today along with the prequel, Archangel Crusader.

© 2002 by Brenda Ramsbacher for Curled Up With a Good Book

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