In the Valiant Universe, even secrets have secrets. Have you heard the one about The Michelangelo Code?
Inside a Masonic crypt beneath Wall Street, the one percent engineer a financial apocalypse that will save the dollar, but could destroy the world. Within the secret archives of the Vatican, The Spirituali shelter a secret that could crack history in half. And - in a bar somewhere - Archer & Armstrong are all that stands between the ancient conspiracy that binds these two groups together. But can Archer survive a terrible betrayal from his own family - and the shocking revelation of Armstrong's closest ally?
Get ready for a spreadsheet-shattering, kung-fu gripping action epic!
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Archer & Armstrong #2 serves a good follow up to to the series debut. Fred Van Lente delves deeper into the plots of The Sect and the inner character conflicts facing Archer and Armstrong, making this episode more of a bridge into the "Michelangelo Code" plot the Arc title alludes to.
Once again, the actor performances brought down the house. And Anna Rodriguez's meticulous direction gave this installment just the touch it needed to not feel like stale.
One spot that didn't work for me were the scenes that were adapted verbatim from the original comic book. Some scenes that work in books don't always work in audio, and there were one or two here where I had to rewind and get my bearings to understand what was happening. Luckily, the commentary track clarifies the things I didn't quite catch, so I didn't feel left behind even if I wished it had been a little more straightforward.
But on the whole, this installment came together quite well, and it leaves me pumped once again for the next installment!
4 out of 5 stars.
Second book I listened to on Wednesday.
Don't have one.
Yes this is the second audio book. They do Outstanding podcasts.
Laugh with Susan Bridges during commentary.
Please listen to this.
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