Our heroes' newfound friendship will face its greatest test as they battle The Sisters of Perpetual Darkness - the Nunjas ("ninja" + "nun") who guard Rome's blasphemous secrets. Obadiah Archer thought he had been betrayed by his family before, but nothing can prepare him for this!
Part three kicks the adventure into overdrive by pitting multiple characters against each other and throwing more challenges in Archer & Armstrong's way. The bond between Armstrong and Sister Tommy is a strong one, and I especially enjoyed hearing actors Barbra Dillon and Pete Milan play off each other. Melissa Autumn Hearne really sold Mary-Maria's conflicted relationship with Archer, and Paul Brueggemann once again nailed Archer's internal conflict.
The religious elements of this episode were handled extremely well by writer Fred Van Lente. More than any episode thus far, Episode #3 really delves into what faith and religion means to these characters. Sister Tommy's Christianity bounces off of Armstrong's Atheism in a way that I wish the story had a lot more time to develop. It's a complete story in and of itself, and that relationship between them is partly why Sister Tommy made such an impact on me in her short run. Mary-Maria also has a moment of conflicted faith in this episode that plants the seeds for things down the line. And as events unfolded, it was great to see how much Archer has grown as a character in just three episodes.
Also of note is how downright hilarious this installment is. When Mary-Maria and Armstrong meet, I thought I was going to loose it laughing. Their entire scene together is, in a word, AMAZING.
Stepping in for Anna Rodriguez, Director Dave Morgan does a great job honoring the sound design of the previous episodes in a way that sounds like it's cut from the same cloth.
All in all, Episode #3 of Archer & Armstrong is tons of fun from beginning to end. I couldn't be more excited for the grand finale in Episode #4.
5 out of 5 stars.
Where does Archer & Armstrong #3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
With Doctor Who and William Shakespeare Star Wars.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Yes I workout to it.
Which scene was your favorite?
Have yet to pick one.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Don't bring the kids.
Any additional comments?
Book 4 soon?