Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Informationist by Taylor Stevens

The Informationist
by Taylor Stevens

Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information—expensive information—working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back.

Until now.

A Texas oil billionaire has hired her to find his daughter who vanished in Africa four years ago. It’s not her usual line of work, but she can’t resist the challenge. Pulled deep into the mystery of the missing girl, Munroe finds herself back in the lands of her childhood, betrayed, cut off from civilization, and left for dead. If she has any hope of escaping the jungle and the demons that drive her, she must come face-to-face with the past that she’s tried for so long to forget.

Vanessa "Michael" Monroe is a one-woman force to be reckoned with. Armed with a past that haunts her and a serious knife fetish, she can give any man a run for his money; but her real talent lies in her ability to gather information.  

When Richard Burbank, a Texas oil billionaire hires her to find his daughter, Emily, who disappeared in Africa, Munroe takes the job knowing that she can do what others couldn't - find her. Munroe works alone, there are very few people (like two) who connect with her on a regular basis (regular meaning not too often). So when Burbank insists that former Special Forces Agent, Miles Bradford, accompany her on this mission, she was none too happy.  The job turns dangerous when someone tries to kill her, leaving her no choice but to revisit the childhood that she has gone to great lengths to leave behind. 

The Informationist is a fast paced, guess who, page turning, masterpiece! I have read many reviews comparing Vanessa Michael Munroe to Lisbeth Salander (The Millennium Trilogy) and while I can see the similarities, I think that Munroe's ability to access and deal with emotion, sets her apart. Don't get me wrong, I loved Salander, but I love Munroe too!  Munroe is a dynamically layered character, she's driven and thorough, crafty and resilient, but there is also an element of hidden fragility. I can see what drives her and understand why she functions the way that she does, at the same time my heart ached for her for the very same reasons.

The story is nothing short of brilliant. The writing is intelligent and clever, I can hardly believe this is Taylor Stevens debut novel! Stevens has a masterpiece of a character on her hands! I am very much looking forward to reading The Innocent, which is Munroe's second adventure. 

I give this book:

About the Author (from the back of the book):

Taylor Stevens is the author of two novels featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe, The Informationist and The Innocent, and is currently working on a third. She lives in Texas. 

Visit Taylor Stevens website to see what she's up to, follow her on Twitter, and "like" her on Facebook too!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All views expressed are my own.


AnneM said...

I loved the Millennium Trilogy. Good to know this book was compared to it, will put it on my reading list. Thanks for the review.

Jessica L. Buike said...

Happy Wednesday! I shared a link to your post on my blog post today:


mike draper said...

I enjoyed your review and plan on reading this. It's ironic that I just posted a giveaway for Stevens's follow up to this book, "The Innocent"

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