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includedu, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by includedu)
Taylor, although you may have heard this a million times already, the Informationist is one of my favorite, if not favorite. I listened to it in my hour car ride to and from work. I could not wait to get back in my car to find out what happened next. I often sat not getting out of my car just so I could finish a specific section. Only a couple of books have intrigued me as much, like Tom Clancy's "Without Remorse", Stieg Larsson's Trilogy, David Baldacci's Oliver Stone Books, Douglas Preston's Aloysius Pendergast Books, and Nelson DeMille's John Corey Books. Please keep writing the Michael books, soo soo great!!!
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sarahboberra, June 12, 2011 (view all comments by sarahboberra)
This is a great debut from a new and interesting young writer with a mysterious past involving a religious cult which she successfully extricated herself from. She has created a strong new heroine unlike any I have ever read of before (yes, she's even more "hard-core" than Lisbeth Salander). The song by Fiona Apple "Extraordinary Machine" comes to mind because that's almost what Vanessa Michael Munroe appears to be, a machine most extraordinary. She has been through traumatic experiences far beyond what most of us are forced to endure, and yet, like a machine, she seems to be almost immune to the usual PTSD associated with such events. Almost is the key word here, as she admits to the reader her struggles with her "demons," whom are never quite clearly defined, but by the end of the book, we see a hint of them, and they have both a Pandora's-box-like-quality as well as a Jekyll-and-Hyde-like one. This is all I will say on the subtle psychology of our graceful, yet lethal heroine so as to leave most of her to be discovered. Final word: in no way does she disappoint.

While for the character development as well as the amazing descriptions of places most of us have never been to and will never go to, such as Equatorial Guinea, I give this novel 5 stars. For it's pacing, I would give it 4 stars. While many who reviewed it found the pace "breakneck," I have to say that personally I found it a bit slower than most novels labeled as thrillers. Don't get me wrong - it's still a very exciting book - but to me it's more exciting because of the plot and characters, rather than the action.

I will definitely look out for the next Vanessa Munroe installment with anticipation. Bravo to author Taylor Stevens, for overcoming all she has, and then channeling all her experiences into a creative effort worthy of world-wide recognition.
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chorne, May 10, 2011 (view all comments by chorne)
Thrillers are not my usual read, but I learned about the author's background and the positive notices this book has gotten, I made an exception. Within a few pages I was along for the ride and less than a day later it was over. Michael, the main character, is not a super hero but a strategist, thinking three or four steps ahead in every dangerous situation. But what kept the story real for me was the precise, palpable taste the author creates of every location. If the author does not know all these places intimately, she writes as though she does, and the roads, villages, buildings, and waterways of this story take it beyond fiction. We feel there is something real to this story. Bravo to the brave young heroine and to the brave young author. I suspect in some ways, they are well acquainted.
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A Thriller
Stevens, Taylor
Suspense fiction
Business intelligence
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Stevens's blazingly brilliant debut introduces a great new action heroine, Vanessa Michael Munroe, who doesn't have to kick over a hornet's nest to get attention, though her feral, take-no-prisoners attitude reflects the fire of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander. Nine years have passed since Munroe, the daughter of American missionaries, escaped Cameroon at age 15 after a violent incident. She's forged a new life in Texas as an 'informationist,' a person who specializes in gathering information about developing countries for corporations. Munroe's best friend, marketing consultant Kate Breeden, refers her to Miles Bradford, a high-stakes security pro, who believes she's the perfect choice to help Houston oilman Richard Burbank find his adopted daughter, Emily, who vanished four years earlier at age 18 while vacationing in west central Africa. Munroe returns to Africa, where she reconnects with her ex-boyfriend, Francisco Beyard, a sexy drug- and gun-running businessman, who assists in the dangerous search for Emily. Thriller fans will eagerly await the sequel to this high-octane page-turner. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "[A] tightly written thriller woven around an uncommon heroine....[T]he writing is stellar, the heroine grittier than Lara Croft and the African setting so vivid that readers can smell the jungle and feel the heat — a gifted debut with much promise."
"Review" by , "Dazzling....Munroe is a model of an emerging action heroine: like Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander, not a guy in a girl suit but not one to whimper in the corner, either."
"Review" by , "A terrific thriller with piercing tension, chest-tightening adventure, and a one-of-a-kind heroine I've continued to think about long after finishing the last page. Taylor Stevens is a born storyteller. I couldn't put The Informationist down."
"Review" by , "An utterly smashing debut, starring an unforgettable heroine who could go toe to toe with Lisbeth Salander — and claw her way on top. One of the best thrillers of the year!"
"Synopsis" by , “Stevens’s blazingly brilliant debut introduces a great new action heroine, Vanessa Michael Munroe, who doesn’t have to kick over a hornet’s nest to get attention, though her feral, take-no-prisoners attitude reflects the fire of Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander….Thriller fans will eagerly await the sequel to this high-octane page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly, starred, boxed review

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.


Gripping, ingenious, and impeccably paced, The Informationist marks the arrival or a thrilling new talent.

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