The Informationist (Vanessa Michael Munroe Series #1)

The Informationist (Vanessa Michael Munroe Series #1)

by Taylor Stevens
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The Informationist (Vanessa Michael Munroe Series #1) by Taylor Stevens

Governments pay her.
Criminals fear her.
Nobody sees her coming.

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.
The first book in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series, gripping, ingenious, and impeccably paced, The Informationist marks the arrival or a thrilling new talent.

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594466352
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Series: Vanessa Michael Munroe Series , #1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.76(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

TAYLOR STEVENS is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of The Innocent, The Doll, The Catch, The Mask, and the novella The Vessel. The series featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe has received critical acclaim and the books are published in twenty languages. The Informationist has been optioned for film by James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment. Born in New York State, and into the Children of God, raised in communes across the globe and denied an education beyond sixth grade, Stevens was in her twenties when she broke free to follow hope and a vague idea of what possibilities lay beyond. She now lives in Texas, and is at work on the next Munroe novel.

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ZomBeeBonita More than 1 year ago
Taylor Stevens' "The Informationist" is an absolute must read. If I had to compare the writing style to other remarkable authors I'd have to say, "Wilbur Smith meets Stieg Larsson." Taylor brings the story to life with the vivid details and precise depiction of a land and people foreign to most. And for those who have firsthand knowledge of the inner politics, land, and peoples of Africa, you won't be disappointed in the true to life descriptions. I was reading through this so fast I was trying to make myself slow down so it would last longer. However, being the page-turner it is that didn't work, so I just read it twice. I have no doubt Taylor Stevens is going to be a household name. I'm looking forward to more Vanessa Michael Munroe attitude and adventure. You will not regret buying a copy for yourself and another to pass on to a friend. "To my fellow childhood survivors -- you know who you are." Thank you Taylor!
KenCady More than 1 year ago
The cover says that The Informationist is "A Thriller." That's a huge overstatement as I wasn't thrilled except to close the book when I finished it. The story is simply not interesting. Sure, there is some mystery there, but the main character is hardly believable. The bad guys in Equatorial Guinea are cardboard characters, and the various others simply not credible for being whom they are supposed to be. It seems that the author just creates one jam after another for the main character to get out of, and none of these jams are really very believable. The constant flipping of who is on her side seems highly contrived. Dull is the most succinct definition for this novel.
klfordy More than 1 year ago
This book is nothing like Steig Larsson's. If I could have given it less than one star, I would have. The character is drawn with no redeeming value, her unfeeling blood lust is macabre. She is morally bankrupt and the people who help her do so for no apparent reason. The geography is confusing, the characters one-note. The plot is poor at best. The author pushes her knowledge of the area in a pedantic way, but we are given too much of the weirdness and not enough of the background of a complex setting. There were basic mistakes in comparisons and descriptions (electric engine). I want my money back, and compensation for my time. It was just awful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book in a long time that had my total attention! I loved it! I will start The Innocent right away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lizbeth Salander has nothing to worry about. This was an OK book, but in my opinion Lizbeth still holds the corner on the market when it comes to heroines. The book would have been a lot better if the author had included a map. I spent a lot of time with my World Atlas just following the geography Anne Smith
Meg Gehl More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this book for an upcoming trip. I thought I would read the first chapter before the trip and I was hooked! I finished the entire book in 3 days. It was well written, from the heart, and Conor's mission is incredible. What a remarkable journey. I loved the ending. ... a real story of inspiration and love!
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
Every reader who craves action and adventure will love this book. It is nonstop from cover to cover. The heroine, Vanessa, who goes by as many names as she has personae, is a kick-ass force of nature. She can be as fierce and deadly as a black mamba snake or as elegant and smooth as a high paid call girl on the make. She is multilingual, highly intelligent and lethal. Her preferred job is collecting highly sensitive, often obscure, yet very valuable information, which she sells to high paying clients around the world. She receives an unusual request to attempt to find an industrialist's daughter who has been missing in Africa for four years. All attempts to find her so far have come up short. The girl's father believes Vanessa is his last hope to find his daughter. Vanessa hasn't been back to her homeland of central Africa for years because of the memories of the people, alive and dead, which she left there long ago. Those memories will revive in her the rage and darkness which have been her hell and her salvation through numerous life threatening forays. Although preferring to work alone, her employer saddles her with a companion, who while highly skilled in his own right, is hardly a match for Vanessa's savage world. All the juju that she can call up will be needed to fight her enemies both past and present as she cuts her way deeper and deeper into the mystery that is awaiting in Africa. This book provided for review by the well read folks of Crown Publishers.
AMA001 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful reading. A lot of action and  kept me interested from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This thriller starts fast and doesn't stop. Vanessa Michael Munroe is a complex character you will not forget. The international cities come alive in a manner not often seen in debut books. I've seen reviews that compare Munoe to Steig Larson's character, Lisabeth Sandler. While I don't see the resemblance in character (or writing style), I do think Larson fan's will love this book. And Stevens' book is much quicker get "into".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book by accident and I am so glad I did. Taylor Stevens spins a tale that will grab you by the collar and won't let you go. Her characters are full but not overly done and the storyline keeps you enthralled until the very end. The only disappointment was that it did end... but alas, she has two more that I snapped up immediately with a fourth in the series due out summer 2015. If you are looking for your next favorite author, then here she is!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously good read. The denouement/explanation of what the hell is going on was a little confusing, but I think that may have just been mental fatigue on my part. Vanessa Michael Monroe is a kick-ass character, both figuratively and literally. She's not exactly likable in the traditional sense, but you can't really help but root for her as you get to know her. She's not endearing and she's pretty vengeful, but she has a strong sense of loyalty and curiousity (that hunt for information and knowledge) that are appealing traits. I won't get into the plot. This is a thriller and follows most of your usual thriller plot directions. But the execution was great and the characters really make this particular thriller pop. I saw a cover blurb that said this was like a combination of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourn books and I think that's kind of spot on. Except these are better than Larsson's books because Stevens doesn't go off on fifty page tangents about financial and political journalism ;-) Definitely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who enjoy a good adventure in less than known surrounding, this is a gran d adventure with a satisfying number of plot twists. The heroine is somewhat larger than life, but I can't wait to see how she developes.
SSIII More than 1 year ago
Strong character development and exciting plot plot. Highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If my book club had not chosen this as a monthly selection I probably would have never discovered it--on the surface, not my kind of thing--but I am SO glad I jumped in! Tough, lean, descriptive prose--nothing is superflous--and a herione, that yes, is WAY over the top, but that's the biggest part of the fun. Munroe is a woman that, let's face it, many of us fantasize about being: sexy, lethal, brilliant, world-weary, fearless: a female Bryonic hero. Set in exotic locales in Africa and the Middle East, the novel sets a fast, involving pace from the beginning and doesn't let up. Some warning, however, in that the violence comes quickly and brutually--especially at the end. But the novel leaves you breathless. Stevens knows how to write in a cinematic fashion--you can picture this on screen thru every page: Angelina Jolie awaits, undoubtedly. While I found the follow up novel, "The Innocent" much less interesting and more dragging, this one won me over and I look forward to Stevens' third Munroe book. It's a wild over the top ride; take it and have some fun.
CAMILNE More than 1 year ago
If your tired of the same old thrillers and mysterys, you have to try this book. I bought it as a whim and couldn't put it down. I have a bad habit of skimming over some of the writing in books and this one I did not. I read ever word afraid I would miss something. The characters are real and loved the descriptive way Taylor describes the country and cultures. Her next book will be out in Dec and I cannot wait.
goguins66 More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant to get this based on the description, but was hooked by page 5. Ms. Stevens created an incredible heroine and I do hope it's not the last time we will see "Michael". The setting was new and though the plot complicated, it seemed completely believable. The action scenes were vivid and brutally realistic. If you want to escape with a thriller and a touch of romance, you will not be disappointed by The Informationist!
JimBobTex More than 1 year ago
The heroine, Michael, is a mish mash of Mati Hari & the Terminator! Why are former Special Forces & SEAL members afraid of her? Who knows! Could it be here "special" knife training whereby she was raped repeatedly for years; naturally her confidant and mentor was unaware of the situation. Now there's a great analogy -- getting raped leads to martial arts expertise! Really, The Informationist is a lurid, underdeveloped, and implausible novel. Remember: Having the ability to write a good term paper can lead to a life of international intrique & the ability to stare down mercenaries and criminals of every sort. Warning: this novel is NOTHING like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo! Avoid at all cost!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Taylor Stevens is quite simply the best writer I’ve read in years! Her insider’s knowledge of the rhythms of daily life in Africa and the corruption of the continent’s political systems confer authenticity to each page. Settings are so vividly described the reader feels as if he’s breathing the same air and smelling the same smells as her characters. The complexity of the book’s plot is exceeded only by the complexity of the characters and their interactions. Terrific dialogue, with so many clever exchanges, mind-games and mental jousting. Vanessa Michael Munroe is easily the most captivating and compelling protagonist to grace the pages of a thriller in ages. Tough, resourceful, and scarred both physically and mentally Munroe takes on all comers, but on her own terms. I wish I knew Munroe, she’s that interesting. In a nutshell, Stevens doesn’t so much tell you a story as insert you into a life. Fantastic read!
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