The Informationist (Vanessa Michael Munroe #1)
It reminded me of your standard, second-rate, mildly-ridiculous gun-for-hire novel - only this time written with a tormented female lead, instead of a tormented male lead.
I'm guessing that one is supposed to like the book largely because of the gender-switch. If you enjoy silly, poorly written fanta...more
What would push a gentle person such as myself toward such automotively destructive fantasies? a)commuting in general b)an author who uses the same descriptive phrase for every character's posture while sitting over, and over, and over again! WTF? Where's the editor ? How many times can a person sit with their forearms...more
Vanessa Michael Munroe was raised in Africa by indifferent, missionary parents, left to her own devices, and as a young, rebellious teen, fell into bad and brutal company due to her unusual gifts of observation, liguistics, and analysis. When she escaped from Africa, she put those same skills to profitable use. As...more
Raised unconventionally in Cameroon, Essa has unusual talents and skills- she intuitively understands all language, is trained in deadly combat, and gets the subtle body language of individuals and groups. She uses all this to get uncommonly accurate and useful information for her diverse clients.
On an unusual assignment she is to find a young woman who went missing in Africa four years ago. Set in a mysterious, complex and dangerous...more
The action is disjointed and the reader needs to take great leaps in imagination to get from...more
By Taylor Stevens
Random House 324 pgs
Rating: Read This Book!+ (this is a 4.5 of 5 for readers insisting on a rational rating system)
The Informationist is stunning. It roars like a freight train and sneaks like a cat through 3 continents and some half-dozen countries. There are mercenaries and missionaries, diplomats and gangsters in uniform, Texas oil tycoons and presidents, sacrifice and avarice, revenge and justice.
Meet Vanessa Michael Munroe. We...more
Meet Vanessa Michael Munroe – she likes to be called Michael -
after escaping from her native Cameroon at 15 under horrific circumstances, she wound up in Dallas where she made a new life for hers...more
Like Indiana Jones, Michael Westen or Rambo, Vanessa Michael Munroe was not created for realism, she was created for adventure.
The plot is pretty good, t...more
There have been comparisons made to Lisbeth Salander but having read all of Lisbeth's books and only the first book about Michael, I would venture the following early assessment:
I do believe that these two characters are very different. Their similarities are their childhoods were somewhat messed up. However, I find Lisbeth...more
Vanessa Michael Munroe speaks 22 languages. She can blend into any crowd and pull information out of thin air. And she's been trained to get the job done, no matter what it takes. She's paid by governments and corporations to get information that is seemingly impossible to obtain. But this mission is different. She's hired by Texas oil billionaire Richard Burbank to find his daughter Emily who disappeared in Africa fo...more
Seriously, Miles Bradford who supposedly is ex-special forces and a trained mercenary/bodyguard. Would anyone really hire someone named Miles Bradford as a bodyguard or black ops guy?
He's not the main character though I understand he becomes the main squeeze of the main character in Book 2. The main character is a tortured female information specialist/assassin/linguist (22 languages) who is deadly in comb...more
Suckered by the breathless references to Lisbeth in the blurbs, a can't miss promotional strategy. Here's what I mean- "a great new action heroine, Vanessa Michael Munroe, who doesn’t have to kick over a hornet’s nest to get attention, reflects the fire of Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander". Well, woo-hoo.
Okay, we do have a super bad-ass woman who makes a very good living tracking down information. She's tops in her field, hired by a billionaire in search of his beloved...more
Vannessa “Michael” Munroe was raped repeatedly while fifteen years old and she knew the only way to make it stop was to kill her rapist because she most certainly could not depend on her parents for help. Killing her rapist brought her to the realization that she could survive under any circumstances and that she need not apologize for her actions or seek out permission from others because where were these people when she needed them?
Munroe earned her living by trading information. She was neari...more
Vanessa Michael Munroe grew up in Africa, rebelling against the upbringing her missionary parents envisioned for her. Instead she made her own way, creating her own niche as an 'informationist'. Her 'un...more
She’s hired by a rich American, Richard Burbank, whose stepdaughter went missing in Africa four years ago. Several times he’s hired people to try and find her but they have not succeeded. As a last resort, he’s paying Vanessa, who is more commonly known as Michael, a lot of money to spend a year of her...more
As an Informationist, "Essa" Munroe is hired by individuals and organizations to acquire information that is needed. She demands a high fee as her reputation for getting the information her clients want is unheralded. Nobody knows how she gets it, and no one dares ask how she gets it.
In this thrilling, in...more
Born in New York State, and into the Child...more
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It’s safer that way-- for them, for me. It’s far easier to bear personal pain than the responsibility of someone else’s. I feel safe around people as tough as I am, but they don’t come along that often.”