Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Book Review: The Informationist by Taylor Stevens

The Informationist is the debut thriller of Taylor Stevens.

Book Description
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.
I'm excited Taylor Stevens has given us a new badass female lead.  I'm a fan of Steig Larsson's Millennium trilogy, and Stevens's new series will more than fill the void.

The Informationist starts out a lot like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  A rich business man's daughter is missing and presumed dead.  He hires Vanessa Michael Monroe to find the answers no one else has been able to produce.  Monroe starts out resembling Lisbeth as well, but both the story and Monroe pull away to stand strongly on their own merits.

Monroe's investigations leads her to Africa where she must face unknown enemies as well as the enemies of her own past.

If you are a fan of mysteries or thrillers, I highly recommend The Informationist.  I loved the African setting, and many moments shocked me and kept me glued to the pages.

The Informationist is the first book in a series.  I don't know if it will be a short series or a long running Vanessa Michael Monroe series, but either way I know I'll be reading every single one of them.


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  1. Sounds great. I loved those Larsson books. Lisbeth is probably one of the most dramatic characters I've read in a long time. Now I have to read this!!!

  2. Wow, love strong female leads and love thrillers! Great review!
    New follower. :)

  3. Oh snap! This sounds AWESOME!!! Thanks for the review :)

    Lah @ LazyGirl Reads

  4. Wow! This sounds really good. I still have to read the Dragon Tattoo books!


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