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Full Name: Vanessa Michael Munroe
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Other - Informationist

Creator: Taylor Stevens
Time Span: 2011 - 2015


Vanessa Michael Munroe is an informationist.

That term is a relatively new one indicating a person who specializes in providing "research and knowledge management services" and it is one that fits Munroe perfectly. Possessing a lithesome, athletic body described as androgynous, she couples that with sharply honed skill at assuming roles, both female and male, that let her blend in wherever she needs to go. Add to that a superb natural gift with picking up languages easily and remarkably quickly, and she can and does have people thinking she is as much a fixture of her current environment as they are.

If a government agency wants to know the real story of what is happening in a remote region, and not just what the official line is, they can call on her. If a corporation thinking of investing in a foreign enterprise wants to know who to contact and who not to and where the traps and pitfalls are hiding, they contact her. She does not just look things up on the Internet. She goes there, learns the local dialect, assumes a persona, and truly absorbs the facts. Her reports are taken as gospel.

Going into strange lands alone, especially when her job requires her to ask questions of those who might not be quite so open, is a very dangerous activity. Whether she is taking the role of a handsome, albeit smallish man or a beautiful and desirable woman or someone so nondescript as to be virtually invisible, she often comes up against those who either dislike her intrusion or just like the idea of preying on someone alone. Being able to take care of yourself is a skill that is essential to survival. It is a talent Munroe has in abundance and it comes from a time when she was forced, at gun and knife point, to learn.

Born in west Africa to American missionaries who had already finished their child rearing and were not expecting a late addition, she grew up playing in the dirt streets of several different countries, learning quickly how to become a native and to fit in even if her origins were different and her skin color not the same. Because she could grasp the speech patterns and the nuances so easily as well as being a very good listener who seldom forgot anything, she got a reputation as being a tad on the supernatural.

She also got a reputation, well earned, as being a rapscallion and rebel. With her parents' interests totally on things other than her and no one to set boundaries, she became a free spirit and did as she pleased. That included falling in as a young teenager with grownups whose activities were less than strictly legal. Her information gathering skills made her invaluable to them so she quickly became a part of them.

That brought her to the attention of a particularly nasty member of the group who daily would teach her the finer details of hand-to-hand combat while molesting her in the evenings, threatening to kill her and her family in very unpleasant ways. Ironically, these same fighting skills she was forced to learn would be useful in eventually ending his existence.

The types of adventures Munroe has are varied and consistently dangerous but regardless of where she is or what she is doing, Munroe is fascinating to watch.


Number of Books:5
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2015

1 The Informationist The Informationist
Written by Taylor Stevens
Copyright: 2011

A Texas billionaire offers a considerable incentive to Munroe to find his missing daughter, lost in Africa for four years. Though that is hardly her normal work, she knows the area and takes the assignment. Going back to that reason will bring back a lot on unpleasant memories as well as a lot of danger.
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2 The Innocent The Innocent
Written by Taylor Stevens
Copyright: 2011

Eight years ago, a man walked away with five year old Hannah and took her to live with a nomadic cult. Munroe's closest friend asks for her help in tracking down and retrieving the girl. One wrong move and the girl will likely be lost forever.
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3 The Doll The Doll
Written by Taylor Stevens
Copyright: 2013

A promising actress has been kidnapped and sold to a very nasty person. Munroe's best friend has been kidnapped and tortured to force Munroe into being the courier to get the young woman to her doom. Munroe takes great exception to all of this and making her upset is never a good thing.
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4 The Catch The Catch
Written by Taylor Stevens
Copyright: 2014

Munroe's spirits are at a tremendous low. Fleeing the recent events, she has hid away in Djibouti. When she is pressured into joining a security crew on a ship, she suspects trouble and when Somali pirates attack, she learns they are not after the ship at all.
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5 The Mask The Mask
Written by Taylor Stevens
Copyright: 2015

Munroe joins her lover in Japan where he is a security consultant fighting industrial espionage. She is finding some peace and happiness until her man is arrested for murder and the people who framed him want her gone as well.
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Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2014

1 The Vessel The Vessel

Copyright: 2014

He knew she would be coming for him. He knew who she was and what she looked like. He thought he was ready for her. He was wrong.


I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed this series. The books had been on my to-be-read list for a while, just waiting their turn, me having no idea how much pleasure was in store for me. Then it was time to crack open the first one (well, truth be told, select the book on my e-reader). That was it for me for a while. Work might have interfered and naturally family matters came and went but as soon as I could, I went back to Munroe.

The action is steady, impressively presented, and more than enough for any junkie like me but it is the characters that are so much of what makes this a terrific series. Munroe is really quite unique.

She is a good person who has a strong sense of right and wrong and if you wrong her or her friends, she feels it only right to correct you. She is also someone with her own set of demons who wants to belong but who also knows that getting close to others means that they become targets. She bristles at being pressured. She dislikes being touched without permission. She really disapproves of people hurting her friends and will express that disapproval quickly and succinctly.

The ability of the author to get you into her character's head and get her character into yours is impressive. She has won or been a finalist for several prestigious awards and it is easy to understand why. The people doing the voting obviously saw the same things I did in the skillfully crafted adventures. I think you will too.


My Grade: A+

Your Average Grade:   A+


raven4 A+ 11/12/2015 8:57:17 AM

Absolutely. All you have to is start reading

Maureen A+ 11/25/2015 6:47:15 PM

One of the best series I've read.

dbuhler A+ 2020-12-24

To give away A+''s like candy is one thing, but Vanessa/Michael deserves it. Fast paced and intelligently written. I am a sucker for lethal females, which causes a bit of a problem because she wasn''t gifted with typical female curves, thus pretends to be a guy with ease. Her ability to grasp even the most difficult languages pushes credibility, but author Stevens makes up for it with skillful craftswomanship.

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