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SAVVY BENT

 
Full Name: Savvy Bent
Series Name: Circle of Spies
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Freelance Agent

Creator: Laura Pauling
Time Span: 2012 - 2017

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Savvy Bent is a freelance agent.
       That does not tell anyone much which is reasonable because she doesn't want anyone to know so she keeps it quiet or, more likely, because it is all still confusing to her so it is confusing to the rest of us.
       When we first meet Bent, she is living in Paris with her father. Originally from Pennsylvania and still having a home there, the two moved to France and Dad started a small business to earn a living. He didn't make anything or repair anything or buy or sell anything. He spied. Not for real, though. He ran a real-life game of spies. Just as there are living theaters for solving murder mysteries, there are such troupes for pretending to be a spy and Dad runs one. He is very good at it and he has trained Bent to be good as well.
       Not that we really see any skills at the beginning of the first adventure because Savvy Bent is just turned 18 and is in the process of falling in love with the handsome young Malcolm who is part of the company of actors and when Bent is around him, she tends to get confused and clumsy and goofy. Luckily for her, when she is not thinking about it, the training she got from Mom and Dad kicks in and she handles herself quite well.
       Speaking of Mom, she disappeared several years ago. Bent remembers her quite well growing up. Remembers mom baking cookies and telling her stories and doing all the normal mom stuff. She also remembers Mom being an exercise nut, running many miles each day. Remembers her target-practicing in the backyard with a variety of guns. And then there was the knife throwing. Bent's friends at the time stopped coming over.
       Then, as said, Mom vanished and Dad and Savvy moved to Paris to start the Spy Games company and then Malcolm entered her life and then people started shooting at the both of them and then Mom shows up again all mysterious-like and then the next thing Bent knows she is working with her Mom in a real-life spy business and even more people are trying to kill them all and Malcolm pops in and out and is still good looking enough to throw Bent off her game.
       Life around Savvy Bent is interesting, confusing, and usually dangerous.

BOOKS

Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2017

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2013
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MY COMMENTS

       I am pretty sure this series was written for teenage girls. I could be wrong (yes, really!). If so, I have to wonder how many teenage girls would, on their first date with someone, tie him up and strip him to his undies. Not any I would know but then again I just could have gotten lucky.
       The concept for Dad's job is interesting - running a live role playing spy game. I loved the concept in the Bill Murray movie, The Man Who Knew Too Little, so I was interested in this but then the main character started getting involved with real spies and things got confusing for both her and me, the reader. I had a hard time telling the good guys from the not good ones and that detracted a lot.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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