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ACID VANILLA

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Full Name: Alice Vandella
Codename: Acid Vanilla
Nationality: British
Organization: APC
Occupation Agent

Creator: Matthew Hattersley
Time Span: 2020 - 2021

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Acid Vanilla is an agent with APC.
       If that sounds like an official government agency and she is an official operative with said agency, I have correctly misled you. It is decidedly not and she is definitely, absolutely not an operative.
       APC stands for Annihilation Pest Control which was the name chosen by the owner and founder, Beowulf Caesar. He started the company to fulfill a need he saw for a reputable, reliable extermination business that would be manned by only the best men and women dedicated to handle any removal assignment with true professionalism and efficiency. Caesar is quite serious about that and as time goes by and the company prospers, he is able to sit proudly knowing that his customers come to him knowing he and his team will provide exactly the service they request.
       That service is, as you have guessed, killing people.
       Normally I would not be including in this compendium a hitman, or hitwoman as in this case, even if that person works for an organization, especially one that sounds like the commercial enterprise like its name was supposed to. But the activities of its best assassin, calling her like she thinks of herself, touch more than a few times on targets that would qualify her for membership had she been working for a government and not a private enterprise.
       Acid Vanilla is not the real name of this person, which will come as no surprise to anyone. She started life as Alice Vandella. If you looked at her juvenile rap sheet you would see not a hardened criminal but a dangerous psychotic who needed being put away after a horrific murder. You would be mistaken there, though. Horrific yes but murder no but then the law is not always justice and Vandella got sent to youth prison at age 15 for killing someone in self defense and unfortunately learned that to stay alive and reasonably safe she had to learn how to kill again.
       Which made her, at age 18, exactly the kind of person that Caesar (not his real name, either, I am sure) was looking for and so a new career is "chosen" and a new name taken and Acid Vanilla is born.

BOOKS

Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2020
Last Appearance:2021

1 The Watcher The Watcher
Written by Matthew Hattersley
Copyright: 2020

Wanting a vacation, Acid Vanilla is not thrilled to be given a last-minute mission to take out a hacker in Paris. When she is about to pull the trigger, the female hacker reveals a fact that causes Vanilla to hold the shot. Now both women are on the run and Vanilla must take on her former associates to stay alive.
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2 Seven Bullets Seven Bullets
Written by Matthew Hattersley
Copyright: 2020

Acid Vanilla's career with APC is over but her work is far from done as she goes after former colleagues to get revenge. The latest on her list is in Hanoi and getting him is going to be a major problem since he is working for a shadowy organization there - and he is the only man Vanilla has ever loved.
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3 The Hunt The Hunt
Written by Matthew Hattersley
Copyright: 2021

When she awoke in the plane, it was over the Indian Ocean. She is forced to parachute out of it to an island below where she will meet several other people who, like her, have been kidnapped. They are the prey for sick trophy hunters who plan to stalk all of them in a game to the death.
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4 Sister Death Sister Death
Written by Matthew Hattersley
Copyright: 2021

Acid Vanilla is trying to drown her memories in London when an old acquaintance asks her for help. His nephew has stolen from a Spanish crime boss and is now the target of a former colleague of Vanilla, Sister Death. Vanilla reluctantly agrees to track down the young man which will turn out far more complicated than expected.
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2020
Last Appearance:2020
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MY COMMENTS

       I started reading this series because I thought, erroniously, that she was a government assassin. Once I figured out that she was not, it was too late; I was into the character and wanted to know more about what happened to her. Of course, just because I read and enjoyed the series does not mean she belonged in the compendium but when I looked at who she was going after in the adventures, I realized that they earned her membership.
       The bloodshed is a bit over the top -- in a series about a paid assassin, who would have thought it? -- but as a reader I just moved on. The main character, Acid Vanilla, shakes off being shot or beaten way too easily, unless she has super powers we are not told about.
       And the head of the organization she works/worked for makes the cardinal mistake that has been a major pet peeve of mine for several decades: he tells the most deadly person he personally knows, and likely the most dangerous assassin in the world, that they have stepped out of line and therefore must die. And then is annoyed as heck that the assassin is now after him! Mind you, it is a pet peeve but I still love it. Illogical, I know.
       I enjoyed each of the two books and the long novella and I know that the storyline has not come to an end so I hope the author is out there writing more.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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