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Full Name: The Gems
Nationality: American
Organization: The Authority
Occupation Agency

Creator: Doug Solter
Time Span: 2016 - 2022


The Gems are agents with The Authority.

First, concerning The Authority, we are told it is a "secret group formed after the carnage of World War I by a group of well-to-do families in Europe and North America". The founders "blamed the destructive world war on politics, nationalism, and greed on both sides. So they decided to form an organization that defended humanity. A secret organization immune to political, religious, and national agendas. These well-to-do families independently supported the organization as it grew in size and sophistication". Now, The Authority "answers to no government. No national or religious leaders. We pursue those who hurt the innocent for the sake of their own greed or twisted agenda".

Second, with regard to The Gems, we learn that they "are a special group of young ladies" under the command of a key leader with The Authority, Mrs. Bracket (aka Mrs. B.). These young women are still in high school though in their junior or senior years. The Gems Project was created to have a team of operatives who could "operate under the radar in areas where adults draw too much attention".

The initial members of the Gems are:

Olivia Spencer, code-named Emerald, is seventeen years old from London, England. Half English and half Jamaican. Specializes in leadership, marksmanship, and is a rated pilot. Speaks English, Spanish, and Swahili. Tends to be "overbearing with paranoid tendencies".

Miyuki Kaiko, code-named Ruby, is sixteen and from Okinawa, Japan. She specializes in gymnastics and martial arts. Trained in jungle survival and deep sea diving. Once blew up her boyfriend's motorcycle using a rocket launcher. Speaks English, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. Said to be impulsive, undisciplined, and a thrill-seeker.

Nadia Sarif, code-named Sapphire, is sixteen and from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She's a science and computer nerd. Nadia's zero-gravity school agriculture project created interest from NASA. Speaks English, Arabic and Russian. Known to be passive and socially awkward and lacking in leadership skills.

Emma Rothchild, code-named Black Opal, is a transplant from New York City who specializes in high school theater and shopping. Speaks English and French. Has trouble tolerating other people's viewpoints.


Number of Books:6
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2022

1 Spies Like Me Spies Like Me
Written by Doug Solter
Copyright: 2016

"When she discovers her father's plane crash wasn't an accident, sixteen year old Emma wants to punish those responsible. Even if it means becoming a spy. The mysterious organization known simply as The Authority wants Emma to join The Gems. This team of all-girl spies knows how to handle themselves on dangerous stopping an evil plan to incinerate the world's food supply."
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2 Tomorrow Always Lies Tomorrow Always Lies
Written by Doug Solter
Copyright: 2018

"When Nadia first met him, Robert was an awkward boy with striking green eyes, hardly someone on the FBI's most wanted list. But when Robert reveals his secret [that he is an android], Nadia and the Gems are thrown into a cross-country chase dodging FBI agents, Russian mercenaries, and a Polynesian giant named Kawiki."
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3 Thunderdog Thunderdog
Written by Doug Solter
Copyright: 2019

"When a new energy drink called Thunderdog causes a rash of violence at their high-school, Miyuki and the Gems are sent to Japan to find out why. The visit forces Miyuki to see her father, now a senior executive of the company that produces Thunderdog. As Miyuki struggles with family, the Gems uncover a dark trail of conspiracy, bigotry, and a diabolical plan that would see most of the great cities of the world burn."
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4 Man With The Golden Falcons Man With The Golden Falcons
Written by Doug Solter
Copyright: 2020

"When the Gems are sent to investigate a teen environmental group, they uncover a Venomous plot against the G20 summit in Mexico City. However, things start to unravel when the Gems find themselves trapped on a heavily-armed cruise ship named The Falcon's Claw, home of Asset One, the leader of Venomous."
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5 Girl Only Live Twice Girl Only Live Twice
Written by Doug Solter
Copyright: 2021

"When sixteen-year-old Emma finds out the truth about her mother's death, it makes her question everything, including her loyalty to the Authority, a secret organization she joined. Feeling trapped, Emma comes up with a desperate plan to escape their control. Ryan is suspicious. He's been trying to convince Emma to join Venomous for months. He thinks Emma's disappearance is tied to a secret move to join him and the worldwide criminal organization. But Asset One, the leader of Venomous, holds all the cards. Using them to play his own game against the Authority and the Gems. A game with a dramatic ending that will destroy the Authority and kill millions under a mushroom cloud."
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6 The Boy From Barcelona The Boy From Barcelona
Written by Doug Solter
Copyright: 2022

"It could save the world. When a runaway steals a government lab sample, the Gems are sent to the streets of Barcelona to find him. Only to discover the sample he carries could end global warming. But if Venomous finds it first, then the world's new future will come with a heavy price tag.
Olivia leads the Gems into Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, an area of narrow medieval streets and dark alleyways to find a depressed runaway who unwittingly holds the secret to earth's future. But to win the boy's trust, Olivia must face her own troubled past.
Emma's past comes back to complicate her life when the CIA captures her and demands that she tells them about the Authority's deepest secrets."
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Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2019

1 Dr. Yes Dr. Yes
Written by Doug Solter
Copyright: 2019

"The Gems go undercover at a New Zealand girl's boarding school to search for clues in the disappearance of a world-famous scientist. But the Gems soon uncover a trail of lies, an evil plot that threatens the world, and two Irish twins who are much more than just the mean girls at school."


These are the type of fun and entertaining adventures I enjoyed as a teenage reader, though more than a tad more adult that I could have found a half century ago. Mind you, I would have loved them. Social norms just did not allow them back then.

I especially liked the fact that the author went to the trouble to give each of the main Gems members have really good points and a couple of not so good points. It makes them more believable - something needed when dealing with a series about high school girl spy groups.

I look forward to more adventures about the Gems.


My Grade: B+


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