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BELLE JONES

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Full Name: Belle Jones
Series Name: Belle's Revenge
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Part-time Agent

Creator: Victoria Helen Rose
Time Span: 2014 - 2021

ABOUT THE SERIES

Belle Jones is a part-time agent for the CIA.

She will be. After they capture her and let her know that a black site had a tiny room all ready for her; one she would never leave except for an hour a day in a tiny courtyard, she will agree to work for them. Actually the whole reason she let (and that is the operative word) herself get captured was so someone like them in the alphabet community would make such an offer (to work for them, not to get locked up). Things on her own were getting a little dicey so having some backup finally seemed advisable.

"I don't know what it says about me that my biggest accomplishments in life involved hunting down and killing people." That is her opening line to us in a prologue to the first recorded adventure. She also tell us that the name mentioned above was not her real one but a nomme de guerre that she had intended to dump once she got "entrenched" in the shadowy world of terrorists and those who fund them.

"Early in my career I came across an Algerian terror cell that had a warning about me on their dining room wall with my picture and the term Belle Dangereuse, with a red bolded FATALE under it. That was fine by me; let them know me as the deadly woman, the dangerous beauty, the belle fatale. After all: that is exactly what I am."

Her motivation for her actions was straightforward. "Bin Laden and Al-Zahrani killed my mother in 9/11. His spawn killed someone else in Afghanistan [her brother serving there]. I want him dead. I wanted his entire network dead. But if you pull a weed you gotta get the roots."

Alexis Lisbeth Johnston is the name she likely was born with but it has been so many years and so much has happened, she seems to feel a lot more comfortable with Belle Jones. She says she has a "slim body" with long brown hair. She also says that she is not a fan of being handcuffed or being rough-housed and she has proven both statements, to the chagrin of several much larger and stronger men.

After she sets herself up to be captured at the beginning of the series, a CIA interrogator remarks to her on her, "You were an adequate spy. Really excellent fighting skills; you learn languages like people learn to breathe; you keep cool and you're one hell of a shot.  In a way, you're a con artist, a black widow and a James Bond all in one. And you're American. Interpol wants you for a half a dozen crimes, but I don't think you're really a criminal at heart. I think you're more than that." That is all to the positive. On the other side, he lets her know, "You're under arrest for espionage, murder, arson, drugs charges, international violations, we can go on."

Good Lines:
- Said to a Marine guard watching warily over her, "I like Marines; they don't whine. The military wouldn't have taken me. I'm kinda psycho."

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2021

1 Beauty Fury And Lies Beauty Fury And Lies
Written by Victoria Helen Rose
Copyright: 2014

She had been a one-woman army against terrorists until she felt she needed the help of the American intelligence community. Convincing them she was on the level was the first chore. After that, getting them to help go after mastermind Omar Al-Zahrani.
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2 Killing Waldo Killing Waldo
Written by Victoria Helen Rose
Copyright: 2015

Belle Jones is back and ready to kill. That is the telling blurb on this adventure. She and a specially selected task force are out to find and capture or eliminate Oman Al-Zahrani and his protege, Osama bin Laden. Unfortunately, they know she is coming for them.
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3 Echo Echo
Written by Victoria Helen Rose
Copyright: 2021

At the insistence of the US government, Belle Jones has retired. She had a new life and it was quiet with no one after her so no one to need to kill. Then people started disappearing in the few weeks before Christmas and she is asked to come out of this peaceful life to lead a taskforce to find who is doing the killing and why. And to definitely stop them.
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MY COMMENTS

Oh my! Oh my! I had no real idea what this series was going to be like, especially with a series name of Belle's Revenge. But it was a spy series and that is what I report on so intrepidly (that's me!) I gave it a try.

I cannot say if it was the second or third page where I became absolutely hooked on Belle Jones. It might have been the first, even. Whichever it was, it was!

This woman is so very cool while also being not a little bit psycho. She will admit to it - the last part at least as she really does not give a whit about the first part. Early on a fellow grabs her and does not let go when she 'suggests' it and then when people keep harping at her about her breaking his arm in two places, she has to point out several times that at least she didn't kill him. I mean, come on! He's still alive, right? Just a bit banged up. Those last are my words but definitely her attitude.

And then as the series progresses and she begins to mellow (ha!) life stays a lot more interesting because she is in it.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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