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Vanessa "Michael" Munroe is a dangerous loner who bears emotional and physical scars from her youth, reminiscent of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander. "Michael" is an important new female thriller hero with a history of major emotional and physical scars, which builds her into a powerful protagonist for good and evil.
Michael's horrific past gives her a potential of ferocity to overcome her enemies. She's a great character who speaks multiple languages, skilled in martial arts, and always caries a knife.
She uses her advanced IT skills as an informationist consultant to a powerful security company, and her physical skills to battle the security challenges she has to confront. Similar to Salander she does not shrink from earning large, and sometimes illegal, returns from her adventures.
It is clear that the author has built a character that can support a number of action packed and emotional sequels. This debut novel by Taylor Stevens was one of the best books I read in 2011 (prior to getting a Kindle) and left me waiting for more adventures of Vanessa Michael Munroe to be released.