Belying the book's title and high-tech looking cover, Taylor Stevens's debut work, The Informationist, is a decidedly low-tech, old fashioned action-adventure novel. You won't find exotic weaponry or computer hardware here; characters are dispatched with knives and the quick twist of a head, and information is gathered through interviews and keen deduction instead of via an Internet search. The traditional format employed here works very well set against the milieu of equatorial Africa.
Stevens's writing style is elaborately descriptive, allowing readers to paint detailed mental pictures of the scenes she is trying to conjure:
They moved from their stomachs to a crouch and, as they covered distance and the silence deepened, to a full walk. And then thirst and time became the enemies... It would have been different during the rains, when red clay mud would ooze through their...
Author Taylor Stevens spent her formative years working and living in a communal apocalyptic cult called The Children of God, and with them she traveled across nearly two dozen countries, begging on city streets. This nomadic way of life sent her to East and West-Central Africa, the primary settings for The Informationist. For more information about her fascinating upbringing, visit her bio page.
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