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In this sequel to The Doll (2013), Vanessa Michael Munroe is utilizing her gift for languages, living in Djibouti as Michael, a man, and working as an interpreter for a maritime security company. Her latest assignment finds her aboard a ship, which she quickly discovers is running guns. The ship is attacked by pirates off the Somali coast, but Munroe escapes, taking the captain with her. Turns out the captain is really what the pirates were after, and she hides him in a small private hospital while she tries to figure out her next move. The plan? Hijack the ship back, of course. This action-adventure thriller moves along at breakneck speed with the requisite violence peppering most of the pages. Munroe is a smart, fiercely strong, yet damaged woman in the vein of Lisbeth Salander, and she could hold her own with Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne or Barry Eisler’s Rain. For fans of high-energy action. --Stacy Alesi

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“A great page-turning choice for a read-it-in-one-sitting airplane ride or lazy afternoon on the back porch…The novel transports readers to another world, giving a solid dose of action-adventure and a kick-butt female protagonist. The Catch…is a great escape.” —Star-Telegram
 
“The writer makes her protagonist more empathetic and likable than ever —
startlingly so, because the Michael (her preferred name) Munroe we see here is at her most focused, ruthless and emotionally distant. It’s a difficult balancing act, but one that Stevens pulls off with her usual wit, precision and grace… [An] exceptional novel.” —Dallas Morning News

“Think Catwoman in plain clothes. Lisbeth Salander sans dragon tattoo. Jack Reacher with an extra X-chromosome. Whatever—Vanessa Michael Munroe has to be among the cleverest, fightingest and all-around baddest heroines in contemporary suspense fiction. …
A straight-up adventure tale about a woman who thinks on her feet (that is, when she is not using them to kick bad-guy booty) and always stays one step ahead of her adversaries. My prediction: This will be one of the summer’s most popular beach reads.” —BookPage

"This writer is fabulous and the characterizations are thrilling... You get what you see, and that includes the cleverness, the grit, and the pain. A definite keeper!” —Suspense Magazine

“Taylor Stevens continues her saga of Vanessa Michael Munroe, begun in The Informationist, with a fast-paced action thriller that vividly shows why Munroe is probably the best new action hero.” —Huntington News

“Thriller fans will immediately be sucked into this life-or-death tale as Stevens’s fast-paced plot and indomitable and justice-driven heroine keep the pages turning.” —Library Journal
 
“This action-adventure thriller moves along at breakneck speed with the requisite violence peppering most of the pages. Munroe is a smart, fiercely strong, yet damaged woman in the vein of Lisbeth Salander, and she could hold her own with Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne or Barry Eisler’s Rain. For fans of high-energy action.” —Booklist

“Munroe makes for an intriguing action hero, and the fight scenes are refreshingly stark and well paced.” —Publishers Weekly

“Stevens resurrects Vanessa “Michael” Munroe, her dangerous, androgynous antihero, for another dark adventure…Fans of the series like that Stevens’ writing takes them to little-known places and offers glimpses into the day-to-day life of the economically developing world. Stevens continues her spare, gritty approach to storytelling, which has made Munroe one of the genre’s most compelling characters, in this latest installment of the haunted heroine’s troubled life.”Kirkus
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Product Details

  • Series: Vanessa Michael Munroe
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385348932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385348935
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TAYLOR STEVENS is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Vanessa Michael Munroe series. Published in over twenty languages and optioned for film by James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, the books are international boots-on-the-ground thrillers featuring a mercenary information hunter in a non-testosterone mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher.

Stevens came to writing fiction late. Born into an apocalyptic cult, separated from her family at age twelve and denied an education beyond sixth grade, she lived on three continents and in a dozen countries before she turned fourteen. In place of schooling, the majority of her adolescence was spent begging on city streets at the behest of cult leaders, or as a worker bee child, caring for the many younger commune children, washing laundry and cooking meals for hundreds at a time. In her twenties, Stevens broke free in order to follow hope and a vague idea of what possibilities lay beyond.

In addition to writing novels, Stevens shares extensively about the mechanics of storytelling, writing, overcoming adversity, and the details of her journey into publishing at http://www.taylorstevensbooks.com/connect.php - she welcomes you to join her.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ThisThatNEverything VINE VOICE on June 28, 2014
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I've read all 4 books in this series and have been a HUGE fan. I absolutely LOVE the main character Michael. She's my all-time favorite female character. She can kick some major booty and I love everything about her.

Unfortunately this book wasn't as interesting to me as the previous 3. The other 3 books had me glued to the pages and I was actually interested in the storyline. The whole pirate thing was interesting to me for a tiny bit but didn't hold for long. The whole "at sea" setting got dull to me quickly and even the land setting didn't do much for me either. There were many words that I felt needed translated or explained better as well. I was left guessing what a lot of stuff meant.

The only person I cared about in this book was Michael herself. Pretty much everyone else was unlikable and suspicious. I didn't get why Michael felt the need to put her life on the line and help these crazy people out. I understand that she started out doing it for Amber but it was never really explained why she liked Amber enough to do this. When she talked with Amber or was with her it never seemed like she really cared for her much so it just didn't make sense.

I just felt as though someone or something needed to pull me into the book more. I missed Bradford and desperately wanted him or even Logan to make an appearance but it never happened. The only thing about the book that drew me in was Michael herself. I needed something more to keep my attention. The hope of a Bradford appearance or Michael unleashing herself is what kept me going. I was just a bit letdown this book.

Michael was still wonderful and exciting. She was injured for most of this book though so we didn't see the major butt-kicking woman that we've grown used to.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Suncoast TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 15, 2014
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This is #4 in Taylor Stevens' excellent series about Vanessa "Michael" Munroe, one of the most complex, violent but compelling characters in modern adrenaline-filled action packed adventure fiction. This is probably one of the best in the series and may make it into my list of best reads for 2014.

To understand this book you really need to know more about "Michael". In her early life in east Africa, Vanessa "Michael" Munroe experienced extreme violence which has left her with demons but with violent survival skills second to none. She is a polyglot who speaks many languages and quickly picks up others, is extremely intelligent and has an almost eidetic memory. Michael is tall and slim and can become androgynous, changing her sex to survive in different environments, especially where females are treated as second class citizens.

IMHO Michael's complex and dangerous character eclipses that of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander. I also think she has many of the self preservation instincts of Maya, (aka Jet) Russell Blake's kick-a** ex Mossad female protagonist.

After the stresses of the "THE DOLL MAKER" when she survives kidnapping by a notorious and viscous sex trafficker, Michael looks for a place for time-out. While others would choose popular holiday destinations, Michael chooses Djibouti near the Horn of Africa, next to war torn Somalia in the south. For six months Djibouti provides her with a comforting chaos that only a person brought up in the Third World would understand. To mould into the local culture Michael lives as a man, learns the local languages and maneuvers himself into a group of white security mercenaries helping them to negotiate the language, customs and intricacies of the local community.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Keymer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2014
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This is the fourth action thriller to feature Vanessa Michael Munroe, usually called Michael, and able to pass as a man or a woman with a change of clothing and a little makeup. Michael’s in Djibouti now and is pressed into serving as an armed guard on a cargo ship bound for Kenya. She neither trusts nor likes her boss, who nurses a grievance against her, and when she sneaks down and takes a look at what they’re carrying on the ship, she’s worried –the hull is loaded with contraband weapons. They are attacked by Pirates–someone tipped them off. There’s a fight and Michael escapes on a small boat with the wounded captain. They make it to the coast of Somalia but the captain is in bad shape. He needs hospitalization, so at least for a few days Michael has to hide out. While she’s hiding, she learns something disturbing: the pirates weren’t out for the ship –their real target was the captain—and they’re still looking for him. Michael’s a player in a very deadly game and she doesn’t even know why. Michael’s good at killing but she doesn’t do it lightly. Still, by the end of this intriguing story, a lot of blood has been spilled.

Michael is part Jason Bourne and part Lisbeth Salander. Like them both, she’s a killing machine when she needs to be and like them, she has half-buried demons in her past. Like them too, she is very smart. She absorbs new languages almost by osmosis –two weeks in a country and she talks if not like a native, at least understandably. In this novel more than in the previous installment (The Doll), Stevens seems to draw on her own past: she was raised in a religious cult and shipped all over the world to beg for the cult; she escaped as an adult by moving to Africa where corruption was endemic and violence never far beneath the surface.
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