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The Catch: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel Hardcover – July 15, 2014
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“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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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.Read more ›
As soon as the book was released I downloaded it to my kindle cloud on a 23 inch monitor then I called up “google earth” on the adjacent 32 inch monitor and settled in for an enjoyable afternoon. I find the books much more interesting and exciting when I “travel” along with the protagonist Munroe, looking at the streets and building where the story plays out. Of course the locale for this book is Africa so the “street level” views were fewer but I still found many streets, the hotel and the ferry ,also aerial views and “stills” of many places mentioned in the book.
As for the book itself, I’m sorry to say I was a little disappointed. Maybe it was my fault. I just failed to understand why “the catch” was so important or worth dying for. I don’t know how to explain ,without spoilers, but I saw no reason why Munroe would care about saving people who were basically worthless.
Still a great book just not as good as the others, in my opinion.
THE CATCH, told entirely from Michael’s perspective, is a brilliantly written page-turner that shines an insider’s light into modern day Somalia and Djibouti. The story line is complex, and Michael’s motivations are nuanced, but both added greatly to the depth of the storyline.
Michael is completely on her own, with extremely limited resources in this book. Seeing how she gathers and sifts through information, while dealing with an ever more difficult set of circumstances was fascinating to this reader.
Taylor Stevens' consistently delivers smart, fast-paced adventures that take readers deep into exotic locations. We're able to learn about different cultures while being carried along on a high-stakes thrill ride. THE CATCH is my favorite book of 2014 and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy smart, well-written thrillers.
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Taylor Stevens ' books always keep you on the edge of your seat, and this one was no exception. Her thrillers never disappoint!Published 1 month ago by D. Ballard
With each new book Taylor Stevens further cements her position within the circle of elite writers. Her detailed descriptions and insider’s knowledge, now a Stevens hallmark,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow! This series just keeps getting better and better. Please, please keep writing about Michael. I haven't been this intrigued with a series since The Girl with the Dragon... Read morePublished 4 months ago by catlover1231
I love this series but unfortunately this story line barely held my interest.Published 4 months ago by Pat Bartholomew
Though The Catch was my least favorite of the Vanessa Munroe series, it wasn't a bad book. I just find that I have little interest in ships, pirates, and captains unless Johnny... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark Gardner
The Catch is my first Taylor Stevens novel, and I was immediately sucked into the world of information hunter, Vanessa Michael Munroe. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked it, but didn't love it like the previous 3. I ripped through the previous 3 in a weekend, but this one took me several days to get through. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amy Slager
"The Catch" by Taylor Stevens is the newest novel in the Vanessa Munroe series. Munroe is a hired mercenary that is to assist in the guarding of a gunrunning boat from... Read morePublished 9 months ago by rebecca stoneking