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The Innocent: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel Paperback – August 28, 2012
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"The best thriller of the year." —San Francisco Bay Guardian
“Impressive. . . . The gripping plot runs on adrenaline as much as does Vanessa, who unleashes her violent tendencies when the powerless are threatened. . . . Vanessa makes for an intriguing heroine—at once tough, fearless, vulnerable, and compassionate.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Much-anticipated. . . . Stevens vividly depicts a dark domain of manipulation, indoctrination, and abuse.” —Booklist
“Part Lisbeth Salander, part Jason Bourne, Munroe comes out swinging hard again. . . . A gritty, suspenseful novel.” —Library Journal
“If you haven’t joined the Munroe bandwagon, now’s the time to climb aboard.” —Dallas News
"Fans of thrillers who haven't yet discovered Stevens are in for a treat...Those who have eagerly awaited this sequel will be delighted to find the same intelligent writing, masterful pacing, and tense and fluid action scenes that feel ready-made for the cinema, and an intensely emotional core that lends Stevens' novel a depth not often found in the genre." —Associated Press
“A whirlwind thriller about a seriously a**-kicking female renegade battle against a hair-raising cult.” —Shelf Awareness
"Vanessa Michael Munroe earns her spot in the roll call next to a certain dragon-tattooed individual by virtue of calculated calm and serious self-defense skills.” —Austin Chronicle
“[A] story about a tough-as-nails spy with a tortured past who is fighting to overcome her demons and save a young girl in the process. This one kept me up all night reading…If you enjoy a fast-paced thriller, check this one out.” —Parkersburg News & Sentinel
“…as fast-paced, exciting and violent as Stevens’ first novel. If you enjoy action thrillers, you do not want to miss “The Innocent.” —Galveston Daily News
"The Innocent...is a provocative story about a women's tortured soul." —USA Today
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About the Author
TAYLOR STEVENS is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Catch, The Doll, and The Informationist, all featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe. Her novels have received critical acclaim, have been published in twenty languages, and The Informationist has been optioned for film by James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment. Raised in communes across the globe and denied an education beyond the sixth grade, Stevens broke free of the Children of God and now lives in Texas, where she is currently at work on the next Munroe adventure.
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I was not disappointed! She once again transorted me from my quiet, "normal" life into the cultures of Morrocco, New York, and finally Argentina. She merged me with lives I will never encounter in my reality; the lives of Michael, Miles, Logan and other survivors of a horrific childhood. This author is no amateur, and I only wish there was so much more quality fiction available such as this!
This novel picks up exactly where I had hoped it would; Vanessa in Morrocco. Her humanity is perfectly blended with her extraordinary gifts in the form of nightmares, loyalty, and true devotion to her friends. When she is asked by one of the two people she would die for to infiltrate a cult, and virtually on her own expense, she agrees out of familial love, if not for innocent justice.
Just like The Informationist, details were thick and precise to ensure the believability of the almost supernatural gifts Michael possesses without overwhelming the senses. The language is only rough in a handful of scenes. There are no vulgar details which seem to run rampant in novels these days. This contains only extremely high quality, vivid story telling which has not been matched in my generation.
I do recommend you read the The Informationist first, and then soon after follow up with The Innocent. I hear so many compare this author and this hero to other authors and female action heroes; however I have to disagree. While the genre of female action hero is, indeed, the same, there is no comparison for Taylor's imagination and ability to transform her readers INTO the story.
Very well done, Taylor!
But she's getting restless, and her old friend Logan (who appears in The Informationist) has come calling with a new assignment. Logan was once a part of a communal cult, and wants Michael's help to get a 14-year-old girl out of the cult's compound in Argentina. She agrees to do it, not for the money, but for love of Logan, and, the more she learns about the cult, for the sake of justice. Using her skills of stealth, observation, charm, bribery, disguise, multi-liguism and vicious knife-fighting, she infiltrates the cult and discovers the deeper truths of what goes on behind their gates.
The most interesting thing about this story is that Stevens was, until her early 20s, part of a cult movement called The Children of God, later called The Family. A brief review of internet information about The Children of God indicates that the Chosen, the cult in The Innocent, is modeled after the Children of God, including their isolation from the outside world, communal living, sending the children into the streets to beg for funds, and authoritative leadership. Sadly, Stevens's depiction of the cult member's sex with children within the group, and prostituting the children to people outside the group, was all too real in The Children of God. I can imagine that Stevens, as a child or teen trapped in this group, would have loved for a knife-wielding, justice-seeking liberator of young ladies to come to her rescue.
Disturbing cult realism aside, Stevens continues the unbelievable story telling she began with The Informationist. Michael has a chameleon-like ability in language and appearance, she uses her fighting and killing abilities to best men twice her size, and has an uncanny sense of being in the right (or wrong, depending on your perspective) place at the right time. Her quest is certainly aided by some unlikely coincidences, and the plot spirals into unanticipated regions. All that said, The Innocent is still entertaining escapist story telling, perfect listening for my dull commute. I will look forward to the next Vanessa Michael Munroe adventure.