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The Catch: A Novel
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The Catch: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Taylor Stevens

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“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

“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

“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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“Intelligent writing, masterful pacing, and tense and fluid action scenes that feel ready-made for the cinema." —Associated Press
   Vanessa Michael Munroe, chameleon and information hunter, has a reputation for getting things done—often dangerous and not quite legal things. 
   The adrenaline-fueled work has left her with blood on her hands and a soul stained with guilt. Having borne the burden of one death too many, Munroe has fled to Djibouti, Africa. There, where her only responsibility is greasing the wheels of commerce for a small maritime security company, she finds stillness—until her boss pressures her to join his team as an armed transit guard on a ship bound for Kenya. 
   Days into the voyage, Munroe discovers the security contract is merely cover for a gunrunning operation of which she wants no part. The ship is invaded off the Somali coast and in a moment of impulse while fighting her way out, she drags the unconscious captain with her. But nothing about the hijacking is what it seems. 
   The pirates were never after the ship; they’d come for the captain. In chasing him, they make their one mistake: targeting Munroe raises the killer’s instinct she’s tried so hard to bury. Wounded and on the run, Vanessa Michael Munroe will use the life of her catch as bait and bartering chip to manipulate every player with a stake in the ship’s outcome, and find a way to wash her conscience clean.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1719 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 368 pages
  • Editeur : Crown (15 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00HXYKZ56
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Vanessa "Michael" Munroe at her/his best 15 juillet 2014
Par Suncoast - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
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. When one of the group is injured the leader of the group invites her to join them on guard duty on a ship sailing through Pirate Alley towards Mombasa.

Not long into the voyage Michael discovers that the ship is running guns and shortly afterwards the ship is attacked by pirates off the Somali coast. During the attack her colleagues are captured but Munroe escapes, taking the injured captain with her to Mombasa in one of the attackers' boats. It soon becomes clear to her that while the pirates have captured the boat for ransom, they were really after the Captain. Michael hides him in a small private hospital while she works out her next move.

She decides that the best way forward is to hijack the ship from the pirates to release her colleagues and put pressure on negotiations with the unknown parties who are seeking the Captain. To do this Michael has to merge into the local community, learn Swahili and explore the dark world of investment in piracy and the intricacies of Third World "hawaladar" for investment and money transfers. This becomes harder when she is attacked and seriously injured by local thugs hired to find the Captain.

This time Stevens allows us to see Michael's vulnerability and capacity to operate in an environment when things seem to be out of her control. This is high-octane stuff that is not for the faint hearted. In contrast to many thriller writers Stevens writes long sentences with multiple actions, but they work well to push the action along and keep you in the picture. This time the action may be slightly less over-the-top than her previous books but for once she shows us a more human side to Michael, but also a determination that never wavers.

Taylor Stevens has a very different background to most successful thriller writers. She grew up in a cult commune and forced to beg in the streets for the cult. Her education was deliberately limited. Her success in escaping that background and becoming a successful published author is mindboggling.

Before reading this book I would recommend that you should read a excellent novella THE VESSEL released to promote this book. This will give those who have never read any books in the series an insight into the complex character of Vanessa "Michael" Munroe. It will also give those who read THE DOLL more information about how Michael had took her revenge on the "man with the dog".

While there are a few blips in the plot that concerned me, overall this is top quality high octane stuff and is highly recommended to discerning followers of action adventure thrillers.

My thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book for my review.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 OK but didn't compare to the first 3 in the series... 29 juin 2014
Par ThisThatNEverything - Publié sur
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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. Yeah, she kicked some butt but it was nothing compared to the excitement that the first and second book generated.

I will continue to read more in this series as they become available because I absolutely loved the first 3 books. This book was just okay in my opinion. I have grown to love Taylor Stevens so it hurts to give a lower rating but I've got to keep it honest and this book just didn't compare to the others.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Smart Thriller! 16 juillet 2014
Par Stephen Rozov - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
One of the reasons I read a series is to enjoy the growing sophistication of the author and her/his protagonist. I know a lot of readers try and package Taylor Stephens and "Michael" into convenient literary boxes (a female Jason Bourne?) But nothing can be further from the truth. This is a unique author and an original protagonist. Read her biography. Then read the series in order. This may be a fictional thriller but it has an edge that seems very real. And you learn a lot, about places you will never go and probably don't want to. This is exceptional storytelling, extremely well crafted and well written with intelligence and style. Book after book, she just keeps getting better. Unfortunately, l have to wait a year to enjoy her next outing. Thank you, Taylor for a great "cruise".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant Series by a Super Smart Writer 6 août 2014
Par Patrick M. Blackburn - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Often, writers of serial thrillers lose steam by the third or fourth book. Taylor Stevens, on the other hand, keeps getting better and better. Following the stunning "The Doll," the fourth installment of the Vanessa "Michael" Monroe series, "The Catch," finds Michael back in Africa, a continent that she doesn't want to be on but can't seem to get away from. She grew up in Africa, came of age in Africa, and learned to kill there. She vows to finish her new job and never return, but with her new conflict, there is no guarantee that she will make it off the continent this time.

There are plenty of synopsis' of "The Catch," so I won't waste your time here. Rather, I'll talk about the story and the writing. Oh, the writing. Stevens is getting better and better with each book. She is not afraid of the long sentence, but isn't writing to show off. She engages all of your senses when describing her characters and the setting. Having never been in Africa, I can't assume knowledge of the local dialects, the sights, sounds, and smells of cities mired in unspeakable poverty. But Stevens gives the reader all of that in "The Catch." In fact, the smells were so vivid that I felt as if I needed to take a shower after each reading.

No doubt, this is a different book from the other three in the installment. It isn't non-stop action, non-stop killing. But please don't mistake this for boring. It's anything but. We really get inside Michael's mind this time, and the struggles that she faces. We see what killing is doing to her psychologically. It must have an impact, and in "The Catch," we realize that she isn't just a mindless killing machine.

I really hope this book is a success, because I am totally invested in this series, and it would be a crime if we don't get many more years of Michael Monroe installments.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Intelligent thriller 20 août 2014
Par Shelleyrae - Publié sur
The Catch by Taylor Stevens is the fourth book to feature the unusual character of Vanessa Michael Munroe.

Regrouping after the events of The Doll, Munroe has been biding her time in Djibouti, Africa, working as an interpreter for a small private security company as 'Michael'. When Munroe's boss accepts a job on a freighter bound for Kenya, Leo, jealous of Michael's closeness with his wife Amber and oblivious to Michael's real gender and talents, insists she accompanies the team. Part way through the voyage, the ship is attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia but Munroe escapes with the injured freighter captain in tow. It quickly becomes obvious that the pirate's target was not the cargo, which included a secret cache of weapons, but the captain, and to save the crew Munroe must negotiate the shadowy world of piracy, Hawala and corruption.

Munroe is such an intriguing character, a borderline sociopath capable of lethal violence with finely honed instincts, she is also highly intelligent, resourceful and has a prodigious talent for languages, skills which she makes good use of in The Catch.

The story of The Catch is perhaps more cerebral than in previous installments. Gathering information and planning strategy is more important than Munroe's physical prowess as she scrambles to understand the motives of the pirates while nursing debilitating injuries inflicted by a vicious group of hired thugs.

The weakness for me in this story is in the motive Taylor ascribes to Munroe for saving the ship and its crew. I just wasn't convinced Munroe's attachment to Amber was strong enough to risk so much for her, even given Munroe's unique sense of justice and loyalty.

Though The Catch could be read as a standalone, familiarity with the unique character of Munroe lends a richness that enhances the story. As someone familiar with the series I was satisfied with this installment and I am eager to discover what Munroe's next move will be.
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