Book Review: The Catch (Vanessa Michael Munroe Series) by Taylor Stevens

Posted December 23, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Catch (Vanessa Michael Munroe Series) by Taylor StevensThe Catch by Taylor Stevens
Series: Vanessa Michael Munroe,
Published by Crown Publishing Group on 2014
Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths, Thrillers, Suspense
Pages: 358
Format: Paperback
Source: Blogging For Books
ISBN: 9780385348935
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

“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.

The Catch is my first Taylor Stevens novel, and I was immediately sucked into the world of information hunter, Vanessa Michael Munroe. When I received this book, I wasn’t aware that it’s the fourth novel in a series. However, this never became an issue for me. Stevens does a fantastic job of filling her audience in on any pertinent past events, while managing to write a standalone novel. This is great for people who jump right in the middle of the series, but not boring for those who’ve been there from the very beginning.

In The Catch, Vanessa Michael Munroe, or Michael, as she goes by in this story finds herself in the midst of a hijacking off the Somali coast. Michael’s current gig is working for a maritime security company out of Djibouti, Africa, and winds up getting pressured into a job aboard a ship bound for Kenya. It seems her boss and his men have mistaken Michael for a man, which worked to Munroe’s advantage up until this last job. I loved reading about a book set in Africa. Steven’s world building was wonderful, and made the countries and their people come alive. Plus, Michael is a strong heroine who uses her smarts to get the job done. She’s a tough chick, but she’s also very complex. I can’t wait to read more of her adventures, and plan to begin at the beginning with the first novel in the series.

Another aspect of the book I really enjoyed was the mystery surrounding the ship’s hijacking. The story unfolded like an onion. Layers upon layers were slowly removed, until the truth of the matter was revealed. Everything that happened was true to the rules of the world Stevens depicted, and the action kept the plot moving. In fact, The Catch read like an action-adventure motion picture along the lines of The Bourne Identity. Not being able to separate the good guys from the bad guys kept me only toes, as I tried to figure out who to trust right alongside of Michael.

Much of what happens in the book happens in morally gray areas, and this gave me something to ponder while reading. I like that. The Catch is the fourth novel in the series, but if readers want to jump in, they can without feeling lost, or they can start at the beginning. Stevens’ writing captivates readers from the very first paragraph, and it’s easy to get sucked in to her novel. I would recommend this novel to readers who love mystery, action-packed stories, and strong heroines.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

About Taylor Stevens

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… – she welcomes you to join her.


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