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!DOWNLOAD E-PUB ⚆ The Catch ♨ Vanessa Michael Munroe, the informationist, chameleon, and hunter who has built her life on a reputation for getting things done often dangerous and not quite legal things returns in this new novel from theNew York Times bestselling series by Taylor Stevens In the wake of going head to head with international sex traffickers in The Doll, Munroe has retreated to Djibouti, where, while passing as a man, she finds work as an interpreter for a small, private, maritime security company Pressed into duty at sea by her boss, Leo, Munroe discovers she is part of a gunrunning operation and she wants no part in protecting the crew or cargo When the ship is attacked by pirates off the Somali coast, Munroe escapes and takes the unconscious captain with her to get answers Leo s wife, Amber Marie, the only person Munroe has cared about since she arrived in Africa, is desperate when Leo goes missing along with the rest of the hijacked crew, so Munroe agrees to try to find him for Amber Marie s sake She soon realizes it s not the cargo or the ship or the crew that the hijackers were after they want the captain On the run, wounded, without connections or resources, and with the life of the captain as bait and bartering chip, Munroe believes that the only way to save Leo, assuming he s still alive, is to hijack the ship back Taylor Stevens hero, Vanessa Michael Munroe, is at it again Munroe is a woman who typically dresses and behaves like a man to travel and work in a world that doesn t treat women well Munroe is a troubled person She grew up in Africa in an abusive and violent environment where she learned survival skills the hard way Her childhood shaped her and has never left her Instead, she uses the knowledge and skills she learned growing up to exact information from terrorists, kidnappers, and the li Taylor Stevens hero, Vanessa Michael Munroe, is at it again Munroe is a woman who typically dresses and behaves like a man to travel and work in a world that doesn t treat women well Munroe is a troubled person She grew up in Africa in an abusive and violent environment where she learned survival skills the hard way Her childhood shaped her and has never left her Instead, she uses the knowledge and skills she learned growing up to exact information from terrorists, kidnappers, and the like In THE CATCH, Munroe has traveled back to Africa to keep herself away from the man she loves because she brings violence and heartache to those she loves the most She is soon forced to join the crew of a security team aboard a ship traveling through the pirate infested waters off Somalia When the ship is indeed taken over by pirates, Munroe is called to action to help good triumph over evil I have read all of Stevens novels, and can say THE CATCH is the most cerebral of her stories For much of this book, the action takes place in Munroe s head After being injured in an early fight, she must out think and out scheme several nefarious delegations, including Russian, Somalian, and Kenyan If thriller heroes have superpowers, Munroe s is her intelligence, with lightning fast reflexes as a close second She speaksthan a dozen languages and can learn a new language in a matter of days This is how she can play one team off the next while staying one step ahead of everyone Stevens writing is terse and gritty, just like Munroe Any flowery or sentimental writing would be out of place here Stevens, who herself spent much of her childhood in Africa, knows that continent and its ways very well I referred to a map multiple times to get a better feel for where the action was happening I wish the publisher would print a map at the beginning of her novels If you like a brainy, thrilling story, you should read THE CATCH.Four thrilling Stars Note I won an advanced copy of this novel in a contest, but would absolutely have read it anyway No fan of Munroe s should miss this book 3.5 I was a relative late comer to this series, kept reading rave reviews everywhere but nonetheless I was skeptical So often over hyped books do not deserve the hype, at least this is what I sometimes found after reading the books In this case, I was wrong, I love the character of Michael, after all there are not many books where it is a woman kicking but, even though she is often disguised as a man The storylines are always interesting, fast paced ,and the supporting cast, Michaels go to p 3.5 I was a relative late comer to this series, kept reading rave reviews everywhere but nonetheless I was skeptical So often over hyped books do not deserve the hype, at least this is what I sometimes found after reading the books In this case, I was wrong, I love the character of Michael, after all there are not many books where it is a woman kicking but, even though she is often disguised as a man The storylines are always interesting, fast paced ,and the supporting cast, Michaels go to people, at least the few there are have also proved interesting This story is a little different in that Michael is alone, trying to run away from the horror of her last case, and trying to cast off the feeling that she brings destruction to everyone she loves She finds herself on a ship, hijacked by Somalian pirates, or so it appears, but things are never that simple Once again she is called on to do what she does best.Fast paced, plenty of action and a complex character with a fascinating back story Now I await the next installment in a series that I have grown to love.ARC from Crown publishers This novel continues Taylor Stevens reign as the best author of female action protagonists today She is clear eyed and knowledgeable in her depiction of Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, etc There s no gauze on her heroine s eyes she masquerades as male to have the freedom and control she needs for situations in which a female would be ignored at best or raped tortured killed at worst.Stevens is especially thought provoking and different in showing her heroine s just below the surface bloodlust Bl This novel continues Taylor Stevens reign as the best author of female action protagonists today She is clear eyed and knowledgeable in her depiction of Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, etc There s no gauze on her heroine s eyes she masquerades as male to have the freedom and control she needs for situations in which a female would be ignored at best or raped tortured killed at worst.Stevens is especially thought provoking and different in showing her heroine s just below the surface bloodlust Bloodlust is defined here as the desire to kill, not re vampires It would be easy to shy away from using this characteristic, but time and again except when she doesn t Vanessa Michael Munroe tamps down the fire that makes her a killer.Like Stevens other books, The Catch is fearless, original, and a terrific read Vanessa Michael Munroe remains complex, competent and kick ass in The Catch , the 4th book in this series She is the only female character I ve ever seen that could hold her own and exceed against the most popular male action figures in fiction today, i.e Jack Reacher, Jack Ryan, Gabriel Allon and all the others Ms Stevens takes Michael back to Africa, this novel beginning shortly after the conclusion of the last book, The Doll Surprisingly, Michael has fled to Africa to escape the ret Vanessa Michael Munroe remains complex, competent and kick ass in The Catch , the 4th book in this series She is the only female character I ve ever seen that could hold her own and exceed against the most popular male action figures in fiction today, i.e Jack Reacher, Jack Ryan, Gabriel Allon and all the others Ms Stevens takes Michael back to Africa, this novel beginning shortly after the conclusion of the last book, The Doll Surprisingly, Michael has fled to Africa to escape the returning nightmares and seek peace from her demons Of course, that doesn t last long and she s essentially forced into service on freighter delivering risky cargo through Somali pirate infested waters When she escapes from the hijacked ship, the adventure begins, taking the reader into areas of Africa and international politics that we may not know much about But, this novel is not just about her extraordinary intelligence and survival skills In this novel the author digs a bit deeper into Michael s psyche, exploring the depth of her feelings for others, her fears and how she s dealt with that in the past and how she may act in the future This novel builds on the glimpses we ve gotten of Vanessa s ability to feel emotion for others, strong emotions that she buries for her and their protectioncan that armor and isolation last While this is a stand alone novel, it s helpful to have read the previous books Any character similarities to another solitary, female genius featured in a popular trilogy from Sweden are long forgotten The author has well utilized her painful past to create a character that perseveres past the pain, both physical and psychological I can only guess that Ms Stevens has done likewise and I congratulate her on turning her past into present and future successes Vanessa Michael is a fully developed, unique protagonist and bears no resemblance to any other female problem solver in fiction today This only leaves the reading wantingI, for one am tickled that this book came so soon after the last and hope that I ll be reading the further adventures of Vanessa Michael Munroe before years end Please note that I was provided an advance copy by the publisher in return for a review However, my enthusiasm for this book and the series would be exactly the same as written I would have purchased this book anyway 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 throug 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 perhapscerebral than in previous installments Gathering information and planning strategy isimportant 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 Vanessa Michael Munroe, Stevens protagonist from The Informationist and other books, is a fascinating character, but falls a little too neatly into the Katniss Everdeen model So, this isn t my usual Katniss Everdeen complaint, about a girl who who stupidly and stubbornly always makes the wrong decision No, this is a new Katniss Everdeen complaint, one about the female protagonist that is simply too broken Maybe I m not being fair Maybe this isof an Amy Dunne complaint.It s far too e Vanessa Michael Munroe, Stevens protagonist from The Informationist and other books, is a fascinating character, but falls a little too neatly into the Katniss Everdeen model So, this isn t my usual Katniss Everdeen complaint, about a girl who who stupidly and stubbornly always makes the wrong decision No, this is a new Katniss Everdeen complaint, one about the female protagonist that is simply too broken Maybe I m not being fair Maybe this isof an Amy Dunne complaint.It s far too easy to give a female character a tragic back story of violence and oppression and make that the reason she s INTERESTING Munroe grew up the child of white missionaries in deepest darkest Africa She has a preternatural gift for languages and culture She dresses in an androgynous fashion to learn everything about third world country and city cultures so as to help clients better navigate these tricky, treacherous waters.All awesome.But she was also abused by river pirates, raped and cut nightly She has internal bloodlust, a siren song for doing damage with knives.Eh.I m hoping that one day I ll open a Munroe novel and I ll keep reading them and Munroe will be over it She ll just go back to being the goddamn Jason Bourne of Africa without all the baggage.Ms Stevens if you read this wow your life story seems fascinating We got a taste of it in the 2nd Munroe novel, but I bet it barely scratched the surface I d love to read your autobiography 3.5 Stars.This is the 4th novel in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series I have enjoyed all of them for several reasons I like the author s writing style And I like the way she writes dialog This book was a little short on the dialog, but it was so well written I also love the main character I don t understand her, but I love her anyway and her instinct for survival Sometimes in a series, the characters stop progressing and the writing starts to feel formulaic, but that hasn t happened, at 3.5 Stars.This is the 4th novel in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series I have enjoyed all of them for several reasons I like the author s writing style And I like the way she writes dialog This book was a little short on the dialog, but it was so well written I also love the main character I don t understand her, but I love her anyway and her instinct for survival Sometimes in a series, the characters stop progressing and the writing starts to feel formulaic, but that hasn t happened, at least not yet anyway, in this series Having the characters evolving in each book is always appreciated.For the most part, things moved right along but there were some slow spots But I didn t dare skim to move ahead, because I didn t want to miss anything I found the whole Somalian pirate angle kind of fascinating It was new to me, but it kind of felt a little tedious when talking about ships The two thing that I love the most about this series is first the main character She is balanced She is tough and literally kicks butt, but she is also vulnerable And I like the stories themselves and are different from each other There is suspense, plot substance, and I don t want to miss a thing I never know where the story will end up Out of her 4 books though, the 3rd one was my favorite 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 dul 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 bookI 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 sometimeto 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.Micheal 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 readin this series as the become available because I absolutely loved the first 3 books This book was just okay in my opinion which is what the 2 star represents on GoodReads I have grown to love Taylor Stevens so it hurts to give such a low rating but I ve got to keep it honest and this book just didn t compare to the others My ThoughtsIn this, book four of the series, Vanessa Michael Munroe works to save the lives of her fellow mates after their ship has been hijacked Vanessa is able to escape with the ship s captain It seems the pirates areinterested in the captain than the ship and it s contents Vanessa plans to use the captain as a bargaining chip Will her plan work Vanessa has her own demons to struggle with She uses her street smarts to maneuver thru the murky underworld of pirating The references My ThoughtsIn this, book four of the series, Vanessa Michael Munroe works to save the lives of her fellow mates after their ship has been hijacked Vanessa is able to escape with the ship s captain It seems the pirates areinterested in the captain than the ship and it s contents Vanessa plans to use the captain as a bargaining chip Will her plan work Vanessa has her own demons to struggle with She uses her street smarts to maneuver thru the murky underworld of pirating The references to Vanessa s past only made me want to go back and read the first three books in the series I m jumping into this series at book four, but this in no way hindered my enjoyment of this smartly written novel The authors writing is sharp and descriptive I liked that this female lead character can take care of herself There was a good level of suspense as Vanessa tries to put all the pieces of the puzzle together I d like to thank Crown Publishing, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review