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The Innocent (Vanessa Michael Munroe #2)

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With The Innocent, Taylor Stevens, the bestselling author of The Informationist, returns with another blockbuster thriller featuring the fearless Vanessa Michael Munroe.

Eight years ago, a man walked five-year-old Hannah out the front doors of her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into the world of a cult known as The Chosen. For eight years, follo...more
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Crown (first published January 1st 2011)
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Stephanie Ziegler
Aug 21, 2012 Stephanie Ziegler rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stephanie by: Read It Forward
I will be honest; I am a girl who loves her romance books. This is my first thriller, at least that is how the publisher categorizes this book. What a great book to start me off in thrillers and I am hooked (at least with Stevens books).

Stevens uses a female as the main character and a male as her back-up partner. Not knowing much about thrillers, having a female lead gave me, the reader, a sense of power. Through Michael, I felt invincible. While using an inappropriate characteristic as a merc...more
Stephanie
2.5 stars

This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

One of the reasons that I often side-step the crime and thriller genres is that books in these genres so often begin with with terrible prologues featuring nameless victims who are about to be horribly brutalised or an anonymous shadowy villain steepling his/her fingers and making a pronouncement about how soon the world as we know it will end.

So when I began the The Innocent, which starts with a prologue in italics, that f...more
Dan
This is Taylor Stevens' second book in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series. In brief, the author with a unique background is honing her storytelling craft and clearly improving. Based on the contemporary publishing phenomena of uber-strong young female protagonist/heroine characters, like those depicted in the Stieg Larsson and the Suzanne Collins trilogies, it's not altogether surprising that we now have Taylor Stevens' Vanessa Michael Munroe character entering stage right.

What is surprising, how...more
Jacqui
It seems everyone is a NY Times Bestselling Author these days, so that's not why I picked Taylor Stevens' new novel The Innocent (Crown Publishers 2011) from my Amazon Vine offering last month. It is the story of Hannah, kidnapped at the age of five and forced to grow up as part of a sexually-oriented, backward cult (which sounds to be based on a group to which Stevens herself belonged in her early years). Even after eight years, her mother won't stop searching for her and begs Vanessa Michael M...more
John
I've been working on a novel where a girl has recently escaped a cult, so this book with a similar theme interested me. I love hardcore female protagonists and Vanessa Michael Munroe is about as tough as they come. She easily overpowers multiple groups of male attackers, is adept in both martial arts and with firearms and speaks 22 languages. This last is part of the novel's problem: she seems too much like a super hero.

Worse the book seems over written in parts, with stilted language and the u...more
L.H. Baldwin
Damn it's good. I've gotten so tired of formulaic novels. See, there's a big, bad conspiracy. And then there's this unlikely hero. And he saves the day. And gets laid in the process. No character building. Nothing new. I know the bad guys 'cause they're always the same. I know the good guy and he's as interesting and surprising as a mall food court's fried rice.

And then I picked up this book. At an airport, no less. I'd accidentally brought a book I'd already read and cruised the airport book st...more
Charlie
The worst has happened, someone thought it'd be a great marketing technique to compare this book to Steig Larsson's series The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Honestly, who wants to read a rip-off of the same thing? I was skeptical, but relief came when I realized I actually did enjoy this book. There are some similarities to Larsson's thrillers, but not a hijack of the bandwagon. Set in Buenos Aries, the search to locate The Chosen's various haven cult houses moves steadily and at a good pace. You...more
Karolyn Sherwood
Taylor Stevens is a master-storyteller. She deftly feeds the reader facts and clues and backstory as the characters race through the incredible city of Buenos Aires to save a little girl from a terrible life. The pace is rapid, and the plot of The Innocent is as straight as a bullet through this gripping novel.

(Vanessa) Michael Munroe, the literary world's newest superhero, infiltrates a cult as few people could describe as accurately as Stevens (if you haven't read the author's bio, do that nex...more
Luanne Ollivier
Taylor Stevens roared onto the scene (and the New York Times Bestseller list) with her debut thriller The Informationist. She's back with her second novel featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe called The Innocent.

Vanessa Michael Munroe is capable of just about anything. She's brilliant, beyond tough and loyal. How does she earn her living? Taking on cases that no one else is capable of seeing through or even wants to attempt. When her close friend Logan comes to her with a request for the seemingly i...more
Jill
This is book two of the Vanessa Michael Munroe series.

Vanessa, who goes by Michael, is an “information specialist” who takes on million dollar contracts to find out inside information about companies, people, and even countries. She does what it takes to complete her assignments, including murder if necessary, and is known for never failing to deliver. Born in Africa to missionaries and left on her own by age 14, she has lived in thirteen countries and speaks twenty-two languages. She was abuse...more
Kelli
Book: B+
Narration: B+

The nightmares were getting worse. When you’re afraid to sleep next to someone because you’ve woken up with tangled sheets and, oh, yes, a pair of knives stabbed into the mattress next to you, it’s time to take action. For Vanessa Michael Munroe, the solution is exactly that. Always at her best (and with her inner demons at their most subdued) when she is constantly in motion, Munroe accedes to a plea from her best friend Logan to help him find and recover Hannah, a thirteen...more
Cornelia
“I need a favor.” That’s what Logan said when he made a phone call to Morocco to speak to the one and only person who could help him, Michael Munroe. That is how the thriller, The Innocent by Taylor Stevens begins.

The author, Taylor Stevens, grew up in the religious cult, The Children of God, raised in communes across the world and denied an education beyond the 6th grade. The leader of this cult, David Berg, who thought of himself as God’s prophet, developed a method called Flirty Fishing which...more
Jodi

In a follow up to The Informationist Taylor Stevens brings Vanessa Michael Munroe thundering back into action.

Five year old Hannah is taken from her mother by The Chosen, a cult of followers of The Profit. One of the cult’s beliefs is to do everything in love which opens the door for adult members to abuse and sodomize children. Three adult survivors who have escaped The Chosen have experienced this abuse first hand and are determined to find Hannah. Their pledge results in an eight year quest...more
Joe
I decided to read this second book after reading and disliking the first. I thought maybe the author improved or this would be a better story. Neither of those things happened. Reading these books is similar to watching Angelina Jolie portray Lara Croft in those mindless, kick ass movies. It was great watching Jolie. It's not the same picturing a somewhat gender neutral female as the heroine. The writing is narration and not all that interesting. I am as always amazed by the reviews. I wonder if...more
Nick
A startlingly bad novel by the author of a good first-time thriller called The Informationist. In that book, the author introduced us to plucky herione Vanessa Michael Munroe, who had a way with research and violence. The pace was fast, the villains suitably ferocious, and the situation interestingly complicated. Here, the research seems to be unnecessary, the violence has become unrelenting, the pace slow, the villains cartoonish, and the situation pathetic.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
The Informationist introduced Vanessa 'Michael' Munroe, a damaged heroine with a set of unique skills developed as a means of surviving her troubled childhood. While The Informationist made it on to my wishlist last year I hadn't the opportunity to read it before this arrived for review. It's a shame because I think that my enjoyment of this novel would have been enhanced with a fuller understanding of Munroe's history. That being said, it matters little in terms of the story in this second inst...more
Michael Sherer
THE INNOCENT, the second in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series, starts where THE INFORMATIONIST left off—with a troubled and very deadly heroine. In this outing, Michael’s friend Logan asks her to find a young girl in Buenos Aires and extract her from a religious cult that is known to insiders, at least, to abuse children. Michael is given that insider information by Logan and two others who escaped (or were kicked out of) the cult as teens, and she also enlists the help of Miles Bradford, the se...more
Gloria Feit
In reviewing the debut novel featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe, “The Informationist,” I pointed out that ordinarily I react poorly to super-heroes, and called her sort of a bionic woman. However, in that case I set aside my prejudices and looked upon the character favorably. Not so this time. In this sequel, Munroe is considerably less appealing, but no less destructive as an assassin and action figure.

The plot is relatively simple, built around a kidnapped child hidden away for eight years in va...more
Kathy
I didn't like it quite as well as I liked THE INFORMATIONIST, but it wasn't bad. I guess my problem was that, in many ways, it was more of the same. This is not a bad thing. I liked the first book. But Michael is dealing with the same demons. She hasn't moved on. Actually, that probably makes this book more realistic. (Are thrillers realistic?) And (spoiler alert) it looks like she DOES deal with some of her demons by the end of this book.

Logan wants Michael to rescue a thirteen year old girl fr...more
Kara-karina
Taylor Stevens is my hero. Her books ultimately keep ending up in my Best Of... lists. They are hardboiled, action packed thrillers with a very unlikely heroine.

Vanessa Michael Munroe has been compared to Lisbeth Salander many times. I haven't read The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo so I can't confirm if it's true, but what I know is that Munroe is a ruthless, sociopathic, insanely talented killer and an ultimate anti-hero in a female body. She would fit right in with Kate Daniels, Jill Kismet and...more
Michelle Newby
A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel
By Taylor Stevens
Crown Publishers, 331 pgs
978-0-307-71712-2
Rating: 2.5

Vanessa Michael Munroe is back in the follow-up to her debut performance in The Informationist, which I reviewed in December of last year. The mission she is hired for this time is to rescue a child from a cult and return her to her parents. Michael, as she is known, travels to Argentina, last known location for the girl, and sets about recon. She is joined by Miles Bradford, also returning from t...more
Sheila Beaumont
Earlier this year, I was enthralled by Taylor Stevens' The Informationist, her first novel featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe. In that page-turner, Munroe was searching for a billionaire's daughter who vanished in a lawless region of Africa.

In The Innocent, set mostly in Buenos Aires, Munroe's assignment is to rescue a 13-year-old girl, who was kidnapped eight years ago, from a cult called The Chosen of God (apparently based on the Children of God cult, which the author was born into and didn't es...more
Ellen
I devoured The Informationist in a few days and was left wanting more of Vanessa Michael Munroe, so I downloaded this one immediately after finishing the first book. Sadly, it did not deliver on the promise of the first book. In the first book, the African setting was so compelling as to be a major part of the success of the story, adding to the difficulty of carrying out the mission. The Argentinian setting of this book didn't seem to add as much. I also felt the story of the cult was underdeve...more
Laura
The blurbage mentions Lisbeth Salander as similar to Vanessa (or Michael) Monroe, but don't let that influence your reading this book.

Monroe is one of those multilingual, multi-deadly-force types, a one-woman killing/vengeance/rescue team. She's recovering from her previous assignment and starting to break up with her current lover when an old friend asks for her help. Seems that Logan was raised in a religious cult and is trying to get Hannah, his daughter, out to safety. It's not necessary to...more
Carol  MacInnis
Eight years earlier, a little girl, Hannah, was kidnapped by her mother's boyfriend and taken into a cult, The Chosen, to follow the Prophet. The mother has been looking for her, in vain, ever since her disapperance. Now Hannah's father, Logan, turns to his best friend, Vanessa Michael Munroe to track her down and return her to her rightful home and the people who truly love her. Logan was also a member of The Chosen at a young age and had eventually escaped the life of physical, mental, and sex...more
Kerry
I'm fascinated by this author's life story so it's possible my review is skewed. So what. If you ever wanted a glimpse into a cult (and not Jim Jones from the 70's but current cult living) this book will likely be one of the truest looks possible. If you have been introduced to Vanessa Michael Munroe in "The Informationist", I don't have to sell you. Logan reaches out to Michael to ask her for the biggest favor of his life. It requires Michael to study life in a cult and infiltrate The Chosen to...more
Joan
I had to good fortune to meet Taylor Stevens last week, and she was awesome! I loved listening to her talk about writing and her characters. She was very inspiring for writers and readers.

Having said that, The Innocent was a real nail-biter. I loved hearing a bit more about Michael's background, even the painful details. Stevens has created a woman who can play with the big boys of Lee Child and Robert Crais, yet still look amazing in a LBD. My favorite character from The Informationist, Miles...more
Ronald Roseborough
The Innocent is good, but lacks much of the in your face, edge of the knife, fast paced action of Taylor Stevens' first novel, The Informationist. In contrast to the unexpected twists and turns of her first novel, The Innocent covers territory that will seem familiar to readers of the action, thriller genre. While this is a good, stand alone story, if you haven't read the first book of the series, you really won't see the full depth and complexity of the main character, Vanessa Michael Munroe fr...more
Shelly
I think if I had it to do over again, I'd read the first book this series before reading The Innocent. This is only because it took me a little while to get the swing of the plots and especially Munroe's character without the knowledge in the first book.

I loved Munroe because she's a strong action heroine. You see a strong woman in UF, but not often (ever?) in the thrillers. She was kicking some butt, but using her brain, too.

The plot of this one is pretty intense. You'll definitely want to se...more
Tina
I won this book on "Goodreads First-Reads". This was fantastic, I was hooked from the first page and now I want to read the first book. The Innocent is about a girl who was kidnapped eight years ago. Hannah now 13yrs old has been found in a cult known as The Chosen. The people who found her were childhood survivors of this cult who've escaped to try and make a better life for themselves on the outside. They call in Monroe knowing that if there is any way of getting Hannah out is getting her in....more
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TAYLOR STEVENS is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of The Informationist, The Innocent and The Doll. Featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe, the series has received critical acclaim and the books are published in twenty languages. The Informationist has been optioned for film by James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment.

Born in New York State, and into the Child...more
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