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The Innocent (Vanessa Michael Munroe #2)

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*Eight years ago, a man took five-year-old Hannah from her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into a world of a cult known as The Chosen. Now, the childhood survivers of The Chosen turn to Vanessa Michael Munroe for help, knowing that she is the only chance of stealing Hannah back.
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published January 30th 2012 by Crown Publishing Group (NY) (first published December 27th 2011)
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Stephanie Ziegler
Aug 21, 2012 Stephanie Ziegler rated it really liked it
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
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Lauren Hough
Jan 24, 2012 Lauren Hough rated it it was amazing
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
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Dan
Jan 02, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jacqui
Nov 13, 2011 Jacqui rated it really liked it
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
Joe
Jan 09, 2012 Joe rated it did not like it
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
John
Mar 07, 2012 John rated it it was ok
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
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Nick
Jan 15, 2012 Nick rated it did not like it
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.
Lorrea(WhatChaReadin'?)
Vanessa Michael Munroe is one serious chick and one you don't want to mess with. When her best friend, Logan asked her for help locating his daughter, who had been taken from her mother and brought back to the cult they had grown up in, she is eager to help. She has the skill set to get the job done. Logan, along with other member of the cult, The Chosen, help with the background information to help Munroe infiltrate the Havens. Will she be able to find the girl before she is discovered? Will th ...more
Elphaba J
Nov 23, 2014 Elphaba J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Confesso-me rendida a Taylor Stevens.
Intensa, surpreendente e viciante, não é por acaso que a sua série Vanessa Michael Munroe tem vindo a conquistar uma legião de fãs e as melhores críticas além-fronteiras, com a sua abordagem crua a múltiplas temáticas intemporais e chocantes, que a destacam dentro do seu género, através de mistérios com picos de adrenalina constantes e com uma protagonista extraordinária a que nenhum leitor fica ind
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Charlie
Feb 04, 2012 Charlie rated it really liked it
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
Jan 02, 2012 Karolyn Sherwood rated it really liked it
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
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Luanne Ollivier
Feb 24, 2012 Luanne Ollivier rated it it was amazing
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
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Jill
Nov 13, 2013 Jill rated it liked it
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
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Kelli
Dec 31, 2011 Kelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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
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Cornelia
Sep 05, 2012 Cornelia rated it it was amazing
“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
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Michelle Lancaster
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
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Jodi
Jan 08, 2012 Jodi rated it really liked it

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
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Nolan
Mar 10, 2016 Nolan rated it liked it
This is the second book in a series about a remarkable fictional woman who escaped a cult as a young person and gradually build skills that enable her to flow effortlessly among cultures and societies garnering intelligence and information that enables her to assist individual victims or even national governments.

Vanessa Michael Munroe is comfortable and well practiced in the use of knives, but as the book begins, you see a troubled person. Her friend calls on her in Morocco to take a case that
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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
Oct 12, 2012 Michael Sherer rated it really liked it
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
Apr 24, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
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
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Kathy
Mar 25, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
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
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Kara-karina
Jan 06, 2013 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Ellen
May 28, 2012 Ellen rated it liked it
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
Feb 10, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
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
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Carol  MacInnis
Jan 14, 2012 Carol MacInnis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
Sep 24, 2012 Kerry rated it really liked it
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
Jan 19, 2012 Joan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
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
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