The Doll: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel (Vanessa Michael Munroe #3)
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The Doll: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel (Vanessa Michael Munroe #3)

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"A heroine every bit as provocative as Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander." -"The Dallas Morning News"
They took her. Then they took her family. Now she's coming for retribution.
Information specialist Vanessa Michael Munroe has a reputation for getting things done, often dangerous and not-quite-legal things. Scarred from a life of violence, pursued by her own demons, and as...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Crown
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Patrice Hoffman
I'll start by summing up my review: I loved this adventure with Vanessa Michael Munroe!!!!! Taylor Stevens has made a fan of me after only reading one novel, out of order in fact. Sure it's not flawless but is exactly what I want in an action, suspense thriller.

The novel begins with Bradford checking out leads for where Vanessa Michael Munroe could be. The teams' intel suggests that she was involved in an "accident" that set the stage for her kidnapping. This kidnapping was orchestrated by the i...more
Zoeytron
This is a tautly written thriller that serves up a nasty tale of human trafficking. The tension is non-stop with lots of action.

The antagonist here is the Doll Maker, a cruel, diminutive man who dresses in impeccably tailored suits. Smug, sometimes displaying a sly smile, he dispenses his horrible orders to his minions with a soft voice filled with gloat. He ensconces himself in his office which houses a collection of dolls - lots of them. He holds them, strokes their hair, fusses with their cl...more
JoAnne Pulcino
THE DOLL: A Novel

Taylor Stevens

Its official I’m a complete Taylor Stevens junkie now!!! After three books I’m convinced she is the real thing. There is so much that could be said about her thrillers from the sensational, scary and violent character of Vanessa Michael Munroe to the pulse pounding, spellbinding plots.

THE DOLL is a riveting action plot driven adventure that begins with Munroe being kidnapped and thrown into an underground world where women and young girls are merchandise. The maste...more
Jamie Arledge
This is the 3rd book in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series and I’ve read them all. I absolutely LOVE this series. From someone that reads about 60 books a year I’ve got to say that not only is this the best series that I’ve ever read but Vanessa Michael Munroe is my all-time favorite female character. She is very one of a kind and can kick some major butt.

This story was just as good as the first 2 books in the series but since Munroe played a different role in this book she didn’t get the opportu...more
Luanne Ollivier
Doesn't the cover of The Doll just promise an 'edge of your seat' read? And Taylor Stevens delivers one....again!

I've deoured the first two books featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe - The Informationist and The Innocent - and have been early awaiting the third novel to feature this kick*** character. The Doll releases today.

Vanessa Michael Munroe is....well, she's deadly, with incredible physical skills and she's brilliant - she speaks many languages and easily assimilates into the situation or c...more
Michelle Newby
A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel
By Taylor Stevens
Crown Publishers, 335 pgs
978-0-307-88878-5
Submitted by Crown Publishers
Rating: 4.5

And they're off! The Doll bursts out of the starting gate like Secretariat at Aqueduct. This is no exaggeration: page one and our heroine is darted like a bear and kidnapped by homicidal Croatians masquerading as paramedics in an ambulance stolen from the city of Dallas. Miles Bradford, lover, PTSD-sufferer, spy extraordinaire and Boy Robin, witnesses the scene from hi...more
Jacqui
Taylor Stevens gets better with each book. This--"The Doll" (Crown 2013)--is her third in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series, and in my estimation, the best. Her Munroe character is unlike any other out there in the thriller genre. She is severely damaged by events in her life, but uses those scars to thrive as an informationist--finding information and sometimes people for others. With spot-on instincts, the ability to connect the dots even when she can't see them, and a facility with both menta...more
Laura
The previous book actually raised some interesting questions about joining a cult, while this one, which could have raised equally interesting questions about human trafficking chose to stay with the violence and mystery behind Michael's life. As a result, I was less impressed with this one. We get a lot of clues into her back story, more than in the previous book, which supposedly explain how she got to be the way she is. We're also told - repeatedly - that she has some weird wiring in her brai...more
Roxane
The thing about this series is that it is so gleefully violent and dark that it makes you go with the flow. Michael is being forced to help a sex trafficker but the woman she has to transport has more mettle than Michael originally anticipates. They start to work together while on the homefront, Bradford Miles tries to save the day. I love this series but I hate how when we have tormented characters like this, they never get to stay, consistently, in a relationship. Like, BREAK THE MOLD, writers...more
Jeffrey
Taylor Stevens Vanessa Munroe series has been marketed extensively and compared favorably to the Lisbeth Salander series. Both series do share a strong female character who fights violence and investigate crimes against women, and both Salander and Munroe do not fit established images of how women are to behave. The Munroe series also takes on tough world situations.

Vanessa Munroe, dressing like a man, and sometimes mistaken for a man, is a trained killer and experienced in the various ways tha...more
Maryellen
I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book to read and it did not disappoint. If you are a fan of that other famous trilogy about a young woman in peril, then you'll like Taylor Stevens take on a similar protagonist, even if it feels a bit familiar.

I read the first two books in quick succession and then there was a lag before this one came to me. I found that I couldn't quite remember some of the details of the first two books which had some impact on my following this plot in the b...more
Lora
When Munroe is taken away by an ambulance after crashing her motorcycle outside Bradford's office, he immediately becomes uneasy. Bradford's worst fears are confirmed when Munroe's wallet is found at a local emergency room, but she's nowhere to be found. Certain that she's been kidnapped, Bradford and his colleagues try to determine where she's gone. The people that have taken Munroe have severely injured her best friend, Logan, in order to get Munroe to agree to their demand: deliver famous act...more
Jenna
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

I am not familiar with the Vanessa Michael Munroe series, but I received this book for free and was thankful for the opportunity. I realized later that this was the third installment of the series. I did not care for this novel. I was really interested with the premise and interested with such an engaging synopsis. The writing style was difficult to read and it felt like the author used too many commas and incomplete sentences.

"Straddl...more
Sharron
Great entry to this series, story flowed well and I didn't want to stop reading...always a good sign. As others have noted, the author has "expanded" the action to include Bradford and as a result we see more depth to both Michael and Bradford. This series should appeal to fans of both Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Plunging straight into the action from the first page, The Doll is an addictive, fast paced thriller. The third book in Taylor Stevens series featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe sees 'Michael' kidnapped by an international human trafficker known as The Doll Maker and forced to deliver a young woman to a violent sadist or forfeit the life of those Munroe loves.

What I particularly enjoyed about this installment is the way in which Munroe is forced to leash her prodigious talent for violence to outwit...more
Terry
On page one of The Doll, book three of the Vanessa Michael Munroe series, Stevens mysteriously whisks off her protagonist. With my heart pounding, biting my nails, I tail Munroe’s lover Bradford in frantic pursuit. The hunt leapfrogs back and forth between a rank and menacing cesspool hidden in Central Europe, and its operations in the U.S. The deeper I progress into the pages of the novel, I find myself in a battle between my urge to tap the screen and advance and my gnawing fear about what I m...more
Patrick Blackburn
Taylor Stevens is a terrific thriller writer. She burst onto the literary scene in 2010 with “The Informationist,” the first in a five-book deal from Crown Publishers. In it, we were introduced to a new and exciting heroine, the androgynous and seriously badass Vanessa Michael Monroe. Not only can see pass as a man in situations that call for, well, a man’s touch, but she has a photographic memory and a knack for learning languages. While her past has left her damaged, she lives her life by a co...more
Marie Cauley
"The Doll" is the 3rd title in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series, and it's Taylor Stevens' best one to date. If you love action with a strong female lead, then this is your book. Michael takes on the world of human trafficking - though reluctantly as she is kidnapped and forced into delivering a high profile actress from the Doll Maker to a wealthy client...dressed to resemble a porcelain doll. Initially she takes on the assignment to save her life, and more importantly, the life of someone she...more
Claire
Ok, I am a fan of Taylor Steven's Vanessa Michael Munroe series.
I root for Vanessa-
This installment is fascinating, appalling and intriguing. I am So Impressed with the women in this story and my heart goes out to them.
I will not say more than The Doll is a famous actress who is ordered as a commodity by a man who buys women. This is a twist on the trafficking issue and Vanessa is called in because of a clandestine history with the Doll's family. This is a perilous dance by Vanessa and her para...more
Ware

Vanessa Michael Munroe returns to Dallas only to be kidnapped and spirited off to the Balkans where she is compelled to deliver a package, in this case a gorgeous star to the Doll Maker. The Doll Maker heads an organization which delivers female slaves to billionaires in the Middle East.

Monroe is threatened herself but the simultaneous abduction of those closed to her." Deliver the package or sign the death warrant for someone you love" is the message.

This is a terrifying look into a dark corner...more
Diane S.
This is such a dark, gritty and kick but series. Vanessa Michael Monroe is one of the toughest, physically that is, characters in a series today. Mentally, she has a past, a few ghosts that want to tip her over the edge. So while she is fighting the villains, in this case The Dollmsker and slaver of young woman, she is often also fighting herself, trying to keep herself stable in a business that genders violence. Interesting supporting characters, and non stop action, can't wait to see what the...more
Sharon Michael
While this book can be read as a stand-alone, it is the third book in the series and there are definitely things covered in the first two books that are integral to the characters and the plot as well.

All three books are addictive in their own way, as are the characters. There are many things I generally don't care for in books, including things about the main character and the fairly dark tone of the plots. It is an indication of the author's talent that I am addicted to the series in spite of...more
Sarah Meaders
Once again!

So gripping! So masterful! So satisfying! I struggle to find worthy descriptors of this series. Taylor Stevens has yet again transported me to a world that is so surreal, yet amazingly believable. I am amazed that this author has only begun her career of storytelling in the past few years, as she posses the literary skills of a seasoned veteran of decades in experience and polish.

First, I read a review which complained about a perceived lack of character development and too fast of a...more
Helen
The Doll by Taylor Stevens is a thriller with heart-racing action, unexpected twists and dangerous turns.

The main character, Vanessa Munroe, can change herself and "become" whatever she needs to be to survive. She's a fighter. More importantly, she is a survivor. In The Doll, she gets kidnapped and taken into an underground world in Dallas where women and girls are sold, used and abused. This world and the women forced there are controlled by a man known as the Doll Maker. He captures women and...more
Marsha Hubbell
From beginning to end, The Doll was a hard book to put down. Action-packed and dealing with a difficult subject - that of human trafficking - once again Vanessa Michael Munroe proves to be a character readers can only marvel at. Although there were aspects of the book I was saddened to see happen, I was intrigued and enthralled throughout. This is a nail-biting international thriller and one definitely worth reading. Well done!
Larissa
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Erster Satz:

Miles Bradford stand am Fenster seines Büros, die Handflächen an die Scheibe gelegt, und beobachtete den Parkplatz.

Meine Meinung:

Zu allererst einmal: Der Klappentext ist der totale Schwachsinn! Munroe muss keine flüchtige Person wiederbeschaffen, sondern sie soll ein Mädchen von der Mädchenhändlerorganisation zum Kunden transportieren. Das ist ein heikles Unternehmen, da sie durch halb Europa fahren soll und zudem die "Puppe" eine bekannte amerikanische Schauspieler...more
Amber
Released in paperback earlier this month, The Doll is the third book in the Stevens series featuring heroine Vanessa Michael Munroe. It includes an excerpt of the fourth book, The Catch.

This is the first book I've read in the series. Munroe has been likened to Lisbeth Salander of Stieg Larsson's Millenium series which is why I decided to read it. Who doesn't need another action heroine?

While Stevens does a good job catching the reader up on Munroe's past, I rarely felt a connection with Munroe s...more
Karen M
There’s a kidnapping and that’s just on the first page of this book that takes place in diverse locations simultaneously. The story is told by switching between Dallas and European locations and what’s happening at each one. I found myself being pulled between the two parts of the story and wanting to read both at the same time. Yes, it’s that good.

Munroe is kidnapped and dangerous. She is a lethal weapon but her kidnappers, who deal in human trafficking, seem to know this already from the way t...more
Lesley
3.5 Stars

The Doll is my inner feminist revenge fantasy brought to life. It pushed all my girl-power, fight-the-patriarchy buttons. That said, I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first two installments. Michael spends much of the novel in a car driving across Europe, so the setting isn't quite as rich and evocative as I've come to expect from these books. There's also a lot more death and torture, which makes the story pretty darn depressing and tempers any sense of victory. Michael’s characte...more
Desi
I never comment on the books I read, but really enjoyed this book. It might not have been as intense as the 1st and 2nd book but the plot surrounding Michael Munroe is well written and very enjoyable. Well done Ms Taylor Stevens, I look forward to your next novel.
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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.

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“This doll-guy situation is an extreme of what I deal with in everyday life, where men believe that what they want I want, and they project that on to me and then blame me, curse me, when I don’t respond the way they’ve fantasized, like it’s some personal attack on them, like they’re entitled to something. Doll guy and dog guy and rape guy, the dangerous ones, they just go a step further and take it anyway. Then they blame you and the way you look for what they did. What’s worse is that a lot of the time, society blames you, too.” 10 likes
“But people like the doll guy who sells women and the dog guy who buys women, and other guys who, say, rape women, or maybe don’t go as far as violent rape but treat women like objects instead of people—sure, there’s a difference in the level of crime, but it’s all the same thing, where women become a canvas for throwing emotional baggage, Jackson Pollock style.” 8 likes
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