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The Catch (Vanessa Michael Munroe #4)

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“Stevens excels at depicting pulse-pounding danger… Her writing places her heads above most authors working in the thriller genre. Only Dan Brown and Lee Child come close.” —Dallas Morning News

Vanessa Michael Munroe, chameleon and information hunter, has a reputation for getting things done—often dangerous and not quite legal things.

With blood on her hands and a soul st
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Patrice Hoffman
First things first, I'm on the fence with this novel and the rating. I'm torn between giving it 3-stars or 4-stars. On one hand, traversing the the dangerous underworld of Africa's maritime scene with danger around every corner was quite invigorating. Yet... I found some parts to be extremely boring and slow.

I was blown away by Vanessa Michael Munroe after winning and reading The Doll. The Doll was my introduction to this badass chick who learns languages with ease, can transform any object into
Jamie Arledge
Feb 01, 2014 Jamie Arledge rated it liked it
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
Diane S ☔
Jan 06, 2014 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Karolyn Sherwood
Feb 24, 2014 Karolyn Sherwood rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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 ...more
L.A. Starks
Aug 24, 2014 L.A. Starks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

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
Aug 22, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery

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
Lisa B.
My Thoughts

In 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 are more interested 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
May 03, 2014 Chad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Getting to read a book before it gets released, Thank you Taylor, I had higher expectations for this book for some reason. After the first hundred or so pages I was apprehensive because it was a little slow and I wasn't sure where it was going. I should have never doubted Taylor because she came through with another good book to read. I won't throw spoilers in, but I will say this book has a slightly different feel to it and I can't wait to see where she goes with the next one.
Jun 14, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vanessa "Michael" Munroe at her/his best
This is #4 in Taylor Stevens' excellent series about Vanessa "Michael" Munroe, one of the most complex, violent but compelling characters in modern adrenaline-filled action packed adventure fiction. This is probably one of the best in the series and may make it into my list of best reads for 2014.

To understand this book you really need to know more about "Michael". In her early life in east Africa, Vanessa "Michael" Munroe experienced extreme violence whic
In Taylor Stevens latest Vanessa Munroe thriller, she takes us deep into the treacherous armpit and waters around Africa to save the members of a security team kidnapped by pirates. Munroe, the unconventional heroine of Stevens' dark thrillers, who tried to save an innocent from the international sex trade in the "Doll" , is now working in Djibouti, a tiny country sandwiched between Somalia and Ethiopia, for a specialized security outfit as a document procurer. Munroe, who can shed her gender an ...more
Jan 14, 2014 Maryellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Patrick Blackburn
Jun 09, 2014 Patrick Blackburn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Often, writers of serial thrillers lose steam by the third or fourth book. Taylor Stevens, on the other hand, keeps getting better and better. Following the stunning "The Doll," the fourth installment of the Vanessa "Michael" Monroe series, "The Catch," finds Michael back in Africa, a continent that she doesn't want to be on but can't seem to get away from. She grew up in Africa, came of age in Africa, and learned to kill there. She vows to finish her new job and never return, but with her new c ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Aug 04, 2014 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Catch is Taylor Stevens' fourth entry in her Vanessa Michael Munroe series.

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 culture she finds herself in. She can read people and situations and think three moves ahead. For a living, she hunts people, finds information and fixes things. After her last case resulted in a horrific personal loss, Michael has retreated to t
Aug 18, 2014 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Midway through "The Catch," Munroe (Vanessa "Mike" Munroe) explains her job to a client: "I'm a spy for hire . . . I travel to developing countries, dictatorships, banana republics. I analyze strategic threats to get a feel for what's going on on the ground—the stuff that news outlets don't report and governments try to cover up. Then I figure out who holds the true political clout, who to bribe and who to avoid, and if I'm paid well enough, I do the bribing and make sure my employer's name neve ...more
Jul 19, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have been waiting for the further exploits of Vanessa Michael Munroe with great anticipation, and I am here to report that Taylor Stevens fourth Munroe novel didn't just meet but exceeded my great anticipation! The millstone around Michael's neck is the anguish she suffers believing (not totally without foundation) that her karma is going to get everyone near and dear to her killed if she remains around them, and consequently she is in self-enforced exile as The Catch begins. She has domiciled ...more
Feb 03, 2014 Gally marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The Catch (Vanessa Michael Munroe, #4) Review by Gally Lines (?/5 stars)

The Catch (Vanessa Michael Munroe, #4) review coming soon....

Special thanks yet again to Murder By The Book in Houston, TX for hosting Taylor Stevens! Got my signed first edition/first printing hardcover in the mail.

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My review of The Informationist (Vanessa Michael Munroe, #1)

My review of The Innocent (Vanessa Michael Munroe, #2)

My review of The Doll (Vanessa Mich
Leigh Terry
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 is more of an Amy Dunne complaint.

It's far too e
Jul 09, 2014 Doseofbella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Catch
By: Taylor Steven
Pages: 358. Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Copy Courtesy of Goodreads First Reads
Reviewed by: tk

Vanessa "Michael" Monroe is a linguist, expert in hand-to-hand weapons, strategist, and a woman of passion. Vanessa is part of a team of armed transit guards that are hired to protect , and defend a ship if attacked by pirates. Once aboard the "Favorita" she discovers that she is the only one of the team that information of the cargo, and pay is being withheld.
Cheated, and betrayed
C.M. Keller
Sep 05, 2014 C.M. Keller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

Coming into a series in the middle is always a dicey proposition. I’d never read anything by Taylor Stevens and this is the fourth book in the Vanessa Michael Monroe series. But I could not resist the exotic setting of Djibouti, Kenya, and Somalia. Not to mention hijacking and pirates.

The book did not disappoint. Michael is a complex character, nuanced and tough. She is a blend of spy-for-hire and language lyricist. The pace
Marsha Hubbell
Jul 17, 2014 Marsha Hubbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Catch” is Taylor Steven’s 4th Vanessa Michael Munroe book. It’s an intricate, intelligent, international page-turner. Well-written and well-crafted, it’s been said by many that this is Ms. Steven’s “most internal yet” of the series. It certainly is complex, internally and externally, and I was continually amazed as I read at the amount of work that went into its creation. It’s a visual thriller, her best yet, both in the action scenes and in the descriptions of the locations she takes us, b ...more
Melanie Johnson
Although I like this series by Taylor Stevens, this book seemed long. I was ready to finish this story about 100 pages back. Michael Munroe somehow through her own self-loathing, worked on a ship that was supposed to guard a freighter through Somolian waters. The ship was taken by pirates and for some reason, Munroe makes it her business to "fix" this situation. I don't always understand her psychology, which makes these books sometimes hard to understand. She spends a lot of time in Africa, wai ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I love this character. Her strength and intelligence is always such a riveting read. However, in this book things seemed to be less intense and the character seemed to be just going through the motions. I felt the book was melancholy and depressing until I realized that that was the way the character was feeling after the events of the previous novel. She was running away from everything that meant something because everyone around her either got hurt or died. She finally realizes that she wants ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Nise' rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 4 in the Vanessa Michael Monroe series. Michael is a strong, independent woman working in Africa after her last case resulted in too many deaths. She is working as a "fixer/interpreter". Those she works for and with assume she is a young man, a mistakes she does not correct. She is forced to go on a job with her employer that she knows will not turn out well. It doesn't -which leads to page turning suspense, action and amazement as Monroe works her magic to figure out what/who is re ...more
This was not my favorite of the series by far. In the author's notes she said she was only 80% finished with the book approaching deadline and scrambled to finish it while the book was being edited. It felt like that to me. The main storyline was thin and confusing. The ending even more so. The driving factors that make Michael so committed to her causes and fights were missing. I sincerely hope the next book is more like the first books in the series as this one was something of a disappointmen ...more
JoAnne Pulcino

Taylor Stevens

The previous novels featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe were wonderful, and I really enjoyed them and the main character.

The excitement and suspense of the previous novels was missing in this adventure. Despite the unusual plots and locale which Ms. Stevens does so well, the book was quite slow.

I'm still a fan and will continue to be faithful to this very good series.
Jun 04, 2015 Serenity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though The Catch is the fourth book in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series it’s the first one I’ve read. It’s extremely well written and kept my attention— even through the slow parts. Since finishing the book I’ve checked the synopsis of the others in this series and I want to read them all so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for the rest of the series.

--Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 25, 2014 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Catch (Early Reviewer's) is the fourth book in Vanessa Munroe series. I have really enjoyed the previous books. However this one just never really seemed to take off for me. I felt that the author wasn't quite sure what to do with Vanessa's character so she just had her wander around and fight the urge to use her knife. All the characters were pretty one dimensional and the plot fell flat. I really wanted to like this one.
Sharon Michael
I actually liked this book somewhat better than the previous one, a little less grim and fatalistic I think, not quite as much graphic, bloody action. I still go back to the first book of the series and re-read, but so far the others are pretty much 'read from the library' so far.
May 09, 2017 Hobart rated it liked it
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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
After the events of The Doll, Michael had to hit the road. She bounced around a little, before landing in Djibouti -- doing some small time work for a security company. She's forced into working guard duty on a ship bound for Kenya -- which turns out to be a gun-smuggling vessel that's attacked by Somali pirates. Michael being Michael, after determining that she couldn't prevail on her own, she gets off the boat, taking the captain with her
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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 Jac ...more
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