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“Intelligent writing, masterful pacing, and tense and fluid action scenes that feel ready-made for the cinema." —Associated Press

Vanessa Michael Munroe, chameleon and information hunter, has a reputation for getting things done—often dangerous and not quite legal things.
The adrenaline-fueled work has left her with blood on her hands and a soul stained with guilt. Having bo
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Published July 15th 2014 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2014)
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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
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Diane S.
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
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
Jamie Arledge
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
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L.A. Starks
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
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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
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Donna

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
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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
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Chad
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.
Luanne Ollivier
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
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Larry
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
John
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
Marsha Hubbell
“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
Patrick Blackburn
Jun 09, 2014 Patrick Blackburn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Patrick by: info@patrickblackburnbooks.com
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
Jeffrey
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
John Dulley
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
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Maryellen
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
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.
Gally
Jul 31, 2014 Gally marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The Catch (Vanessa Michael Munroe, #4) Review by Gally Lines (?/5 stars)

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Nise'
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
Melanie
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
Yolanda Gordon
Vanessa Michael Munroe is a woman that gets things done. I had the pleasure of pouring through the pages of the new novel about this woman that is such a chameleon that the man she works for does not even know she is a woman. Vanessa goes to Djibouti in an attempt to leave the world that stained her hands with blood behind. She works for a man that is quite sure his wife is in love with the mysterious person that he does not realize is a woman. He forces Munroe to make a choice, get on a ship to ...more
Jean Huber
This review is part of a special blog tour for the recent release of the suspenseful thriller by Taylor Stevens “The Catch.” Before I get into the new book here is a little bit about the author for the publisher:
About Taylor Stevens…
When Stevens published her debut novel, The Informationist,it was celebrated by some of the best writers in the genre, including Lee Child, Vince Flynn, Michael Palmer, and Tess Gerritsen; it was widely covered in the national media; its rights were sold in twenty co
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Tom Tischler
Vanessa Michael Munroe after her last endeavor with sex
traffickers has retreated to Djibouti where while posing as
a man she finds work as an interpreter for a small maritime
security company. Pressed into duty at sea by her boss Leo
Munroe discovers that she is part of a gun running operation
and she wants no part of protecting the crew or cargo. The ship
is attacked by pirates off the coast of Somali and Munroe
escapes taking the unconscious captain of the ship with her.
Amber Marie the wife of Leo
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Justice
The Catch throws all the familiarity aside: no female MacGuffin catalyst. No sidekick/support stepping in early on – this is Vanessa Michael Munroe at her best and worst. No client compelling her. No safety net. And while you trust VMM to make it out okay (with held breath and rapid-fire reading), you never realize how dangerous she really is until this point – because without a client, she can be the one calling the shots, and without a safety net, she doesn’t have another moral tether. The lat ...more
Spontaneous Uniq
Jul 19, 2014 Spontaneous Uniq rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense lovers
Recommended to Spontaneous by: Blogging for Books
I agreed to do a review on "The Catch" by Taylor Stevens for a web site called "Blogging for Books," (http://www.bloggingforbooks.org) in exchange for 5 books by the author: #THECATCH (@Taylor_Stevens, Facebook)Taylor Stevens

1. The Catch (HC Print)
2. The Doll (HC Print)
3. The Informationalist (Trade Print)
4. The Innocent (Trade Print)
5. The Vessel (e-book format)

I wasn't sure what I was in for when I started reading "The Catch" by Taylor Stevens. For a while now, I have been reading a mix of boo
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Janine
This is not your average Thriller novel. The protagonist /hero is a woman. Thats the first thing to shock you when you open the novel. She goes by the name Michael and her job is to get information and solve problems anyway she can, legal or otherwise. This is the newest story in this series involving this character. I haven’t read the previous novels but I found that you didn’t need to in order to really enjoy this as the author does a wonderful job of bringing you up to speed throughout he boo ...more
Cbowen

I was one of fortunate readers to receive an ARC of Taylor Stevens The Catch, the forth book in the Vanessa Michael Munroe Series. The books feature the multifaceted androgynous protagonist Michael Munroe, a chameleon and information seeker proficient with languages and deadly survival instincts. If you are not familiar with the books do yourself a favor and read them all, they are intelligent and thrilling.

The Catch begins several months after the brutal events of The Doll; Munroe once more fle
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Kyle  Uniss
*I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Readers Copy of The Catch, which will be available on July 15th, 2015. This give you just enough time to read one or all of the preceding Vanessa Michael Munroe books by Taylor Stevens!!!

To be honest, I read the first book of the Vanessa Michael Munroe series, The Informationist, due to Taylor Steven’s fascinating bio. Here’s a sampling:

Born in New York State, and into the Children of God, an apocalyptic religious cult spun from the Jesus Movement of the ’6
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Andrew
If I outlined the plot of this solid action adventure book for you (I won't) you might expect The Catch to be the fare of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and every cliched blam-blam one-man-army type movie you've ever seen.

Probably the biggest compliment I can give to this book, then, is that - while the story contains all the adventure requisite of such films - it manages to aim (and land itself, get it?) much higher than that.

With the obvious distinction of the one-man-
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“By the time they passed Malindi in the early-afternoon hours, Munroe could feel the syntax, the grammar, the resonance of patterns of the country's lingua franca beginning to form, could feel the tension relaxing now that the key to the aural lock had been handed over, and soon enough, over time and of its own accord, her ability to speak would grow and she would rapidly become more and more fluent.

This same poisonous gift - this savant like ability to visualize the way the words configured into shapes - had defined her life and turned her into what she was now. Without language, there would have been no gunrunning, without gunrunning no nights in the jungle fighting off the worst of human predators, without the nights, no instinct of self-preservation and the speed and the need to kill that had marked her every moment, waking and sleeping, since.”
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