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The Mask: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel

(Vanessa Michael Munroe #5)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,297 ratings  ·  236 reviews
“Munroe is a sensational character and Stevens is a sensational writer.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
For fans of Lee Child, Terry Hayes, and Laura Lippman comes a blistering thriller in which Vanessa Michael Munroe faces the fight of her life
Vanessa Michael Munroe, chameleon and information hunter, has a reputation for ge
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Crown
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Diane S ☔
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually started reading this series with the second book, her first book at that time had gotten so much hype and I was disillusioned with hyped books. Don't remember who talked me into trying this series but the first book at my library was out, so I grabbed the second, convinced I wasn't going to like it at all. I was wrong and I loved it.

The character of Vanessa Michael Monroe is unique, taller than most woman she has the ability to pass as a man or woman. She has the ability to process in
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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This is the first time I have ever read a book about "Vanessa Micheal Monroe" I totally love her and now I'm going to have to get all of Tayor Stevens books about this character! It's funny when I started reading more about her I had this picture in my mind of Lisbeth Salander, because Monroe is so damn smart! Then I saw the book mentioned Lisbeth on goodreads and I had a good laugh, I guess they thought so too!


Munroe breathed deeply, and with a soft, slow
L.A. Starks
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a superlative, fast-paced thriller in the vein of Lee Child, Vince Flynn, or-well--Taylor Stevens. Set in Japan, it opens with Michael (Vanessa Michael Munroe) frustrated when she has to choose between romance or work. She really misses work--and how refreshing for a female protagonist to express the deep need for meaningful work.

When her boyfriend is wrongly jailed, Michael decides to discover the real killer. To do so effectively, she must take it on as a paid project, completely separ
Edward Lorn
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller fans
The Mask was my first Taylor Stevens novel and a whole lot of fun. I'm not a huge thriller fan, mainly because character usually takes aback seat to plot, and the characters we do receive are often two dimensional. I'm happy to report that Vanessa Michael Munroe is a complicated protagonist with a horrible past who doesn't mind getting her hands dirty.

When I first began reading this fifth book in Stevens's Munroe series, I became a little worried. I felt as if I'd been thrown in with characters
Maribel Platypire Reviews
***I received a copy of this book from Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.***

When I started reading this book, I did not realize that it was the fifth book in the series and while these books can sort of be read as standalones, I think knowing Vanessa/Micheal's background story is a little important in getting to know her character. I think it would have helped me better understand her history with Miles Bradford.

Anyway, I found that the story is a little dull at th
Jamie Arledge
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredible Series is Back on Track, Great Story, Bradford is Back, 4 Stars…

I've read every book in this series and I'm a HUGE fan. Vanessa Michael Munroe is my absolute favorite character ever. She has a very interesting background that makes her very unique. Her fight-for-life upbringing turned her into a fighting/killing machine who you don't want to cross.

In this book, we finally get to see Bradford again which was way overdue in my opinion. Munroe joins him in Japan where he's on assignmen
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a great book for a relaxing Saturday afternoon, but man was it a great book to get your heart pumping! I'm still trying to catch up on my breathing! This was my second book by this author and I'm kicking myself wondering why I haven't read the other four. I loved The Doll! And I just realized I have The Informationist and The Innocent on my Kindle. Grrrr!

Anyways, this had me from the first page. First she's a girl, then she cuts her hair and she's a man and she is one tough mudder. I
I'm torn about how best to review "The Mask", the latest installment in the compelling and rich saga of Vanessa Michael Munroe. I've been waiting eagerly for access to this book and while it was entertaining enough that I finished it, I was disappointed overall.

"The Mask" finds Vanessa living with her lover Miles Bradford in Japan where he has accepted a security job for a major Japanese biotech firm. Their operations and research is rather secretive and highly competitive. Miles is tasked to f
Lisa B.
Vanessa Michael Munroe needs some down time after her last adventure. She goes to Japan to spend time with her boyfriend Miles Bradford, who is working as a security consultant. Suddenly, he is charged with murder. It’s Vanessa’s job to work the puzzle that will hopefully set him free.

What I like about this series and this particular character, is that Vanessa has to use both her brain and her brawn to get into and/or out of certain situations. She is one smart cookie and these story really requ
Exceptional read as usual! Loved it. Review soon.
Karolyn Sherwood
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I have read every one of Taylor Stevens' Vanessa Michael Munroe novels, and THE MASK is her best one yet. The story is focused and perplexing, and Stevens' writing is terse yet smooth.

For the uninitiated, Vanessa Michael Munroe is a tall, strong woman who can pass as a man when she so chooses. Michael, as she is then called, is an "informationist": she finds information for her clients. Her work is complicated, dangerous, and often violent—extremely violent. Munroe was raised in Africa by missio
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The Mask by Taylor Stevens is the fifth in the Munroe series. Set in Japan, Vanessa Michael Munroe travels to Japan to join her lover Miles Bradford for a much needed respite from a grueling Somali hijacking that left her near death. Miles is working in security at a company in Japan and is assigned to uncover a possible corporate spy in the company. Soon after Vanessa arrives, Miles is arrested for murder and thrown in jail with a dim future for getting released. Vanessa takes up his assignment ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is the 5th book in the Vanessa Michael Monroe series by Taylor Steven. I've read every one of them. There is also a novella out there too, that I have yet to lay my hands on. I have enjoyed this series and I think this one is now my new favorite of the series. I simply love the MC. She is a tough girl who learned the hard way, but yet she is also vulnerable. I like that combination because the author has meshed them so well together. It feels completely believable. I also like the progressi ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 5th Vanessa Michael Munroe book opens in Japan, where she is living a life of subordinate domestic bliss to her boyfriend, Miles Brandon. How long can that last given her need for danger? Even unchallenged by external events? As it happens, the challenge comes via a major threat to Brandon, who is a security specialist brought in by a big pharma company to find out who has been stealing its secrets. But this is Japan, and outsiders are not welcome, even when useful. Brandon finds himself und ...more
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Due to be released 30 June 2015, The Mask by Taylor Stevens is the fifth book in her Vanessa Michael Munroe series and I think this may be my favorite of the series thus far. As I have stated in my reviews of the previous four books, they can be read independently, however, I think the reader will be missing a lot of back story as the characters are quite complex and ever evolving and Vanessa Michael Monroe is truly a fascinating character with a rather unique past. In The Mask readers will
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Vanessa Michael Munroe is back and so is Bradford. Bradford is working in Japan and has Vanessa come to what she thinks is going to be a normal domestic arrangement. Nothing is ever that easy for them. Vanessa is betrayed by Bradford and has to become Michael and fight to get him released from jail because he has been framed for murder. Japanese corporate culture, espionage, the Yakuza and sexual slavery are all in this book.

This book was fast paced and the plot keeps you guessing throughout. Mi
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Another enjoyable Vanessa Michael Munroe story. Recovering from the events of her previous job, Michael reconnects with Miles Bradford in Japan while he on a security assignment. Things seem to be going great until Miles is arrested for murder and she is suddenly thrust into a situation where she doesn't know what is going on and she must work to prove his innocence. Caught between the Japanese mafia and corporate espionage, she works to solve the crimes and protect herself from the same fate.

Angus Woodbury
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good to see Michael (Vanessa) in a different setting. This was a good read but I found myself doing the foot tapping thing..."when is something going to set her off?" ... and then things kicked in.

She is such a capable, dark and troubled character (often compared to Lisbeth Salander) and sometimes you have to wonder.. "just how much more can she take?"

The books don't need to be read in order, but if you haven't read them yet.. starting with ""The Informationist" makes the most sense.

Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Oh my goodness, I am such a fan of this series of books! I was beside myself with excitement when I won a preview copy in the Goodreads contest! This book was great. Couldn't put it down. At first I was a little confused- I usually listen to books on audio while I drive, so reading was a different experience, and I had trouble following the timeline. Once I figured it out, though, it was fine. Such an exciting finish to the thriller. If I had any complaints at all it's that I have to wait that m ...more
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from LibraryThing as an Early Reviewer. At first the story line jumped all around chronologically; however, after the first few chapters I was hooked! An intense, fun read and the heroine is most definitely no shrinking violet. I haven't read any of the series prior to this time. This particular story took place in Japan. While definitely an action adventure, there was also murder, conspiracy, gangs, corruption, and sex trafficking. Enough going on to keep you glued to your ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another outstanding adventure with Vanessa Michael Monroe. As with the rest of the books in this series, the story sucks you in and spits you out wanting more. Taylor Stevens writing keeps improving with every story she writes and this book is proof of that, I can't wait to see where she takes us next.
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. So entertaining.
Karen Stark
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book in the five book series of Vanessa Michael Munroe. I hope Taylor Stevens writes more adventures for Michael. She is a wonderful character.
Shannon Dyer
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite, but a strong part of the series. As usual, I can't wait for more.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
I spent a lot of time being annoyed with Michael in this novel -- more time being annoyed with Miles, however. Well, that's not true -- events keep Miles off of the board for most of the book, so let me say that I spent more time annoyed with him while he active. I get that communication is hard for them, and I guess it was good to see that Miles was human, too -- even his ability to understand Michael's needs and des
Roz Curney-Sherod
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fifth installment in the "Vanessa Michael Munroe" series and one of my favorites! Michael is back to her bad butt-kicking self and the story is located in Japan. That's what so great about each installment, always located in an extotic place where the author educates the reader. Taylor Stevens gives you climate, people, customs and much more. I have read all the books in this series including the novella, "The Vessel" and have enjoyed each and everyone because of our heroine. She's a very co ...more
The Mask is the first of this series that I have read and I received it as part of a giveaway. While it was entertaining it was also somewhat disappointing.

Vanessa aka Michael aka Munroe is the lead character of this series and has flown to be with her lover Miles Bradford in Japan where he has accepted a security job for a major Japanese biotech firm. Miles is contracted to find out if there's a corporate spy in the company. She's recuperating from her last job and trying to adjust to a "norma
I was really looking forward to this, really wanted to like this book. To love it. However there was just so much explaining again and again of Japanese customs (culture, history, language, bowing, scraping, etc.) that I started to skip pages and lost interest. But I had a bad cold and no chance to get to the library for something better, so I stuck with it.
It's getting too long in the tooth it had me bored to tears about 100 pages in, there is no chemistry between Bradford and Michael, I kept
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cruise
Another book by this wonderful writer. Vanessa Michael Monroe meets her lover Bradford in Japan. Bradford has been hired by a biotech company to discover who is stealing their secrets. Monroe has time on her hands, even after requesting that Bradford give her work, she is idle. Then Bradford is arrested for murder.

Monroe has to go into the company as Michael, a replacement from Bradford’s firm. She gathers in formation, tackles the bad guys, and finds solutions.

It is always interesting to read h
Penny Olson
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Thanks! The Mask is the fifth book in the series and, although it can certainly be read as a standalone, it would benefit the reader to read these books in order. There is a lot of background on these characters that I missed out on. It took me about 50 pages to get into The Mask and then it was one wild ride. Vanessa Michael Munroe is a total badass and I enjoyed reading how she solved the puzzle of solving the murder of which Bradford is false ...more
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TAYLOR STEVENS is a critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers. Her books, known for high-octane plots populated with fascinating characters in vivid boots-on-the-ground settings, have been published in over twenty languages. THE INFORMATIONIST, first in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series has also been optioned for film by James Camero ...more

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Vanessa Michael Munroe (5 books)
  • The Informationist (Vanessa Michael Munroe, #1)
  • The Innocent  (Vanessa Michael Munroe, #2)
  • The Doll (Vanessa Michael Munroe, #3)
  • The Catch (Vanessa Michael Munroe #4)
“... Tell me, Michael, who are you really?"
"Does it matter?" Munroe said. "Yesterday's truth is today's lie, and tomorrow we'll both be someone else."
"Indulge me," Sato said. "Two tigers meet by chance in a forest, seeing for the first time in all dimensions the same supple power that has, until then, only met them in the flat reflection at the water's edge. For that, it matters.”
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