The Catch

The Catch

A Novel

Book - 2014
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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 stained with guilt, Munroe has fled to Djibouti, Africa. There, with no responsibility except a gig at a small maritime security company, Munroe finds stillness--until she's pressured to work as an armed guard on a ship bound for Kenya. On board, Munroe discovers the contract is merely cover for gunrunning; when the ship is invaded off the Somali coast, she fights her way out--dragging the unconscious captain with her.

But nothing about the hijacking is what it seems. The pirates had come for the captain, and continuing their pursuit, they unwittingly raise the killer's instinct Munroe has tried so hard to bury. Wounded and on the run, Vanessa Michael Munroe will use the life of her catch as bait and bartering chip to manipulate every player, and wash her conscience clean.

Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780385348935
Branch Call Number: FIC Steve
Characteristics: 358 pages


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Oct 27, 2017

An androgynous protagonist from an author with an androgynous name. A bad-ass kick-ass heroine in a wonderfully atmospheric novel that brings the dark continent to life by treating the inhabitants and way of life with respect without over-romanticizing. Taylor Stevens crafts a story that is anything but formulaic and provides an entertaining thrill ride so that I'm compelled to read her earlier stories.

randoo Jun 20, 2015

Taylor is such a great writer. Plenty of authors depict their characters in different locales and climes but Taylor makes you feel it, hear it, smell it like you were walking through those dusty, loud African market places mingling with food and animal and unbathed humans yourself. And that's not even the story! The rest is pure cream.

ChristchurchLib Aug 10, 2014

"Once more making use of her skill with languages, Vanessa "Michael" Munroe is passing as a man, working for a Djibouti-based security company whose specialty is ships at sea. Complications ensue when the one she's been coerced into working on -- which just happens to be smuggling guns with her bosses' knowledge -- is attacked by Somali pirates. Escaping with the unconscious captain -- who apparently is the prize the pirates are after -- Michael lies low while she figures out what to do and how to help her crew. Chock-full of action without much introspection, this 4th in the series is a must-read for adrenaline junkies who appreciate a good, violent fight; for Michael's reasoning for hiding out in Africa, start at the beginning, with The Informationist." Thrillers and Suspense August 2014 newsletter

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