Haunted by a life of violence and as proficient with languages as she is with knives, Vanessa Michael Munroe, chameleon and hunter, has built her life on a reputation for getting things done - dangerous and often not-quite-legal things. Born to missionary parents in lawless Africa, taken under the tutelage of gunrunners, and tortured by one of the jungle’s most brutal men, Munroe was forced to do whatever it took to stay alive.
The ability to survive, fight, adapt, and blend has since taken her across the globe on behalf of corporations, heads of state, and the few private clients who can afford her unique brand of expertise, and these abilities have made her enemies.
On a busy Dallas street, Munroe is kidnapped by an unseen opponent and thrust into an underground world where women and girls are merchandise and a shadowy figure known as The Doll Maker controls her every move. While trusted friends race to unravel where she is and why she was taken, everything pivots on one simple choice: Munroe must use her unique set of skills to deliver a high-profile young woman into the same nightmare that she once endured, or condemn to torture and certain death the one person she loves above all else.
Driven by the violence that has made her what she is, cut off from help, and with attempts to escape predicted and prevented, Munroe will hunt for openings, for solutions, and a way to strike back at a man who holds all the cards. Because only one thing is certain: She cannot save everyone.
In this high-octane thriller for fans of Lee Child, Stieg Larsson, and Robert Ludlum's Bourne trilogy, Vanessa Michael Munroe will have to fight fast, smart, and furiously to overcome a dangerous nemesis and deliver her trademark brand of justice.
©2013 Taylor Stevens (P)2013 Random House Audio
"Munroe is a sensational character and Stevens is a sensational writer, and together they put The Doll high on my books-of-the-year list." (Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series)
"Prolific linguist and exquisitely honed killer Munroe is no less effective here for still suffering from past trauma.… Stevens’ third series outing is another brisk, adrenaline-fueled adventure with a trail of bodies and a damaged protagonist who may live to kill another day." (Library Journal)
"Stevens’ third Munroe book is another international action-adventure with a Bourne-like avenging angel at the reins." (Booklist)
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
Vanessa Michael Munro is not just a superb physical specimen who can fight better, run better and handle weapons better than any man, she also has brains and can speak almost every language on the planet. Of course she uses all her superb talents in this latest book on her life and deeds. It somewhat helps, but it's not necessary, to have read all Steven's books in the series to get and understanding of how all the characters in the book relate to her and neatly fit into all the layers of the story. I found this an excellent and exciting read and I'm looking forward to see what Michael gets up to in the future.
Ronda Del Boccio, Award Winning Author
The only hesitation regarding would I read it again is that there are SO many books I want to read. I'm voracious. But this whole series is among books I might read again if I had another life which let me double my reading!
If you liked The Informationist, Stevens' first book, you will like this one a lot.
Huber does a great job with this series. If I were writing a suspense book, I'd want her reading it.
I appreciate the anguish and decisions the main character, Vanessa, goes through in trying to master her darker nature and overcome her deep wounds.
This book is as good as The Informationist. I felt the second one slipped just a bit, but now we're back up to a thrilling read.
Retired executive loves biking, hiking, skiing, sailing, photography, playing tennis, listening to my eclectic music collection & my wife
Another excellent story. Wished it would have been longer with more time spent on Michael's revenge.
Only complaint I have was not understanding her female companions rationale for some of her actions near the end of the book.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
First-I think Hillary Huber is a fantastic narrator for this series. She has an earthy voice and each of her male voices, who outnumber the women about 10 to 1, is distinctive and the listener is able to tell who is talking from the sound of the voice. Her tone and attitude for Michael Vanessa Munroe is perfect in pitch and the attitude she gives Michael is ideal.
I enjoyed this novel more than I did "The Innocent".and almost as much as "The Informationist" . The plot was tight, the story arc breathtaking and the character development of primary characters continues - builds nicely on what was learned in the first two novels.
If the reader hasn't read the story of Taylor Stevens life, I suggest you go to her website and read a couple of the interviews. This woman writes from her life. She knows what it is like to be an innocent young girl held captive by male nut cases. Michael Vanessa isn't Taylor Stevens, but Stevens history is used to build much of her story and the tenseness of her writing comes out with the difficult life she had as a young girl and woman.
This is a "Worth Your Credit" - I don't award a lot of 5 star ratings-it takes a pretty spectacular book to get 5 stars in my opinion. My 4 star rating is well deserved for his book. The Narrator gets 5 stars for her ability!
Action packed throughout
Liked her read very much
Pacing and action similar to her first novel
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
This series has gone from good to horrible. I really didn't like this book and almost stopped listening with only about an hour left which is not like me. I don't know...this was just a bad story. It was so boring and I'm really sick of Michael Munroe and Taylor Stevens' writing.
Great sophomore novel. Character depth becomes more intense. Secondary characters great deal info makes series you want to binge at this point very blood on Stevens part
I love all Taylor Stevens books. Vanessa Michael Monroe is the most interesting character in a series, bar none. I don't like reading reviews that ruin the story, so will try to not do that here.
Overall the story is so well integrated with several stories on different fronts, but very easy to follow. This story includes everything that makes Michael so interesting- her amazing abilities with language, combat, strategy, etc. It also shows, that although she often has a questioning opinion of herself, she is without doubt an incredible person and outstanding example of humanity and character.
The story also shows the amount of love that she not only has for others, but more so, how much she is loved.
The additional characters- the "villains" are suitably heinous, and the "Doll", is much more than she seems at first glance.
I am a fanatical fan of Taylor Stevens and Vanessa Michael Monroe. It still is disappointing that both on Amazon and Audible, putting in a search with her titles, many other books come up before hers do. I have even complained to Audible about including her new titles in their "Best of the Month" titles. Hopefully, more people will rise up and get this series the attention it deserves.
Michael, of course
The final scene with The Doll Maker
This is actually my second reading/listening and it still had my heart pounding at times
Please, please, please... make Taylor Stevens a Best of the Month author.
while Michael is tortured it is not the main feature of the story. the story had plenty of twists and turns which keeps you interested til the end. ok I admit I didn't get the last quip of an ending but it didn't ruin the story.
Fabulous Single Chick
I started this book three times and just couldn't get into it. I live in the Dallas/Addison area and some of the references seemed off so I was distracted into thinking "that isn't right" other than listening to the book. Perhaps if it was written in a place I wasn't familiar with it would have been easier to get into.
It is just boring and silly
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