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The Innocent: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 2 | [Taylor Stevens]

The Innocent: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 2

Eight years ago, a man walked five-year-old Hannah out the front doors of her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into the world of a cult known as The Chosen. For eight years, followers of The Prophet have hidden the child, moving her from country to country, shielding the man who stole her. Now, those who’ve searched the longest know where to find her.
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Publisher's Summary

With The Innocent, Taylor Stevens, the best-selling author of The Informationist, returns with another blockbuster thriller featuring the fearless Vanessa Michael Munroe.

Eight years ago, a man walked five-year-old Hannah out the front doors of her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into the world of a cult known as The Chosen. For eight years, followers of The Prophet have hidden the child, moving her from country to country, shielding the man who stole her.

Now, those who’ve searched the longest know where to find her. They are childhood survivors of The Chosen, thirty-somethings born and raised inside the cult who’ve managed to make lives for themselves on the outside. They understand the mindset, the culture within that world, and turn to Vanessa Michael Munroe for help, knowing that the only possibility of stealing Hannah back and getting her safely out of Argentina is to trust someone who doesn’t trust them, and get Munroe on the inside.

Tautly written, brilliantly paced, and with the same evocation of the exotic combined with chilling violence that made The Informationist such a success, The Innocent confirms Taylor Stevens’ reputation as a thriller writer of the first rank.

©2011 Taylor Stevens (P)2011 Random House

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    gardener97 Atlanta 08-31-13
    gardener97 Atlanta 08-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Continuation from The Informationist"

    Got to love the lead character, Vanessa Michael Munroe... she is sharp, tough, flawed and unstoppable. A kind of Wonder Woman with guns and sharp knives, fighting for justice and never fearing to leave a few bodies behind. Bad people get what's coming to them. Excellent writing, a good number of twists, and leaves you cheering at the end.

    You don't have to read the Informationist first but it is such a good book - I highly recommend it. Stevens gives little snippets of what you need to know about our characters so you won't feel adrift in this second book about Monroe, if you've not read the first one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura S. Bensman Chicago, IL United States 07-25-13
    Laura S. Bensman Chicago, IL United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Tedious...Thank God it's over."
    Would you try another book from Taylor Stevens and/or Hillary Huber?

    no


    What was most disappointing about Taylor Stevens’s story?

    mundane descriptive details v. attention to story.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    it was fine, if overly dramatic, given the mundane material.


    What character would you cut from The Innocent: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 2?

    all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really glad it's finally over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Gorham, ME, United States 04-26-13
    Nancy Gorham, ME, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Vanessa Michael Munroe!"
    Any additional comments?

    After reading the Millenium series, I was looking for another strong female character like Lisbeth Salander, and found her in Vanessa Michael Munroe. The plot of this book was tightly woven, the characters were interesting and almost totally believable, and the view into a religious cult was fascinating. Can't wait for the third in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Piney Flats, TN, United States 01-17-13
    Joshua Piney Flats, TN, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Snore. Yawn. Is this mundane journey over yet?"
    Would you try another book from Taylor Stevens and/or Hillary Huber?

    I enjoyed The Informationist even though it bordered on the surreal at times, and I was very eager to listen to the Innocent. I was disappointed by the lack of action. The conflict is so, so, so slow building that by the time it was resolved the stinkin' book is over. If this is the best Taylor Stevens has to offer do us all a favor: kill the character and end the series soon.


    What could Taylor Stevens have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Anything at all. So freaking boring. Virtually nothing happens for the entire book. It's not that hard, I believe they call it conflict/plot. She barely even has to kick bad guy butt, and it's barely described when she FINALLY gets to kick some.


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    I thought she did a nice job voicing for each character, and using appropriate drama when necessary.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Innocent: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 2?

    All of it. I wouldn't have published it assuming I had read The Informationist.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie CARBONDALE, IL, United States 10-21-12
    Julie CARBONDALE, IL, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fast paced, good narration"
    Would you listen to The Innocent: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 2 again? Why?

    I probably would listen to this book again although I generally do not listen to books more than once.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character and her complexities of character.


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    Great calming, smooth voice for such a sometimes violent , volatile story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Phoenix, AZ, USA 09-15-12
    Amy Phoenix, AZ, USA 09-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Stevens Does not Disappoint"
    What did you love best about The Innocent: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 2?

    Just like her first book, the Innocent, the character development of the main character is deep and the story suspenseful.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story draws you in slowly and then totally hooks you. Some predictable turns and some not so predictable.


    Have you listened to any of Hillary Huber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Huber does a nice job of varying voices and interpreting the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm waiting for another Michael Vanessa mystery... had wanted to start one as soon as I had finished this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd san diego, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Todd san diego, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Good follow up novel."
    If you could sum up The Innocent: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 2 in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting and engaging. A good follow up to the first novel.


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    Narrator accurately portrayed the personalities in the book and stayed true to the thoughtful, engaging story line.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A soulful woman handles a cruel job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    victoria New York, NY, United States 08-23-12
    victoria New York, NY, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2006
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    "What a shame!"

    The first Taylor Stevens promised a good series. This was a disappointment -- weak plot, uninteresting characters. Too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S new york, NY, United States 08-17-12
    S new york, NY, United States 08-17-12
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    "a disappointing follow up"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Same character, another missing girl, but a subpar book. The disconnect for me is that Munroe didn't have as personal a connection to the location or the situation, so her skills and knowledge weren't the point of the book or her character, as in the first. I also didn't like how the relationship between her and Bradford, brought over from the first novel, suddenly changed. The dynamic was so different, it felt forced and like he was written as a totally different character. It felt like the author just threw him in at the last minute to be her love interest.

    That said.....I'll probably listen to a third installment, if there is one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Stern Minneapolis, MN USA 06-01-12
    L. Stern Minneapolis, MN USA 06-01-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Much Ado About Nothing"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really can't imagine who would enjoy this book. To say there was a lack of excitement or tension in this book is an understatement.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Taylor Stevens again?

    I highly doubt it. The Informationist was an OK read with at least some meaningful plot and complexity. This book however, had no villain and was very repetitious. The new central characters of this book are very poorly sketched out, so you don't really care about them one way or another.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Hillary Huber???s performances?

    Yes, she is clearly a talented voice actor. Unfortunately her melodramatic voice style had to be applied to overly melodramatic writing. This was hard for me to listen to at times since her performance would give gravitas to overly dramatic prose regarding routine, boring meetings among characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment..... I can't ever get that time back. I kept thinking there had to be something more to the book's plot, but there wasn't.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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