Blogging for Books, take 2: The Catch

Oh hey…I left off “Tqwana Explains…” No biggie.
Here’s my 2nd Blogging for Books review for The Catch. It’s as spoiler free as I can make it (which means it’s a bit shorter than I’d like it to be). Enjoy and pick up the book at your local indie book store!

It can sometimes be difficult to judge a book that’s part of the series when you haven’t read the previous books. There are always holes and references for which you have no context. But with Taylor’s Steven’s The Catch, the fourth book in the series that features protagonist Vanessa Michael Munroe, you never feel like you’re missing anything; you just want to learn more.More about the past she left, Miles Bradford in particular. More about how she ended up as part of Leo’s crew. The Catch has all the ingredients for a great spy thriller: Russian mafia, Somali pirates, and a heroine unlike any I’ve read. From the moment we meet her on screen/page, Vanessa Michael Munroe, with her penchant for blending in, learning languages, outsmarting everyone around her, and solving puzzles on the smallest of clues is what carries this book.

The action begins when Munroe learns that the security job she was forced into on a freighter off the African coast isn’t all what it seems. Cut out of a secret gunrunning mission by her boss and crew. When the boat is highjacked by pirates, she is forced to use all her skills and resources to get off the boat alive, with the captain that may be more important that the hidden guns aboard.

Again, Munroe is what really draws you in. You want inside her head. Why is she running and from whom or what? Where does that killer instinct come from that she suppresses? And why? When do we get to see it let loose? When she takes her revenge on local thugs who viciously beat her and left her for dead, you can’t help cheering for her to do so. Finding out what makes this woman, who spends most of the novel disguised as a man, what makes her tick was the real mystery for me.

Steven’s writing toes the line of slow-burn and plot-dragging just enough to keep you turning pages, but also serves as a way to see how Munroe’s mind works. Every alley she catalogs. Every face. Every bush she uses as camouflage. Any and every thing she can use to her advantage. At the same time, she paints this vivid, albeit desolate picture of the poverty of the east coast of Africa, one we Westerners rarely get to see, and oftentimes ignore.

Definitely pick up The Catch to find out the mystery behind Munroe’s captive captain. Keep reading the book and the series for Munroe herself.

4 out of 5 stars.

“I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.”

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