The Doll (Vanessa Michael Munroe Series #3)

The Doll (Vanessa Michael Munroe Series #3)

by Taylor Stevens
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The Doll (Vanessa Michael Munroe Series #3) by Taylor Stevens

“A heroine every bit as provocative as Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander.” –The Dallas Morning News
   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. 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 find her, 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.
   In this high-octane thriller Munroe will have to fight fast, smart, and furious to overcome a dangerous nemesis and deliver her trademark brand of justice.

Now with an excerpt from the latest Vanessa Michael Munroe novel, The Catch

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410464361
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 01/08/2014
Series: Vanessa Michael Munroe Series , #3
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 583
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

TAYLOR STEVENS is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Catch, The Informationist, and The Innocent, all featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe. Her novels have received critical acclaim, have been published in twenty languages, and The Informationist has been optioned for film by James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment. Raised in communes across the globe and denied an education beyond the sixth grade, Stevens broke free of the Children of God and now lives in Texas, where she is currently at work on the next Munroe adventure.

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The Doll 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
Another Thrill Ride. I have been hooked on Stevens' Munroe novels since reading the first--'The Informationist'--for my book club. While I still rank that novel as the absolute best so far, 'The Doll' comes pretty darn close. I am terribly surprised by my love of this series because I am not typically a fan, at all, of violent novels yet Stevens write with such great pacing, dialogue and simple over-the-top/unbelievable situations I have been completely enthralled. The character of Michael Munroe is just too much: she is a totally unrealistic, uber-commando who speaks most languages, is a mistress of disguise, has physical prowess that overwhelms any man, can change her appearance at will, is an expert at changing identities, surviving catastrophic events, can navigate any Third World country, use any weapon, procure any paperwork false or otherwise: she's like Lara Croft and Nikita on steroids. Oh, and every man alternately is intimidated by her and attracted to her. This is a character that a lot of us fantasize about being and that is a great deal of the fun here. The action moves at break neck speed (although I will admit this drags at times in the sections concerning Bradford's actions in Texas), and Stevens is not above brutalizing and/or killing off characters you have grown to care about, so be warned. I thought I knew where this was one concerning a major character and boy was I wrong. 'The Doll' is not perfect; in addition to some dragging action there are some loose ends I still have not figured out--namely the very last scene--and it's obvious some of those points are probably setting up the next in the series. If you read this book, or the other two, really needing all plot tied up nicely, if you're looking for totally logical action and events: you probably will not be happy here. These novels are really about the ride and a female protagonist who has been a victim--and is now dedicating her life to not ever being that way again. If you can let go of what you might require for other novels and simply enjoy the roller-coaster here, it is a fun ride. Angelina Jolie was born to play this woman.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Doesn't the cover of The Doll just promise an 'edge of your seat' read? And Taylor Stevens delivers one....again! I've deoured the first two books featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe - The Informationist (my review) and The Innocent (my review) - and have been early awaiting the third novel to feature this kick*** character. The Doll releases today. Vanessa Michael Munroe is....well, she's deadly, with incredible physical skills and she's brilliant - she speaks many languages and easily assimilates into the situation or culture she finds herself in. She can read people and situations and think three moves ahead. She's also a bit of an enigma - her past is murky and has shaped her into the woman she is today. For a living, she hunts.... people. She's the shadowy figure people call on to do the impossible. Her weak spot? Innocents. When the last book left off, Michael had allowed herself to let down her guard a bit and enjoy her relationship with Bradford - the owner of Capstone Security Consulting. In this latest book Michael herself is the one taken. A criminal kingpin called The Doll Maker has 'recruited' Michael to deliver a package - a living doll ordered by a wealthy client. To ensure her compliance, he has also taken hostage one of the few people Michael has let get close to her - Logan, the man she considers her brother. The Doll is told in two narratives. First, from Bradford's point of view as he and his crew try to track down and rescue both Michael and Logan. Secondly from Michael's as she tries to figure out a way to save herself and her 'package'. And then destroy The Doll Maker. Each storyline was equally addictive and kept me rapidly turning pages as the action escalated. And it truly is non stop. What makes Steven's writing so good is her lead character. It's so much fun to have such a - as I mentioned earlier - kick*** female character. The action scenes are great, but there's a deeper level to this character as well. She is the walking wounded and Stevens does a fantastic job depicting Munroe's inner emotional turmoil and her physical struggle to control herself. Each book out, we learn a little bit more about Munroe and her background. She is a fascinating enigma. And a character I'm hooked on. Read an excerpt of The Doll. You'll be hooked too! Here's what Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher books has to say...."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." You could read The Doll as a stand alone, but I really do recommend starting with The Informationist to fully appreciate this series. (Film rights for this The Informationist have been optioned to James Cameron) Well, I raced through The Doll far too quickly.... I'll be eagerly waiting for book number four.
BONATIM More than 1 year ago
Awesome gripping story. The author took the reader through many unexpected twists and turns. Just when I thought I had figured it out --Boom she takes us someplace else! Love her writing! Love her heroine! Bring on your next novel please!
MistySkye4333 More than 1 year ago
As always this was a good ride. Michael was a full tilt; couldn't wait for this one to come out and I read it over the weekend; now I'll have to play the waiting game again for the next installment. Taylor Stevens has definitely made my list of authors not to miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I devoured this as soon as it was released! I was hooked with the Informationist. I usually read Clancy, Crichton, Ludlum, Grisham, Cussler & lately, Brad Thor & Alex Berenson. But I am 100% hooked on this series by Taylor Stevens. Hope I don't have to wait long for #4!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stevens moves between continents, cultures, and countries with ease, describing places and people with an adroitness that puts the reader squarely in the center of action. Her sure-handed skills guide the reader through the murky world of human trafficking and the degrading impact such facilitators have on the lives of those they treat as chattel. Vanessa Michael Munroe grows in stature with each new book, exhibiting a clever ruthlessness born of a tortured past that keeps both her and her package alive and fighting. Michael is at her best when backed into a corner with no apparent way out. She’s quick, deadly, and dangerously smart. I can’t stop reading Taylor Stevens’ books!
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Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
This was a very intriguing novel. We all know that the is human trafficing out there but this puts it out there to the extreme. I love it very much. I love the differences of the characters and the interaction, but I am glad she got revenge but I am sorry for the loss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Taylor's third Monroe novel does not disappoint. A bit edgier than the others but it will grab you and won't let you go. If you want to fully appreciate Taylor Steven's works, you should check out her website. Her bio is fascinating and give you a better appreciation for her talents. I eagerly Await The MASK, the fourth in the series due the summer of 2015.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my usual read but I love this flawed character. The writing is intense and super suspenceful. I read till my eyes closed, would wake up an hour or two later and read more...repeat all night until the end. Gets my highest recommendation.
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Helen_Ginger More than 1 year ago
The Doll by Taylor Stevens is a thriller with heart-racing action, unexpected twists and dangerous turns. The main character, Vanessa  Munroe, can change herself and "become" whatever she needs to be to survive.  She's a fighter. More importantly, she is a survivor. In The Doll, she gets kidnapped and taken into an underground world in Dallas where women and girls are sold, used and abused.  This  world and the women forced there are controlled by a man known as the Doll Maker. He captures women and young girls and sells  them. Munroe has not only herself to save, but also a young girl, Neeva, who also has escaped. Munroe doesn't want to be saddled with  Neeva, but Munroe knows if she doesn't take Neeva with her, Neeva will either be killed or taken back into slavery. Munroe is used to violence. Most of her life has been marked by violence. She can speak multiple languages and she knows how to  fight and how to survive. She could escape and disappear into the shadows, but she'll have to take Neeva back to the Doll Maker, even  though she knows what will happen to her. Munroe will have to decide between Neeva and someone she dearly loves. The story moves at a fast clip and will keep you turning pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Munroe is a great heroine, smart yet vulnerable. I love action and tension in the books I read, and Taylor Stevens delivers. Can't wait for the next one.
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Love this series, another great addition.
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Definitely reading the rest of the series.
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The wait is finally over; however. I too, read this one far too quickly. I am hooked on the female. intelligent kick-ass commando type character. (Similar to the JET series of books #1through #4, so far). Read the 1st in the series entitled "The Informationist" which explains how she becomes who she is. Loved it!
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No problem Angel!
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The editorial review will a mishmash of may iffend the more senistive reader mom