“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.
Bestseller Stevens's flawed fourth series thriller (after 2013's The Doll), takes Vanessa Michael Munroe, who has had enough of the world of information brokering, to the Horn of Africa. Munroe is hopeful that chaos-filled Djibouti will soothe her inner lust for violence, but she's quickly disillusioned when her employer, Leo, forces her to work as a guard aboard a ship, the Favorita, headed toward Somalia. When Somali pirates attack, Munroe narrowly escapes with the Favorita's wounded captain in tow, then vows to return and defeat the hijackers. Unfortunately, Munroe lacks a clear motivation for rescuing the ship she loathes Leo, and has no fondness for the crew. Stevens attempts to provide a realistic portrayal of eastern Africa, but readers are likely to find themselves cringing at some overgeneralizations (e.g., "Theft was the way of the continent"). On the plus side, Munroe makes for an intriguing action hero, and the fight scenes are refreshingly stark and well paced.
First books better
Ok, but not my favorite book.