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The Vessel by Taylor Stevens

The Vessel: A Vanessa Michael Munroe NovellaThe Vessel. Finished 6-22-14, rating 4/5, pub.2014

#3.5 of the Vanessa Michael Monroe series (1-Informationist) (2- The Innocent) (3- The Doll)

Some people were easy to find. Others took hunting and patience. The most difficult was a target who knew she was coming, and he knew. How could he not? When you backed a predator into a corner, when you took and destroyed all that she loved, when you made a game of ruining lives and sadism for you was sport, but then you failed to kill the predator: you’d better know she was coming back. This was an inviolable law. She wasn’t dead, and so she was coming for him. She had his face, had the name of a city. In the right hands, anything could be mined into so much more. She would find him. Kill him. Simple as that.

from Goodreads

I should start by saying that I almost skipped this between-the-numbers novella because I really don’t care for them.  They seem to be all the rage, but I like by books as book-length, that you very much.  With that said, I admit that I picked this one up for my Nook mainly because Stevens really sold it by loving it so much.  When an author is on social media telling people it’s her favorite I take note.  And since I just read The Doll I thought it would be worth a look. And it was.

At the end of The Doll we know that Michael takes care of business, but we didn’t know how until this story.  I liked the continuation of sorts of the previous book and the novella length gave Stevens a chance to take her time with the action since there was only one storyline.  It was a nice change of pace.  Michael was still her badass self  and countless dead bodies are left in her wake.

This is a nice way to get a taste of the series without the time commitment of a full book AND it is a good addition to the series for those that are already fans.  A great series for readers of the Jack Reacher!

For less that $1 you really can’t go wrong!

June 25, 2014 - Posted by | 4 Star Books |


  1. It’s been almost a year since I read The Doll, so I’m not even sure if I remember the details. My love for her books definitely waned with that one. It wrapped up nicely, but I remember about 1/2 way through wishing it were done. But you can beat the price, especially if it does add something. I think she has another one coming soon…

    Comment by sandynawrot | June 25, 2014 | Reply

  2. I haven’t picked this one up yet, either. I have The Catch up next, though!

    Comment by Word Lily | June 25, 2014 | Reply

  3. I’ve always felt the same way as you about a novella. Maybe I need to reconsider.

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | June 25, 2014 | Reply

  4. I did not know there was an in between novella! I will get to this one right away. I’ve already read The Catch,

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | June 25, 2014 | Reply

  5. I’ve never read her books, but I definitely want to!

    Comment by Tara | June 28, 2014 | Reply

  6. I am glad this in between book proved to be worth it! I know what you mean though about them in general. I know some fans really like them, but I often find them to be lacking.

    Comment by Literary Feline | June 28, 2014 | Reply

  7. Glad you enjoyed it!

    Comment by Heather | June 28, 2014 | Reply

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