By Taylor Stevens
Crown, 2011. 331 pgs. Fiction.
The Innocent is book two in an adventure/thriller series starring emotionally damaged and lethally skilled mercenary, Vanessa Michael Munroe. Her best friend is desperately seeking a little girl who has been missing for eight years. The child was kidnapped by a cult known as The Chosen who have moved her from country to country for almost a decade, making retrieval all but impossible. Recent information has pinned down her location and Vanessa has been hired to bring her safely home.
Stevens has done an excellent job with this second novel. Munroe is such a fascinating character and her level of dysfunction promises to fuel a many more storylines. Certainly not for the faint of heart (the violence is often graphic and disturbing) but a great recommendation for readers looking for a little armchair excitement and danger.