Imagine waking up from a nightmare and finding that your bed is all torn up from the experience. Imagine that the dream wasn’t just a dream, but based on something that you experienced. Imagine that this experience was common for your job. Finally imagine that your best friend is asking you to do it again.
In The Innocent we meet Informationist Vanessa Michael Monroe again as she travels around the world to help a friend. If you had read the first book you would know that her help spans the gauntlet and violence is never more that a breath away. Monroe’s nightmares force her to be a creature of the night much as you might imagine Batman doing in one of the darker movies in that genre. Monroe, however, is a petite woman who is chameleon-like and can blend in most any circumstance. Once she commits to the task there is no turning back.
Though the tale and Monroe’s work is in a violent world, author Taylor Stevens mitigates that to mostly essential elements and lets the reader fill in the blanks. There is bloodshed, but that’s not what the novel is about. One of the things that I liked was the period after the climax where there is a calm time to tie up loose ends. I kept waiting and waiting for the next high energy event. I’ll not say whether this occurred. You’ll just have to read the book.