I have been looking forward to reading the Myron bolitar series, which came highly recommended from many fans I know of Harlan coben. I was not disappointed!! The story was solid, the characters are dynamic and diverse, and coben kept me guessing until the very end. The narrator was superb as well- Jonathan maroaz? Not sure how to spell his last name. Thank you to the author For the page turner and the narrator for the performance :) im a fan for sure now.
Wow. So glad I pulled the trigger on this book. Everything about this book was well done. Great plot, characters and pace. Could not wait to get back in the car each day. Can not wait to listen to more books from this author. This is well worth a credit.
I wouldn't read more than 1 book about this character, but it was an interesting enough main character for 1 book. It kept me interested in the mystery the whole time but more of this same style would be too cheesy for me.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I was recommended this book & after I read the short summary of what the book & the main protagonists (Myron Bolitar) background I was a bit hesitant. All I saw was Tom Curise in Jerry McGuire lol... it was NOTHING of the sort. What they don't tell u is that did work for the FBI at one point & has a crazy friend named Wyn who likes to work on his anger management issues by ehhhh, killing or maiming those persona non-grate to his close friend Myron & those who morally should be eliminated or subjected to the inability to pro-create.
So, how does a sports agent out of all people turn into a P.I., caring sports agent, & badass? Well both him & his friend are master black belts in the martial arts with his friend Wyn being better but also a gun-loving version of Niles Crane lol... Just with a lot more muscle & conditioning. U come to realize that an industry of multimillion dollar contract, shady agents including those working for said agents, shady sports players that come from a plethora of interesting backgrounds plus even though a player of any sport might not make it into the 'big show', that doesn't mean they don't still hang out in the periphery or sometimes right in the business of the new players because of people they know. Myron has a star athlete in football the next Peyton Manning or John Elway, but in the world of sports he could also have the next Ryan Leaf or Jamarcus Russel (those that don't get the reference just look up the biggest busts in football); with this athlete comes the baggage of the fact his fiance went missing awhile ago but has almost been forgotten when she all of a sudden makes an appearance causing major waves to say the least. Coben does a great job weaving different POV on the sports world & how many diff. angles & people can really suck the blood out of an up & coming star. Sufficed to say, the roller-coaster ride is sure to be entertaining to many readers. I have not read any other Coben books, but I have to say this 1st book of the series was very good, the whole 'fist novel is not that good but gets better as the protagonist develops' doesn't hold true here which I love... There are a handful of books that fall into that great category.
I hope the rest of Coben's books are as good because I plan to read at least one stand alone book & another Myron Bolitar book just for his smart-ass remarks. Some books are over the top or cheesy with that type of humor (danger, morbid, sad, shifting environment humor), but Bolitar did a good job in 'Deal Breaker'. For some reason I was thinking Tim Teebow the entire time I was reading the book & even though I was able to figure out the ending before the climax of the book, I was satisfied regardless... isn't it great when things end that way? Take a chance, u won't be disappointed
Audible addict! A friend told me to try this, and it was incredible. I travel for work and this is a great way to make the miles melt away.
Good solid story
Winn - I like the side kick concept where he is the stronger of the two. His weakness is the fact that he is nearly a criminal.
I liked it. I think I read this book years ago, so the story was familiar but did not stick. Concept just felt like deja vu. I liked the characters, and other than a few holes in their development, some time frames, fairly solid. I am sure he will fill in details of characters past in later books, but just felt strange here a couple of times. Main character was injured playing basketball, joins FBI, and now and Sports Agent. Time in FBI was not discussed and felt like it was there just to make character plausible. Just felt strange to me. I have had this in my library a long time and finally listened to it over a trip. Found myself wanting more . Good enough that I am getting the next two in the series with my credits this month.
Audio Book Junkie!
Intelligent, Sarcastic, Engaging
The plot kept moving. This is a good story with interesting characters
I love Myron. He is funny, smart and a bit of a smart mouth. I like this guy.
I fell for Harlan Coben's writing in the same way I fell for Robert B. Parker. Fast, sarcastic and always interesting. He is my kind of author.
The story kept my curiousity piqued throughout...never a dull moment. The reader really nailed it, capturing Bolitar's sardonic wit, and giving all the supporting characters distinctive and appropriate voices. I rarely write reviews, but this was just so much fun that I had to recommend it (and I've already started the next book in the series).
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I liked it. I didn't have high hopes for it after reading the blurb - I'm not usually interested in "sports themed" books, but this one was not... yeah, the main character is a sports agent, but that's about the extent of sports-oriented activities.
The mystery is decent, there are a couple minor sub-plots to keep your interest, and there are a few occasions that Myron and Win have to sort things out with a bit of "justice by toe of boot" - I even liked the snappy wisecracks of Myron and the "invincible" attitude of Win. All in all, it's a decent book and I'm certainly going to be reading more books by Coben.
The only minor negative is that the book might be a bit dated (it is nearly 20 years old, of course)... but that shouldn't be an issue. It is the first in a long series with the same characters, but the plot is complete within the book so you're not left hanging. The narration was very good.
Reminds me of the Travis McGee series
No, except at end!
Well read, enjoyable listening, great plot. Great book to start and stop - commuting!