I agree with other reviewers when they cite this novel as not a typical teenager novel. While the characters are teenagers, you won't get pulled into the normal antics or drama which characterizes the average teenager. The protagonist is wise and mature beyond his years, probably due in large part to his parents previous professions as missionaries.
We follow the protagonist as he navigates a new life without his father, loving his drug addicted mother, avoiding his enduring uncle, developing loyal (yet sarcastic) friends, and all the while following clues to battle the enemy in order to save his love interest.
This book follows in a way, the steps of Dan Brown or other conspiracy theorists.
It was intriguing and thought provoking. I appreciate how Harlen Coben intertwines history and mythology into the book. Mythology and history are found in the secret organization our protagonist thinks are after him. They are, but not for the reason he initially thinks.
Towards the end our protagonist, along with the reader, will find out why this secret organization is interested in his love interest. As well as why the organization is also interested in our hero.
I'd recommend this book.
There goes 7 hours of my life I'll never get back. Inane, draggy, silly, ridiculous: why did I finish reading/listening to this crap? It was this or re-read something else -which, in retrospect, would've been the better choice.
Oh, and really lame, even puzzling, ending. Did NOT enjoy this hot-mess.
Narrator was great, though.
Have an interesting story to tell.This one sucked.
Delete all of the characters and delete the story. Music would be more interesting.
All scenes involving all characters. The main character was an uninteresting idiot as were all of his friends.
This story was so lame I don't know why I finished it. Take my advice and don't bother.
Yes on both counts. Harlan Coben usually hits it out of the park and Nick Podehl is always solid to great.
Was not expecting a teen protagonist from Coben, was worried that I was enjoying "teen fiction" at my ripe age. Thank god I wasn't carrying a paperback around! Story turned out to be great, compelling characters with realistically absurd relationships. Great fun.
Nick Podehl does a great job on this series. voice inflection, emotion and character voicing is just perfect.
In a minute!
I bought this by mistake not knowing it was a young teen's read. Since I was on vacation and did not have another book downloaded I listened to it anyway.
It was a good story, good character development. Actually, made me wonder what will happen to these main characters in future books.
I loved this book!
I've never finished a book and then gone straight to my computer to rate it. There have been some great books that I've read, but I had to see if there's a sequel to this one right away. (There is! 'Seconds Away')
The narrater was great. There's a great story line, lots of action, it was witty and suspenseful, emotional, even heartbreaking in moments and I'd recommend it to anyone! I think that it may have been written for teens, but I enjoyed it as much as I've enjoyed any Harlan Coben book, and I've loved most of them! I will let my teenager listen to it as well, and I think she'll love it. It was clean, not over violent, no swearing or sex, and he even managed to keep a scene in a strip club chaste. The ending was great, a nice surprise, but a definite cliff hanger.
I'm really glad that I just read it and don't have to wait for a year to get the sequel.
I'm a definite follower of this series, Harlan! Keep them coming!
Everything! It kept moving and had a surprise ending.
Mickey. Nick is great!!
To the people who complain that this book is to sophomoric...really? Just because YOU didn't do your homework to find out that this is for YOUNG ADULT aka teenagers, don't out it down. It makes you look like a jerk! It was not written with YOU in mind! It's like you reading a "Mt Little Pony" book and saying it was too childish...sheesh!
So, don't listen to those nay sayers...it's a great book...just keep in mind who the target audience is and you will enjoy it. BTW, I'm 59 years old and found it to be a delightful listen and a bit of a change from what I usually listen to. Have a goo at it...you won't be disappointed!!
"Coben for teens" caused me to hesitate momentarily, but then i reasoned, it is Coben. Thoroughly enjoyed it. A nice continuation of the previous novel where Mickey was introduced. Coben has a new character that I'll be interested in seeing him develop.
I've read and enjoyed all Coben's novels.