Harlan Coben has risen to the top of best-seller lists worldwide, attracting voracious audiences for his peerless novels of domestic suspense as well as those featuring his fan-favorite sports agent, Myron Bolitar. Now in Live Wire, he offers a knock-your-socks-off novel that will electrify all his fans: Myron’s family takes center stage.
Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the voluptuous femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: She’s eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and a very pregnant Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby’s paternity have driven away the man she swears is the child’s father.
For Myron, questions of fatherhood couldn’t hit closer to home, as his dad, Al, clings to life; the brother who abandoned them all years ago is in trouble; and Myron’s teenage nephew needs an authority figure. Myron is soon forced to confront deep secrets in Suzze’s past; his family’s mortality - and before Live Wire is over, his own.
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This audio book is not narrated by our favorite Jonathan Marosz, but it is still well done. Some reviewers in the past panned this audio book due to the change, but this was not fair. We all like the familiarity of characters that have in a way been developed through their voices. A change can throw us off. Stephen Weber, however does a good job. In fact, he narrated another Myron Bolitar book: Long Lost. Although I still relate more to Jonathan's voice for the characters (like Winn, Fat Cindy, Little Pocahontas), Live Wire is still worth the listen.
I can't resist Wynn and Myron and the rest of the crew but it was sad and not as much fun because of it. Still a must listen but darn does life really have to move on, even in books?
First off....I love the Myron Bolitar books and eagerly awaited this one. But what a downer. The humor one expects in a Bolitar tale was greatly lacking and the ending left me with a "What?????" I think this must be the swan song for this character or that Mr. Coben is just simlpy tired of this series. It ended, 'not with a bang, but only a whimper.' I can't even begin to imagine how he will come back and in what form and, even, now, "WHY?" I am soooooo disappointed.
Myron still believes in justice without violence but thankfully for Myron Win still dishes
out the punishment. Started slow but gained speed fast. Myron's dad was a great character. There were a couple of surprises. Entertaining. The narrator was really good. Win's has left and leaves you wondering what will happen next if there is another Bolitar book. .
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Okay, Steven Weber's turned this Coben into a major production. There is an entire ensemble cast, each with a personal presence. Even if this wasn't Myron Bolitar at his best, the novel's worth every moment of Weber-listening-time.
BUT WAIT... this search for Myron's brother is Myron Bolitar at his best. Open an antique RR pocket watch... Those parts don't work as well together as Myron, his parents, Big Cindy, Win and Esperanza mesh again in Live Wire...
Okay, I'm a Coben and Bolitar groupie... But I've listened to eight of Myron's adventures, never read one. Why do that when Steven Weber can imagine the characters far better than me?
Warning: Spoiler contained in the review. Myron Bolitar and MB Reps team up for yet another mystery that somehow started in Myron's past. In this book we learn more about Myron's brother and his history. We also see Myron's parents continue to decline in health during their aging process. And we continue to wonder why Myron and Trish can't seem to tie the knot, or even to live in the same country. In many ways Myron doesn't develop much from book to book and the reader starts to question why he can't grow just a bit of a backbone. The jokes in the face of a gun are tired and not quite convincing. Perhaps that's the intent. But it has been part of the charm of the series. Wynn is still a dangerous character but for some reason Coben decides to mar that relationship, which he foreshadows from the first few pages of the tale. The reader is expected to believe that it becomes different because Myron actually "sees" Wynn in action? Can Myron really be that naive? I think not. But Coben wants us to believe it. At the end of the book Wynn goes into hiding, making both of Myron's relationships (Trish and Wynn) long distance in some fashion where he barely can remain in contact. MB Reps implodes and dissolves. Everyone goes his/her own way. We will miss Big Cindy and Esperanza. So as adult readers we are left with shreds of this classic series and are concerned that this is the last book in this successful run of mysteries. All this in favor of Coben starting a young adult series with Myron in the background keeping an eye on his brother's teenage boy. Live Wire was a set up for that. While readers may be able to eventually forgive the killing off a beloved character to open up a story line, it is completely unforgivable to crush a series as a way for the author to move into a different age group genre. Shame on you, Coben. Shame on you.
My second Myron book (my first was the latest, "Home") and I can't wait to go backwards, reading the first 19...or 15.... Always been a big fan of Mr Coben's thrillers, but was never introduced to Myron.
Steven Webber does a fantastic job as narrator and has made the introductions to Myron and his family & friends engaging.
I enjoy Harlen Coben’s books, but I’m in the minority in that I’m not a fan of Myron Bolitar.
I just can’t muster much interest in the world of self destructive, self important sports and entertainment superstars, and I find Myron far too smug for my tastes. He looks down his nose at almost everyone for having less integrity than he has.
The “incident” that kicks off the big investigation: an anonymous rude comment on celebrity’s Facebook. Really? The twists and connections are unexpected, but also pretty far fetched.
I think I’ll try another stand alone book, or another Mickey Bolitar. But probably not another Myron.
Great storyline you won't go wrong buying this one. it's a love story, mystery and detective all rolled into one. The ending is a surprise not what you think!
Glad to have Myron & Winn back. All time favorites. Well-written and well-performed. Classic Coben. Fast-moving but plausible - but not too outlandish, as several other Coben books.
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