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 was one of Coben's best Bolitar novels. I don't like any of his other books but for some reason, the Myron series totally hooks me. Having grown up not too far from where most of the action takes place, the characters are very real to me, from Big Cindy to the Ache brothers. What I love the best, though, is the relationship between Myron and Win, and it's always a thrill to see what Win is going to do next. In this book, he blew it away - I don't see how he'll top it in the future, but that's why I look forward to every new book in the series.
If I could, I would give this narrator ten stars. His renditions of each of the characters brought them vividly to life. Maybe the best narration of any Audible book I've bought in four years. All in all, one of the best Audible purchases I've ever made.
The best Myron Bolitar novel yet! I just hope that this isn't the last in the series, as I'm not a fan of the "non-Bolitar" novels...
I think there's a good story here -- I've long been a fan of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series. But I can't be sure about this book because I had to abandon the audio version after 2-1/2 hours. I could no longer tolerate Steven Webber's narration. The sample does not give an adequate taste of the Webber's style. Imagine a 10th grade student with delusions of acting talent reading a story to a 5th grader and you'll have a sense of what to expect. Everything is over-dramatized, particularly the dialog, which is embarrassingly exaggerated. Webber does about the worst New York accent I've ever heard. My reaction may well be idiosyncratic -- several other reviewers have been highly complimentary of the narration. I do not know what they liked about Webber's work. Whatever it was, I wish I had found it too. Instead, I'm going to have to pay to read the book on my Kindle in the hope that I can keep Webber's voice out of my head as I do so.
For those of you used to great plots, actions, and characters in the multiple outstanding Coben novels "Live Wire" may well be a disappointment. First of all, the plot and resolution are so improbable that most readers will say "Huh?" Secondly, this novel is dominated by wise-cracking dialogue to such an extent that it is irritating. Finally, superhero Windsor Horne Lockwood III, with his omniscience, omnipotence, and infinite wisdom, wealth, and power, belongs more in a comic book than a novel. The reader knows that no matter what seemingly impossible situation Myron Bolitar gets into, Win will figure out a way to rescue him and punish the evil doer. Hopefully, Coben will end the dynamic duo with this novel and use his great talent to bring us back to the quality we have come to expect from his earlier novels.
Harlen Coben brings an intriguing plot to every book he writes. This one is a standout because of the characters. He includes the usual suspects from Big Cindy to Win, but introduces new characters that come alive within a few pages.
Very engaging and well executed story. Great performance from the narrator. The only additional comment would be this book left me want Coban to write a book about Win Exclusive of the Bolitar series. I think this would make a very interesting study in a human mind. Also the action could be amazing.
Live Wire succeeds where so many other series fail. By taking risks with his characters, Harlan Coben keeps them dynamic and fresh. A few are moving into new stages in their lives, making me wonder what lies ahead.
As a special treat, Big Cindy starts to come into her own as a character. The scenes and dialog featuring her and Myron are a delight -- and Steven Weber's narration does them proud. Nothing like driving to work on US 1/9 and the Polaski Skyway and finding myself laughing out loud in my car to brighten my day. Coben keeps his writing lean and the story on track. Excellent work from an author who is both a genuine talent and a professional -- not to mention a really funny guy.
Wise-cracking Myron Bolitar and Win are more entertaining and articulate than ever in this long-overdue return to the witty reparte of Coben's sports agent/detective and his brilliant, beautiful, rich but madly psychopathic friend and protector. I actually stopped reading Coben for a spell, not wanting to wallow in the seemingly endless darkness and misery of kidnappings and child abductions. Wit and humor trump suffering and tragedy, and make for a much more enjoyable reading experience. Steven Weber is great as the narrator.
I have loved everything I have read by HC to this point but this was a waste. Whiney adolescent reader, souless characters I could care less about and a story i couldn't wait to be over. BORING!
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