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No Second Chance | [Harlan Coben]

No Second Chance

Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.
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Publisher's Summary

Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

Both a white-knuckle thriller and a story about the loyalty of old friends and the bond between parent and child, No Second Chance is another masterpiece from an author who writes "suspense at its finest" (Jeffrey Deaver).

©2003 Harlan Coben; (P)2003 Penguin Audiobooks and Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"No Second Chance demonstrates that Harlan Coben is one of the finest contemporary suspense writers and that Scott Brick is among the elite audiobook narrators." (AudioFile)

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    C. Bowers Merritt Island, FL United States 10-03-05
    C. Bowers Merritt Island, FL United States 10-03-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Like a Soap Opera"

    The first two-thirds of this book reminded me of a soap opera. Some very drawn-out action occurs but just before finding out the result, the author switches to another character's actions and the reader is left hanging exactly as the viewer is left at the end of a 30-minute soap opera segment. Using this technique is fine once or twice, but the author way over uses it. I found this book maddening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    N. Speroni 06-13-05
    N. Speroni 06-13-05
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    "I dont get it..."

    This was my first Harlen Coben book; my umpteenth Scott Brick. I love a good mystery or suspense thriller. I do not understand the rave reviews this book is generating. If all you are looking for is a story that moves along at a quick pace - then by all means - listen to this book. However, if you like to learn something along the way - about anything - people, places, professions, histories, comedy, etc. - while the plot is unravelling, then you will be as disappointed as I was in this book. C'mon Harlen, do a little research on ANYTHING before you churn out yet another run-of-the-mill supposed suspense story- I throw this book into the "no redeemable value heap".Scott Brick did his usual superb narration; however, I think even he had to work really hard to get his mouth around some of the vapid characters.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Debbra Canton, GA, USA 03-23-05
    Debbra Canton, GA, USA 03-23-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Wonderful"

    This is now one of my favorite books. I loved the story and the reader was great. I didn't want it to end. If you are debating on getting this book, don't hesitate any longer. There was action from beginning to end.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark FRANKLIN, WI, United States 03-20-05
    Mark FRANKLIN, WI, United States 03-20-05 Member Since 2001
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    "No second Chance"

    The story was good but it seemed to plod along - a bit slow.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Fort Collins, CO, USA 07-06-05
    Sam Fort Collins, CO, USA 07-06-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Entertaining and chilling, but not complete"

    First, I enjoyed the listen and do recommend this book. I don't, however, think it is as wonderful as the other reviewers did.

    I think Coben is awesome at story development, but is a little shy on the delivery. He reuses adjectives and adverbs often enough I was able to predict phrases before Scott Brick read them. And the drama was a little too heavy for my liking (but that might have been in the reading).

    The plot was well developed and somewhat believable, but seemed rather hurried towards the end. The character development was exceptional. After the book ended, though, I felt like I was led through 18 months of the lead characters hell, only to have all of the loose ends tied up way too quickly. Additionally, the twist that is so common in murder mysteries was there ? but it was predictable and weak.

    If I hadn?t read so many rave reviews of this book, I probably would have liked it better. I fear I expected too much.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Chula Vista, CA, United States 06-24-05
    Amber Chula Vista, CA, United States 06-24-05
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    "Another Winner"

    This book was really quite good. I am a huge fan of Harlan Coben's now. I liked Just One Look and The Innocent better, but this one didn't disappoint me. I love how the main characters feel real and he explains their internal dialogue without a lot of flowery, lengthy monologues.
    I am going to start Gone for Good soon and I am upset that there are not too many more books written by him. I enjoy his stories so much.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael H Brookline, MA, USA 08-09-05
    Michael H Brookline, MA, USA 08-09-05
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    "Wretched Disappointment"

    I've been listening to books on tape for years, thoroughly enjoyed many, didn't like a few. This is the first book I've heard that I hated, both the material itself and the way it was read. My reaction was completely unexpected, in that I had just finished "Just One Look" by the same author and absolutely loved it. I thought the prose in this book was hackneyed, so cliched that I could finish phrases and sentences before the reader was half-way through them. And speaking of the reader: augghh! He made the protagonist sound like the world's biggest whiner, melodramatic and repetitive. I kept wishing the kidnappers would kill him and end everyone's misery. I must admit I gave up after two one-hour periods of listening. Mr. Coben and Mr. Brick are both off my reading list in the future.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rio 10-17-07
    Rio 10-17-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Not his best"

    I've read a number of Harlan Coben's books and enjoyed them, but this one was absolutely too ludicrous and convoluted to be believed. The choppy reading and the most inane "hero" ever, made it almost laughable. Who cares about the dumbest doctor in the world? He was too one dimensional to generate compassion. I couldn't begin to feel sorry for the good doctor because he was such a dunce. Yep, this one was a disappointment. Sorry if you bought it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Antioch, CA, USA 06-08-05
    Susan Antioch, CA, USA 06-08-05 Member Since 2004
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    "No Second Chance"

    The story should have been shorter. The author kept repeating the main character's concerns, to the point where you just wanted him to shut up so something could happen.
    The reader did not help because he was reading in a sarcastic manner which did not seem to portray the main character in the manner the author appeared to intend.
    I listened to this book on a long trip and decided that it should have been cut by about one third to have really held my attention.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 06-25-05
    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 06-25-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Grand mystery"

    Another quality download from Coben. Excellent narration too. Five stars.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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