Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools.
A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey’s train wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn’t who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey’s father. Soon, Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it makes high school drama seem like a luxury - and leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew.
First introduced to readers in Harlan Coben’s latest adult novel, Live Wire, Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about.
©2011 Harlan Coben (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I wasn't sure what to expect, but took a chance with this one because I absolutely loved the Myron Bolitar series (you'll have to actually read, rather than listen to, the last 3 in the series because the fabulous original narrator retired & it just wasn't the same after that). I'm have already fallen in love with Mikey & his band of misfit friends. It was great to get a glimpse of some of the old characters & I am really hoping for more than a glimpse in future books! Just finished downloading the second in this series. LOVE Nick Podehl as narrator, so I'm hoping that he's under contract for all future books in this series!
I enjoy Micky and his crew. But not as much as Myron and his. I'm hoping that they become a little more interesting in the next book in the series.
Avid reader! I like Historical fiction, Historical Romance, Contemporary Fiction and just about anything else.
Not what I expected. I wasn't overly fond of the teenage voice. and I won't finish this series.
Amazed how every book Harlan Coben writes is spellbinding, you just can't put down (or stop listening to the audiobooks). Thought since this said young adult I wouldn't like it as well but it was excellent. Getting ready to download the second Mickey Bolitar novel now!
This is the first in a series of Young Adult novels by Coben, which I didn't realize when I bought it. I found it an easy listen, not condescending, and plotted well but a little less intricately perhaps. I kind of enjoyed the teenagers interaction with each other and adults. I wouldn't have bought it if I had realized that it was YA, but It was a pleasant surprise.
Series is about Mickey Bolitar, nephew of Myron, who is a favorite character of mine. Mickey seems much more impetuous than his uncle, hopefully just because of his age. Written very well as are all of Coben's works.
The ending was good and nicely sets up the sequel to seek the truth about the death of Mickey's father. Is he dead or isn't he?
Narration was very good.
I've long enjoyed the Myron Bolitar series and was pleasantly surprised by this new series featuring his nephew, Mickey. As an adult I wondered if a story surrounding a teenager would keep my interest and it did. The author did a nice job writing from Mickeys perspective and kept the plot and it's characters developing at a nice pace. The narrators performance was good and kept me engaged throughout the book.
Shelter ranks in the top five among all audiobooks I've listened to so far.
I would compare Shelter to Variant, and the Maze Runner Series. Both of the above series had primo narration as well, and are seemingly directed towards the teenager. Yet, all were just as exciting and riveting as any "adult' book I've listened to.
Yes. He just has fantastic use of his voice and nails all his characters. I'm never thinking it's him doing several characters. They ALL take on a unique life of their own.
A thriller based on a boy coming of age, who will go to any length to protect the ones he loves!
I compare Nick Podehl to HOLTER GRAHAM, who happens to be my ALL time favorite male narrator and Nick is just as talented and multi dimensional in his performances.
Not sure why a successful writer goes for young readers, but this book seems to miss the mark anyway. I got sick of the rather whining young man who was basically doing things that were way too adult. And the book is billed as a series, so the ending just seemed to be a way to make you want to buy the next one. No chance. You can't have everything fall into place and make it all realistic. At the end all I can say was that the plot and story were ludicrous. The relationships between the kids was OK, but that's it.
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.
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