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Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel | [Harlan Coben]

Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    laall 10-02-11
    laall 10-02-11
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    A really good listen, though a little far fetched at times. The ending...well, I'll just say I didn't like it, so as not to spoil it for someone who hasn't read it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    George United States 10-30-14
    George United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Too Much"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philo-sophia Northern Virginia, United States 08-03-14
    Philo-sophia Northern Virginia, United States 08-03-14
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    "A good read"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Gilbert, AZ 07-10-14
    Joe Gilbert, AZ 07-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not great."

    I am a Mirion Bolitar fan, but I did not like this book very much. The ending was really bad. It was nothing more than a cliffhanger to try and get you to buy the next book; which I will not be doing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 06-27-14
    William 06-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Really Enjoyed the book"
    What did you love best about Shelter?

    The characters and author were new to me and I soon became very involved in the story and the sub plots. Loved it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sort of a coming of age mystery story. Very well done.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His voices are great! Made the characters come to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A must see!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CaroChel 06-26-14
    CaroChel 06-26-14
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    "Disappointing this time"
    Would you listen to Shelter again? Why?

    No need to--the story wasn't complicated enough to need another round. And the lack of satisfying ending is irritating.


    If you’ve listened to books by Harlan Coben before, how does this one compare?

    Maybe I'm just more fond of Uncle Myron. I find Mickey to be not quite teenage enough; not quite adult enough.


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice didn't really convey the youth of Mickey Bolitar, but he does a fine job of differentiating characters by their voices. Maybe I'm just not taking the vocal chords of a 7' youth into account.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nah.


    Any additional comments?

    The previous Coben books I've enjoyed have at least given an ending. This one just expects/demands that you'll docilely follow along to the next purchase. That should be MY choice, not Coben's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 04-17-14
    Julie 04-17-14
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    "Nice for youth read"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Laursen 03-09-14 Member Since 2013

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    "not as well done as Live Wire"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Personally I was disappointed in this book. Had this been my first Harlan Coben book I probably would not have look to this author for my next book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Harlan Coben before, how does this one compare?

    The previous title involving these characters (Live Wire) was well written, well researched, and performance was quite good. Based on my previous experience this book did not meet my expectations.


    Did Nick Podehl do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Some better than others. I know it's difficult to create different male and female voices plus the character of each.


    Was Shelter worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I am hoping to hear another good book from this author but probably not from this audio performer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather graham, NC, United States 10-28-13
    Heather graham, NC, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Definitely Give This One a Chance!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly New Market, New Brunswick, Canada 08-27-13
    Kelly New Market, New Brunswick, Canada 08-27-13
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    "Brutal"
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Nick Podehl?


    Any additional comments?

    I typically love Harlan Coben books but this was beyond painful to listen to. I rolled my eyes so many times and I was tempted to not even finish it because it was so ridiculous. Completely unbelievable, predictable and foolish. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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