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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This is a lovely story of bravery and courage made small by a ridiculous ending clearly chosen by some idiotic editor.
The story was appropriate to/for young adults...no graphic violence, bad language or sex. However, if there is not going to be a second book, the ending will leave the reader unsatisfied.
Written by Harlan Coben, narrated by Nick Podehl, unabridged audiobook just over seven hours of listening, and released in 2011. This is very definitely a young adult book. Teenagers are the protagonists. There is no gratuitous sex, no bad language. Good gift for a young adult you’d like to introduce to reading.
A new kid at a high-school, Mickey Bolivar, becomes enmeshed in a mystery. He has met a girl and she suddenly disappears. Shortly surrounded with a Hardy Boys group of high school outcasts, Mickey and his cohorts travel through the pages in pursuit of justice for the missing girl. At the same time, he struggles with understanding his father’s death, his mother’s sad life as an addict, and an uncle-trying-to-do-the-right thing.
Narration by Nick Podehl is great, he does a wonderful job. I first heard his narration in a Nora Roberts book, Black Hills. Nice work.
In short, this is a great book for a youngster. Mature readers will roll eyes and get bored. But … that said, it’s a good story.
IF A MINOR SPOILER WILL BOTHER YOU, DO NOT READ FURTHER.
There is a major plot hole, however, specifically age related. One of the ‘bad-guys’ revealed at the very end of the story is too young to be a modern-day ENT rescue person and also a WWII Nazi. He’d be about 90 years old and therefore not in a physical condition to be an ENT. Doesn’t work.
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Has a strong voice, nice plot with drive to the end, and something great to impart. A nice beginning to a new series.
Characters are fun and narration made it even better. Earbud in grocery walking through isle listening it would be instant bursts of laughter when Spoon would talk. Had to turn it off until I left the store.
Nick Podehl's got a fantastic voice for characters, bringing each a personality that makes them so much fun.
Fun listen with a good mystery and worth a listen.
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!
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