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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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    denise Iowa Falls, IA, United States 10-15-11
    denise Iowa Falls, IA, United States 10-15-11
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    "Can't wait for the next one!"

    Awesome characters and story. Great narration and easy listen. Couldn't put it down. Hope there is a sequel soon.

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    PETER WADE CINCINNATI, OH United States 10-12-11
    PETER WADE CINCINNATI, OH United States 10-12-11 Member Since 2014
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    "DISAPPOINTING"

    I like Coban's Myron Bolitar series, but this one just doesn't measure up. I went through the whole book wondering whether this one was an attempt to write a novel for teenagers. Illogical plot that wandered aimlessly and was senseless. I'd avoid this one.

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    Danyel Charlotte, NC, United States 09-21-11
    Danyel Charlotte, NC, United States 09-21-11
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    "I'm a big Bolitar fan...but I'm not feeling Mickey"

    I found the story painful to follow which is disappointing because I love the Myron Bolitar series and it's characters. The story had potential had there even been a hint of the personality found in the other series, it just felt flat.

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    Kathy Dallas, TX, United States 09-13-11
    Kathy Dallas, TX, United States 09-13-11 Member Since 2015
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    "No shelter here"

    I can only believe that Harlan Coben's 16-year old nephew wrote this and Harlan put his name on it. Dialogue was awful, story was contrived, and the ending was absurd. I have read/listened to every book Coben has published and this one was a huge disappointment.

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    Thomas M Gaffey Farmington Hills, MI United States 05-21-12
    Thomas M Gaffey Farmington Hills, MI United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story but stretched the limits of credibility"
    What made the experience of listening to Shelter the most enjoyable?

    Good performance by the narrator. Interesting story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make the main characters a little older. I could not believe sophomores in High school would be allowed this much latitude.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Mickey Bolitar


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gail Trumbull, CT, United States 04-02-12
    gail Trumbull, CT, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    i'd probably tell them to skip this one just not as interesting as the usual coban. seems to be geared toward teens. good for teens/young adults just not for me.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nick Podehl?

    maybe


    Was Shelter worth the listening time?

    no


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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 03-17-12
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Mickey Bolitar - Really?"

    I will be the first to admit that I love Myron Bolitar novels (when they are narrated by Jonathan Marosz) but I think the idea of a "nephew" to Myron is milking a cash cow til she's dry. The story line didn't really fit the young nephew, and the ending, while classic Coben, was a little far fetched. Maybe Harlan Coben should take some time off and come up with a new character, not just an extension of the old one.

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    Donna PRINCETON, TX, United States 12-18-11
    Donna PRINCETON, TX, United States 12-18-11 Member Since 2011

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    "A disappointment for me after Myron Bolitar novels"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I expected another Myron Bolitar character. I am not sure that this kid will ever live up to Myron.

    Also, the depiction of Myron in this book was all wrong!


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    James Ballwin, MO, United States 12-07-11
    James Ballwin, MO, United States 12-07-11
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    "Mickey Ain't Myron..."

    A good story, but I found I didn't enjoy Mickey's adventures as well as Myron's. Also, the narration in this one made Myron sound a bit like a doddering fool. All in all, it was not a waste of time, but not Coben's best work.

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    J. Lonsdale Denver, CO 12-03-11
    J. Lonsdale Denver, CO 12-03-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Development of new Character from Coben"
    What did you like best about Shelter? What did you like least?

    Not the best effort from Coben, but as a long time reader of his books, it is interesting to see the development of his story and characters over time. The reader must read the books in sequence to understand this.


    Was Shelter worth the listening time?

    It was OK.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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