I have just started reading/listening to Harlan Coben this summer, and have been more than pleasantly surprised. I started with "The Woods"..Show More », and went on to "The Promise", and when I read "The Promise" I had to start at the beginning! In Deal Breaker we are introduced to Myron Bolitar, who is an ex-basketball star, and is now a sports agent/detective. I found this book to be both engaging and thrilling, and highly recommend it to one and all. I believe that it bridges many genres, and that it will keep you interested from the first page. I can't wait to read all of the Myron Bolitar novels!
My favorite Coben book yet. Myron and Wynn are at their funniest, the tennis scene makes a nice backdrop, and the mystery keeps you guessing. The aut..Show More »hor does an excellent job as usual. I really enjoyed listening to this book.
I have enjoyed every Harlan Coben book - except this one. Many times during the listening, it sounded like the narration was "electronic" - i.e., a..Show More »s if changes were made in the narration via a machine. It would be hard to believe that the narrator really spoke that way! Also, his voice is so deep that he is difficult to understand. As for the plot, I found it very slow - the book dragged until the end, and as another reviewer stated, the end was rushed. Slow, slow, slow and then--------fast and finished! This book, while written a number of years ago, has me questioning if I want to try another Harlan Coben.
I enjoy Harlan Coban's mysteries and have just finished this gem set during the US Open for golf. The plot is loaded with twists and turns and it see..Show More »ms everyone has a motive to kill or kidnap! While the ending is a bit of an all too quick wrap up I enjoyed the story and was disappointed that there was no more.
The narrator excels on all the parts except the sidekick Esmerelda (Esmee) where the accent falls short.
No. I know what happens. It is formulaic and derivative of Coben's earlier Myron Bolitar books. The jokes are still good, but there is WAY WAY WAY too..Show More » much plot, so much that it boils over and confuses the reader with its wretched excess. And, there are so many other things to read and listen to.
A collection of the last three of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar novels (in advance of the upcoming 11th entry in the series). If you're a fan, this com..Show More »pilation is a cost effective way of catching up on the series. If you're not yet a fan, you can still enjoy these without reading the prior seven, Coben doing a creditable job of making each story stand on its own, succinctly catching you up on relevant details from the past canon as and when needed.
I'm giving the whole collection an across the board 4-star rating, a rough average of what I'd give each individual novel. Here they are one by one:
Promise Me (4 stars): Myron helps a longtime friend find her missing daughter. Coben often explores the concept of how far parents will go to protect their kids. Since Myron does not really have children of his own, this story allows Coben to look at how far bad guys would go to protect their children. The setting is a familiar Coben trope -- the dark side lurking beneath the shiny veneer of his hometown of Livingston NJ.
This is the only one of his novels that Coben narrates himself. He is obviously not a pro, which starts off as a detraction/distraction. But he gets into a groove and has the virtue of knowing how the wisecracking Bolitar and his erudite sidekick Win should deliver their lines. Annoyingly, Coben actually drops to a deep bass when delivering the women's lines. You may notice that his accent is a lot like that of his Livingston High School pal, Chris Christie.
Long Lost (2 1/2 stars): Myron goes to France to help an old flame find her missing ex. And runs afoul of the Paris police, Mossad, CIA, terrorists, et.al. Coben's forte is examining the seamy underside of suburban America. Going to Europe on a spy mission? Other authors do that far better. Even minus the preposterous outcomes and reveals, this is not what we want from Coben or Myron. Given the credibility-defying twists, this is close to a disaster.
Live Wire (4 1/2 stars): Myron started out as sports agent and branched out to show biz. The first few entries in the series were driven by his clientele, which was a large part of Coben's originality in the familiar genre of the wisecracking gumshoe. But Coben strayed from that formula. After an ill-advised 3- or 4-volume departure, he goes back to Myron's bread and butter, a story centered on a tennis star and rock star, making for a much better tale.
This book is also the launching point for Coben's spin-off YA series starring Myron's teenage nephew Mickey. Coben mixes a strong dose of Myron's personal history into the client-based mystery, with good results. You certainly don't have to start the Mickey series here (I read the first Mickey book before reading this one). But it does explain a lot.
Coben's narration of Promise Me and Coben taking Myron off the reservation in Long Lost are distinct problems. But overall, this three-part compilation is well worthwhile for fans of Coben and Myron, especially with Live Wire setting up future entries in the Myron and Mickey series.
Three complaints with this book.
1. And this is HUGE, Harlen Coben should never read his own work... His delivery is terrible; not to mention I..Show More » hate when the narrator changes in the middle of a series of books. I become accustomed to the original narrator in this case Jonathan Maroz.
2. There is less interaction with Win and Esperanza and the verbal banter I loved in his earlier books in the series. Also, there is little to no talk about the business of the Sports Agency.
3. Coben has drifted into only writing about the dramatic, gut wrenching, emotional aspects of relationships and moved away from incorporating the humor and light hearted topics that evened out his previous works.
All in all Coben is still one of my favorite authors but this book falls short in my eyes.
This is a more ambitious story line than earlier books in the series...an interesting departure from the signature backdrop of the sports world... the..Show More » plot was engrossing and the familiar characters true to form. But I missed Marosz as narrator. Weber is ok, but because for me, Jonathan Marosz is to Myron & Win what Will Patton is to Robicheaux & Clete, it took more than a few chapters to adjust to his interpretation of the characters.
This audio book is not narrated by our favorite Jonathan Marosz, but it is still well done. Some reviewers in the past panned this audio book due to ..Show More »the change, but this was not fair. We all like the familiarity of characters that have in a way been developed through their voices. A change can throw us off. Stephen Weber, however does a good job. In fact, he narrated another Myron Bolitar book: Long Lost. Although I still relate more to Jonathan's voice for the characters (like Winn, Fat Cindy, Little Pocahontas), Live Wire is still worth the listen.
I really like this book the narrator and the story were excellent. There were plenty of twists and turns in the plot that kept the listener enthralled..Show More » in the story. I can highly recommend this book.