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Darkest Fear by Harlan Coben

Darkest Fear is the 6th and most recent Myron Bolitar story and it starts with a whopper of a revelation. Myron learns from an ex-girlfriend that he is the father of her 13 year old son. If that wasn’t enough, the boy is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant and will die without one. A matching donor was found in the national registry, but no one can locate him and Myron is in a race against the clock to find this mystery man before his son dies.

At a time when MB SportReps is still reeling from the clients it lost while Myron was secluding himself on a Caribbeanisland, Myron must balance the need to keep his business afloat with the frantic search for the man who holds the key to his son’s future. While trying to contact the man, Myron stumbles across a serial killer that the FBI has been searching for. He gets involved in the search and meets a journalist who claims to have interviewed the man but refuses to reveal his identity. Is this killer somehow linked to the marrow donor than Myron so desperately needs to find?

Where to learn more:
 
You can always visit the authors website, which includes an excerpt from Chapter 1.

My Rating:

Ratings Scale

 Excellent.. a MUST READ

 Pretty Darn Good

 Good (read it if you can’t get your hands on something better)

 Not So Good (bring the No-Doze)

 Not worth my time (or yours)

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One False Move by Harlan Coben

In One False Move Myron Bolitar is again doing more detecting that agenting when he is asked by Norm Zuckerman to play bodyguard to women’s basketball sensation Brenda Slaughter (with the hopes of retaining her as a client for MB SportReps). Turns out Myron knew her father Horace, who has been missing for a week, from his days as a teenager playing basketball in some of New Jersey’s rougher neighborhoods. Brenda isn’t really interested in a Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner (ala ‘The Bodyguard’) situation, but she does agree to allow Myron to watch her back.

Jessica and Myron are living together but she has run off to L.A. under the premise of work, but Myron worries she is letting her fear of commitment get between them once again. Without Jessica around Myron is free to spend his time looking out for Brenda and she asks him to also look for her mother, who walked out on Brenda and her dad 20 years before.

Myron works with Win and Esperanza to try and track down Horace and learn the answer to the question of just what happened to Brenda’s mom all those years ago. Could their disappearances be related? When Horace turns up dead, the clock is ticking even more loudly for the friends to get to the bottom of things before someone else gets hurt. 

My Rating:

Ratings Scale

 Excellent.. a MUST READ

 Pretty Darn Good

 Good (read it if you can’t get your hands on something better)

 Not So Good (bring the No-Doze)

 Not worth my time (or yours)
Where to learn more:
You can always visit the authors website, or if you want to be able to read the first chapter of the story you can click here, which will take you to amazon.com, where you can “see inside”.

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Drop Shot by Harlan Coben

First, a confession… I’ve read the Myron Bolitar novels completely out of order. Drop Shot is actually Harlan Coben’s second Bolitar story, but I think it is my 5th reading. The good news is, even though there are obviously things carrying over from one book to another, I haven’t found it impossible, or even hard, to follow along. But enough about me…

Duane Richwood is an up-and-comer on the tennis circuit and also Myron’s client. Valerie Simpson is the opposite, a down-and-outter, has-been, washed up former tennis ace. What could these two possibly have in common? When Valerie is shot while Duane is playing at the US Open and then the cops come a knockin’ on Duane’s door, Myron decides he had better find out, and fast.

Once again, Coben does not disappoint with Drop Shot.Win is edgy as always, Esperanza is the same smart mouth I have come to know and love and Myron is a guy you just can’t help rooting for. There is loads of good storytelling in this book and just when you think you have part of the mystery solved, Coben crafts a new angle and throws a monkey wrench smack dab in the middle of it.

My Rating:

Ratings Scale

 Excellent.. a MUST READ

 Pretty Darn Good

 Good (read it if you can’t get your hands on something better)

 Not So Good (bring the No-Doze)

 Not worth my time (or yours)
Where to learn more:
You can always visit the authors website, or if you want to be able to read the first chapter of the story you can click here, which will take you to amazon.com, where you can “see inside”.

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The Final Detail by Harlan Coben

“The Final Detail” finds our hero Myron Bolitar on an island in the Caribbean licking his wounds. No one except the woman he is there with knows where he is, until Win shows up one day three weeks in to his trip and tells him that he has to come back to New York because Esperanza is in trouble. Myron gets back to find his clients leaving him, Big Cyndi alone in the office, his first ever client and college frat brother dead and Esperanza in jail for his murder. Can Myron, with the help of Win and Big Cyndi, solve the mystery and save Esperanza and MB SportsReps?

Click here for a synposis from Random House

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK:

  • Lots of mystery in this one. Did Esperanza actually commit murder? If she didn’t, who did and why is Myron being roped in to this by an unknown source?
  • The plot twists were fast paced and all came together nicely at the end of the story.
  • I did not see the ending coming and I love that in a story. No clue who was behind the whole thing until Coben started laying it all out on the table at the end of the book.

WHAT I DID NOT LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK:

  • It’s not really a complaint, but I was surprised that Coben did not weave Jessica in to the story more.

MY RATING:  

Ratings Scale

 Excellent.. I laughed, I cried, I… choose your own verb

 Pretty Darn Good

 Good (read it if you can’t get your hands on something better)

 Not So Good (bring the No-Doze)

 Not worth my time (or yours)
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Fade Away by Harlan Coben

“Fade Away” is the third novel in Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar series. This time around, Myron is signed to the New Jersey Dragons professional basketball team, but his real assignment is to find his one time college rival, and current Dragons player, who has disappeared. 

Click here for a plot overview from Amazon.com

 WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK:

  • Myron’s history with basketball is a big part of who he is and I liked that this book dug a little deeper in his sports past. It made him an even more enjoyable character and I found myself sympathizing with his situation and hoping that he was going to blow everyone away with his playing ability.
  • I enjoyed the plot twists involving Myron’s history with the player he is supposed to locate and the tie in’s with his family and friends. I found myself not liking the player Myron was supposed to locate and just wanting everything to work out for Myron in the end… I love it when you really feel for a character in a story and think it says something about the skill of the writer when this happens.

WHAT I DID NOT LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK:

  • There really was not anything that I did not enjoy.

MY RATING:  

Ratings Scale

 Excellent.. I laughed, I cried, I… choose your own verb

 Pretty Darn Good

 Good (read it if you can’t get your hands on something better)

 Not So Good (bring the No-Doze)

 Not worth my time (or yours)
WHERE TO LEARN MORE:

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