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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409143368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409143369
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 730,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harlan Coben was the first ever author to win all three major crime awards in the US. He is now global bestseller with his mix of powerful stand-alone thrillers and Myron Bolitar crime novels. He has appeared in the bestseller lists of The Times, the New York Times, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.

He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

Here are the Myron Bolitar novels in series order:

Deal Breaker
Drop Shot
Fade Away
Back Spin
One False Move
The Final Detail
Darkest Fear
Promise Me
Long Lost

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The master of the labyrinthian plot and snappy one-liners returns with his second novel for young adults which follows Mickey Bolitar as he continues to hunt for clues about the mysterious death of this father... --The Scotsman

...the plot twists and turns like an Alpine giant slalom, and just as you think you have guessed 'whodunnit', somthing else is revealed and you find yourself staring open mouthed as the letters W.R.O.N.G. flash teasingly through your brain. --Book Zone For Boys

...the plot twists and turns like an Alpine giant slalom, and just as you think you have guessed 'whodunnit', somthing else is revealed and you find yourself staring open mouthed as the letters W.R.O.N.G. flash teasingly through your brain. --Book Zone For Boys --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Following on from SHELTER comes the second novel in the fantastic, action-packed Mickey Bolitar series of young adult thrillers from the master of the hook-and-twist. Abridged edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justhavingfun on 24 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Seconds Away is the second in the Mickey Bolitar book and was just as good as the first. The plot picks up where Shelter left off and focuses on a shooting involving their friend Rachel and her family. As usual it is a fast paced read full of witty comments and twists to keep the book interesting. What I liked about this book was that you find out more about the characters and in particular Ema, what was also nice was that the relationship between Mickey and Myron has thawed a little which was nice to read. Although aimed at young adults I still found this to be a really enjoyable thriller read with just less violence than the Myron Bolitar series. For me though it does not get 5 stars just because I felt that there was something missing that is there in the Myron Bolitar series but still a very good, exciting read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Jones on 23 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book without knowing that it was part of the 'young adult' range. After the first chapter, I had the feeling that something was very wrong. I am really not sure that the YA category of writing is anything but a commercial decision. When I was a kid I got my first adult library ticket at the age of 14 and being let loose in the 'grown up' library was one of the most exciting days of my life. I didn't need a staging post, although I suppose a short sojourn in the land of Mickey B. and his friends would have been OK at 11 or 12. The hungry gap in reading was just that - whetting my appetite for real books. Sorry - a few more words about the book? Don't bother to read it yourself, but try it on an early teen. I liked Spoon - the lonely geeky kid and the oh-so-mature Ema. Yeah, I am weakening - HC does know his craft.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PammyN on 18 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I discovered my first Harlan Coben book a few years ago and have been hooked ever since. This book has been eagerly awaited and did not disappoint, not that I expected it to, I can only hope Mickey 3 comes out soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dean Calculator on 11 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
I am a big Harlen Coben fan ,and picked it up saw the name Bolitar on it and bought it .but its obviouslt aimed at a younger age group ,which is fine but i wished it was clearly flagged up .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By geraint jackson on 4 Jan. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Harlan coben books (stand alone or Myron series) gave me a good appetite for reading, these books are amazing, funny and always have great twists and turns in them. This one doesn't though, bring back Myron and win!, these latest lot (Mickey bolitar) are a bit like reading about Scooby doo and the mystery machine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By craig linton on 21 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Having read many of his books, this was a real let down. His characters were weak and the storyline not believable. It was more like a storyline from Scooby Doo , with a group of pesky kids solving several serious crimes and murders, very disappointing and with a predictable ending.
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By Sally on 21 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
I'm a long time Harlan Coben fan, although I lost track of all the newer books when he was writing them faster than I was having chance to read them. I spotted Seconds Away before going on holiday, and thought it would be good for a fast paced read. I didn't realise beforehand that it was a sequel, or that it is a YA novel, but it became obvious fairly quickly, and I knew it wouldn't be a problem because HC always reiterates previous story lines throughout other books anyway.

The book itself is well written as you would expect, but there were a few things that I just didn't get. Firstly the language is not teen enough - it feels like it is being written by a middle aged man who has been told to give a youth novel a go. At one point Mickey is thinking about a situation, and he even says a word, and then quickly follows it up with "I don't even know what that word means". I'm no teen, but I'm pretty sure teens don't talk to each other like this, or would use language like this - 20 minutes on urban dictionary picking out some modern slang would have added a sense of realism to this.

My other negative point is the pace at which relationships seem to have developed. The book keeps pointing out that Mickey has only known these people for a couple of weeks, but in that time they've become completely best friends not to mention been on a previous adventure (book 1 in this series). It all just seems way too quick.

On the plus side, it's good to have Myron in there - don't expect much from him though, as he is definitely a sideline character. I kept wondering when Myron was going to get involved and the pace was going to pick up, but it never did.

Lastly, the Harlan Coben novels of old have a great way of giving you one last shock or two towards the end.
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Format: Hardcover
Seconds Away picks up straight after the events of Shelter, and you really have to have read the first book in the series for this one to make a great deal of sense. For those of you who read Shelter a year ago and may have forgotten key elements of the story have no fear - Coben cleverly weaves enough reminders into the opening chapters to refresh your mind of the events in that first book, and also the bombshell he dropped at the close of the book that has left fans begging for more ever since.

I know that there have been some readers who were left a little confused at the end of Shelter, as there seemed to be two very different elements to it. For the most part it was a gritty crime thriller, with Mickey Bolitar and his new friends being drawn into a thrilling and deadly mystery rooted firmly in modern crime. However, there also seemed to be something of a supernatural element to the series spanning story arc, an element that seemed more than a little out of place in a straight crime story. Ninety year old ex Nazis who still look young, anybody? In Seconds Away Coben gradually reveals more information behind this element and by the end readers will have a much better understanding of this, and like me they will also be just as hungry for the next instalment.

As with Shelter then there are two stories going on in this sequel. There is the standalone element - Mickey's friend Rachel is injured and her mother killed in a shooting at her house, and Mickey, Ema and Spoon set out to solve the mystery - and then there is the greater mystery: that surrounding Mickey's life, the death of his father, the Bat Lady, the Butcher of Lodz and the Abeona Shelter.
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