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Darkest Fear: Myron Bolitar, Book 7 Audiobook – Abridged

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  • Listening Length: 7 hours and 10 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Abridged
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 April 2006
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SPXTP8
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I just love the Myron Bolitar books & this was as good as the first ones I read - Well written & a great read. Thanks Harlan
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Preferred the earlier novels though - later ones more hung up on family issues/children but like the development with characters.
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Very good story enjoyable read
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First 6 pages missing bit of a joke
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Harlon Coben, is for me, a recently-discovered writer and, after only one book, "Darkest Fear". This story gave me hours of delight as I allowed the outside world to be "put on hold" whilst I was led through a weave of unexpected twists and turns in this pacy thriller.
Myron Bolitar is charged with the search for an anonymous donor who has mysteriously disappeared; without this bone-marrow match, the life of a young boy is at stake. Events quickly develop into a cat-and-mouse game when a kidnapping takes place and Myron is caught up in an FBI investigation. Myron's plight in this story is made even more compelling by family links to the events as they unfold.
The book works well on two levels - one, the reader has the suspense and uncertainty of a twisty plot and two, the author puts the conflicts faced by Myron in the context of the emotional turmoil he is under due to the human relationships involved. The author has given a detailed delineation to create a believable character who is capable of carrying out a wide range of emotions and actions with credibility for the reader. There are also some excellent touches of humour in the book to add light relief to the more serious, twisty plot.
On starting the book I didn't realise that this is one of a series of Myron Bolitar stories, but it does work very well as a stand-alone novel. However, reading this story resulted in another visit on-line at Amazon to buy more of Harlan Coben's novels!
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Although Coben's writing style is clear and spirited, the story seems a bit irrational to me and I could not buy it.
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I like my private investigators to look fear in the eye and reply to its threats with a pithy quip. The light hearted gumshoe has been a staple of my crime fiction diet ever since I picked up the works of Robert B Parker and Robert Crais. Another author who played with the comedic PI is Harlan Coben; before he was serious crime man, he had created and released several books starring Myron Bolitar; Sports Agent and investigator. Bolitar is a light hearted character who hides his fear under brashness and a sense of humour, however, when you are investigating the disappearance of a bone marrow donor that could lead to the death of a 13 year old boy - is comedy acceptable?

`Darkest Fear' is a transitional book for Coben as it marks his move away from lighter crime action into the darker realms that have made him an even more successful writer. When you are dealing with an evil serial killer and dying child, the idea of making jokes no longer works and therefore Bolitar struggles in this book. He laughs in the face of fear, but he also has to laugh at his Dad's heart attack, a dying child and 4 missing people. Like some of the later Elvis Cole novels, the once happy go lucky Bolitar cannot exists successfully in such a dark novel.

If a more generic alcoholic ex-cop had been airlifted into `Darkest Fear' the book would have been more conventional and worked slightly better. As it is the tone shifts from the dark to the light with each flippant remark. The story itself is an interesting one, making the book worth reading. It would be another 6 years before Coben returned to the character of Bolitar, as if he knew he was running out of steam. A decent read for the character's fans, but not great.
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The seventh Myron Bollitar novel is particularly strong, but also one of the darkest of the series. The character is becoming much deeper and the story is more emotional and far more about him rather than about the plot than in some of the early books in the series.

In this story a personal revelation from an old friend leads Bollitar into what seems like a straightforward investigation that becomes messier throughout. The plot is surprisingly strong and worthy of a serious crime novel, despite the book retaining the light-hearted irreverent tone of narration and dialogue.

The complexity of the plot does go a bit far, however, and there comes a point where the reader has been given too much information to process and although it should be possible to work out some plot points along with the characters, it's not possible to keep a handle on all the facts.

Overall though it's an enjoyable and amusing thriller, with some fantastic dialogue which I think is probably the best feature of Coben's writing. Much less comic-like than the early books and can really be taken seriously.
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