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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409139395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409139393
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.4 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,237,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 the 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.

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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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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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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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I've read Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitor novels. They're great, and each is a complete story with a satisfying end, and some minor plot strands running through the whole series.

Then I started the Mickey Bolitar novels. These are one story, chopped into parts, with cliffhangers at the end. It seems we don't get a complete story until we've read them all - and we can't read them all until they're published, which seems to happen at the rate of one a year. I don't know how many books are planned for this series.I don't want to wait 20 years to finish reading a story.

The first book's ending wasn't so bad. It was unbelievable and unsatisfactory, but at least it was a story in itself, with at least some of the plot threads tied up and the main puzzle solved.

But this book ends in the middle of the story, and it leaves us hanging. That's not acceptable to me.

I don't want to wait until next year, read the next book, and find I'm left hanging again. So I don't think I'll buy the next book. Well, maybe I'll buy it in twenty years.

This is a shame, because the characters are fantastic, the story is exciting, the writing style fluid. I was really enthralled. I felt cheated.
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Being a fan of Harlan Coben, I must read all his book! I really liked his hero Mickey, so I wanted to follow his journey, and I must say that this second story is better than the first one "Shelter". If you haven't read Shelter though , you won't understand everything that's going on in Seconds Away, so you must read it first! I love the character of "Spoon" and Ema as well... Some really funny passages, and also very moving. I love the fact that they're all a bit outcasted from society for different reasons. It's a massive page turner and very easy to read. Perfect for train journeys and busy lifestyle. I loved it so much that it's made me want to read all of the books I haven't read from Coben, and the Myron Bolitar novels! I'm reading Back Spin now and really enjoying it!
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So if you love Myron then you will love Mickey, although the lad has issues he is still as likeable as his Uncle. This is a fast paced mystery thriller which explores some interesting themes whilst having an intriguing plot that keeps you guessing till the end will not leave you disappointed, in fact, it is arguably better than the first of the series, Shelter.

I enjoyed this book as it combines lightweight banter with food for thought, take from it what you will, the book is a cleverly crafted plot around some increasingly likable characters. You wont be disappointed.

I am glad Myron is still around although I do miss Win!
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I'd read the predecessor, Shelter, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love Coben's books, particularly the ones featuring Myron Bolitar, so I was delighted to follow his nephew in a thriller. Shelter came to an abrupt end, disappointingly and annoyingly saying "End of book 1". I rushed to buy the follow up on my kindle, as so many questions were still unanswered, and within 5 hours had finished it. I'm not an especially fast reader. There are still unanswered questions, begging for a Book 3. Was a bit irritated when I had finished it, feeling I was being strung along. That said, for me Harlen can do no wrong.
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Discovered Harlan Coben when in hospital in 2011 and his books helped me through a rough time, have read all of the stand alones (I think !) but only one of he Myron series, however I did enjoy Shelter and after the jaw-dropping ending to that I just had to read Seconds Away. Admitedly I dont get as much reading time now as I used to so the book took me a little while to get through, but I mostly enjoyed it .. untill the last couple of chapters. I found myself thinking "hang on theres only a few pages left and there's still so much unresolved".

So then one of the main storylines gets tied up quickly enough but another, the Mickeys dad situation .. my main reason for wanting to read the book, is again unresolved. Now I guess I'll have to buy the next one to see what happens (good business from the author!) but I'm not really sure I want to read all through another one incase its unresolved again !

Having said all that I cant wait for the new standalone 'Six Seconds' to come out. Harlan is normally top top class, maybe I was just expecting too much for a book aimed at young adults ? (which I unfortunatly am not!)
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