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This review is from: Shelter (Book One): A Mickey Bolitar Novel (Hardcover)
Hard not to be cynical about Coben's effort to pawn off his "series" onto the teen readers of his fans. This novel seem to have been generated by marketing meeting rather than the author's creative spark.
I read and enjoyed the early years of the Myron Bolitar series. I read his first thriller when he took a break from Bolitar. It was when I read the second thriller that I realized I'd pretty much already read the same story from Coben about 15 times already. Suburban Jersey guy. Loves his parents. Real do-gooder. Then something "unexpected" happens (someone is missing! someone from the past is back!). Wax poetic about the joys of suburban summers for about 100 pages. Throw in some standard mystery procedural stuff. Add a wacky and cartoonish villan (this is mostly the Bolitar stuff). Add several improbable twists in last 30 pages. Done.
And now ... he's going to rehash this same muck in teen form?
Mickey Bolitar? Really, Harlan?
Not for my kids.
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Initial post: Sep 8, 2011 10:00:47 PM PDT
book worm says:
Can you tell us how you really feel?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2011 2:07:36 PM PDT
What a grouch huh? I really enjoy Harlan Coben, and and very happy my fifteen year old son can enjoy him now as well.
Posted on Sep 10, 2011 6:28:22 PM PDT
Diane B. Wilkes says:
I don't think you read this based on your review ("this is mostly the Bolitar stuff"--which Bolitar? Wacky and cartoonish villain?). And reviewing a book you haven't read is more of a rip-off than a spin-off could possibly be.
Posted on Sep 10, 2011 8:52:41 PM PDT
B. LaBoomba says:
If CSI and countless other TV series do it, why not writers? Writing by formula, I mean.
I could name some other writers who abuse this way of writing in a worse way than Coben does. Clancy, Stuart Woods, Patterson are names that come to mind.
But I always find something fresh and witty in Coben's dialogue. He is always clever & fun to read, unlike many others. He'll be OK without you and your kids.
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