Promise Me (Myron Bolitar, #8)
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Promise Me (Myron Bolitar #8)

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"Whether you discovered him with his New York Times bestselling stand-alone novels or you fell in love with the award-winning books that preceded them, or you've never read him at all, anyone who loves a thriller will love international literary superstar Harlan Coben's latest, Promise Me.

It has been six years since entertainment agent Myron Bolitar last played superhero....more
Kindle Edition, 396 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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K.D. Absolutely
Myron Bolitar is another literary fictional agent similar to James Bond, Hercule Poirot, Dave Robicheaux, Charlie Parker, Elizabeth Costelo or even Robert Langdon. Those are just some that I've encountered in my reading but I am sure you know more of them as I am not really a big fan of mystery thriller genres.

Harlan Coben has Bolitar as his cash cow. Meaning, Bolitar is his recurring character for this series (the 8th, but my first. Yes, I just want to try his book). Bolitar has resigned as an...more
Pam
Let me introduce you to Myron Bolitar, one of my favorite characters of all time. He is a former basketball star (blew out his knee after leading Duke to NCAA championship and being drafted by Boston Celtics). He went to law school and became a sports agent. His clients and friends become embroiled in all sorts of crimes and situations. Myron's current flame is a 9/11 widow with 2 children. Myron is concerned that the teenage daughter and her friend might do something dumb so makes them promise...more
Alissa Cook
Although this book was very slow to capture my interest and I almost put it down around page 50 and chose another novel, it turned out to be an AMAZING read. I'm REALLY glad i did not give up on this one. It is habitual for me to put down a novel if it hasn't gripped me within the first couple chapters so I almost didn't allow myself the pleasure of this novel. The first couple chapters weren't bad, they were ok, there was just something they didn't have that other favorites of mine did. OH WELL...more
Marleen
May 09, 2011 Marleen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marleen by: Dilbeek Library
***3,5*** stars - It's been awhile since I read a Harlan Coben book and it was great to get reacquainted with Myron Bolitar. I think this is one of my favourite Myron stories (to be honest: I read this one before) We get to see a more sensitive side of his personality is revealed. I also liked how he's moving on with his life. I'm like Esperanza; I just never liked Jessica Culver. Ali Wilder on the other hand is a more realistic, "normal" character and I like her very much. This was a very enter...more
JBradford
I started reading this book this morning while having a late breakfast ... and finished it tonight, before going to bed, because I simply could not put the book down! The novel starts with a series of events that appear to be unconnected, but the protagonist (Myron Bolitar, a professional-class basketball player who got sidelined by a knee injury while in college, went through law school, and now works as a representative (i.q., agent) for actors. Myron overhears two teenage girls (one the daugh...more
Sebastian
Myron Bolitar, ehemaliger Basketball-Profi und nun Inhaber einer Berateragentur für Sportler und Schauspieler, hat seit geraumer Zeit eine neue Freundin, die Journalistin Ali Wilder. Bei einem seiner Besuche bekommt er spätabends zufällig ein Gespräch zwischen deren Tochter und einer Schulfreundin mit und schnappt beunruhigende Gesprächsfetzen mit den Schlagworten Alkohol und Autofahren auf. Aus Sorge um die Gesundheit der beiden Mädchen bietet er den beiden für den Fall einer Notsituation seine...more
Heather
This was my first real attempt at Harlan Coben (having previously started Tell No One but quitting after 15 or so pages due to the style of narration) and I was pleasantly surprised by the novel. The book was fast-paced, the story intriguing, and the characters were well-written and almost universally likeable. As this is the eight Myron Bolitar novel Coben appears to have written, the depth of the characters is no real surprise, but I was still grateful for characters you could truly invest in....more
Nicola
Promise Me didn't live up to my expectations, but it wasn't a complete let down either. The plot was interesting enough to make me want to read more, but that's about it. It had far too many main characters (many of them very unlikable), too many suspects and too many conclusions. I really liked how it ended though- the ending definitely saved the whole book. Overall, I did like it, but it was very muddled and lacked structure. I'll be interested to read more from Coben, though.
Mom Taxi Julie
UGH I was on page 291 and seriously almost quit reading this book. It was so all over the place! I just wanted to yell "FOCUS!" He has so much stuff going on in the book and then just kept introducing more and more things. I have another one of his books to read and I think I'll skip over it for now!
Kim
Don't give me a hard time- I picked up a couple of these from our office book swap and these are great books for all the traveling I've been doing.
Suzie Quint
Having read all Coben's stand alones, I then tried the first two books of his series. While they were good, they weren't must-reads for me, the way the stand-alones are. Then Promise Me ended up in my grubby little paws and I've decided to go back and fill in the Myron Bolton books I've missed.

I love the way Coben doesn't reinvent the wheel. If he needs a kick-ass lawyer, he brings back the one you met in a previous book, so characters from his stand-alones are bleeding into the series. That alo...more
Ravie
This book is really fast paced, which makes you to ignore all other shortcomings. In fact, you don't really bother. The plot involves the disappearance of an eighteen year old girl Aimee, and the modus operandi was starkingly similar to an earlier disappearance. Now, it's upto Myron Bolitar to solve this case.

There are too many sub plots which are seemingly unconnected and unrelated at the beginning but somehow Coben convincingly pulls everything together! The plot was meandering in the middle p...more
Kim
I always listen to my Myron stories via audiobook. This time, Harlan Coben reads the book himself in this audio edition. This took me some time to get used to because 1-when you read a series and the reader is always the same...the voice represents the characters. This is how you create a pic in your mind of what these characters are like. Having a new reader, even Mr Coben himself, caught me off guard and threatened my previous view of Myron & friends. And 2-all I could think of while Mr Co...more
Harry
Beginning to exhaust my hunt for the loner, the hunter as a singular and main hero...a new trend seems to be emerging, the disassociation of the hunter and conscientious hero into two separate characters: the main character and his loner side-kick. Several authors embrace this genre motif: Robert Crais's Elvis Cole and his side-kick Joe Pike and of course Harlan Coben's Mylor Bolitar and his elitist side-kick Win.

Of this genre, Coben is probably the most adept at creating complex and winning cha...more
Linda Alexander
As with most Harlan Coben books, this was an excellent read. Myron Bolitar is at a party at his friends' home and goes to the basement for something, and as he starts down the staircase, he overhears their daughter and another girl talking about being in a car with a totally 'wasted' guy. He continues on down the steps and ends up making the girls promise him if ever they need help to get home because they don't have a ride with someone whom isn't incapacitated, they are to call him at any hour...more
Claudia
Esta semana tenho andado numa onda de policiais. Antes de mais queria agradecer à Ângela Costa e Vera Brandão que me motivaram na aquisição de livros deste autor, para mim até à data totalmente desconhecido. Posto isto, aqui vai a minha modesta opinião.
Quem goste de policiais/thrillers e não conheça o autor, por favor, compre um livro, depois falamos.
Adorei o livro, adorei o enredo, as personagens, o decorrer da história, as voltas e reviravoltas. Nada do que se passa são dados adquiridos, o enr...more
LJ
PROMISE ME (Unlicensed Investigator-NY/NJ/Cont) – Ex
Coben, Harlen – 8th in series
Dutton, 2006-Hardcover
Myron Bolitar has changed his focus from being a sports agent and crime fighter to being an entertainment agent. He even has a new girlfriend, Ali. At their first official part as a couple, he hears Ali’s daughter, Erin, and her best friend, Aimee Biel talking. Myron makes them promise if they ever need a ride from a party where there’s been drinking or any other help, they will call him and he...more
Amy
Audio abridged: This is the second Harlan Coben I have listened to and I really liked it. The first book was very gory. This one is more suspenseful and book eight of a series. Myron Bolitar is a former Duke basketball player and self-described superhero. He makes a friend's teen promise, no matter the time or place, to call him instead of getting in the car with a drunk driver. The teen calls Myron just a few days later and of course, trouble ensues. I like the character of Myron. Coben narrate...more
Inês Beato
Já há muito tempo que não pegava numa aventura do Myron Bolitar, o meu agente desportivo favorito! No entanto, apesar de ter adorado reencontrar personagens apaixonantes como o Win ou a Esperanza, fiquei triste por não ter havido nenhuma reconciliação com a Jessica Culver, parece que assim não é a mesma coisa...
Desde o ultimo livro, o Bolitar envelheceu uns aninhos (7) e sofreu algumas alterações na vida, mas o sentido de humor e a ironia brilhantes continuam em alta! As três estrelas neste cas...more
Heather
I love Myron (Coben's recurring character), but this book was not his best. If I hadn't read him before I might have given this two stars. I enjoyed having the characters back and I enjoyed the ride to a moderate degree, but the plot and its conclusion were pretty lame. There was barely even a mystery until over 100 pages into the book, and then until around page 300 the question just seemed to be, "Why did two girls run away?" which did not seem to carry any sense of danger or suspense. After p...more
Jeffrey
This series always grab me. I do love them. While this was not the strongest of the them, I still enjoyed myself.
GIZMO
TRUE RATING IS TWO STARS ONLY

I was happy to find an unread myron bolitar book while browsing shelves at the library...it had been 6 or 7 years since I last visited with the crew from MB Reps. sadly I wish I'd left this one behind. even giving myrin's penchant for helping the helpless the plot is unbelievable and the conclusion rushed and unsatisfying. and I couldn't help but notice that old cast members were trotted out to make quick guest appearances as if this were the Letterman show...worst o...more
Cláudia
I'm starting to believe Coben never disappoints.
It's been 6 years since we last heard of Myron Bolitar. His life has changed, the lifes of his friends and family also. Except for Win, of course :)
He's trying just to do his work as a sports and actors representant and not get into trouble but the trouble always look for him...
The book is fast paced, there's always something happening, and we connect with the characters, the good and the bad ones. Nice twists also.
I'm anxious to read the new My...more
Lorrie
Harlan Coben has some good audio/car mysteries. I really like to listen to his stories, especially when he's the reader. He's very entertaining and it's so personal. I have to be honest and tell you that I was ready for this story to be over at about 65%. It just drug on and on... I was not on the edge of my seat. I was listening so it would be over and I could begin another book.

Myron finally meets the woman. She's a 911 widow with 2 children. He tells her he loves her after 7 years with no on...more
Tom
My only complaint is that the narrator (I listened to this series via audiobook) changed. I was used to the original voice and he did a stellar job, but in this book the Author (Harlan Coben) read it. He did an ok job, but I prefer the original voice.

The storyline in the book was kinda lacking for me, I still enjoyed it, but I am looking forward to his future Myron Bolitar books in the hopes that he gets back to what made this series great.
Scoats
I have greatly enjoyed all of the Coben books I've read before, both the Myron Bolitar books and the non-Bolitar books. This one weaves characters from some previous non-Bolitar books into a Bolitar story. I liked that.

I enjoyed it, but it's not one of my favorites from this author. Coben might be a little too Cobeny in this one. It was all just a little bit too much, with a lot of hey I've seen this before.
Tom Leak
possibly the weakest of yhe series so far. don't get me wrong it is still a good book but it is a little dip in form. the plot was predictable and far fetched. some of the characters potayels were unrealistic especially the whole twins plot that just seemed a total waste of what could have been a reoccurring nemesis for win. still worth a read but I was a little disappointed
Mike
You have to be patient to enjoy this one. the first 100 pages or so are rather boring, but Coben is a good story teller and things improve. The plot is complex with a lot of twists and turns and some things aren't really clear even at the ending. Still, an ejoyable and action-packed read.
Evan Dickens
Harlan Coben's Promise Me (a big event in 2006, as it marked a return from Coben's six-year hiatus from the Myron Bolitar character that his early books introduced) is a really fun book, an enjoyable read that shares the same characteristics of other Coben books I've read: lots of twists, lots of characters, and a major reveal at the end.

It also shares some other characteristics: ludicrous dialogue drenched with self-important sarcasm that is intolerable about halfway in; a few too many characte...more
Chris Yorgason
Another great book by Harlan Coben. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite mystery/suspense authors and I really enjoy the Myron Bolitar series. The characters are believable and interesting and Coben's humor is well-done too.
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