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Book Review: Long Lost

taking sports seriouslyThis book is not something that will give you much insight into the sports agent profession.  In fact, there is nothing to take away from this story that directly relates to being a sports agent.  Long Lost by Harlan Coben is a fictional story, but its main character, Myron Bolitar, is a sports agent (the tie in!).  I have read many of Coben’s books in the past, those in the Bolitar series and some that had no relation, and I can easily say that Coben is my favorite fiction writer.  His books are easy to read, yet really pull you in right from the first page.  Long Lost is no different.

I list quite a few Coben books in the Sports Agent Books section, so if you like Long Lost and want more from Coben, you can find it there.  Back to this particular story, though.  Long Lost has everything from disappearances, to murders, to terrorism, and even a little bit of Mossad involved…as I said, it reflects no normal day in the life of a sports agent.  But then again, what is a normal day?  This story is the first Myron Bolitar book that Coben has written in three years.  I am glad that he brought the series back.

Long Lost is a perfect book to pick up for Summer reading.  If you are a student, you just finished your Spring finals (or you are almost there) and you will need a breather before you jump into some non-fictional sports agent reading (which should always include a re-read of the collective bargaining agreements).  My personal recommendation would be to pick up a Grisham book and Long Lost, as a treat to yourself before jumping back into the studying.  And for you non-students, this is a good book for a long plane ride, or if you need something while you catch some rays in your downtime.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

One reply on “Book Review: Long Lost”

Looking forward to reading it. There is also a new adult sporting comedy just been released entitled Classes Apart.

This is an adult sporting comedy that follows the fortunes of Paul Marriot, the secretary of the Barnstorm Village Sunday soccer team and coach of a school cricket team in Yorkshire, England. The story describes the remarkable camaraderie between the players and supporters of this little club and their desire to achieve success. The team had previously been known more for its antics off the field, rather than their performances on it.

During his time at the club he meets and becomes involved with Emma Potter, who is the sister of James Potter, a major player for their bitter rivals Moortown Inn. Thus, begins an entangled web of romance and conflict. He also begins working at Derry High School, a school with a poor reputation of academic success, where he becomes coach of the school cricket team. Here he develops an amazing relationship with the children and they embark on an epic journey.

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