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"Everything a great thriller should be - always smart, often funny, and relentlessly exciting. I loved every page." (Scott Turow)
Michael Skellig is a limo driver waiting for his client in the alley behind an upscale hotel. He's spent the past 28 hours ferrying around Bismarck Avila, a celebrity skateboard mogul who isn't going home any time soon. Suddenly the wind begins to speak to Skellig in the guttural accent of the Chechen torturer he shot through the eye in Yemen a decade ago: Troubletroubletrouble. Skellig has heard these warnings before - he's an Army Special Forces sergeant whose limo company is staffed by a ragtag band of wounded veterans, including his Afghan interpreter - and he knows to listen carefully.
Skellig runs inside just in time to save Avila from two gunmen but too late for one of Avila's bodyguards - and wakes up hours later in the hospital, the only person of interest in custody for the murder. Complicating matters further is the appearance of Detective Delilah Groopman of the LAPD, gorgeous and brash, for whom Skellig has always held a candle. As for Avila? He's willing to help clear Skellig's name under one peculiar condition: that Skellig become Avila's personal chauffeur. A cushy gig for any driver, except for the fact that someone is clearly trying to kill Avila, and Skellig is literally the only person sitting between Avila and a bullet to the head.
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By kurdis teed on 02-05-18
Easy Listen: Nice Debut
Would you consider the audio edition of The Driver to be better than the print version?
Yes, I would consider it to be better than the print version, though I've not read it. This is due to the narrator, Ari Fliakos' performance.
What other book might you compare The Driver to and why?
I would compare this book to a couple of others I've recently read: Cash City by Jonathan Fredrick and IQ by Joe Ide, with Cash City being the best of the 3 works.
Which character – as performed by Ari Fliakos – was your favorite?
Ari plays all characters so well, so it's difficult to pick one.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Money changes everything
Any additional comments?
The Driver by Hart Hanson is a good debut novel, and Ari Fliakos is amazing as always. It starts off a little slow but picks up momentum after about an hour or so. It's an easy listen and kept my attention. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but it was worth a credit. It's entertaining, and if you liked Cash City or Joe Ide's IQ series, you will most likely enjoy this as well.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Lickety Split on 12-12-17
What a find!
I can't say enough good things about this book! A real surprise for sure. It had been on my wish list for a while when I decided to go ahead and use a credit on it.
The story, the writing and the characters were great, really original and well developed. The story was tightly woven together but wait! Was that a tear in my eye close to the end? Why yes, my black heart let one slip out. Fortunately it was followed by some more stellar storytelling peppered with the very necessary sarcasm to keep my interest.
I did a little reading about the author and found he'd done some writing for tv which explains the ease with which he told the story through a variety of rich characters. Take a listen!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful