Monday, June 5, 2017

Driver Confessional by David L. Winters - REVIEWED

About the Book:
Ride share driver Antonio cruises the streets of Washington, D.C. looking for his next fare.
He has an unusual gift for relaxing his customers and stimulating their desire to reveal more than they planned. By the completion of their ride, many feel so comfortable that they confess their sins great and small. Antonio's faith guides his discussions and points him in new directions. Suddenly, his peaceful world is turned upside down by a mysterious business woman. As she heads to a midnight rendezvous, she confesses more than Antonio can handle. Her story sends him into a world of espionage, international terrorism and danger.

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My Thoughts:
I must confess that I have very mixed feelings about this book.  I love the idea of using the taxi-like driving service as the basis for discovery and as a window into the lives of a myriad of people and their life circumstances.  However, there has to be a more imaginative way of telling the tale other than changing the first letter of the service's name.  What's more, it wouldn't be much of a story without a dangerous element and other elements that make the driver wary or uncomfortable, but the internal thoughts of the driver become a bit distracting and sometimes confusing.

I don't mean this disrespectfully in any way, because I enjoyed the story for the most part.  But...I felt it didn't flow very smoothly.  One minute the driver was falling asleep in his home...then he was somewhere else...and to get out of a story web the author woke the driver up out of a dream....and I never could figure out what the significance the dream had - or why I had to read it.  Stuff that that kept happening, and there were time I felt quite confused.

I got back onto the story line, but inevitably, I'd find myself on another confusing side road.  I realize the story sort of lends itself to quick scene changes, but there were times I got lost completely.  Other than bumpy writing style, it is a great story, and a brilliant idea!  I'm glad there will be other opportunities for me to spend time with these characters.

About the Author:

David L Winters is an award-winning author, humorist and speaker, originally from Ohio, who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. His first book, "Sabbatical of the Mind: The Journey from Anxiety to Peace," won several awards including a Silver Illumination Award from the Jenkins Group and two Finalist Medals from the Next Generation Indies Book Awards.

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