About Driver Confessional
Driver Confessional (May 2017)
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.
Driver Confessional offers an interesting premise. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it held up in execution. Slow plot pacing didn’t draw me in until late in the book; I also didn’t feel like the author trusted the reader to keep the characters straight. References to “Antonio” (the main character) suddenly switched to “the driver”, making for choppy transitions and a disconnect between me and him – unfortunate as he’s the protagonist!
In addition, I felt that the use of “Buber” as the transportation company was way too close to the “real” Uber corporation. (Though it did make me think of Kirk’s Ooober corporation in the recent Gilmore Girls revival. Best part of the revival, imho.)
I did thoroughly enjoy the Washington, D.C., setting; I’ve visited there many a time over the years and geeked out a little anytime a familiar location popped up. (Dupont Circle? Yes, please, I’ll visit the good coffee shop and fun bookstore there. Adams Morgan? But of course. Cafes galore. And the Smithsonians! Cue the fangirling!)
I’m not quite finished with the book as I write this – and will finish to find out what happens. It makes for a solid beach/vacation read, a clean and mildly interesting way to pass a few hours, but I can’t say I’d rush to re-read it.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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.
Find out more about David at http://www.sabbaticalofthemind.net.