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the drive [Paperback]

S.J. Johnson
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

November 10, 2011
"A true page turner into the dangerous and unexpected. Marvelously well written, this is an astounding story with an absolutely rich plot that doesn't disappoint. Each chapter will keep you pinned to your seat, then leaves you breathless with a heart wrenching surprise ending."

'The Drive' by S.J. Johnson
Take a thrilling ride alongside a young family as they journey toward a new hopeful future but instead find they are forced to confront the dangerously bizarre and lethal landscape that refuses to set them free.
Brian Hadley began to recognize that he was losing everything he had been working his whole life to build. He realized he needed to reconnect with his family before it was too late. In hopes of salvaging what is left of their slowly dissolving and parting relationships, he designed what he thought to be the perfect family getaway; a road trip to a remote mountain Lodge merely a few hundred miles drive away from their home. Along the way Brian, his wife Kathy and their three children discover much more than a rekindling of their family bonds with each other as they attempt to escape the deadly and treacherous landscape surrounding them.
Their holiday becomes a struggle for their very survival when they are suddenly thrust into a wild and unpredictable land filled with unnatural and deadly threats at every turn. A place shrouded in dense unforgiving fog and seemingly determined to destroy them as they are challenged with one torment after another.
The question is no longer will they regain what they have lost from each other, but rather how will they survive, the drive.

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This started off quite stodgily. I thought I might have to give up but luckily I persevered because it opened up into the most amazing multi-layered story. The title might refer to the original drive out to the campsite or the drive to survive or even the drive to escape wherever they had found themselves with their lives. Brian's slow descent into almost madness at all that is thrown at him is tangible and my heart went out to his suffering. After the initial slowness, the book took off and I found myself devouring page after page. So much so that I read it in two sittings. This is a very cleverly written horror/suspense that gives far more than is initially obvious. It will appeal to anyone. --wistfulskimmie - Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews...

After just finishing The Drive, I must say that it kept me tense, thrilled and wondering. I have never read a book that had me feeling claustrophobic, full of awe, wondering what would happen next and joyful, all in the same book. I was impressed at how many different elements were so well blended together. And on top of it, to throw in a realistic family dynamic, a hard task to start with. S.J. Johnson does a thoroughly impressive job of weaving a spellbinding if sometimes frightening tale. A must read. --Skip410

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  • S.J. Johnson does a thoroughly impressive job of weaving a spellbinding if sometimes frightening tale. A must read.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146792007X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467920070
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.1 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,332,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Drive- A Thrilling Journey February 26, 2012
By Skip410
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After just finishing The Drive, I must say that it kept me tense, thrilled and wondering. I have never read a book that had me feeling claustrophobic, full of awe, wondering what would happen next and joyful, all in the same book. I was impressed at how many different elements were so well blended together. And on top of it, to throw in a realistic family dynamic, a hard task to start with. S.J. Johnson does a thoroughly impressive job of weaving a spellbinding if sometimes frightening tale. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It :) January 31, 2013
By les64
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I loved the Story. I could see all the charachters so vividly in my mind. Kept me wanting more. I couldnt put it down & now months later it is still on my mind. I would love to see the MOVIE :) Cant wait to see if there's a sequel !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable June 24, 2012
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Despite a few type errors, it was a very good read. I'd downloaded it to my Kindle, but my husband was the one who started reading it first.

It kept me guessing throughout and I was left speechless at the ending.

Well worth the time to read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SPOOKY! May 9, 2012
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I read the entire book in one sitting. It was an eerie book, and the author did a good job of describing the surroundings. I could really picture the thick fog and weird sandy ground. It kept my interest throughout. There were a few typos, but nothing bad. There were several curse words that I would have preferred not to see, though. Other than that, I enjoyed it. I went back and read the first of the book at the end. (You'll know who the men are in the prologue if you do). Would loved to have known what happened to the main characters...It leaves you guessing, or maybe there will be a sequel?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! May 8, 2012
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Such an awesome story. Its thrilling and compelling and also heartwrenching. The end surprised me. I will remember this book for a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh very nice! May 5, 2012
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Like a glass of wine with a slight chill while I'm looking at the moon and wishing suddenly for company!

Well done!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Just slightly entertaining. Barely held my interest.
HUGE amount of typos and poor sentence structure. Might be interesting to young science fiction readers but much too fanciful and disjointed for me. Read more
Published 15 months ago by James Harris
3.0 out of 5 stars a gripping tale that goes astray
The story of Brian and his modern family in need of a "reconnect" as they attempt a first vacation had me turning the pages as fast as I could. Read more
Published on February 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars syfi in it's worst form :spoilers
This book reminds me of a terrible 1950's syfi movie, I can picture fake rocks and carboard cutouts of the trees..I don't mean this a campy silly kind of way. Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by newlife
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking but..
I found this a good fast paced read. The auther writes in a way that had me thinking life, yet the story lines were still vague and left some confusion. Read more
Published on May 14, 2012 by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars No editing?
I was excited to read this after reading other reviews. Unfortunately, I was distracted by errors such as "heal" v. "heel" and could not become immersed in the story.
Published on May 6, 2012 by Heather Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars A multi layered horror/suspense
This is the story of Brian. In trying to reconnect with his family, he suggests they all go on a camping trip. They pile in the car and head off. Read more
Published on March 8, 2012 by wistfulskimmie - Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews Blog
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More About the Author

An author that knows just what it takes to pull the heart strings and evoke emotions one page at a time.
S.J. Johnson is the author of the best selling Novellas such as "Gifts of Devotion" and "The Favor" both of which are included in the "PAGES" Collection. Also the full length Action/adventure - thriller/suspense novel "The Drive"

Her NEW RELEASE, novella collection "THE SAVAGE CODES" which includes,
"REIGN OF SECRETS" "FREEDOM STRATEGY" "THE RAT CAGE"

Taken from some of the latest frightening and revealing headlines. The highly controversial news topics reach into the very depths of deceits so profound, it will have you questioning your own beliefs on several levels. An unforgettable spin on reality which will breach or confirm your own understanding and fears of the age we live in, The Reign of Secrets.

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