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Driven Paperback – April 15, 2010
From Publishers Weekly
Highly original touches and an impressive flair for atmosphere make this spooky supernatural thriller one that nudges readers to examine spiritual matters while delivering an outstanding level of suspense. Lobster fisherman Karl Dengler is inhabited by the demon Krogan, and partners with other demon-possessed people to commit horrific acts of violence. When Krogan destroys the New York Aquarium's tanks of whales and dolphins, Det. Gavin Pierce's grandfather is one of the spectators killed. In his quest for vengeance, Gavin joins forces with Amy Kirsch, a sassy, drop-dead gorgeous computer hacker who has a homespun "fortune cookie" saying for almost every occasion. Recovering alcoholic Karianne Stordal suffers from her own demon and is commandeered by Krogan to help him commit vehicular homicide. Under hypnosis, she provides clues that help unlock the murders. As Krogan continues his reign of terror, Gavin and Amy turn to a reluctant exorcist-turned-dairy farmer who has been victimized by Krogan in the past. The novel features a skillful mix of passages that entertain and frighten, and the plot is fast-paced and drenched in evil. Although the themes are strongly Christian, this is a solid crossover novel that should appeal to many readers of suspense and paranormal fiction.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Krogan is an ancient and evil warrior who exists in the modern world and kills his victims with cars, planes, and boats. When one of his victims is the grandfather of Nassau County homicide detective Gavin Pierce, the detective finds himself investigating a series of strange vehicular accidents instigated by a mysterious driver who is able to magically walk away. The accidents usually leave no other survivors, but Pierce is lucky enough to get testimony from a Norwegian airline stewardess that leads him to a previous victim willing to help in the hunt. He also gets help from Amy Krisch, the sister of one of Krogan's victims, who joins him in the supernatural battle that is the novel's climax. Mainstream crime fiction readers are likely to show little patience with the paranormal elements here, but for fantasy-horror fans or those who don't mind mixing genres, this otherworldly police procedural should have definite appeal. Gary Niebuhr
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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While the W.G. Griffiths novels are seemingly easy reads, if you dig as deeply while reading the story as the author has at supplying a wealth of facts and information, then perhaps you will agree with me, it is not so much that it is an easy read, but rather, the intuitive way in which the author pens his stories. There is a certain quality about this author, his characters and his stories that is uniquely and refreshingly different.
After reading every single W.G. Griffiths novel out there, I find that his books are extremely well written, in a tasteful manner. He not only lends credibility and respect to his characters, but there is an underlying tone of credibility and respect shown for his readers throughout his stories. It's a loyalty if you will, between author and reader, that can be felt growing more intense with each novel.
Driven is the story of a homicide detective who loses his grandpa to a serial killer who uses other people's cars as weapons and somehow always manages to not only survive each substantial crash, but escape as well. Gavin, the detective is obsessed with catching up with the killer, he has no intention of asking him twice to freeze when he has him at gunpoint. Krogan, the killer is not going to stop and will punish anyone trying to make him look bad or who gets in the way of his fun.
Got a little concerned when the biblical elements of the storyline started to appear, was very worried I was about to be preached to like when you unknowingly stumble across a tunnel vision Christian writer when you thought you were picking up a normal thriller or supernatural/horror novel. Authors such as Terri Blackstock and Robert Whitlow have certainly disgraced themselves by doing this and ripping off the unsuspecting public in the process of hard earned money. To my pleasant surprise Griffiths never started trying to convert me to his beliefs.
Driven is no masterpiece, but it is a pleasant enough way to pass the time.
THERE ARE PLENTY OF INTERESTING CHARACTERS (AMY, BUCK ETC....)
AND THE STORY MOVES AT A FAST SMOOTH PACE. AFTER YOU HAVE READ THIS NOVEL YOU WILL NEVER LOOK AT A TURTLE THE SAME WAY AGAIN.