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The Driver Book I - Decision Paperback – August 18, 2011
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About the Author
Who knew that a near death experience could lead to this? But it did…following a pulmonary embolism after a big ski accident, author Robert L Turner sat down (or rather was propped up in his big red chair), opened up his PC and started writing. Business Development Manager for a global computer products and IT powerhouse by day, author, blogger and automotive writer by night, Robert finally figured out a way to combine all of his passions and distill them into The Driver. He has owned 8 Porsches, driven hundreds of laps on race tracks and now teaches neophyte drivers how to drive their high performance cars. A resident of North Texas, married for 20+ years and the father of two teenage boys, his overarching goal: write novels that auto and race car enthusiasts along with action adventure fans the world over will enjoy. Just know that he may not be hitting the slopes anytime soon…
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The narrative blends two story lines, the GT3 racing career of Marc Lange and special transport driver Rene Dufour. The racing part is quite convincing. Despite an occasional bobble such as the Ferrari 458 equipped in this book with a manual transmission, the author knows his track stuff. And realistically, it's not always about winning as more often than not Team Technic doesn't earn a podium spot but consistent results can still please the sponsors. You also get a flavor here for the business side of racing and the stress of keeping a team going on limited funding. Track and highway maps at the beginning of each chapter are a great touch.
The Driver sections of the book, while adding plenty of excitement, don't hold up so well to more than passing scrutiny. Just what is the actual demand for these shadowy Transporter figures ? And as running drugs and guns are ruled out in the interest of keeping things at least on a quasi-legal status, how would the Driver actually know they aren't the cargo since examining the contents of the package is forbidden by the contract ? You really have to wonder how the many European police agencies remain so clueless and passive about the high speed chases, as often as not resulting in an accumulation of wrecked bad guy sedans, not to mention bodies strewn by the wayside in the interest of fulfilling the contract.
Better not to think too deeply on the plausibility of it all and just enjoy Driver for what it is, an enjoyable diversion for car guys. I look forward to further installments. And by the way, with the driving sequences done right, this would make a great movie.
I'm happy to submit proof-reading copy for all 3 books in the series
I am not into the fighting/shoot-'em-up stuff, but the dual story of racing skills and strategy and The Driver's resolute commitment to deliver his valuable "cargo" while being chased through the highways and city streets of Europe makes for an engrossing read and kept me engaged throughout. Being a Porschephile I especially liked the racing scenes. Looking forward to the next installment as the story continues...
The Driver is a hugely entertaining adventure of sports car racing and criminal intrigue. It's a bit derivative (half of the plot recalls The Transporter, with Jason Statham) and saddled with a few typos. But the story? It moves!
I, for one, am waiting for the next installment.
I really enjoyed the book, but I went into it understanding that it was a first effort, and given that, it was really good.
The next couple of books should see a significant boost in plot depth if this isn't a one off.
Get after it Robert Turner, your track buddies want to see you become the next Tom Clancy.
It's a great first effort, and I'll definitely keep my eye out for the next offering.