Ride-share driver Antonio winds through the streets of Washington, D.C. in search of his next fare to support his young family and pay law school expenses. 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 and his police detective brother into a world of international espionage, the Russian mob and corporate excess. Clues add up to danger and car chases pile up on ethical dilemmas.
This is an interesting novel about the ride-share program. I've often wondered how they work and this book was very informative. Antonio's ability to get riders to talk means that there are many revealing conversations in the course of the novel. The topics (and author opinion) vary from abortion to crooked politicians. Antonio is a faithful Christian and presents the gospel well to riders as he feels led.
The character and plot development is about average for a debut novelist. I did not feel Antonio was developed well. I would have appreciated reading more of his thinking about his faith. I did enjoy the suspenseful car chase and other action in the novel. I did not note any clever dialogue nor memorable prose.
This might be a good novel for male readers who like a novel without a complex plot structure or complex character development.
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My rating: 3/5 stars.
David L. Winters is an award-winning author, humorist and speaker. Originally from Ohio, he 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. You can find out more at http://www.sabbaticalofthemind.net.
Carpenter's Son Publishing, 208 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse. My comments are an independent and honest review.