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Publisher's Summary

From the creator of the TV show Bones comes a "riveting, smart and funny" (Harlan Coben) debut thriller.

"Everything a great thriller should be - always smart, often funny, and relentlessly exciting. I loved every page." (Scott Turow)

Michael Skellig is a limo driver waiting for his client in the alley behind an upscale hotel. He's spent the past 28 hours ferrying around Bismarck Avila, a celebrity skateboard mogul who isn't going home any time soon. Suddenly the wind begins to speak to Skellig in the guttural accent of the Chechen torturer he shot through the eye in Yemen a decade ago: Troubletroubletrouble. Skellig has heard these warnings before - he's an Army Special Forces sergeant whose limo company is staffed by a ragtag band of wounded veterans, including his Afghan interpreter - and he knows to listen carefully.

Skellig runs inside just in time to save Avila from two gunmen but too late for one of Avila's bodyguards - and wakes up hours later in the hospital, the only person of interest in custody for the murder. Complicating matters further is the appearance of Detective Delilah Groopman of the LAPD, gorgeous and brash, for whom Skellig has always held a candle. As for Avila? He's willing to help clear Skellig's name under one peculiar condition: that Skellig become Avila's personal chauffeur. A cushy gig for any driver, except for the fact that someone is clearly trying to kill Avila, and Skellig is literally the only person sitting between Avila and a bullet to the head.

©2017 Hart Hanson (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

" The Driver has it all - crisp dialogue, complex characters, and a plot that zips at breathtaking speed." (Kathy Reichs)
" The Driver is grim, funny, violent, and moving - all on the same page." (T. Jefferson Parker)

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Easy Listen: Nice Debut

Would you consider the audio edition of The Driver to be better than the print version?

Yes, I would consider it to be better than the print version, though I've not read it. This is due to the narrator, Ari Fliakos' performance.

What other book might you compare The Driver to and why?

I would compare this book to a couple of others I've recently read: Cash City by Jonathan Fredrick and IQ by Joe Ide, with Cash City being the best of the 3 works.

Which character – as performed by Ari Fliakos – was your favorite?

Ari plays all characters so well, so it's difficult to pick one.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Money changes everything

Any additional comments?

The Driver by Hart Hanson is a good debut novel, and Ari Fliakos is amazing as always. It starts off a little slow but picks up momentum after about an hour or so. It's an easy listen and kept my attention. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but it was worth a credit. It's entertaining, and if you liked Cash City or Joe Ide's IQ series, you will most likely enjoy this as well.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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What a find!

I can't say enough good things about this book! A real surprise for sure. It had been on my wish list for a while when I decided to go ahead and use a credit on it.
The story, the writing and the characters were great, really original and well developed. The story was tightly woven together but wait! Was that a tear in my eye close to the end? Why yes, my black heart let one slip out. Fortunately it was followed by some more stellar storytelling peppered with the very necessary sarcasm to keep my interest.
I did a little reading about the author and found he'd done some writing for tv which explains the ease with which he told the story through a variety of rich characters. Take a listen!

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Clever, Fast Paced, and Fun

What made the experience of listening to The Driver the most enjoyable?

Former Army Special Ops Sergeant Michael Skellig owns a limo company, in part to hire wounded veterans. They include a paranoid mechanic, a legless dispatcher, and an Afghan interpretor he smuggled illegally into the States. They each suffer severely from Post Tramatic Stress. Together, much like Baldacci's Camel Club, they make a formidable and endearing team.

If you’ve listened to books by Hart Hanson before, how does this one compare?

This is my first. It is fast and fun, so I intend to listen to more from him.

Which scene was your favorite?

Every scene with Michael and Delilah, the detective. Their banter was funny and smoldering in sexual tension.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen in one day!

Any additional comments?

Ari Fliakos' narration was outstanding.

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  • MK
  • 01-03-18

Hart Hanson Is Talented

What a great book. The storyline is fairly simple but keeps you engaged. I thought the author did a great job of developing his characters and getting the reader invested.

The narrator fit the main character well and did a fantastic job bringing the story to life. I’ll look for more books narrated by him.

As someone who is OCD-level stingy with their credits, I was not disappointed in using one on The Driver.

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Outstanding

The Driver is hands down one of the very best books I've ever listened to. The characters are so, so rich. A phenomenal performance by the narrator. I ran the full gamut of emotions with this book. Absolutely wonderful!

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Great story. Great Narration.

This is my new favorite writer and new favorite narrator. I hope there are more.

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  • Trista
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 08-10-17

loved!

If you could sum up The Driver in three words, what would they be?

I was really surprised. Great book!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character and Lucky.

Have you listened to any of Ari Fliakos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Oh, I love Ari Fliakos!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes.

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Fabulous!

Smart, sassy, amazing use of language. Performance was exceptional. Had to listen to the final chapters several times because I didn't want it to end.

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great action story

Listened to this book for a 5 hr trip and had to finish it in that one day. Love the narrator and the plot. Laughed out loud several times.

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What an incredible story!

I was a little leery because of some of the negative reviews. This book may not be for everyone but if you enjoy clever dialogue bordering on out right humor, mystery, and the complex nature of people trying to work out unfixable issues through indirect tangible means then you’ll love this book. The characters are rich, the backstory is intriguing, and the premise is sound. Great first book by the author. I really hope that he does many more. I disclaimer that I am a therapist who works with veterans through some of the same issues. I don’t think that biased my opinion, but I’ll acknowledge that it might.
Of course, the whole is greatly enhanced by the narrator. By far my favorite narrator. He is able to embody the characters and to really nail the clever timing of the dialogue! The truth is I came to this book by looking up other books that he had narrated. This is well worth the credit.