Book Review: Driver Confessional

1 Jun

Ride share driver Antonio cruises the streets of Washington, D.C. looking for his next fare.

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 into a world of espionage, international terrorism and danger.


David L Winters is an award-winning author, humorist and speaker, originally from Ohio, who 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.

Find out more about David at


My Impressions:

Driver Confessional by David L. Winters sounded like my kind of book — a fast-paced suspense novel pitting an inexperienced law student against the movers and shakers of D.C. I even have some connection with the book’s setting and main character. You see, my youngest is a law student at the same university as the main character, Antonio. The streets Antonio drives are the same as my son’s. Unfortunately, this novel just didn’t click with me. It has a just the facts kind of vibe that left me wanting more — more character development and more plot details. I never quite got what was really going on with the nefarious company men and their ties to the Russian mob. Oh, I figured out some things and assumed the rest, but I would have liked the author to flesh things out. Driver Confessional comes in at 190 pages, so there is definitely room to add to the story. I was also taken out of the story by the typos and grammatical errors that I came across. I think a bit of editing is in order. There are a few positives that I must mention. Antonio and his wife, Sylvia, are believers and share their faith in simple ways, without fear and without offending. I really liked that. Antonio, especially, sees his job as a means to share God’s love and care for his riders. He was a great example of living a life devoted to God first and foremost.

There are plenty of reviewers that would disagree with my assessment, so be sure to head over to Amazon and Goodreads to get differing opinions.

Audience: adults.

(Thanks to LitFuse for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

6 Responses to “Book Review: Driver Confessional”

  1. Barbara H. June 2, 2017 at 7:53 am #

    I saw this mentioned somewhere this week and it piqued my interest. I appreciate your sharing both the pros and cons.

    • rbclibrary June 2, 2017 at 10:09 am #

      As you know, Barbara, it is difficult to review a book that just didn’t click. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does I struggle with being honest, fair, and kind. I hope I achieved that with this book. Thanks for your encouragement!

  2. Carrie June 2, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    Great review – well-expressed! I concur 🙂

    • rbclibrary June 2, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

      Thanks Carrie!

  3. Susanne June 3, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    The premise of this really intrigues me. I, too, appreciate that you were honest. If my library gets it I may still give it a try though typos and grammer errors make nuts. I always wonder why editors let that kind of stuff slip.

    • rbclibrary June 10, 2017 at 9:24 am #

      Me too!

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