Driver Confessional

Driver Confessional

Driver Confessional (May 2017)

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.

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  • I love a creative premise. With Uber and Lyft as a major form of transportation in metropolitan areas, I wondered how long it would be before they would take place in fiction. DRIVER CONFESSIONAL uses the ride-share premise and wields a journey through DC that includes mystery, murder, and international intrigue. Antonio is a law student and driver who isn’t looking for trouble when he picks up his fares, but he finds it.

  • Nothing better than a great suspense novel with plenty of intrigue and surprise. Throw in some international nuclear materials dealers, the Russian mob and government corruption and you’ve got the makings of a great novel.

    Don’t miss this first book in the “Driver Series”! Be watching for the next book, “Stock Car Inferno”, coming soon to continue Antonio’s story.

  • While the story line was good, the writing felt very stilted to me. Characters spoke in a way that I felt was not realistic, so it was hard for me to feel much emotion toward them or the story in general.

  • I found this book interesting. I learned quite a bit about ride-share drivers and what they do. The character development was limited, as was the plot. I did enjoy the suspense and the good Christian message. This might be a good book for men who are looking for an uncomplicated novel.

  • This book was hard to put down, as it kind of keeps you “on the edge of your seat,” anxious to find out what happens next. It does also tend to be somewhat politically charged, so if you’re not up for that, be aware.

    If you are interested in mystery, intrigue, detective type stories, you will enjoy Driver Confessional.

  • One of those chill binding reads that wrap you up and tie you into the book. I felt that the author chose a pace that made me as the reader, not want to put it down because it was so realistic. It is always a pleasure to come across an author who can present and execute a story that thrills with a twist.

  • Antonio is a good man and I really liked his character. He’s married and has a son and there are several family scenes that just made me smile. A quick read that will give you a warm sense of family and a few moments of suspense.

  • This book is a very quick read, two hundred pages, and a lot of action is packed in these pages, including some murders.
    The premise of the story has a lot going for it, and the danger seems very real, and the author has done a great job of bringing the word of God to each who will listen.

  • Driver Confessional offers an interesting premise. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it held up in execution. Slow plot pacing didn’t draw me in until late in the book; I also didn’t feel like the author trusted the reader to keep the characters straight.
    The highlight for me was the Washington, D.C., setting; I’ve visited there many a time over the years and geeked out over its name-dropped locations.

  • Within the pages of the book is an enthralling, suspense-filled tale that will keep you reading until the end! The way the author ends the first book makes me wonder if the other books will be centered on characters from this story or if they will be different.

  • Overall the book is a great adventure and has enough thrills and intrigue to keep readers engrossed in the book. At the end the author gives us a sneak peek at the next book in the series. I’m excited to read it and get to know Antonio a bit better.

  • Moments says:

    David L. Winters is an author that I will be following as “Driver Confessional” is an intense, action-filled read from start to finish.  Antonio is merely trying to make a living to pay bills and support his family.  He is used hearing his clients spill their secrets as they share stories in his car.  However, one night, one ride, one person spilling secrets leads to so much more as a dangerous web results.

  • Driver Confessional takes you on a fast-paced ride through murder, mayhem, and intrigue!  The plot flies around Washington, DC, as Antonio struggles to find his way to a peaceful destination.  You won’t see the ending coming, as the twists and turns will keep you guessing page after page.

  • Driver Confessional is an intriguing story of murder, corruption on Capital Hill, and Russian mobsters all woven into the daily life of Antonio, an average guy just trying to support his family. The approach is definitely unique and not something frequently seen in Christian fiction.

  • Antonio is a law student who is trying to provide for his young family. He becomes a part time driver for a ride share program in DC. Antonio is known for good lucks and his gentle and warming manners. When a mysterious woman enters his world, he is thrown into the world of secrets and violence.

  • I appreciate when an author wants to write Christian fiction and work in a Christian worldview message with a good story. It’s a great way to reach fiction fans with a message that they may not normally read. But I think that in order to appeal to readers, a well-done Christian fiction book also has to have a really interesting, compelling, and well done story.

  • I really liked how Antonio would pray for his clients and sometimes had spiritual conversations with them or prayed with them. I liked that the gospel message was clearly spelled out. There’s quite a bit of action in the story, from car chases to shooting to kidnapping. There’s a little romance, too.

  • We ride around the D.C. area with Antonio, a loving husband and father, who is trying to make extra money for his family as he attends law school. Their lives are very busy, filled with love and a heartache, but they are making it the best they know how with a strong faith in God. I thought it interesting how Antonio became a missionary driver, seeking God when hurting people stepped into his car. I also appreciated that he was not a perfect man and also had to ask forgiveness for a short temper especially dealing with traffic but also with some customers who think they know everything.

  • This book is excellent! I enjoyed the suspense and how the story moved along till the last page. I look forward to the next book.

  • This debut novel from David L Winters certainly captured my attention and imagination. It is a thrilling read and a real page turner. I am looking forward to reading more by David L Winters.

  • By The Book says:

    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 would recommend this book for those that like a little bit of suspense, drama, faith, mystery and lots of characters, then get this book.  It is one of those that will keep you turning the pages.  This is book #1 of the Driver Series and I can’t wait for book #2 to come.

  • Driver Confessional by David L Winters was a fun book to read. I loved that this book had things that are actually happening or things that really exist. I love when authors just change the name of a service or product in their books, but everyone knows what the author is talking about.

  • When I received the request for this book I thought it would be a good thriller to break up some of the romance books I had been reading. As I read the book the switching from Antonio to the driver made me lose connection with the character.

  • If you are ready for a fast-paced action book, then this is definitely the book for you. Filled with car chases, secrets, political intrigue, and suspense this book will keep you hanging on to your seatbelt.

  • More of Him says:

    This book started out as a page turner and ended one! It kept me awake when I should have been sleeping because I couldn’t put it down.

  • Who knew that listening to your passengers’ conversations could lead to a dead body, being chased by Russian thugs, learning to lean on God and more. But that is what happens to ride-share driver Antonio. Share in his adventure by reading “Driver Confessional.”

  • The book is rather short so it is a good, quick read that has quite a bit of action in it. I think the scenes with Antonio’s family were my favorite, just because that added a different dimension/new element to his character.

  • I requested this title because the combination of “Italian good looks,” a journalist on a Russian espionage mission, and Washington politics sounded promising – as I’m Italian by heritage, journalist by career, and at the moment inevitably interested in Russia, and enamored by Washington at every moment.

  • I definitely recommend this thrill ride to all! It’s the first in a new series by a truly talented author and I am so glad that I took the chance on this interesting new read. It’s 4 star worthy and I am looking forward to picking up book 2! 

  • This book is amazingly fun to read! I read it so quickly, page by page I couldn’t put this book down. It’s packed with informative descriptions of the characters and plot. Very descriptive, helps the reader imagine the story line of the book. Great read and I would recommend it to anybody!

  • With that said, I really liked the characters, especially Antonio and his family. Driver Confessional is the first in Winters’ Driver series. The second book, Stock Car Inferno, will be book two. I look forward to seeing where the characters go next in their journey. And, I’m thankful to read from a new author.

  • The premise sounds great, but I wasn’t able to get wrapped up in the story.

  • I liked the premise that Antonio took everyday situations and looked for opportunities to share his faith with people he ran across. Which is what we all should do. I just felt it was a little much.

  • Driver Confessional introduces us to an intriguing concept and a likable hero. The setting is spot-on, and readers familiar with Washington D.C. will feel right at home. Guys will enjoy this book, though women may find it difficult to connect with the story. The plot is relevant and modern, and ride-share drivers will probably never view a left-behind item in quite the same way.

  • I enjoy reading new authors, and especially new suspense authors. This book wasn’t as long as most of the ones I read, coming in at just 207 pages, but the author packed a lot into those 207 pages. I liked the plot, the idea of a Buber (Uber) driver conversing with his riders was a neat idea to go with. I liked the characters – especially the main one, the suspense, and drama that came through on nearly every page.

  • EmpowerMoms says:

    “Driver Confessional” is book 1 of 3 in the new driver series by author by David winters. This book tells the story of Antonio who is going to law school, as well as a being a part time “Buber” driver (similar to being a taxi driver) for the DC area. Antonio feels that his calling while being a driver is to pray or witness to his clients about God so there is religious conversations and prayers through out this book. It was interesting to see the lives he was able to bless due to this mentality, although not all of his riders were open to the communication about God.

  • What a thrilling read! I didn’t know what to expect with this book but it exceeded my expectations! This book is well written with a fascinating plot and great characters. Loved how it kept me on the edge of my seat until the end! I would definitely look for more books by this author in the future, it is always so exciting finding new authors with spell binding reads.

  • Other than bumpy writing style, it is a great story, and a brilliant idea! I’m glad there will be other opportunities for me to spend time with these characters.

  • Pick up your copy of Driver Confessional, the first release in the Driver Series by David L. Winter, to dodge bullets and join high-speed car chases with Antonio and Rocco as they race to find the answers to these questions and stop the bad guys.

  • It’s very rare to find a ‘Christian Mystery Novel’ that puts the protagonist’s faith front and center within a storyline, yet David Winters takes a bold stand and weaves it wonderfully throughout Driver Confessional. Antonio’s Christian walk is part of his everyday life as a husband, father, law school student and ride-share driver. Although I enjoyed the fact that Antonio’s life as a Christian is displayed in such a personal, natural way, I was very impressed that it did not deter from the suspense & mystery that falls into Antonio’s lap due to one of his ride-share passengers and the briefcase she leaves in his car. Action, espionage, murder, shady politics, kidnapping, detective work, and run-ins with the Russian mob all take place.

  • Driver Confessional is one of those books that really ended up surprising me!! It’s a thriller for sure, but mixed with a whole lot of faith!! That “faith” is one of the main reasons I why I LOVED reading it!! Antonio feels strongly and spiritually that his job (a part-time Buber driver) is one that would allow him to pray for & over his “passengers”. He also is a wonderful family man and the moments we get to see Antonio with his family are just precious!!

  • While the story overall was good, it definitely wasn’t a fast read for me. The characters were good, but could have been better developed, so I didn’t connect with them as I would have liked to.

  • “Driver Confessional” by David L. Winters is a book about a “Buber” driver in Washington, D.C. Antonio is happily married with an eight-year-old son. He is attending law school and makes extra money driving for “Buber’ on the side. Mr. Winters has written more of a diary of Antonio’s Buber patrons and the interesting lives they lead. Sometimes there are those who are in the middle of something sinister and Antonio is drawn into it.

  • I found myself unable to put this book down. This book is a fast paced, keeping you guessing until the end. The characters in this book are definitely interesting and not always who they seem.

  • This book was a real page turner. I stayed up late to finish it because I couldn’t put it down! My favorite thing about Driver Confessional was the characters. I loved all of the characters and felt like they were all well developed and interesting. I really cared about them and what happened to them. The plot was full of twists and turns and provided a good mystery.

  • I really like this book a lot. Suspense novels are some of my favorite. This is the first one of David Winters I have read and now that I have read this one, I cannot wait until the second installment.

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