Deadly Driver


Fiction - Sports
308 Pages
Reviewed on 04/06/2021
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Deadly Driver – A Thriller by J.K. Kelly is Bryce Winters' story, a Formula One car driver who has to fight until the end if he wants to survive. Playing with danger was normal for Bryce, but nothing could have prepared him for what was about to come. The CIA gave him assignments, and Bryce must complete all of them if he wants to keep living his life the way he wants to. The tasks require him to bring his A-game at all times. But what would happen if he fails? One miss-step and Bryce will lose it all. Can he keep his assignments secret and get on with his races? Or will his cover be broken, and will he pay the price?

Deadly Driver is an action-packed, fast-paced story that will give readers an adrenaline rush. The narrative moves at a steady pace; J.K. Kelly gives enough information to make the reader want more and then introduces new plotlines and subplots to make the story interesting. The mystery behind Bryce's involvement with the CIA, why he couldn't get out, and why he needed to claim his freedom back were all handled exceptionally well. Bryce is flawed, he is not perfect, yet he tries his best to get the job done. The descriptions did become a little too vivid at times, but that made the reading experience even better. It is a must-read story. It is a page-turner that will keep you up late into the night so you can read one more page. Perfectly paced to be entertaining until the end.

Christopher Anderson

In Deadly Driver, J. K. Kelly introduces us to the circus that is Formula One racing. At one of the media parties, a multi-millionaire Russian by the name of Gregori Ivanova is celebrating his acquittal on a technicality of 39 charges of child pornography, drug trafficking, and weapons offenses. His life comes to an abrupt end in the men’s toilet, when an explosive device is placed in his favorite Formula One team cap and subsequently detonated. The Formula One world champion Bryce Winters is seen leaving the toilet moments before the explosion. The story continues find out how Bryce Winters and his race engineer Jack Madigan are involved with the CIA. Follow this exciting, extremely fast story in the life of a Formula One driver and the multimillion $ lifestyle that goes with it, as they fly around the world to different venues. This gives Bryce Winters and his celebrity status access to people otherwise out of reach without causing suspicion, and as we all know, where there are large amounts of money, there is almost always a criminal element involved.

J. K. Kelly writes in a way that gives you a glimpse of a lifestyle that most of us can only dream about. The descriptions he gives of the different characters help the reader to have a connection with them, and the descriptions of the places that you visit on the journey are remarkable. There is a fast pace of flying to one venue after another and then a slow pace of relaxation and solitude in a place where you can look out at a beautiful sunset and admire the night sky with its stars. It gives you an idea of how the varying characters live in the world of Formula One and its high finance. Deadly Driver keeps you wondering how things will turn out for Bryce and his companions right to the last page with the story left open for a continuation. I look forward to the next story in the life of Bryce Winters.

Pikasho Deka

Undercover agents, international hitmen, and high-end Formula One cars; if these things pique your curiosity, then you should probably get yourself a copy of J.K. Kelly's Deadly Driver. Bryce Winters is a Formula One race-car driver who, alongside his accomplice Jack Madigan, travels around the world chasing a winning championship and undertaking covert hit jobs for the CIA. Fed up with his dual life, Bryce plans to get out of his commitments to the CIA and, on a trip to Mexico, tricks his handlers, Gunn and Joan, and causes their demise. But Joan's death causes a rift between Bryce and Jack. Furthermore, it sets rogue CIA agents Brownell, Russo, and Chadwick in pursuit of Bryce to try to destroy him. Meanwhile, Bryce starts a burgeoning relationship with an Asian woman named Kyoto Watanabe.

Deadly Driver is a fast-paced and highly entertaining ride that you just don't want to get off. Author J.K. Kelly's novel feels as if it wouldn't look out of place as a script in a big-budget Hollywood movie. With an original premise, compelling characters, and swashbuckling action sequences, Deadly Driver feels like a rush of adrenaline injected straight into your veins. I enjoyed the distinct relationship dynamics Bryce had with Uncle Pete, Jack, and Kyoto. I couldn't have guessed the way Max Werner's storyline resolved itself and found his character arc completely unpredictable. Overall, I had a blast reading Deadly Driver. Readers who love cars and action-packed thrillers should give this one a go.