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Eve Kenin
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing (26 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050552709X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505527097
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,619,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When a sexy guy named Wizard hijacks her copilot's seat, Raina Bowen, while fighting off rival truckers, ice pirates, and a deadly maniac bent on revenge, is unable to deny her attraction to this dangerous man who is hiding a secret that could get them both killed.

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By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is an exciting story set in a futuristic world of snow and ice where the heroine, Raina Bowen, has had to learn to be self-sufficient and to trust no-one and to form no close friendships. She drives a rig transporting grain across the vast icy Northern Waste but, like other independent rig drivers, is at risk from the Pirates as well as the organised trucking gang, the Jansons. Just before her father, Sam, died he arranged for her to receive a special trucking pass for the main highway which could mean she might win a prize to be the first rig to get there - however she needs to collect the pass from someone called Wizard.

When waiting for Wizard at a rest stop she finds herself coming to the aid of another lone rig driver who has fallen foul of the Jansons. Once she has rescued him she discovers that he is Wizard and that the pass he has for her is worthless. They have larger problems, though, when Wizard's rig is destroyed and he has to travel with Raina. When Raina realises her cargo isn't grain but weapons her plans change again and she decides to give the weapons to the rebels who are trying to dissolve the stranglehold that the evil Duncan Bane holds. Bane is a real enemy to Raina and when she discovers that the enigmatic Wizard also hates Bane she finds herself amongst a group of people about whom she begins to care. However as she becomes more part of their group she discovers that there is a big secret they are withholding from her and that she may be part of a complex plot to destroy Bane - which might involve significant danger for her.

Wizard was a very interesting character in this story. Raised by a computer, his speech and behaviour seems cold and unfriendly but his interactions with Raina begin to teach him to feel and to understand more human emotions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling Ride 4 Nov 2007
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'ROAD WARRIOR...
Raina Bowen knows she can handle herself just fine against anything the harsh Northern Waste throws at her. Until it throws her an enigmatic stranger called Wizard. First, she has to haul him out of a brawl he can't hope to win. And next, her libido is shooting into overdrive at the feel of his hard body pressed against hers on the back of her snowscooter. But there's something not quite right about this guy. Before she can strip bare Wizard's secrets, they're lured into a race for their lives, battling rival truckers, ice pirates...and a merciless maniac with a very personal vendetta'

'Driven' is a fast paced futuristic fantasy novel. The reader follows the tough, gritty, humourous and compelling Raina as she travels through this cold desolate 'out for yourself' world. The plot takes many intriguing twists and turns, as the reader finds out new information about the people in this novel. Wizard is a fantasticly dark and sweetly sensual secondary character. The growing relationship between Raina and Wizard is told beautifully. This novel is a definate 'edge of your seat' ride and after the initial visit into this highly exciting world, I am eager to return for more. Hopefully there will be a sequel soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sci Fi Romance 13 Oct 2011
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Driven is a Science Fiction Romance book written by Eve Kenin, which is set in a post apocalyptic world where there has been two nuclear wars. The world is run by a corrupt Government and a bad guy called Duncan Blane. Extreme temperatures exist with the Northern part of the Earth a frozen waste land. Nothing grows there and it is dark most of the day, the only way people can survive is by getting goods transported in by truckers. One of those truckers is a woman called Raina Bowen and she is in a race to Gladow Station where the first truck there will win 50 million interdollars. Raina is banking everything on winning that money so that she can have a better life for herself in the sun with the sister she has never met. Hopefully this will be a safer life away from Duncan Blane who is out for Raina's blood and eventual death. To try and win the race Raina needs to travel the ICW which is illegally monopolized by Jansen trucks and in order to do this she needs a special license, and that's how the book begins with Raina waiting at a truck stop for a guy called Wizard who will hopefully have a license for her.

I absolutely loved this book it was amazing. If you have read any of my reviews before you will know that I have a lot of trouble with Paranormal Romance however I have no problems what so ever reading Science Fiction Romance weird huh? I think it is because from a very young age I have always watched and loved Sci Fi on tv. The characters are wonderful Raina is an extremely independent tough and lonely young woman. Wizard is a dangerous and good looking strange man who has no emotions at all. It was great to find out about the characters pasts, and boy did they have horrible pasts and I loved seeing their relationship develop and how they changed each other.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful futuristic story 5 Sep 2007
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When I picked up this book, I was a little in unsure how I would feel about it. Even though I loved her writing as Eve Silver (Gothic romance) I knew futuristic books mostly held little appeal to me.
But was I in for a surprise!
Raina got to me the minute I met her. She's hard, strong and a woman with a mind of her own. After her mother died her father changed and started drinking and pushing her to the limit physical and emotional. When she was 12 she was in the hands of Duncan Bane and that moment made both her future and gave Bane a life mission to hunt her down. Now she's all alone, rough on the outside en determined to rescue her sister. She can do without someone like Wizard.
Wizard is a mercenary. A lethal killer. He was the result of an experiment and raised by a computer. When discovered his skills were put to the test by Duncan Bane. So now Wizard sees a change to get even with him. But for the first time in his life he feels emotions he can't just put aside.
I loved this book. Raina and Wizard are both people that been through so much one can hardly imagine they still have the force to go on. Still they do... Step by step they open up, but never putting themselves in a position that makes them vulnarable.
We have the dark past, the passion and the action... And emotions... Lots and lots of emotions even if the two main characters claim to have none.
This is the first book Eve writes as Eve Kenin and I must say it's a wonderful story! I could see the 18 wheels thundering by on the icy décor. This story was so enthralling it left me yearning for more... Will we get the story of Yuriko and Tatiana?
Like I said, I'm not really into futuristic stories, but for this one I can tell you to make an exception.
Kenzo
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a ride you'll find in Driven by Eve Kenin! 21 Aug 2007
By Kelley Hartsell - Published on Amazon.com
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Raina Bowen is a survivor. In the aftermath of a World War that decimated the population and left the northern realm a frozen wasteland, Raina makes her living as a truck driver delivering supplies to the northern population. Her latest trip has her competing against the maddest, baddest, toughest lot of fellow truckers a girl can meet - the Janson crew - in a competition to be the first to cross the finish line with their truckload of goods. Raina desperately needs the winnings she'd earn to protect her young sister she just recently discovered existed from a fate like Raina's own past. Additionally she wants desperately to take down the man responsible for her brutal past... Duncan Bane, the most powerful business man in the world and personal advisor to the President. But she needs the help of mystery man Wizard to succeed. Unfortunately she may have put her trust in the wrong guy...

Now Raina finds herself bailing Wizard out of a truckers' brawl where the odds are stacked against him. Then she discovers that the one job she needs from him he failed at miserably. Don't forget that pesky attraction to her mystery man that has her wishing to engage in a few more exciting ways to warm up a cold night in a frozen wasteland. Through Wizard's blundered attempt to get Raina the document she needed to win the race and her own unfortunate luck to have an enemy like Bane, they are being chased by the entire Janson crew... and a band of ice pirates who want the goods Raina is carrying. Wizard is anything but what Raina needs... or is he?

Wow! What a ride you'll find in Driven by Eve Kenin! Already a fan of Eve through her Gothic romances written under the name Eve Silver, I was quite excited about the opportunity to see what kind of story she could provide in a post-apocalyptic speculative fiction romance. I was most definitely not disappointed! All of the trademarks I've come to expect from her writing, under any name, were in evidence here. Action is unstoppable, the romance is hot enough to melt the entire Northern Waste, and the suspense of events unfolding made me unable to put Driven down!

Raina has had a rough life, rougher than most women could even dream about. But rather than let circumstances beat her into submission, Raina uses them to make her stronger and braver, determined to never be so helpless again. The more we learn about her past, the more remarkable of a woman she becomes. As past secrets of which even Raina had no idea about come unraveled, spilling their truths, I was totally awed by Raina's spirit.

Wizard is quite the enigma and makes what seems to be an odd choice for a male protagonist. After all how could someone who, as Raina puts it "didn't have much in the way of gray matter" be a very impressive hero? It's hard to put a finger on just who he is until he begins to tell his own story. Well appearances, and sometimes behavior, can be deceiving as we discover where Wizard is concerned. As little bits and pieces of his history and personality are revealed, Raina's opinion of him grows, and in turn, ours.

One might think that two people so steeped in history and the resulting baggage could never find there way out of the dark. However, Eve Kenin shows her remarkable talent for character development by giving us two such strong and memorable players. I was cheering them on from the moment I met Raina in all her glory at the truck stop in the very first paragraph and later Wizard when he shows up after having made enemies of just about every person you don't want to tick off. What could have been a dark story if the back story is anything to go on, was kept from being overwhelming by the dry and sarcastic humor, and even a little slapstick comedy once or twice, tossed in to the mix.

Eve Kenin's star is on the rise, no matter what name she writes under, as is proven in Driven. And if this novel is any indication, the new Shomi line from Dorchester Publishing is going to be a huge hit with fans of romance and science fiction alike.

© Kelley A. Hartsell, August 2007. All rights reserved.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 20 Aug 2007
By S. Marlow - Published on Amazon.com
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Dorchester's Shomi line is turning out to be a lot of fun reading. First there was Wired by Liz Maverick and now we have Driven by Eve Kenin. Both are very original in content and written wonderfully well.

In Driven, Raina Bowen is about to have a really bad day. She's a trucker. First, when waiting for the person her late father made arrangements with for her to acquire a special license to allow her to participate in a race that will net her more money than she's ever seen, money needed to keep the sister she never knew she had safe. That was a deathbed confession of her father. A father who turned into a man she no longer knew after her mother died. A father who had given her, when she was only 12, to the man who was now hunting her down, looking for vengeance. Next her contact is late, and when he finally shows up, he promptly gets into a fight with big-time truckers, he has a stolen license for her that she cannot use, and even though he thinks and acts like a computer, he's also the most handsome and sexiest man she's ever seen. But she's a loner, independent, and isn't about to change her ways now.

Wizard is a mercenary. An assassin. He and his sisters were experiments that ended up being raised by a computer when the head of the lab died and left them on their own. That's where Duncan Bane came in. He found the siblings and decided to continue the experiements, testing their "gifts" and when one sister died, Wizard would take more. He is now on a mission for Bane, to track down Raina Bowen and deliver her into Bane's hands for a slow and painful demise.

I enjoyed these main characters so much. Raina has always been on her own, even when her father was alive, and he constantly pushed her to be better, faster, stronger but that was only when he was around, which wasn't often. She's afraid of making friends and falling in love. Those are complications she just doesn't need. Wizard is a man who compartmentalizes his emotions to the point that he doesn't show any at all, but when he meeets Raina, things begin to change, including his feelings, but by that time it's a little too late. Raina finds out that Wizard has betrayed her and she's right back where she started. And the having the story written in a setting like a Siberian iceberg and 18-wheelers ramrodding their way across the ice is loads of fun. After these first two books in this line, I'm anxiously awaiting the next one!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet More Evidence Shomi Is Amazing 17 Oct 2007
By Lauren Dane - Published on Amazon.com
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Each new Shomi novel I read convinces me more and more that this new line is one of the best things to happen to romance in a very long time.

Raina is a strong woman, smart, driven and on the run from a diabolical man who threatens her very existence. She's thrown into a situation where she ends up taking on a mysterious and sexy stranger who challenges her control.

Wizard is sexy and strong and utterly not what he seems and Kenin (Eve Silver) draws out his story with a fine hand. As well as she does the emotion between these two characters.

I'm not always a fan of the big reveal of original intent where the heroine finds something out, feels betrayed, runs off and the hero saves her sort of thing - but again, in the right hands, it works like it does here.

Nail biting action, a very well developed world and great characters make Driven an absolute must read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak World & Hot Passions 6 Nov 2007
By Mel Odom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
DRIVEN, the third book of Dorchester's new Shomi line - which has an anime look and promises fast action and hot romance, delivers a fast read guaranteed to take the reader out of this world. The novel is a concoction of action/adventure and romance whose roots are definitely in the pulp arena.

This is Eve Kenin's first book, but new fans need not worry. She's also writing novels under her real name, Eve Silver.

DRIVEN begins with a bang in a futuristic frozen world where truckers and runners are the lifeblood of far-flung outposts of humanity. A large portion of the world's population has been depleted and the environment has turned toward the Ice Age. It's not quite there, but arable lands are few and far between, and there are communities stuck in the harshest circumstances while providing materials other than food to communities. Trucking remains the least expensive and surest means of transportation for cargo.

I loved the world. Images filled my head, triggered by the beautiful cover, and enhanced by Kenin's terrific prose. The thing that really pulled me in was the action, though. I'm a guy. I read romances. I enjoy writers that know how to mix action, suspense, mystery, and love stories. There are a lot of good writers out there. Eve Kenin (Eve Silver) is going to be one of those, and she's going to be read a lot.

The main character is Raina Bowen, daughter of a military father who taught her everything he knew about surviving in the harsh world they've inherited. She's a trucker, roving across the Northern Waste as an independent hauler, working when and where she can.

When the book opens, she's signed up for a race against the Janson Company, a group of truckers that are essentially pirates that will kill drivers and hijack their cargoes. In the opening chapter, Raina gets into a fight with a trucker and beats him down with her martial arts prowess. She's exactly the kind of rough-and-tumble woman that I love to root for. She's capable and deadly, plenty able to hold her own ground in physical battles, and clever enough to overpower opponents that outnumber her.

She's paired up with Wizard, a cipher of a man at first that demonstrates strange abilities and way of thinking that gets explained. Then I liked him even more.

In the beginning, it's hard to say who saved whom more. Raina seems to pull Wizard's butt out of the fire when he goes up against the Janson truckers, but when they talk later, he tells her everything was going according to his plan. And he makes perfect sense.

A sizeable chunk of the novel's opening is devoted to a road trip. Raina and Wizard fight their mutual foes and their attraction to each other. Then Raina figures out that Wizard is actually an assassin, one of the most cold-blooded killers in the frozen world they inhabit. Not only that, but it looks like he was going to kill her when he found out she was running guns, not grain like she thought. Her innocence is apparent to him, though, but he reveals the fact that the book's villain, Duncan Bane, set her up and is using the race as a means to his own ends.

The sexual tension matches the action, though. And when Kenin brings her characters together, the pages heat up and the sizzle is a tangible thing.

I really enjoyed the book. The idea of a bleak future, survivalists that live in fully-equipped trucks that roll across a deadly, icy landscape, sharply-drawn characters, and plenty of action kept me turning pages till I reached the end. The author's grasp of dialogue and character development is great, and she doesn't keep you hanging in limbo while she works out her plot. Things happen in this novel, then they keep happening.

This is the first of the Shomi titles I've read, and the first Eve Silver/Kenin book as well, but it definitely won't be the last.
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