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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. There were lots of other great supporting characters too, such as the young orphan boy Ben and the evil Duncan Blane. There are twists in the story and deception and heartbreak. The science parts were easy to understand and the author portrayed a grim but vivid world. The mix between romance and the main story is well balanced and there are a couple of sex scenes. The pacing of the book is perfect and there is not one thing that I would like to change, well actually there is I would like more books about Raina and Wizard please. I really cannot stress how much I loved this book and would like to give it 5 stars even though I want to give it more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable futuristic series set in a chilly world, 6 Dec. 2007
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Helen Hancox "Auntie Helen" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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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. Raina is a feisty, strong and independent woman and a great heroine for the story. Wizard can answer some questions about Raina's own youth and why she's been so successful in the difficult world in which they live.

The denouement with Bane was perhaps over rather quickly and rather simply but that wasn't the main point of the story, which was Raina and Wizard both learning to rely on and accept other people. The setting of the icy Northern Wastes was well described with the cold, snow and darkness all adding to the atmosphere of the story. The plotline never dragged, the characterisation was well drawn and the concept of this story was original; this is a book that will be very much enjoyed by many people.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book,© Helen Hancox 2007
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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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