Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £2.80

Save £7.19 (72%)

includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Driven by [Sallis, James]
Audible Narration
Playing...
Loading...
Paused
Kindle App Ad

Driven Kindle Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
£2.80
Audio CD
"Please retry"
£13.01

Length: 155 pages Word Wise: Enabled Audible Narration:
Audible Narration
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration. Add narration for a reduced price of £3.49 after you buy the Kindle book.
Ready

Kindle Books from 99p
Load up your Kindle library before your next holiday -- browse over 500 Kindle Books on sale from 99p until 31 August, 2016. Shop now

Product Description

Review

"Imagine the heart of Jim Thompson beating in the poetic chest of James Sallis and you'll have some idea of the beauty, sadness and power of "Drive."..[it] has more thought, feeling and murderous energy than books twice its length."--"Chicago Tribune", praise for "Drive "


"The enigmatic loner known as Driver, introduced in 2005's "Drive", takes to the road again after two thugs assault him and his fiancee on a Phoenix street in this terse, brutal, poetic, perfectly wrought sequel." --"Publishers Weekly", starred review

"Imagine the heart of Jim Thompson beating in the poetic chest of James Sallis and you'll have some idea of the beauty, sadness and power of "Drive."..[it] has more thought, feeling and murderous energy than books twice its length."--"Chicago Tribune", praise for "Drive "

Review

"Lean and lethal...The underworld characters Driver deals with have a tendency to wax philosophical. 'You think about stuff much? Why you're here, what it all means?' one of the hit men asks him. 'Not really, ' Driver answers. And then he kills the guy." --"New York Times"

"The enigmatic loner known as Driver, introduced in 2005's "Drive", takes to the road again after two thugs assault him and his fiancee on a Phoenix street in this terse, brutal, poetic, perfectly wrought sequel." --"Publishers Weekly", starred review

"Sallis, perhaps the most genuinely poetic crime writer alive, bleeds tone on every page, crafting sentences that read like a Thomas Hardy lyric." --"Booklist", starred review

"Coming hard on the heels of the 2011 film version of cult favorite "Drive", this gritty, gristly tale will rivet Sallis's growing audience." --"Library Journal"

"Imagine the heart of Jim Thompson beating in the poetic chest of James Sallis and you'll have some idea of the beauty, sadness and power of "Drive."..[it] has more thought, feeling and murderous energy than books twice its length."--"Chicago Tribune", praise for "Drive "


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 155 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1464200106
  • Publisher: No Exit Press (26 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZQXXEC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?


Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I have always regarded James Sallis as one of the most skilled writers in the US in any genre. Despite the darkness and the sometimes excessive violence of his latest noir thrillers, Sallis's ability to say much in few words and to convey tension without being melodramatic is awe-inspiring. His dialogue, usually terse, says all that needs to be said, and his ability to create perfect images in few words is unparalleled. "Minimalism" takes on new meaning in his hands.

His novel Drive, recently made into a hit film starring Ryan Gosling, precedes Driven, and both are short novels which lack the fully developed characters one finds in Sallis's other novels. Drive, the story of a man who works as a stunt driver by day and as the driver of getaway cars by night, is full of violence, and the body count in the book and film is extremely high, some of the deaths coming at the hands of Driver himself as payback for egregious betrayals. At the end of the novel and film, Driver gets into his car and drives, seriously wounded.

Driven begins six years later. Driver has been keeping a low profile under the pseudonym of Paul West in Phoenix, and he has been successful in avoiding trouble - and in falling in love with Elsa. The novel starts with a bang, however. On page one, Driver and Elsa are attacked on a Saturday morning, and though Driver manages to disable one attacker, the second one fatally stabs Elsa before Driver can take care of him. He has no idea who the attackers are or why he was selected for attack, and even more attacks follow, but as a friend tells him, "Those you seek are wolves. Wolves do not wish to be found, they are themselves the hunters...They survive, they thrive, on their cunning." Ultimately, the book's body count equals that of Drive.
Read more ›
2 Comments 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I finished this book in one sitting and I did enjoy it.

The writing style took a bit of getting used, and it could have perhaps been 100 pages longer to allow plot development, however on the whole a solid 3 star effort.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved Drive (book and film), however this book is very disappointing indeed. It is underdeveloped, highly repetitive (how often do we need a description of a transient diner/Mexican taco joint/ *insert dull cliche*), and plain silly in parts. The dialogue is nearly all cod-pschology philosophising. The plot is really daft. A great shame. i very much hope there isn't a further sequel to dilute the brilliance of the original even more...
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought the signed copy for my boyfriend as he loves the film Drive. They accidently sent the wrong one (an unsigned copy) once they realised this they emailed me and let me know I could keep both copies. The books were both new and in great condition. Brilliant service, I would definitely buy from here again!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Driven proves a far inferior sequel to Drive. While Drive was pure homage to Richard Stark and Parker novels, Driven descends into pure violence and philosophy. That sentence sounds strange but it is true. There is almost as much cod philosophy in Driven as there are dead bodies, and there are a tanker load of those in the slim volume.

It is still written in Sallis's dense, terse style, but there are digressions into motives, life, and all sorts of bollocks I could have lived without. I even saw the trick in this one in the first chapter - I mean THE FIRST CHAPTER! That can't be good. This novel is pure Parker, ripped from Point Blank, as Driver goes for the top guy who kills his girlfriend whilst trying to knock him off just as the book starts. It escalates in a pretty incredible way, and Driver is no mere human, but a fantastic killing machine who learns killing from his old movie days. He seems to have killer friends in Phoenix too - where did they come from?

It's all a big letdown after Drive - too much killing, crap philosophy and unconvincing characters.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I've just finished reading this book and the word "meandering" comes to mind. I'm not stupid but found the story hard to follow and Driver's dispatching of several villians entirely unrealistic. In short, not a very good read. Just my opinion.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As with Drive, Sallis spent the book building up tension that one would expect to be dispelled after some climactic event. This style of writing, in addition to the fact that the book was marketed as a sequel to drive, left even more of a sour taste in my mouth when I was presented with yet another open ending.

That being said, the book was well paced with a gripping storyline which made it an enjoyable read. 4 stars.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As the sequel to Drive, I found this book a bit easier going, although I still had to back-track a few times. I found that Sallis gives us a more rounded background to Driver, although he doesn't spoil it with too much detail! As with the first book, I found the plot a little difficult to follow at times, there's so many characters, and the time-line seems to dance around a bit, but all in all, a good book.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
click to open popover