The Independent Press has lately seen the rise of a literary form called the Novella, and some very good tales are being produced. I suppose you could say that they are half length novels; short sharp tales that would be stretched to breaking point if you tried to get them over the 50k word mark, but keep you suitably entertained in less than a hundred pages. Drive is an excellent example of this form; a violent, fast-paced thriller that really keeps you turning the pages. I read this book during a very stormy afternoon and was soon drawn into the unfolding nightmare. Mark West really cranks up the tension by making the hero a less-than-heroic figure who is, in effect, as helpless and terrified as 'anyone' would be in this situation. Weighing in a 86 pages and belting along in real time, it is a hard book to put down and you might just find yourself with sweaty palms when you do. The day of the novella has come and thrillers like Drive can only enhance its popularity. A great read.