by J.K. Kelly
Once in a while a novelist gives readers some insight into what provided the inspiration for a particular story.
In the case of Deadly Driver its author admits he has “always had a vivid imagination and a passion for writing, especially thrillers. Having spent a lifetime in motorsports I asked the question ‘What if?’ Perhaps . . . the idea of an internationally famous race car driver working for the CIA might not be totally fiction. Who would know for sure?”
We’ve elsewhere told you about Kelly’s previous book which was his own story of pursuing his dream to work in the world of motorsports. That memoir, Fuelin’ Around, clearly conveyed “what an incredible life [Kelly] had working in motorsports around the world.”
Thus it is not surprising that the setting for this book, Deadly Driver, Kelly’s sixth novel is the world of international motorsports. But though the protagonist is a top-winning professional F1 pilot, you’ll not be taken along on any fast rides on any of the circuits. Nor will any technical aspects or true insights be shared. For this book is a thriller in the spirit of writers the likes of Robert Ludlum or Lee Child especially once the CIA co-opts the “services” of the race-winning main character.
A few events or venues that provide settings include The Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving & Chowder Society, the Performance Racing Industry trade show, and the Baja 1000 in the form of a company catering to clients who want to experience firsthand driving part of the off-road course in race-prepped vehicles.
As with his autobiographical Fuelin’ Around, Kelly’s novel is a high-energy, fast-paced, and entertaining read.
Copyright 2021 Helen V Hutchings (speedreaders.info)