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Driven (Drive #2)

3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  1,203 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
  Driven is the sequel to Drive, now also an award-winning film. As we exit the initial novel, Driver has killed Bernie Rose, “the only one he ever mourned,” ending his campaign against those who double-crossed him. Driven tells how that young man, done with killing, later will become the one who goes down “at 3 a.m. on a clear, cool morning in a Tijuana bar.”   Seven year ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 224 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Steve Lowe
May 08, 2012 Steve Lowe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Can a sequel be better than the first book? In this case, I think so, though there's more to it. This might take a minute to make my point, but follow me here.

This is the sequel to novel DRIVE, which was made into a movie starring Ryan Gosling. (hey girl, read the fucking books, too) I fucking loved that movie. I saw it before I read the book, and I'm kind of glad I did. After reading DRIVE post-movie-viewage, I found the book to be quite a bit more distracting and random, less focused than I h
Jun 20, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, crime, mystery, 2012
I really enjoyed Drive, the writing, style and non-linear story, so I was interested to see where this story will go with the sequel. The first major issue with Driven is that it tries to continue a story that really didn’t need to be continued. But now, Driver seems different. Driver’s campaign against those who double-crossed him has ended; now seven years have passed and driver has a new life and a successful business. One day he and his fiancée were attacked by two men and while Driver can d ...more
Sep 08, 2016 Tfitoby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
I didn't much care for the first book but this sequel feels so unnecessary and completely unlike the quality I've come to associate with Sallis and his Lew Griffin novels. Passages from the perspective of a loner in his early 30s sounding like a grouchy old man upset that the world has moved on, and other observations are so on the nose that I wonder if Sallis even self-edited let alone had somebody else look over his work before sending it to the printers, are just two examples of why this feel ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm being hard on this one, largely because of the promise it held. For about 2/3 of this book, I was rating it pretty high, but then the wheels came off (sorry). I've not read the first book, Drive, but I tried. At the time I almost thought it a parody, because of it's hyper clipped delivery. It was like reading a shorthand version of Elroy (post White Jazz). If I'm going to do that, I'll just read the real thing. I need the extra hundred pages or so to fill things in. But then the Drive movie ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DRIVEN, the sequel to the highly entertaining DRIVE starts with a bang as Driver's partner is brutally gunned down and Driver himself attacked by a couple of hired thugs. That sort of blistering opening really set the scene for what should have been a bloody story of revenge filled with heartache and pain - and ultimately, satisfying revenge; a form of judge, jury and executioner rolled into one big pile of cordite smelling vendetta. Unfortunately, things didn't quite turn out how I had hoped.

Tim Niland
Apr 29, 2012 Tim Niland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
In 2004, James Sallis wrote the short novel Drive, which I think is one of the most perfect pieces of crime fiction ever written. It had everything: plot, characterization, action and style. Shorn of everything ornamental, it was unstoppable and I thought would be the only of its kind. But after that story was surprisingly made into a movie, Sallis gives us a sequel - just as haunting, riveting and enigmatic as the first book. This no cash in, however, he is the master storyteller twisting multi ...more
Apr 27, 2012 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DRIVEN. (2012). James Salllis. ****.
This is Sallis’s sequel to his earlier novel, “Drive.” It features the same character, named Driver, who, in this book, often uses the name Paul. A Driver is what he is – or was. He made his living doing stunt driving for B films, and adding to his income by being the driver for the getaway cars at holdups – or whatever. Thing of it was that he had only one condition: You only had five minutes, after that he was off. Now, it’s seven years later and he has suc
Aug 26, 2012 Mohammed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, 2012
2 stars in Goodreads say its ok read and this was an ok read at best to me. I have come to expect much better,more even writing,storytelling than this by a great writer like Sallis. I have read Drive and 4 Lew Griffin books,Devil Have Your Eyes and this is his weakest effort so far.

He is known for short less than 200 pages non-linear,existential crime,noir writing that have meaning,strong characters,atmosphere and i rate him highly for books like that. This one didnt have anything like that. Dr
Craig Sisterson
Jan 23, 2017 Craig Sisterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I hadn't yet read DRIVE, which was made into a Hollywood movie, so I approached the sequel, DRIVEN without any preconceptions or comparisons to be made between the two tales. Reading DRIVEN cemented my appreciation for James Sallis's talent, which I'd first experienced last year with SALT RIVER. This is a similarly short book, packed with powerful prose and a keen eye for the nooks and crannies of human nature. I loved the way Sallis described Driver's world, and although his plotting style can ...more
May 22, 2017 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
One of the many things I love about James Sallis is that he writes his characters as he finds them.  They are dysfunctional, not always likeable, definitely broken but also incredibly compelling.  So it is with Driver, who you meet as he watches his fiancé get gunned down in the street, seemingly for no reason.
In Driver’s world though, there is always a reason, and so there is here if he can just figure it out in between fighting for his life and constantly trying to stay one step ahead of a see
Dec 09, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 28, 2014 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was no need for Drive to have a sequel, but there it was and I had to see what happens to the Driver. This one I listed to on audio, it's only three discs, I finished it in one day or walking and errands. It isn't as good as the first one, simply because the first one covered Driver's basis and established his personality already and those were the most interesting parts. Plot wise it's somewhat similar, once again someone's after the Driver for sins of his past and he must resolve the sit ...more
Jan 02, 2012 Harvey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few well chosen tidbits of life wisdom embedded in this 147 pages.

Fine sequel to Drive (which should definitely be read first).

James Sallis is a rare treasure.
Samuel Rooke
Dec 30, 2016 Samuel Rooke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a great fan of the film adaptation of the first novel of this series. I wasn’t particularly a fan of that first novel - I found that basically everything enjoyed about the film was unique to the cinematic experience, and the aspects lifted from the novel (the premise and plot, mainly) didn’t really do anything for me. That was much the case with this novel, the sequel, too.

It’s a decent enough modern noir, and Sallis’ prose is good enough, but it’s so awash in noir cliches that it ends up fe
Jun 12, 2012 Elli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good hard-boiled noir read. A local author with a strong knowledge of southern AZ will also give you a setting that is very familiar, especially for a long term resident itself who knows who places have developed (and undeveloped). The story is through the eyes of the intended victim who hasn't exactly grown up and lived in the sterling life. He was a killer and now someone is after him, but who! Seems to be coming from all directions and each new "advantage" brings more questions. It's a fast ...more
Bobby Luke
Oct 03, 2012 Bobby Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much better than the first one. Although Sallis still jumps around during the story, it is much easier to follow, and I never found myself getting confused about where we were in the timeline. He also does a fantastic job of keeping you guessing right until the very end. The ending was much different than I had expected, and pleasantly so. Both of these books are really quick reads, and well worth the small investment of time. Now I find myself hoping that there will be another ...more
Dec 07, 2016 Lyra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only reason this book was written is because the first one was made into a movie. The story is frankly, ridiculous and convoluted. This book could have easily been under 90 pages. That's how much filler there is. I don't mind the writing style so much as how poorly it was all held together. It could be more concise and succinct and that alone would make for a better read. I suppose if you enjoyed the first one you'll enjoy this one. Other than that I see no reason to read it.
Nov 09, 2013 Charlynn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A different name, a different city, and a different life, but nothing really changes for Driver. For him, the lull is almost just time suspended. Eventually, it will begin again, and, when it does, the past will become his present once more. Six years after he left Los Angeles, this is exactly what happens to Driver. As he unsuspectingly walks down the sidewalk with his fiancee, two men attack. Driver quickly dispatches of them - instinctively, but, when the dust settles, his girl is dead, and h ...more
Harrison Dalby
Feb 23, 2017 Harrison Dalby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet sums this up quite well for me.
More of a 3.5 rating than a 4 but I enjoyed reading this book and it keeps you intrigued and interested.

Maybe lacked some bite, but I would recommend to anyone who enjoyed Drive.
Gloria Feit
Aug 03, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He is called, simply, Driver, because that’s what he is, that’s what he does and, he feels, that’s what he will always do. Once one of the best stunt drivers in film, his life has taken different turns, most of them illegal. But he gave up that life over six years ago, became a successful businessman named Paul West, a man with a ‘normal’ life and a fiancée he dearly loved. Until one day when his old life catches up to him, and he has to kill the two men who have suddenly appeared and attacked h ...more
A year after the film adaptation of his book Drive, James Sallis returns to his character of Driver to tell the story of what leads to him “going down at 3 am on a cool morning in Tijuana”. Seven years after leaving L.A., Driver has assumed a new identity, established a business, and gotten engaged. All that is taken when two thugs kill his fiancee, setting off another violent chain of events that puts Driver back to doing what he does best. After finishing Drive, I was looking forward to readin ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been several years since I read this book's predecessor, Sallis' DRIVE, but DRIVEN seems a more-than-worthy sequel. Focusing once again on the ex-Hollywood stuntman/getaway driver, the mysterious Driver, DRIVEN is a pared-down masterpiece of modern noir. It's lean but meditative, reflecting on the nature of chance and coincidence, and the ways in which our innate paranoia can affect how we react to the situations in which we find ourselves. It's also a novel that engages with the debate as ...more
Nov 09, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who really loved the first book
Shelves: borrowed, ebook
The ultimate Bechdel fail: female character does not get a line before she becomes a plot point. She does, however, smile wanly as she does so. Later, she gets a line. One. I think I am supposed to forgive this due to the still-later presence of a woman who is smart both mechanically and academically. To her credit, she can't be arsed to learn men's real names. I think that was just meant to be quirky, but in the midst of everything else, I find it a refreshing "don't have time for your crap" at ...more
May 26, 2015 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review

Driven by James Sallis
No Exit Press

7 out of 10

Seven years have passed since the events of Drive, and Driver has found a new life, a new identity, and has put his past behind him. He is now Paul West, and is a successful business man fixing cars in Phoenix, but his old life is not ready to surrender its hold over his future.

Two men are sent to kill him, Driver, seemingly able to remember his old skills, kills them both, but pays the heaviest price, Shannon his fiancée is dead, and Paul
Carlos Garcia
Después de la maravilla que fue Drive, no puedo sino sentirme decepcionado de esta secuela.

Nuestro carismático personaje principal, que anteriormente vimos evolucionar hacia su verdadero ser, orillado por las circunstancias, carece de cualquier desarrollo personal que pudiera tener en esta historia. Al inicio del libro conocemos un aspecto diferente del Conductor, pero este casi desaparece para el final del libro. Creo que Sallis se ha esforzado demasiado por convertirlo en un antihéroe.

Will they ever stop coming for him? That is the question on your mind as you start reading Driven, the follow up to author James Sallis' hit book, Drive, which was adapted into the acclaimed film of the same name in 2011 starring Ryan Gosling.

Sallis writes novels as I imagined an L.A.-based writer would. Reads like a screenplay, and at fewer than one hundred pages, it’s ready to be adapted.

Reads tight—like a Helmet song, his text is tightly woven around a few repetitive chords, except the one-t
Rural Soul
Jul 01, 2016 Rural Soul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
It's a new style of writing and genre for me which is Neo Mystery Noir. I guess only novel of such style that i did read before this was Raymond Candler's "The Big sleep".
I skipped first book just because of the movie "Drive". I selected the movie because of earlier work by director Nicolas Winding Refn which was "Valhalla Rising".
Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" was one of my most favourite movies. I wonder who could play the part of a mysterious, dangerous and unsociable mechanic and a B grade m
Jun 05, 2015 Mari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
(4.5 of 5 stars)
Like many others, I didn't think there was a need for a second book, but since was out there, I had to read it. At first, in some level, I did found this book completely unnecessary, just because the end of the first book was awesome enough. But, the truth is, as I was reading, I enjoy it!
The main characteristics did not change a bit. The Driver still amazing me with his mysteries, his violent and unstable life.


Don't expect surprises: the entire book feels like one more chapt
Mar 19, 2013 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying the writing is as fantastic and poetic and sparse as the original—no problems there at all. But the story…that’s where it gets me.

This had so much promise, especially since I’m so gushy over ‘Drive.’ And truthfully, the first two-thirds of the book is on par with the original—the high-octane energy, the dazzling storytelling—but you’re eventually just waiting for something to happen that never does. Characters and arcs are introduced that eventually putter out and go nowh
Jun 04, 2012 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: James Sallis fans, Drive and Driver fans (but with reservations)
This is a sequel to James Sallis's "Drive" which was also made into the 2011 film by director Nicolas Winding Refn.
The plot of "Driven" finds the Driver character in Phoenix, Arizona, seven years after the events of "Drive", where he has tried to start a new life away from movie stunt and getaway car driving. Hoodlums start to follow him around and seem intent on killing him and his loved ones for unknown reasons. Driver enlists the help of a shady character named Felix to help him hide out and
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James Sallis (born 21 December 1944 in Helena, Arkansas) is an American crime writer, poet and musician, best known for his series of novels featuring the character Lew Griffin and set in New Orleans, and for his 2005 novel Drive, which was adapted into a 2011 film of the same name.
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