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Taking the Highway

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
When hitchhiking becomes the profession that saves the city, who will save the hitchhikers?

Detroit is thriving, once again on the move. The key to this motion may be the fourths--professional hitchhikers who round out incomplete carpools, allowing the car entrance to the superfast, computer-controlled highways.

The city needs fourths. Fourths need the work. It's an easy way
Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published November 26th 2012 by Ion Productions (first published November 17th 2012)
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May 27, 2013 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First things first: I need to mention I received this book in Goodreads giveaways.

In the near future Detroit is revived. Carpooling is the law, the moment you get on the highway you need to have four people in the car, and otherwise a heavy fine is issued. The problem is: it is not always possible to find passengers, especially the last fourth person. Thus a new job is born - professional hitchhikers of "fourths" as they call themselves. For a small fee they fill the vacant spot in the cars dur
Caleb Blake
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Andre LaCroix moonlights as a fourth. All other times, he’s a Detroit cop. When someone starts to kill fourths, Andre pushes to be involved – and what follows is a race to find those responsible before Detroit is brought to its knees.

This is actually the third book I’ve read and reviewed for these authors, M. H. Mead being a nom de plume for a writing duo: Fate’s Mirror
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
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Taking the Highway is an interesting look into future Detroit. In order to ride the high-tech, superfast highways of Detroit, they need Fourths for carpooling. Fourths are hired hitchhikers. They are charming, entertaining and easy to get along with as their job requires. But when Fourth and detective Andre LaCroix is called in one night to look at a dead body dumped in the Oh-Zone, he qui
Normally I'm all for conciseness, but this is one of those rare cases where I feel like a good novel is missing out on the depth of detail that could have made it a great book.

The concept is intriguing, the characters are solid, the mystery and the action move well. The plot and pacing held my attention; I didn't see it coming until it happened, but the "loaded gun on the mantelpiece" comes into play at the end and the climactic scenes deliver.

Car chases! Political terrorists! Dirty cops! All of
May 20, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it
First, I'll say that I would class this as SF lite. While set in the future, the only SF element is the Overdrive, an automatic driving system for the interstate highways. This is not a new concept, and is perhaps not as far-fetched as it was a couple of decades ago. This is technology that is still out of reach, but not by much. In this book, the technology itself is not the focus, but is a key element in social changes in the city. The Overdrive plus energy conservation laws create a whole new ...more
Megan Cutler
May 07, 2016 Megan Cutler rated it really liked it
Police and crime stories aren't normally my thing, but I was drawn by the futuristic elements of this one. The first thing I noticed was how Detroit instantly becomes a character in the story. The city lives and breathes, its needs and desires always a factor in how the story unfolds. Even more interesting is how each character's interpretation of or relationship with the city informs their decisions and attitude throughout. All the characters are well fleshed-out, with the sole exception of ...more
Nov 10, 2013 Deborah rated it it was ok
I will say to start with that this is not the type of book that normally appeals to me I've given my old kindle to my dad so I'm looking around for free books for him. Thought the whole concept of this sounded original and intriguing and I really wanted to like it more, unfortunately I found it was very slow moving, on several occasions I found myself flicking through my amazon library to find something else to read. I did stick with it however since I wanted to know what happened in the end, ...more
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The story moves along quickly at a good pace and is populated with realistic and credible characters that the reader can readily associate with. It is a bit of an easy read but if you are looking for something light that is also lots of fun, you could certainly do a lot worse! As much a clever Crime thriller as it is Sci-fi, this novel highly impressed me and left me keen to read more by the same author. Taking The Highway comes highly recommended from me
May 28, 2016 Krayton rated it it was ok
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I got this book as a free Kindle download and actually rather enjoyed it. The plot and characters were good and all of that. But what I found the most interesting what the type of future the book spun. It was an intriguing mix of dependence on technology, like we are no, and a shun of technology. I thought that was the most interesting.
Ricky Kimsey
Nov 01, 2015 Ricky Kimsey rated it it was amazing
Future Detroit

In a near future Detroit car pooling is a way of life. In order to have a full car there are people who act as professional hitchhikers so that each car has four passengers. Someone is killing such people and the central character must find this killer.

Apr 20, 2013 Glenda rated it really liked it
Concept of story very intriguing. I enjoyed it. There are 2 very graphic love scenes that add nothing to the story. I skimmed through them.I would have given this book 5 stars but I do not like to read stories with graphic sex and profanity (very little).
Aug 24, 2013 Aier rated it liked it
Good plot and decent execution, but the main character often misses the "rogue-ishly charming" mark and lands on "douchily annoying."
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May 07, 2013 Jeff Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good.
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Jun 29, 2016 Jen Haeger rated it liked it
Great near-future universe! Couldn't get over the main character being a bit of a jerk.
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