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Antonio uses his Italian good looks and personable manner to elicit conversation from his ride-share passengers. Following a full day at law school, he picks up a mysterious woman at the upscale Palm Restaurant in Washington. On her way to late-night meeting at a Senate office building, she confesses too much and plunges Antonio into a world of Russian mobsters, corporate ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Carpenter's Son Publishing
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May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
I was held captive just as the riders were captivated by the handsome, relaxed Buber driver in Drivers Confessional by David L. Winters. Each passenger usually asked the familiar question of why Antonio drove for a living, while quickly moving on to share what was going on in their own lives, since really, does a Buber driver even care or remember what they have to say?

This low-skilled job helped pay for Antonio's law school education while taking him around Washington's rich and powerful playma
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Driver Confessional begins with a very compelling premise. A “buber” driver in D.C. whose fare one night propels him into more than he bargained for. Said driver – Antonio – is a family man, and the scenes with his close-knit family will warm your heart! Of course, when the ‘more than he bargained for’ intersects with the close knit family, the danger factor skyrockets. Complete with cool car chase and all the ingredients for a great thriller!

I think guys will love this book! As there isn’t much
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Joan
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is an interesting novel about the ride-share program. I've often wondered how they work and this book was very informative. Antonio's ability to get riders to talk means that there are many revealing conversations in the course of the novel. The topics (and author opinion) vary from abortion to crooked politicians. Antonio is a faithful Christian and presents the gospel well to riders as he feels led.

The character and plot development is about average for a debut novelist. I did not feel An
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Beth
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are mine.


Book Description:

Ride share driver Antonio cruises the streets of Washington, D.C. looking for his next fare.
He has an unusual gift for relaxing his customers and stimulating their desire to reveal more than they planned. By the completion of their ride, many feel so comfortable that they confess their sins great and small. Antonio’s faith guides his
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Lisa Johnson
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Driver Confessional (The Driver Series #1)
Author: David L. Winters
Pages: 208
Year: 2017
Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing
My rating 5 out of 5!
What a phenomenal story! Antonio is in school to become a lawyer and is married with a son who drives people to their destinations to help support his family. His wife is a teacher who supports her husband and shares her life with her girlfriend Marta. Antonio prays for and sometimes with his customers as he desires to do whatever the Lord would l
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Gary Jenkins
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun read.
Rachel
I signed up to review this book because I thought the story line of a ride-share driver being drawn into a dangerous situation because of a client sounded interesting and relevant to our time.

Antonio is a good man and I really liked his character. He's married and has a son and there are several family scenes that just made me smile. He's also a Christian and does his best to portray Christ to the people he's driving around. He tries to pray for each person and lets God use him in helping them
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Amy Bradsher
Driver Confessional takes you on a fast-paced ride through murder, mayhem, and intrigue!  The plot flies around Washington, DC, as Antonio struggles to find his way to a peaceful destination.  You won't see the ending coming, as the twists and turns will keep you guessing page after page.
Antonio is a mysterious lead character.  He's strong and faithful, with a touch of impatience and an uncanny ability to get people to open up.  That sometimes leads to very open conversations about faith, and th
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Julia Wilson
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Driver Confessional by David L Winters is a Christian contemporary political thriller. The reader is treated to international politics, espionage, intrigue and murder... and all the while trying to guess why? A cracking read.
God is at the heart of the novel. God directs hearts and minds. Following God's promptings is the best way to live life. Treating everyone you meet as the opportunity to have an appointment with God can sometimes bring more than expected.
When daily life clashes with internat
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Maureen Timerman
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This book is a very quick read, two hundred pages, and a lot of action is packed in these pages, including some murders.
The premise of the story has a lot going for it, and the danger seems very real, and the author has done a great job of bringing the word of God to each who will listen. This is a very Christian book, and yes I loved how this aspect was woven into the story, but at times I wondered if this would really happen in real life?
This is a family oriented book, and you will love how t
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Deana Dick
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked Antonio who is the main character in the story. He is a hard working man going to law school and driving as a Buber driver to make extra income. The name Buber is so close to the other name we are familiar with that I wish the author could have come up with a different name. The story surrounds a woman he picks up one night . She is kinda quiet and you can tell she has a lot on her mind. Antonio discovers that she left her briefcase behind when he dropped her off.

What did the myst
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Julie D.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book started out as a page turner and ended one! It kept me awake when I should have been sleeping because I couldn't put it down.

Antonio is a man working to better himself. He is going to law school and, to provide for his family, he is a "Buber" driver. He is a man whose faith drives him (sorry for the pun there) and when the people get into his car, he prays for them immediately, asking God to give him the words they need to hear. I loved this about Antonio because it showed him truly l
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Rachel Devaughn
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
"Driver Confessional" is book 1 of 3 in the new driver series by author by David winters. This book tells the story of Antonio who is going to law school, as well as a being a part time "Buber" driver (similar to being a taxi driver) for the DC area. Antonio feels that his calling while being a driver is to pray or witness to his clients about God so there is religious conversations and prayers through out this book. It was interesting to see the lives he was able to bless due to this mentality, ...more
Beckie Burnham
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Driver Confessional by David L. Winters sounded like my kind of book — a fast-paced suspense novel pitting an inexperienced law student against the movers and shakers of D.C. I even have some connection with the book’s setting and main character. You see, my youngest is a law student at the same university as the main character, Antonio. The streets Antonio drives are the same as my son’s. Unfortunately, this novel just didn’t click with me. It has a just the facts kind of vibe that left me want ...more
Denise
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was interested in reading David Winters' new book, Driver Confessional, because I really enjoy Christian thrillers and the plot and premise seemed very unique. Driver Confessional is the first book in The Driver Series. The back cover says:

"Driver Confessional tells the story of Antonio, a ride-share driver who winds through the streets of Washington, D.C. in search of his next fare to support his young family and pay law school expenses. His easy manner and Italian good looks lead passengers
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Amy
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Driver Confessional is an interesting read as the reader steps into the day and life of a ride-share driver. I honestly did not know much about this service, apart from what I heard on the news or saw on TV. What an interesting job and yes, I can imagine all the unusual and interesting, even scary people and incidents that could take place.

We ride around the D.C. area with Antonio, a loving husband and father, who is trying to make extra money for his family as he attends law school. Their lives
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Nadine Keels
This isn't always the case with me, but it was this novel's cover that got me most interested in reading the book. The colors and tones, the imagery and placement of the images, the mood, the hint of transparency in the bold title--all eye-catching and excellent.

This ChristFic novel was presented to me as a mystery. But as far as I know, if the one who commits the crime is purposely revealed to the reader way before the end of the book, and the reader is "waiting in suspense" for the main charac
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Barb Klein
Jun 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
“Driver Confessional” by David L. Winters is a book about a “Buber” driver in Washington, D.C. Antonio is happily married with an eight-year-old son. He is attending law school and makes extra money driving for “Buber’ on the side. Mr. Winters has written more of a diary of Antonio’s Buber patrons and the interesting lives they lead. Even though they only know first names, sometimes the fares open up about their lives on the way to their destinations. Sometimes there are those who are in the mid ...more
Becky Miller
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Driver Confessional is an intriguing story of murder, corruption on Capital Hill, and Russian mobsters all woven into the daily life of Antonio, an average guy just trying to support his family. The approach is definitely unique and not something frequently seen in Christian fiction.

While the story itself is interesting, the plethora of overdeveloped characters introduced early in the book makes it difficult for the reader to sort out exactly where the tale is headed. Nonetheless, author David
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Kelly
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, suspense
Since my favorite genre is Inspirational Suspense, I was honored by the chance to review Driver Confessional by David Winters.

Driver Confessional tells the story of Buber ride-share driver, Antonio Semones, as he drives passengers along the streets of Washington D. C. part-time to help provide for his wife Sylvia and son Marc while he finishes law school. As he waits outside The Palm, a posh eatery in Washington where the elite meet friends and complete business deals, for his next passenger, An
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Rick
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Antonio is a Buber (Not a fan of the name, would have come up with something different) driver who spends his time connecting with his fares and praying for their needs, knowing that God will use him as needed. What starts out as a single fare pickup one evening leads to a larger threat to everything Antonio knows and loves. Nothing better than a great suspense novel with plenty of intrigue and surprise. Throw in some international nuclear materials dealers, the Russian mob and government corrup ...more
Meagan
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Driver Confessional offers an interesting premise. Unfortunately, I didn't find it held up in execution. Slow plot pacing didn't draw me in until late in the book; I also didn't feel like the author trusted the reader to keep the characters straight. References to "Antonio" (the main character) suddenly switched to "the driver", making for choppy transitions and a disconnect between me and him - unfortunate as he's the protagonist!

In addition, I felt that the use of "Buber" as the transportation
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Ashley Dawn
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I signed up to review this book because the description intrigued me. Antonio is a driver for a ride-share and gets a lot of the riders to share way more than average. The job gives him money for law school but it is also an intriguing way to learn information and see the town. One passenger unexpectedly get Antonio drawn into way more than he anticipated from a simple ride-share!
I liked Antonio and how he tried to be a vessel for God to use. He seemed like a realistic person that you would want
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LeAnne Klopfenstein
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's very rare to find a 'Christian Mystery Novel' that puts the protagonist's faith front and center within a storyline, yet David Winters takes a bold stand and weaves it wonderfully throughout 'Driver Confessional'. Antonio's Christian walk is part of his everyday life as a husband, father, law school student and ride-share driver. Although I enjoyed the fact that Antonio's life as a Christian is displayed in such a personal, natural way, I was very impressed that it did not deter from the su ...more
Veronica
This was an interesting book with a unique plot. A lot of the story centers around Antonio and the fares he drives around. I really liked how Antonio would pray for his clients and sometimes had spiritual conversations with them or prayed with them. It really showed how much of a difference one person could make who took the time to really talk to someone. There was also a great conversation Antonio's wife Sylvia had with her best friend about some secrets from her past and how God would forgive ...more
Margaret Tidwell
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Driver Confessional by David L Winters was a fun book to read. I loved that this book had things that are actually happening or things that really exist. I love when authors just change the name of a service or product in their books, but everyone knows what the author is talking about. I also en
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Mark
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading new authors, and especially new suspense authors. This book wasn't as long as most of the ones I read, coming in at just 207 pages, but the author packed a lot into those 207 pages. I liked the plot, the idea of a Buber (Uber) driver conversing with his riders was a neat idea to go with. I liked the characters - especially the main one, the suspense, and drama that came through on nearly every page.

On the downside, I found some of the writing a bit amateurish, but not bad enoug
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Lenoire
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Antonio is a law student who is trying to provide for his young family. He becomes a part time driver for a ride share program in DC. Antonio is known for good lucks and his gentle and warming manners. When a mysterious woman enters his world, he is thrown into the world of secrets and violence. Antonio will have to rely on his police officer brother, Rocco and his friends to help solve a murder. Who is this mysterious woman? What does she have that is so important?

The novel was a quick read wi
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Deloris Fox
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glad I read it.

I didn't know what to expect when I first began reading this book but when I finished it I was glad I read it. This is the type of book I enjoyed reading that I didn't want to put down. It's a mystery yet has comical parts too at the beginning of the book regarding donuts to the end of the book where the dog comes into the story. The main character in the story has such a strong relationship with God it was truly refreshing to read his thoughts and conversation's with other charac
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Linda
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book and what Antonio tries to provide his customers a relief from the bustle of life in the capital. He not only drives for buber after his classes end for the day to supplement his wife and children. Antonino his a good looking Italian man who is very religious. He is shocked when he learns that a customer is murdered and also that she left her briefcase. Days move on and he discovers that someone wants him dead too! He and his detective brother uncover a Russian mob connection t ...more
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David L. Winters is an author, speaker and humorist. After 34 years with the Federal Government, he left Department of Homeland Security to pursue writing and speaking full time. His first book, Sabbatical of the Mind won multiple awards. Currently, he is working on the Driver Series. Driver Confessional, an Uber murder mystery, launched in 2017. Stock Car Inferno is slated for release in August 2 ...more
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