Thursday, 11 August 2011

VIDEO GAME THRILLER TIE IN: Driver: Nemesis - Alex Sharp

Release Date: 18/08/11



John Tanner is the wheelman, an undercover cop with an awesome driving ability. He earned his stripes racing stock cars through city streets and now he's the best in the business. But his legendary skills are about to be put to the ultimate test...


Tanner must infiltrate the criminal underworld of The Indian, the most feared gang leader in New Orleans - a man so terrifying that people claim he has voodoo powers. But when a figure from his past appears, Tanner must face an even more deadly enemy...


Jericho is an ice cold hitman with a longstanding grudge against Tanner, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Tanner is going to have to drive for his life to survive, complete his mission and stop the city being brought to its knees.


To be honest this one was a little bit of a strange read for me, firstly because I’m not up on the Driver game and secondly because there’s usually all sorts of problems with a game to book translation. As such this review is based purely on the book format and this has no bearing on the game by THQ.

If you love speed, high octane chases and a tale that wends its way through the dark seedy underbelly of crime then this could be a bit of fun, the writing however is a little clunky and it took me a little while to get used to the style of the author. Add to this a lead characters that I felt I didn’t get a chance to know before being thrown to the wolves and it gave me the overall impression that there is a lot of insider behind the scenes comments within.

When I ignored this and got the meat of the tale however it was fun, the action huge and of course the sequences well-paced with some great lulls and peaks to help the reader regain their breath after a few major scenes. Add to this some wickedly twisted plot points alongside some decent prose and it was an acceptable read, that said however, I still think it’s more of a title for the gamer than the reader.

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