I didn’t love Slay Ride as much as Grabenstein’s Ceepak books, but it still was a fun listen. It definitely isn’t the usual holiday story! There’s no need to wait for Christmas to read it.
Summary via Goodreads:
Scott Wilkinson is a successful young advertising executive on his way to the top. Christopher Miller is an FBI legend who has been willing to do whatever it takes to see that justice is done. However, at age 50, he’s ready to spend more time with his family. Two weeks before Christmas, Scott goes on a routine business trip that will forever entangle their two lives. It starts like so many others. Wilkinson calls for a car service to take him from his home to the airport. But the driver of Lincoln Town Car 716 is late. When he finally shows up, he drives like a maniac, and Wilkinson feels fortunate to reach the airport alive. Then, he makes a big mistake. Wilkinson calls the limousine company to complain. Customer Service assures him the bad driver will be “dealt with.” Nicolai Kyznetsoff looks and sounds like all the anonymous others who whisk successful young executives back and forth to the airport every day, but the man behind the wheel of Car 716 is something much more sinister: an avenging dark angel who will stop at nothing to wreak revenge on the one man he holds responsible for ruining his life.
The mystery/thriller aspect of the book was good– there were several storylines, including a crazy limo driver, stolen Russian diamonds, a star FBI agent sidelined by his petty boss. They all kept my interest and kept the story moving.
The characters were all entertaining, but there were a whole lot of them, which meant that I didn’t get to know any of them well.
That’s my only complaint about the book– there was so much going on that it was stretched a little thin.
Still, I really enjoyed what was there, and will read the others in this series at some point.
Production: No issues
Print or Audio? I’ve only read Grabenstein’s work in audio, and that’s how I think of them. I don’t have any reason to think they wouldn’t be as good in print, but I’ll stick to the audio.