The Last Drive by John W. Howell #bookreview #thriller #history #supernatural

In the sequel to Eternal Road – The final stop, Sam and James are reunited to look for two souls, Ryan and Eddie. Ryan was killed in Afghanistan, trying to avoid a schoolyard with his crippled plane. Eddie Rickenbacker, Ryan’s hero, is to guide Ryan to his Eternal Home, and now both are missing.

The higher-ups believe that there has been some interference in Ryan and Eddie’s journey by Lucifer, so Sam and James have the task of finding Ryan and Eddie to get them back on the road despite the evil interference. Unfortunately, the machinations designed to prevent Ryan and Eddy from completing their journey take the pair to horrifying testing grounds. The places visited represent the best work of the Devil. They are the trenches of World War I in France, gladiators at the Roman Coliseum, the sinking Titanic in 1912, Hiroshima 45 minutes before the bomb, and the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1943.

This book is for you if you like plenty of action, strong characters, time travel, and a touch of spiritual and historical fiction. So, join Sam and James as they try to find the missing souls while staying one step ahead of the Prince of Darkness, who is determined to destroy all that is good.

I was so excited when I heard the author was releasing a sequel to Eternal Road. That novel features an incredible journey with deceased characters Sam and James as they search for James’s eternal home. One of my favorite things is the historical places they visited along the way. I was anxious to see where they’d stop in this novel.

It felt like the gang was reunited when Sam and James brought out the 1956 Buick Oldsmobile. This time they’re on a quest to locate two souls, Ryan and Eddie. And it looks as if Lucifer might be involved in their disappearances. Lucifer provided some comedic moments in the last novel. Not this time. Now he’s downright mean and nasty (I mean, he is Lucifer) and makes horribly nasty comments to the characters – especially Sam. Sam endures a lot in this story, but she’s strong and also able to dish it out. She’s really the star, in my opinion.

The group visits several places over the course of the novel, but most represent Lucifer’s work – World War I, the Roman Coliseum, Hiroshima, and Flight 93 to name a few. I’ve always been fascinated by anything involving the Titanic. When the characters arrive on board, some want to warn the captain about what’s in store for them but changing history is against the rules. What they’re able to offer the passengers and crew is heartfelt and touching.

Real life historical events play out wherever these characters find themselves, and it’s clear the author did his research. The Last Drive ends perfectly, and I was happy for the glimpse at what becomes of these characters. If you enjoy a clever blend of history and supernatural genres, this is a series to add to your reading list.

53 thoughts on “The Last Drive by John W. Howell #bookreview #thriller #history #supernatural

  1. I love your review, Teri. I had the same feeling about the gang getting back together when James and Sam got inside the Oldsmobile. πŸ™‚ Such a fun soiree through history with the devil tagging along to keep things lively. Congratulations to John!

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  2. Great review, Teri. I kind of liked the banter between Lucifer and Sam in the beginning, mostly because she’d put him right in this place, but wow, you’re right about how mean he gets. I really was horrified by him in the end. And I agree about Sam being the star in this one. Congrats to John on the wonderful read and review,

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