What's In A Book? Everything Imaginable! The Plum Tree Book Forum
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Maximum Speed: Pushing the Limit
Joanna Lee Doster
Remember this name, readers, because Doster is one writer who is going places. After reading Maximum Speed: Pushing The Limit, I have no doubt about that. And she’ll most likely end up in the NASCAR Hall of Fame too… Not for racing, of course, but for the thrilling book she’s written about this internationally famous stock-car sport. 🙂
I kid you not! This author hooked me from page one of this exciting race-car drama. Our 23-year-old main character, Sean Devlin, is having a recurring nightmare about being killed in a car race… His horror is so realistic, I just had to read on to see what’s happening in his daily life to frighten him so.
Sean is a professional, third-generation race-car driver, a well-rounded young man with good family values and the courage that makes a great racer. Born and bred into the business, he’s the prime example of heroism and valor. So why is someone out to get him? Why are they trying to destroy the Devlin Motor Sports Team? What happens when Jimmy Stanton, one of their top racers is kidnapped, and how does Sean get injured while trying to save him?
Will Jimmy and Sean be all right? Will the racing team be victorious? But most important, who is behind these vicious attempts to harm this legendary NASCAR racing family? You will be surprised at the role the senior Devlin plays in the expository ending, as I was. What a reading adventure; as much fun as watching a race in action.
In the love department, when Sean barely escapes a near-fatal automobile accident, I was intrigued by the two young women beside him when he awakens in the hospital. What roles do Daniella Lawson and Dakota Phillips play in the drama?
Those are all questions that Doster answers with aplomb before the story reaches its satisfying conclusion. You will have to read for yourself to find out…
In addition to an exciting plot set in the often glamorous world of stock-car racing with glimpses of New York, this book is very well-paced. It’s not perfectly paced, but is still a page-turner that has more twists and turns than the Florida racetrack which her fictional Devlin family dominates.
This book is billed as Young Adult, but with racing and cars this author has captured male readers of all generations. With the obvious family love and loyalty of the Devlins along with liberal doses of male/female relationships, she’s also captured the female audience. And since young girls are often mesmerized by stock-car racing, also, it appears that Doster has covered all bases… er, make that all tracks… 🙂 Thus, a more accurate category for this book would be either “Kids of All Ages” or “Young Adult/Adult Crossover.”
But it doesn’t matter how they bill it, once you start reading this enticing book, you’ll immediately recognize it was written for you; you’ll be so wrapped up puzzling over what happens next that you won’t be able to put it down. In fact, my fingers scrolled as fast as the “Maximum Speed” of the title…and that’s pretty darned fast.
Fasten your seatbelts, folks! You’re in for the “read” of your life. 🙂
Kudos to Joanna Lee Doster for writing so smoothly, enabling reading to be a joyful experiences for her many fans. While reading, I came to care for these characters and since the ending seemed to scream for a sequel, I hope she writes fast. I’m ready for more of Sean, the Devlins and their friends.
Reviewer: Betty Dravis
Betty Dravis is an award-winning newspaper publisher and career journalist/cable TV talk show host. She’s a celebrity interviewer and award-winning author (and co-author) of seven books. This devoted mother and grandmother is an honorary Kentucky Colonet, in two Whos’ Who books, San Jose Woman of Achievement, etc. Her most recent awards are: Best Paranormal/Horror (with co-author Barbara Watkins); she recently placed #18 in Fourth Annual Shorty Awards and in Top 20 of 2011 Best Women’s Fiction. Visit Betty at her website, Facebook page, and Amazon author page.