The Drift

Fiction - Science Fiction
374 Pages
Reviewed on 08/29/2016
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Author Biography

David Maxwell is the author of Rebirth, lauded by a Readers’ Favorite review as “a fascinating if somewhat frightening look at Artificial Intelligence and its interaction with the human variety.”

A retired veteran of the United States Air Force, David held critical positions where he implemented, maintained, and managed some of the world’s most leading edge technology. He served in Desert Storm and directly supported the War on Terror. At the pinnacle of his military career, he held the position of Network Security Manager for some of the most highly classified computer networks spanning the globe. On January 1st of 2016, he achieved his childhood dream - to become a published author.

David currently lives in Houston, Texas, where, after years of military assignments across the U.S. and abroad, he can finally be close to family.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

I’ve been fortunate to have read for review a string of top-notch novels for Reader’s Favorite the past several weeks and The Drift by David Maxwell earned its way to the top of that list. In this stunning science-fiction thriller, the town of Crystal Falls is hit by a winter storm of unbelievable proportions and intensity. The townsfolk struggle to survive and assemble in the local clinic. Following a series of hair-raising events, characterized by great acts of bravery and determination, it looks like almost everyone has survived the worst ... and that’s when the shite really hits the fan.

The Drift is a strong, character driven, magnificent story that touches on several emotional themes and personal discoveries as the actors struggle within a dystopian world in which an advanced society's strategies for survival and rejuvenation of their dying world infringes upon and enslaves another. Mr. Maxwell is expert in building and defining his characters. Regardless of their place in the story - major or minor actor, protagonist or antagonist - he brings them to life with an unparalleled sense of verisimilitude. These actors are true to life and unforgettable.

The Drift is a refreshing view of a familiar (for sci-fi fans) theme, told in compelling fashion, perfectly paced with each scene meshing and setting the stage for the next. You’ll find little to no “tell” in this story; it’s almost entirely “show.” I easily visualized every scene. As applicable, I felt love, empathy, sympathy, dislike, and/or hatred for every character. If I could reduce this review to a single sentence, it would be this: If you read only one book this year, make sure it’s The Drift by David Maxwell.

J. Cronch

Science fiction at its best! I really enjoyed David Maxwell’s first novel, Rebirth, and now he’s truly hit it out of the park with The Drift! There are futuristic technologies, relatable characters, apocalyptic circumstances, and emotional surprises. The writing pulled me in and kept me on the edge of my seat. I felt every minute of the fear, hope, anguish, and joy the characters experienced as the story unfolded. The settings were vivid and the personalities colorful.

One of the more interesting aspects to me was the notion that good and evil can be part of the same person and that situational challenges can create a very fine line between the two, at least in their own eyes. Stories within the story were compelling, particularly Holly’s and Jenny’s. I appreciated that this male author really captured the strength, intelligence, unique trials, and undeniable resilience of his female characters. Maddie’s “spit and vinegar” reminded me of my own grandmother and felt very real.

Beyond the gripping action, suspenseful turns, and intense emotional journey, this is a fascinating and complex story with undertones and overtones of societal challenges we grapple with today. Enveloped in this exciting technological thriller, there are messages of tolerance, loyalty, equality, personal responsibility, and the common threads that bind us to our communities and our world.

I’d love to see this one on the movie screen!