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The Long Road To Paris

The Long Road To Paris

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by Ed Howle, Janet Howle

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Driving a Volkswagen Beetle with an alternative engine-technology, an engineer races from New York to Paris and tries to outwit those bent on stealing the car. Ed Talbot, engineer and owner of a fledgling alternative automotive testing company, has just been offered an intriguing opportunity. German scientist Dietrich Otto has developed a revolutionary engine-technology that could severely impact the world's oil dependency. To gauge its effectiveness, Dietrich puts the invention into a 1967 VW Beetle and asks Ed to drive it in a car rally from New York to Paris. Ed agrees, though he's uneasy about Dietrich's almost pathological secrecy. Unease turns to full-fledged dread when Ed's business partner is murdered and the FBI starts getting nosy. Someone has a huge interest in Dietrich's invention, but who is it? Ed wants to back out, but breach of contract carries a heavy price, so he takes the wheel. He's paired with expert navigator Marie-Claire Levieux, a gorgeous, mysterious Frenchwoman who carries a potentially devastating secret. Soon, Ed's feelings for Marie-Claire aren't in keeping with those of a married man, but once they're traveling on the great Trans-Siberian highway in Russia, romance is the last thing on his mind. Another murder, a nearly fatal attack and sabotage make the rally a race to survive. More than one country wants Dietrich's technology either to develop or destroy, and Ed is smack in the middle with only Marie-Claire to trust. The Howles, themselves experienced ralliers, have done a remarkable job recreating the day-to-day challenges of an around-the-world race, and their intriguing, behind-the-scenes details add a rich, delightful layer to the story. In a time of record-high gasoline prices, the plot raises intriguing questions about the world's love affair with oil, but, thankfully, the message isn't heavy-handed. It's Ed and Marie-Claire's witty banter, quick thinking and dedication to the race—and to each other—that makes the read so enjoyable. Though some plot resolutions are too convenient, it doesn't detract from the fun-filled ride. Fast cars, fast women and fast thinking comprise this solid, utterly entertaining thriller.

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The Long Road To Paris 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
John_C2 More than 1 year ago
The writing is smooth and sparkles with the authors' passion for telling an exciting tale. The book is well structured in the way it spans such a wide range of locales while delivering a character-driven tale of suspense. The authors write an engaging narrative of their around-the-world car race, a most unique setting. The mystery elements are well integrated. Ed and Marie-Claire and the other characters, both heroes and villains, are, individually and collectively, certainly strong enouogh to carry this narrative, which prompts the reader's interest in wanting to know what will happen next; a most exciting thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous around the world road rally. The charismatic characters and the wonderfully detailed description of the countries in the tour made this book a "one-sitting cover to cover read". The plot was great and the story written with intrigue, mystery, suspense and romance. For what more could I ask? I couldn¿t put it down. Can¿t wait for the Howles¿ next book I loved this great read and will be giving it as holiday gifts.
lhorn49 More than 1 year ago
Take a joy ride without the consequences. From the very beginning I did not want to put this book down, nor did I want it to end. Wonderful character development, educated backdrop while covering several continents. The mix of suspense, romance, and travel was a pure delight. An incredible debut novel. I look forward to more from this couple!! Pick it up you won't be disappointed.
lmcb More than 1 year ago
Beginning with a crash and ending with a few surprises, this tale of intrigue will keep you turning the pages. Ed Talbot, alternative automotive technology expert, agrees to drive in the New York to Paris World Race. The car he will drive is a 1967 VW Beetle equipped with an engine that could revolutionize the automotive industry. It's a secret only a few know about, a secret others will do anything to get. All is not as it seems as the plot twists and turns right along with the roads the rally teams must navigate. But it's not only the roads that cause problems for Ed. Are his friends really his enemies and his enemies friends? Even his lovely navigator is not who she seems to be. Ride along with Ed and the international cast of characters for an entertaining read.
ronn356 More than 1 year ago
Need an action-adventure novel to read? Grab a copy of The Long Road to Paris and hold onto your chair! A world rally consisting of 32 antique cars sets out from New York in 2008 to retrace the route of the original New York to Paris Race of 1908. Simple enough, it seems, to our protagonist, Ed Talbot, until his business partner is mysteriously killed. He is paired with a French navigator who seems oddly familiar, his wife leaves him for a Hindu mystic, and he feels that he is being watched. This is the backdrop for what turns out to be a dicey game of superpower politics involving the confiscation and control of Ed Talbot's 1967 Volkswagen. The mysterious alternative-energy powerplant in the VW requires no fuel to run and has many powerful people interested. True to their car's name, Stewball, Ed and Marie-Claire find themselves in a constant stew. Three superpowers are either tailing, stalking, or chasing them across three continents while fellow competitors around them are being shot at, blown up, or who simply disappear. And in the midst of all this, Ed and Marie-Claire find themselves falling in love. There's more to this steamy (but never unseemly) novel than just revolutionary alternative energy sources, superpower jousting, and love and death. On April 14, 2011, AACA members Janet and Ed Howle headed off on a 14,000-mile rally across three continents in their 1967 Volkswagen Beetle. The couple competed in the 2011 World Race, the first around-the-world automobile competition since 1908. - Ronald Sieber
jalexana More than 1 year ago
Once into this book of mystery, musings and misadventure, i wanted to rush forward, precariously riding along with Ed and Marie Claire across continents with an eclectic cast of cars, characters and commitments, then found myself counting the remaining pages. I slowed down, savoring the final fifty or so, and missed these two people when the story stopped. But did it really end? I am looking forward to the sequel.
dodger39 More than 1 year ago
Not only is this book a wonderful mystery, but it will also appeal to car rally enthusiasts, for the background of the story is a rally that goes around the world beginning in New York City and ending in Paris at the Eiffel Tower. For those who are unfamiliar with all the intricacies of driving in a rally and the relationship between the driver and navigator, this part of the story is also fascinating. It is an excellent and informative read!