by John W. Howell


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ISBN-13: 9781625530592
Publisher: Martin Sisters Publishing
Publication date: 12/30/2013
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

John's main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes thriller fiction novels and short stories. He also has a three times weekly blog at where he writes about author and reader view points on stories which make a difference.
John lives on Mustang Island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of south Texas with his wife Molly and their spoiled rescue pets. He can be reached by e-mail at:

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My GRL 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
D.L. Finn More than 1 year ago
My GRL by John Howell is not your average thriller novel. Written in first-person present it reminded me of an old-time detective novel, but there was nothing old fashioned about it. Main character, John Cannon takes some time off from work and finds himself (and his boat, My GRL) enmeshed in a plot—he can’t walk away from. I enjoyed John Cannon as your average guy trying to figure it all out, with the odds against him. The best part of the story for me was his sense of humor throughout the book. There were many unexpected twists in the book and Mr. Howell wrote a book that kept me up way into the night just to see what would happen next. If you are looking for a thriller (that isn’t typical) this would be your book
tpolen More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't say that I judge a book by its cover (literally), but covers are usually what first draw me to a book. This cover is very simple, with calming colors and has a serene feel to it - the opposite of the story inside, so don't let that fool you. When I first started this book, I wondered if this was an unfortunate case of a guy being in the wrong place at a horribly wrong time, but as the story unfolded, I learned there was definitely more to it. John Cannon was very easy to like, with his self-deprecating humor and clever survival skills. The supporting characters were all essential to the story, with no 'fillers' for window dressing. There was a twist near the end I didn't see coming, always nice in any story. In a couple of sections, I felt like too much detail was given on everyday, mundane tasks, so I skipped through those parts as they really didn't contribute to the plot. I also noticed the wrong form of words used in a few places (repelling vs. rappelling and compliment vs. complement), something an editor should have picked up on. This book was pretty well-paced, especially near the end, and I would recommend it to action/adventure and thriller fans. I'll be interested to see where John Cannon's next adventure takes him.
sknicholls More than 1 year ago
I am a serious boat person and love crime fiction so this book had me intrigued from the start. John J. Cannon is an average Joe, an attorney, trying to escape the stress of the Courtroom and office, when he heads to the Texas coast and buys a yacht from a broker who is not entirely on the up and up with him. She ends up dead. Poor John, absorbed with minutia and afflicted with OCD, gets sucked into the middle of a criminal catastrophe. There is one dilemma after another placed in front of him. This is only the second book I have read that is written in present tense, so it took some adjustment. It is also written in first person, which I felt allowed me to get really close to the protagonist. He’s an endearing fellow who tries to make all that’s going wrong right, trying to save both his boat and innocent people from a group of terrorists.  There is subtle humor tucked into every chapter. The story takes us through some crazy situations that John never expected he would have to face and is ill equipped to handle alone. Enter Ned, the Chief of Police, and Jason, who incidentally becomes a sailing companion. Teased by action throughout the book, the intensity at the climax had me biting my nails. Howell does an excellent job creating characters and scenarios we can care about. You can’t help but become invested in the outcomes. The suspense is also as thrilling as one would expect. I would be remiss not to mention both the line and copy editing could have been tighter before publication. That issue aside, it is a most enjoyable debut crime novel. I look forward to future works by this author. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!