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My GRL by John W. Howell is fast-paced thriller that shows how your life can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye. John J. Cannon was looking forward to a long island vacation but instead ended up chasing and hiding from the bad guys. From losing Gerry who he was getting close to calling a friend, to discovering the real truth behind her death, to discovering who Sarah, Gerry's friend really was. It is a well-written story that kept me glued, page after page.
About the Author
- ASIN : B06VY4V2FC
- Publisher : Keewaydin Lane Books; 2nd edition (February 19, 2017)
- Publication date : February 19, 2017
- Language: : English
- File size : 2247 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 275 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,544,129 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Howell's take on the perspective (first person present) was so interesting that I wasn't sure if I was more fascinated with the story or the stream-of-consciousness approach to writing. Truly, it's a one-of-a-kind find, and not necessarily in a bad way.
The character had personality and spunk: I liked him. He had my loyalty from the beginning. Howell added some definitely unexpected twists and turns, which kept me on my toes and wondering what he'd change next. He had a forward momentum almost the whole time. In regards to the whole book, I can think of only one instance when it felt lagging and slow, and that was due to the descriptions/flow. Howell takes care to describe just about everything :)
What I struggled with was the stream of consciousness. Howell takes care to explain everything, and at points it became very cumbersome (as I mentioned above.) Sometimes I really liked it because it was funny. At other times I felt like he was over explaining things, like rationale behind why something was stated, or explaining something that was obvious to me as a reader. I'm not sure if it's a writing style, or if he just wants to make it overly clear what his intention was.
At any rate, I looked forward to reading this book, enjoyed it while I read it, and continue to look forward to more from Howell. I'll definitely read his books in the future.
I go into any book, with high anticipation tempered by restraint.
I immediately walked into unfamiliar terrain. I have never read a work of fiction with the perspective of first person present before. It felt a little uncomfortable at first, but the plot it is so intensely gripping that my discomfort disappeared rapidly, and I settled back excited to continue.
I found myself liking the pivotal character John Cannon, he had depth, and a quirky, often wry, sense of humor. Author John W. Howell incorporates pithy one-liners throughout the book, and some of them actually had me laughing out loud as I read. The humor affords the reader the chance to draw a deep breath: You’ll need it, as the pacing of this book is fast, the tension high, and the suspense is nerve shattering.
I’m one of those dreadful people that seem to successfully predict the outcome of books and movies: NOT this time. Author John Howell has nailed it. I took the bait several times, then found myself chuckling at just how wrong I’d been.
We are given deep insights into what drives John Cannon. A couple of reviewers call the character of John Cannon, naive. My take is that the character has a profound love for his country, he is a total and unwavering patriot, and uncaring of who knows it. His apparent naivety, for me at least, equates to his unwillingness to judge things without deep introspection.
At times I wanted to grab the character by the throat and shake him, and in my opinion, that is precisely what the author wanted us to do. He allows John Cannon to be human, a guy you’d want to invite over for a cook out; a guy with flaws, dreams and desires.
. John Cannon becomes three dimensional and highly visual. THAT for me is the trademark of a fine author.
This author encapsulates all that any reader could ask for in the pages of this book.
My GRL is the first book in a THREE book series.
I’m heading off to buy book 2.
From there the action never stops. It is always tight and well planned, always clever and intriguing. John comes across as somewhat naive for a high-powered attorney but that works well for the stories action. Overall this is a great read. I wonder if there's a sequel. Hmmmmm.
Top reviews from other countries
For the most part the pace moves along at a satisfying pace, helped by Cannon's naivety in his new career choice and how his own professional past is connected to the increasingly perilous situations he finds himself in with no clue at first as to what is happening. The aspect that stops me giving this the ultimate accolade, is that the chosen first person viewpoint is sometimes too laboured in explaining John's reactions and motivation, when you really want to go with the flow of action and not wallow about too much in the whys and wherefores. Pace aside, there's enough to keep you on John's side as he's a likeable chap with a dry, self-effacing sense of humour and, although he's a smart guy, isn't ever too unflappable or too street-wise outside of his usual expertise when faced with being the initial suspect in a homicide investigation or with apparent FBI interest. It's refreshing to have the hero fumbling around a little and lurching from frying pans to fire-bombs when out of his usual fish pond. All in all I enjoyed this ride very much, despite thrillers not usually being a favourite genre, especially where terrorism is concerned, so this is a well-earned 4 star review from me.
Written in first person (my favourite) I had high hopes for this story after reading the blurb and I love a good thriller. However, for me, the lack of contractions made it a very stilted read, breaking the natural flow, especially in the dialogue. Changing this aspect alone would instantly breathe life into the narrative. People just don’t talk or read without contraction. (Unless you’re the Queen or a presenter for Pathe News).
I found there was more telling of the story than showing which often repeated a given fact and, for me, did slow the pace down considerably. Having said that, I did want to keep reading to find out how the plot would unfold, and John Cannon is a very likeable character, which is why “His Revenge” and “Our Justice” John Howell’s follow up books involving John Cannon are already downloaded and on my TBR list. Definitely worth a read, folks.
John Cannon has embarked on a new chapter in his life. He has made the decision to give up his lucrative career as a San Francisco lawyer and opted instead for a complete break away from city life and to follow his idyllic dream of peace and quite on the beautiful island of Corpus Christi.
When John’s life starts to become a threatening nightmare, he discovers that evil can appear anywhere and before he knows it, he is fighting to understand a series of impossible happenings, which will effect his life forever. That is, if he survives!
My GRL is a maritime thriller whose themes are terrorism and patriotism. As for its agreeable, analytical and apologetic protagonist, he is something of a reluctant hero; an ordinary person unwittingly forced into extraordinary circumstances. This is John W. Howell’s debut novel.
Pluses for me: I like a fast-paced plot; just enough background information about the area where John Cannon has his boat, My GRL; just long enough descriptive scenes, setting up the action along with natural dialogue, getting to know the character of the protagonist as the story develops; nail biting intrigue as the reader gets to know the good and the bad guys; not excessive violence and not too much of the F... word, which was used sparingly but with justification; because of all these plus points, I give the story five stars even though I did not always enjoy some of the sentence structures, for example starting off a number of short sentences with "He" or occasionally repeating a character's name too often in one paragraph.
I'm perhaps "old school" but I find reading in the first person and in the present tense quite difficult. Yet, having said that, the author did a splendid job. I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a real, "clean" thriller with amazing plot twist and turns which will keep you guessing till the last page. I'm recommending this book to my husband, who is quite a picky reader, but I know he will enjoy this action-packed thriller as much as I did!