My GRL is the story of John J. Cannon, successful San Francisco lawyer, who takes a well-deserved leave of absence from his firm. He travels to a small Texas fishing town and buys a boat, unaware that his new purchase, renamed My GRL, had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John’s first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital. He learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body of the attractive young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
John W. Howell is a new author with a mission: Entertain his readers and give them a wild ride. Mission accomplished.
If you are looking for a book that will both keep you guessing and keep your heart rate booming, this would be a good one to choose. Mr. Howell’s main character reminded me somewhat of a Jason Bourne/Macgyver combo in the regard that he can go anywhere and find trouble, but he is smart enough to get himself out of the situations he finds himself in, creatively.
If you have no ability to suspend belief, you must teach yourself to have one before the end of this book. There are a few places where things seem a bit convenient and in the favour of the main character, as well as a couple of spots where you may shake your head and wonder if that could really happen to anyone. This didn’t take away from the joy of reading this work for me though. In a book where so much is going on and so many serious events are taking place, finding a few far-fetched ideas in there made it more exciting and feel less technical.
This story starts off interesting and as the central characters are introduced, quickly becomes a complex tale full of intrigue and questions that won’t be answered until the very end.
This author has a way of telling his story through the eyes of the main character that allows the reader to grasp the feelings, thoughts and intentions of said character as the story progresses. This was a nice change from many books that tend to give you a removed view of the story.
The author has a strong voice as a narrator, and includes a certain brand of humour that I believe will make him recognisable and set his work apart from others on the market.
My favourite thing about this book is the personality of the main character. He is funny, smart and determined to succeed no matter how bad the odds are. I did notice that in some sections there is quite a lot of explaining and details from the author, but this is a debut novel. It will be exciting to watch him grow as an author throughout future books.
I recommend this book to those who enjoy action filled tales where the characters must outwit those who intend to do them harm. Smartly written and worth the time to read.