Today John W. Howell shares an extract from the first of his John J. Cannon series MY GRL…I have read all the books in the series and can recommend them all.
About the book
John J. Cannon, a successful San Francisco lawyer, needs some well-deserved time off. He takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. His short-term plan is to become a charter fishing boat captain. John is unaware his craft has been targeted by a terrorist group to be used to destroy a class of Annapolis Midshipmen on their summer cruise. John’s first inkling of trouble is when he wakes up in the hospital and learns he was unconscious next to the body of the young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. To further complicate the situation, he was lying on the gun that killed her
John now has a more critical plan than charter fishing. He needs to convince law enforcement that he is innocent of the woman’s murder and to figure out why he was in the position of taking the fall.
John’s quest for answers takes him from the small fishing village of Port Aransas to eventually confront those who are holding him prisoner on the cargo ship carrying My GRL in the hold. The answers come fast and not to John’s liking. The chief terrorist has decided to lash John to the wheel of My GRL which is packed with C4 explosives and by remote control steer them to certain death at the Port of New York. The plan is to destroy the Midshipmen and the Intrepid museum. All this to satisfy the terrorists need for revenge on perceived grievances against America and the leader’s hatred for John.
If you like your heroes’ to be regular people and you want your thrillers to be exciting with plenty of twists and turns this is the book for you. It is the first in the John Cannon Trilogy.
An Extract from MY GRL
The road seems deserted this evening. A car heads south about a mile away. By the looks of it, the driver is trying to go too fast, as they have trouble maintaining a straight line as a result of being buffeted back and forth by the rough road. Why’re they in such a hurry? As our two vehicles close the distance, I see two people in the front seat of what appears to be an SUV.
They sway back and forth in reaction to the vehicle bouncing from one side of the blacktop to the other. With any luck, they won’t lose control and smash into me. Just as I get ready to pull off the side of the road, the person on the passenger side stands on the seat with his head and shoulders sticking up out of the moon roof. Boy, these tourists sure are behaving poorly.
The guy pulls a huge rifle up through the moon roof, brings it up to his shoulder, and then aims it at me. Three red flashes come from an infrared scope. My heart pounds. The guy surfing the roof of the SUV is gonna shoot me. Sure enough, the dull thud of a bullet passes somewhere through the FJ. I don’t wait for the next shot; I yank the steering wheel to the right as hard as I can and stomp on the accelerator.
Another thud sounds when another slug finds its mark. My vehicle and I bounce over the sandy soil that makes the heart of Mustang Island. Pulled onto a field, I throw the FJ into four-wheel drive. The lever requires me to lean way over near the passenger side. Just as I ease over, the windshield blows out toward the front of the FJ. Another slug meant for me.
With the four wheels engaged, I take a direct route perpendicular to Eleventh Street. A look in the rearview mirror shows my assassins’ progress. My FJ throws up a dust cloud, wearing deep grooves in the soft sand and weed field, and I can hardly see them. Definitely still coming, but I can’t make out how fast. They have a more powerful machine, and possibly, four-wheel drive. My only chance is to make it to the beach, which lies about three blocks away. If I can get there, I’ll be able to get help from the beach patrol. Maybe these guys won’t want to kill me in front of a bunch of tourists.
Have they stopped shooting? Whoops. No. Another thud means I’m wrong. They still want me hitting me much more difficult, and then weigh the benefit versus the speed cost. Better to keep going ahead. I scan the fuel, oil, and temperature gauges to see if anything vital got hit. All seem normal. Another shot hits. I give a thought to a serpentine , maneuver to make
One of the recent reviews for the book
John Cannon is on a sabbatical from his high-powered attorney job and decides to spend a year on Mustang Island off the coast of Texas working on his used 65’ boat. Then his friend ends up shot, and the sheriff suspects that he’s keeping secrets. Add to that, it turns out that terrorists want his boat.
This book moves along at a good clip as John deals with the sheriff and then gets embroiled in the terrorists’ plot. He’s a great character, and for me, he brought the book to life. He’s kind of an average guy, but he’s smart and resourceful (for the most part), and he has some attitude. I had a great time watching him deal with all the problems while completely out of his element.
The story didn’t bog down with description or backstory, and it had just the right amount of shipboard detail to lend authenticity to the setting, John’s capabilities, and the story’s resolution. I would definitely read more of this character and author. Though a thriller, the book was also a lot of fun. Highly recommended for readers of action novels and thrillers, and book-lovers who enjoy great characters.
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John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the tension. The final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016 concludes the thriller series. John’s fourth book Circumstances of Childhood, launched in October of 2017 tells a different thriller story of riches to rags, football, Wall Street, brotherly love, redemption, and inspiration with a touch of paranormal to keep you riveted. The fifth book is a collaboration with the award-winning author, Gwen Plano titled The Contract. Heavenly bodies become concerned about the stability of the Earth and send two of their own to risk eternal salvation in order to save the planet. The Contract achieved number one status in its genre. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.
John lives in Lakeway, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.
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