Book Review – My GRL by John W. Howell

“I think of my life and decide it was lived as I wished. I close my eyes and all goes black.”

My Grl

Some people write books and that’s all there is to it. A dab of metaphors here. A semicolon there. Hmm, how about a sprinkle of suspense? Maybe an exclamation mark or two? Sure, why not.

But with My GRL, John Howell doesn’t just put down words and punctuation. He puts himself into the story. Not in a vessel so obvious as a character (though this may be true too…John, you captured by any terrorists lately?), but his personality lives in passing phrases and a colorful setting you can feel touching down on your skin.

This book is John Howell-breathed, people.

Even if we’ve never been there, we know that John’s spent a minute or two in Port Aransas, Texas and consorted with the waves in the Gulf of Mexico. Several times, I found myself traveling around the area with Google Earth and feeling I knew just where the action was taking place.

The characters are vivid and the protagonist endearing. Here’s a stress-filled professional looking to get away for awhile. Who can begrudge the guy? But of course, a story is just no good if the main character gets what he wants without a fight. Well paced and filled with clever dialogue, you will probably find yourself at the end of this book too soon.

My GRL is a thriller with soul.

I feel like I really got to know John while reading this book and I can’t wait to hang out with him again. I suggest you grab a glass of wine, a cold beer, or a lemonade and hang out with him too.

When you’ve finished the book, you can find him on his blog.


0 thoughts on “Book Review – My GRL by John W. Howell

  1. Nice review! Sounds like a wonderful book.

    1. Thanks Carrie. I love reading a good book AND supporting a fellow blogger.

  2. I like a good thriller, I’ll take a look. Thanks Phil.

  3. Don’t forget the margaritas!

    1. Gah! How could I forget those… Thanks Marie. 🙂

  4. Phil.
    Such a wonderful review. When an author puts effort into a book it is so thrilling when a reader spots it. You made me blush, but I enjoyed it. (the blushing I mean) The thought of Google Earthing (is there such a word) made me smile. The review came in a very opportune time to lift the spirits and I am grateful. Thanks again.

    1. Well I didn’t mean to make you blush John, but I’m glad you enjoyed it. And I like Google Earthing.. that will be added to my vocabulary!

      1. Sounds sorta like a potato dish. “Woud you like more Google Earthing dear?”

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  6. Thanks for the great review, Phillip! Sounds like a great way to get away.

    1. I felt like I was on a mini-vacation when reading this book, Jill. Highly recommend checking it out. 🙂

  7. A very good review with the heart and soul of the author unmistakable. I have not read this yet, but I am looking forward to the read! Thanks.

  8. Lovely review! I agree with Jill. It does sound like a great way to travel.

    1. Thanks Linda. John did a great job of bringing me into the character’s world.

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