My GRL by John W. Howell

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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 20488718problem 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. – Goodreads.com

I’ve had this book in my TBR pile since it was released, so when I saw it was part of Rosie’s Review Challenge, I knew now was a perfect time to read it.

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.

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