His Revenge (John J. Cannon Series, #2) by John W. Howell

His Revenge front final

The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

America loves John Cannon, its newest hero, and the President wants to present him with the highest civilian medal for bravery for saving the Annapolis midshipman from a terrorist plot to destroy them. While in Washington for the award ceremony, John unwillingly becomes an accomplice in another plan by the same group to attack the credibility of the US President and the stability of the worldwide oil market. There is no way out as John either becomes a traitor to America or causes thousands of innocent people to die if he refuses.

The second John J Cannon Thriller moves from a barrier Island off the coast of Texas to Washington DC, then to Northern California, and finally to Ecuador. John is on the receiving end of an offer he cannot, refuse. His avowed enemy Matt Jacobs now wants John to help him shake the reputation of the US in the world political arena. If John refuses, Matt plans to murder innocent Americans including John’s latest relationship. John’s only way out is to pretend to go along with the plan and hope for a miracle.


Genre(s):  Mystery, Thriller

Series:  John J. Cannon Series, #2

Length:  282 pages

Release Date:  2015-10-14



“Let’s not forget Jason,” I say.

“We won’t forget him, but he’s not here, and now people only have you to place on a pedestal. And they’re happy to do that.”

“It’s a strange thing, but I have this feeling we’ll eventually get Jacobs, and we’ll do it for Jason. In fact, when I get a boat to replace My GRL, I’m going to name her His Revenge as a tribute to Jason.”


My Opinion

This book begins with John J. Cannon, still being in hospital after the explosion. Ned’s task is to protect him, not an easy task considering the invitation to the White House might attract unwanted company.

With His Revenge, John W. Howell has created a steady-paced thriller with a quite normal protagonist who still does not see himself as a hero. John J. Cannon and Ned are very likeable characters; as their friendship grows, so does the reader’s friendship with them. The story comprises a variety of craftily elaborated characters with sufficient depth and interesting interactions until the final page. I had a great time reading His Revenge – it is a very intriguing and intense read; it turned me into an invisible ally and/or friend of the believable protagonist. I was drawn into the story right away, cheering John on. In these days, some of the situations make you think; similar stuff might happen.

I am looking forward to reading more of this series.

This is for you if you like steady-paced thrillers, interesting characters, series, and thoroughly researched matters.

A compelling read in a series to watch out for.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Full of surprises
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content Some sexual content
POV First person


About the author

John’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes thriller fiction novels and has a number of short stories published in various on-line magazines. One of his short stories has been recognized by Writers Digest in the Popular Fiction Writing contest. His novel, My GRL published by Martin Sisters Publishing and is the first of many exciting adventures of the book’s central character John J. Cannon. The second, His Revenge published by Keewaydin Lane Books is now available in Paperback and Kindle formats.

John lives on Mustang Island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of south Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.


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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about His Revenge? Or – if you did not yet read His Revenge – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If His Revenge was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  My GRL by John W. Howell



27 thoughts on “His Revenge (John J. Cannon Series, #2) by John W. Howell

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  3. Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    I was out all day and then came back and read this wonderful review by Karen Oberlaender. Karen is a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team and if you haven’t visited her blog you are missing great posts.

  4. Wow, Karen. I was gone all day today and then came back to your wonderful review. Thank you so much for spending some of your precious time on His Revenge. I am humbled by your comments and am so glad you enjoyed the book. 🙂

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