Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell #BookReview @HowellWave

Cover: Circumstances of Childhood
by John W. Howell


The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

(by Goodreads)

When a former pro football star and broadcaster, now a Wall Street maven is accused of insider trading, will he be able to prove his innocence and expose those who are guilty?

Greg and his boyhood pal dreamed of big success in professional football and then later in business. Greg was the only one to live the dream. Now the founder of an investment fund Greg is faced with a routine audit finding by the SEC. The audit points to irregularities and all the tracks lead to Greg. The justice department hits him with an indictment of 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, and insider trading. His firm goes bust, and Greg is on his own.

His best friend knows he is innocent but has been ordered under penalty of eternal damnation not to help.

If you enjoy stories of riches to rags, redemption, brotherly love, and a little of the paranormal, Circumstance of Childhood will keep you riveted.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Biographical
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Legal
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Financial
Series: n.a.
Length: 299 pages
Release date: 2017-10-01


“Yes, it will be a big adjustment for all of us. We don’t have a quarterback. I’m afraid I put all my eggs into the Keith basket.”

Right then, I thought hard about having Greg take over as quarterback. He knew the plays better than anyone. Hell, he was the brains behind many of them. I said out loud, “Why doesn’t Greg do the quarterbacking?”

The coach looked over to where I stood as if he heard me, although impossible. “Greg, would you consider taking over as quarterback?”

My Opinion

This book provides you with a first look at Greg, whereas Keith introduces you to the story.

With Circumstances of Childhood, John W. Howell has created a unique story of friendship, loss, and much more. Greg and Keith are very likeable characters; as the story proceeded, I became their invisible friend. The story comprises a variety of craftily elaborated characters with depth and interesting interactions until the last page. I had a great time reading Circumstances of Childhood – it is a very intriguing and intense read; it turned me into an invisible ally and/or friend of the believable protagonists. I was drawn into the story right away, eager to learn more. Some of the events may start a new train of thoughts, maybe even shine a new light on something familiar.

This is for you if you like thrillers with excellent twists, interesting and complex characters, a touch of the paranormal, and – food for thought.

A compelling and remarkable read by a master of story-telling.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV best fit for every scenario
Language :mrgreen: – 😳  (decent enough; some medium swearwords)
Violence 😳  (some violence)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent)


About the author

John W, Howell 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 adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. Circumstances of Childhood in October 1st 2017. The latest, The Contract, was launched the week of June 4th, 2018. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.


Connect with the Author:

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 Circumstances of Childhood? Or – if you did not yet read Circumstances of Childhood – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Book review:  My GRL  (John J. Cannon Series, #1)

Book review:  His Revenge  (John J. Cannon Series, #2)

Book review:  Our Justice  (John J. Cannon Series, #3)

10 Statements – John W. Howell





35 thoughts on “Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell #BookReview @HowellWave

  1. I say ‘Amen’ to all the comments above! I, too, read “CofC”, gave it a 5-Star Review, got the $100 check from John, and have thought since my reading that Mr. Howell had some close ties to the people he wrote about in that book…that is, one way or another! Hip, hip, and a big ole HOORAY for my ‘dialogue idol’! ♥♥♥
    P. S. I liked that ‘durn’ book so much I returned the $100 check to Mr. Howell and scribbleed this note on the check: “Can’t have this much serious fun and deep thought with a book plus take yur e-pluribus-unum!!! Just send Willett! (She’s a lady we know and like!) Just, saying!

    • Thanks, Billy Ray. I’m sure Karen is horrified at the thought of me even having a $100 to spend. I must say though, your review was excellent and I thank you for your appearance here today. Remind me again as to how much a bottle of Willett weighs?

  2. Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    Karen Oberlaendar has written a lovely review of Circumstances of Childhood. Karen is also an excellent author and her book of short stories titled In a Small Compass is available for free. Visit Karen’s blog and claim your copy. Karen is also a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team and a super reviewer. Thank you, Karen.

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