Review – John Howell’s Circumstances of Childhood


Circumstances of Childhood final front

Goodreads Blurb:

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.

My Review:

If John Grisham, Dean Koontz, and Dan Brown got together and decided to collaborate on a book, Circumstances of Childhood would be  the result. The book has three distinct components that John Howell blends together seamlessly.

First, there is the friendship that blossoms out of tragedy between Greg and Keith. This part of the book is reminiscent of John Grisham’s YA Theodore Boone series or Stephen King’s The Body (inspiration for the movie, Stand By Me). The book then transitions into more of a Dean Koontz vibe with some other-worldly interaction that is very poignant and fascinating. It then transitions into a fast-paced courtroom drama ala Grisham. This part of the book had me on the edge of my seat. This is then followed by some Dan Brown type computer forensics and good old-fashioned hacking intermingled with more spiritual aspects.

This is a well-rounded book that compelled me to write an email to John while sitting in the Atlanta airport reading the book to tell him I was enjoying it. I look forward to John’s next effort. This was a worthy follow-up to his John J. Cannon trilogy.

You can get more details on the book from John’s Fiction Favorites site.

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50 thoughts on “Review – John Howell’s Circumstances of Childhood

  1. Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    Don Massengo has given a very thoughtful review of Circumstances of Childhood. As most of you know, Don promotes authors as well as writing compelling novels. A visit to his site will give you an idea of his books as well as the opportunity to participate in his author interview program. My thanks to Don for taking the time to not only read Circumstances of Childhood but to also post this excellent review.

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  2. I really love your unique style in writing this review Don. It’s been waiting on my Kindle for that illusive pleasure-reading time to materialize. Now I really need to create that time. I already know John’s work is fabulous.
    Hmmm… I know this is not part of the John Cannon series, but I can’t help wondering what would happen if he and Frank Rozzani got together on a case. 😀 Happy weekend hugs.

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