Guest Post – The Last Drive by John W. Howell #newbook

I’m not really sure where John and my paths crossed – blogging is an odd old world. Soon, though, i saw a common thread. John loves stories that are all dialogue as do I. He, too, uses a prompt but after that the story can go anywhere: dung beetles battling for galactic supremacy, super-aggressive hair gel seeking a role as superhero in a world of stylists… So when he asked me to betaread his latest book, The Last Drive that takes a fairly liberal approach to world history as his heroes duck and dive to avoid Lucifer’s blandishments, I couldn’t really resist.

Now, the book is here, and fortunately my input has been minimal. It’s worthy of your time, so I’ll hand over to John to let you know what’s in store.


I am so pleased to be with you today, Geoff. Thank you for helping spread the word about The Last Drive. All year I have marveled at the beauty of your garden. It seems the UK climate is perfect for growing an amazing assortment of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Of course, it isn’t just the climate but your hard work that makes the difference. I’m sure Dog helps as much as he can too. Having said all that I think we can agree that like the garden there is no one element that makes a good story. I’m pleased that this book is more or less a genre bender in that there are several that are visited to tell the tale.


Here is the blurb and then we can get to a short excerpt from the book.


The Blurb

In the sequel to Eternal Road – The final stop, Sam and James are reunited to look for two souls, Ryan and Eddie. Ryan was killed in Afghanistan, trying to avoid a schoolyard with his crippled plane. Eddie Rickenbacker, Ryan’s hero, is to guide Ryan to his Eternal Home, and now both are missing.

The higher-ups believe that there has been some interference in Ryan and Eddie’s journey by Lucifer, so Sam and James have the task of finding Ryan and Eddie to get them back on the road despite the evil interference. Unfortunately, the machinations designed to prevent Ryan and Eddy from completing their journey takes the pair to horrifying testing grounds. The places visited represent the best work of the Devil. They are the trenches of World War I in France, gladiators at the Roman Coliseum, the sinking Titanic in 1912, Hiroshima 45 minutes before the bomb, and the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1943.

This book is for you if you like plenty of action, strong characters, time travel, and a touch of spiritual and historical fiction. So, join Sam and James as they try to find the missing souls while staying one step ahead of the Prince of Darkness, who is determined to destroy all that is good.



An Excerpt.


The sergeant looks at the clipboard. “I hope you don’t mind, but we’ll stop at the field hospital first. That’s where the morgue is.”

Sam nods. “That sounds fine to us. We’re not fussy.”

The sergeant smiles. “I would say so. Given you agreed to ride with stiffs. Have a seat. I’ll let you know when it’s time.”

James and Sam stroll to a couple of camp chairs set up against another sandbag-constructed wall. James sits heavily, and Sam follows suit. Both rest with their thoughts. James breaks the silence, “I say we go to the hospital and ditch the ride.”

The artillery opens up again, and normal conversation becomes impossible.

Sam leans closer and loud-whispers, “We’re fortunate they’re going to the hospital first.”

“I know, right? It’s almost too good to be true.” James pauses. “Uh-oh.”


“Every time something seems too good to be true, it usually is. You-know-who might be moving the pieces around on this gameboard.”

“Well, it’s possible, and I wouldn’t be surprised, but this is the only way we’re going to find Ryan and Eddie. Look, they’re pilots, and it’s only natural they’ll be near the aerodrome.”

“I wonder how many aerodromes are in France?”

“Let’s not start worrying about that right now, shall we?”

James nods. “Okay, but having an aerodrome only fifteen miles from where you-know-who dropped us is rather coincidental.”

Sam looks at the ground. “Yep. You-know-who doesn’t seem that generous.”


A Link to the Trailer


You Tube


Buy Links

The Last Drive is available in paper and Kindle editions on Amazon. Here are the universal links. The Kindle edition is on sale for 99¢ through mid-February.








Author Bio


John is an award-winning author who after an extensive business career began writing full time in 2012. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. He has written Six other books that are on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

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


Author links

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Eternal Road Buy links

Kindle Universal link

Paper universal link


About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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69 Responses to Guest Post – The Last Drive by John W. Howell #newbook

  1. Thank you for hosting me today, Geoff. Spreading the word on a new book takes a village and I’m so glad you offered to help. Your support is very much appreciated.

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  3. Mae Clair says:

    Haha! I loved that introduction, Geoff.
    I also loved John’s latest book. It’s great to see The Last Drive in the spotlight!

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  4. Thank you, Geoff, for hosting today and offering the spotlight to The Last Drive. Congratulations, John, on this latest achievement. Bravo. 🎉

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  5. What a great introduction to John’s newest work. The intro itself sounds like the preface of an Italian opera. Thanks for sharing, and have a nice week, Geoff! xx Michael

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  6. Thanks for hosting our friend John today, Geoff! I enjoyed your intro and the excerpt!

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  7. GP says:

    Thank you for sharing John’s news, Geoff!!

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  8. How fun to find John over here at your place, Geoff. I love your intro (always worthy of a laugh) and I agree with his assessment of your garden. Congrats, John, on another excellent stop on your tour!

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  9. It pleases me to see such an awesome novel getting the attention it deserves, Geoff.

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  10. Staci Troilo says:

    Another excellent excerpt, John. You know I really enjoyed your book. (I recommend both books in the series.) Best wishes with this release.

    Thanks for hosting, Geoff.

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  11. willowdot21 says:

    I have agree Geoff a really different book , very interesting and worthy of all our time…
    Also who’d of thought there could be another brain similar to yours….. Look out is that another ACME rocket headed this way.. look out it’s John Howell!

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  12. Another great tour post, John. Looks like you’re getting plenty of comments along the way. Hope that leads to sales and happy readers.

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  13. Geoff and John, it’s great to see you both together. John has another winner on his hands. And Geoff, I’m looking forward to your urban fantasy series. Hugs to you both.

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  14. Dale says:

    A wonderful intro, Geoff! I agree. I loved beta reading this second book as well and look forward to reading the “finished product”!

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  15. Teri Polen says:

    I agree with everyone else – nice intro! Thanks for hosting John, Geoff!

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  16. Jan Sikes says:

    Thank you for hosting John today, Geoff! This is another compelling scene in this book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Last Drive and highly recommend it! Congrats to John!

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  17. I’m so enjoying stalking you around the web, John! Wishing you tons of sales and success. Geoff, thanks for sharing! Hugs 💕🙂

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  18. markbierman says:

    I agree with you, Geoff. John has a knack for writing dialogue. I really enjoy his blog, especially the Twiggy and Lucy posts.

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