The Contract: Between Heaven And Earth by John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano

The Contract: Between Heaven And Earth by John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano.


The earth is under the threat of a catastrophic political event which could result in international warfare and destroy all life on the planet. In heaven, a divine council decides that extraordinary measures are essential. They call for an intervention that involves two souls returning to earth. The chosen two sign a contract that they will work to avert the disaster. Brad Channing, a Navy SEAL, and Sarah O’Brien, a teacher, become heaven’s representatives on earth. The story follows them as they individually and then together face overwhelming obstacles and eventually end up on a strategic Air Force base in California. It is there that they discover a conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. The terrorists have a plan for global dominance, and they are determined to complete their mission. Although military leadership appears to have the President’s best interests at heart, it is not clear who can be trusted and who should be feared. The action is rough and tumble as Brad and Sarah try to figure out the culprits of the plot that will turn into a worldwide conflagration unless stopped. If you enjoy thrillers, this is one with enough twists and adventure to keep you riveted and guessing. If you like your thriller along with a good romance, Brad and Sarah’s initial attraction and eventual love will sustain you as they live out their heavenly and earthly desires.

Review: Celestial body snatchers and a planet on the precipice.

…A thousand years ago when I was a teenager I picked up a copy of Jack Finney’s novel, The Body Snatchers. In that book part of California (where else?) is invaded by extra-terrestrial seed-pods dispatched to earth by an alien power. The pods then proceed to replace sleeping humans with almost perfect alien replicas while the ill-fated human hosts turn to dust.

…The Contract, a new book by co-authors Gwen Plano and John Howell, also has a body-snatcher motif, but unlike Finney’s book it is limited to just two humans and the entities that inhabit their bodies are not toxic aliens. Instead, they are celestial beings (Peter and Teresa) sent by the “Elders” in heaven to head off a potential earth-ending disaster. (Our planet today should be so lucky!)

…A network of terrorists is seeking global dominance and to achieve that, they must, among other things, eliminate the U.S. President. That’s about as far as I will go in revealing the fast moving plot of this captivating and absorbing book.

…However, unlike Finney’s The Body Snatchers with its far-fetched alien seed pods that drift seemingly unimpeded through space until they land on earth, The Contract leaves you pondering the distinct possibility of divine intervention. The two unsuspecting “hosts” are Brad Channing, a Navy SEAL, and Sarah O’Brien, a teacher. Just as in Finney’s book, The Contract’s climax occurs in California–a woeful state that, as we all know, clearly needs all the help it can get, celestial or otherwise.

…The Contract deftly combines the thorny elements of a gripping thriller with the more muted ingredients of a love story. That is not an easy thing to do–especially when there are two authors mixing the literary chowder.

…However, Gwen Plano and John Howell are experienced and gifted storytellers who clearly work well together. Both of them recognize the critical elements of pacing, character development, conflict, active voice, and evocative description. You get all of that in The Contract, as well as a highly compelling story.

…I found very little to nit-pick in The Contract. The book begins with The Elders in heaven calling a meeting to discuss impending doom on earth. The celestial scenes at the beginning of the book were reminiscent of ancient Greek gods like Zeus and Aphrodite convening on Mount Olympus to cautiously and methodically choreograph the lives of mere mortals below. Nonetheless, the rousing story that unfolds back on earth moves swiftly and evocatively.

…This is a book well worth your time. And after you read it, you can sleep soundly without worrying about those pesky pods! ~Ronald E. Yates, award-winning author of the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy

…The Contract is the perfect blending between the physical and unseen world with unbreakable bonds between human and spirit. ~ Jan Sikes, award-winning author and accomplished musician

…I really enjoyed this story. It was unique, exciting, action-packed, spiritual, a love story, a lesson in what is important in life — all the things I like in one book. Very relevant book for the times we are in now. ~ D.L. Finn, award-winning author of No Fairy Tale and This Second Chance

Product Details:
Paperback: ‎299 Pages
Publisher: ‎Keewaydin Lane Books (June 3, 2018)
Language: ‎English
Philosophy (Structuralist)
Religion (Theism)
Utopian Ideology

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About John W. Howell: John 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 tension. The final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016 concludes the thriller series.

John’s fourth book Circumstances of Childhood, launched in October of 2017 tells a different thriller story of riches to rags, football, Wall Street, brotherly love, redemption, and inspiration with a touch of paranormal to keep you riveted.

The fifth book is a collaboration with the award-winning author, Gwen Plano titled The Contract. Heavenly bodies become concerned about the stability of the Earth and send two of their own to risk eternal salvation in order to save the planet. The Contract achieved number one status in its genre. John’s latest book is titled Eternal Road – The final stop and launched in September 2020. In search of their eternal home, Sam and James discover a threat to human existence. They also encounter the prince of darkness. The question is; can they save humankind and their eternal souls. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

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

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