Thrilling Summer Reading from John Childress

“Sentence first, verdict afterwards.”  Lewis Carroll

If you are going on holiday this summer, or just staying around the comforts of home and looking for a thrilling summer read, check out my new novels on Amazon.Kindle (and other e-book retailers) On both Kindle US and UK websites as well.

Almost Perfect is a captivating thriller involving the Inquisition, the Cathars of 12th Century France, and modern-day financial greed in the city of London.

If you liked The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, and thrillers by Robert Ludlum, then get ready for a fast paced thriller set in 12th Century France with mysterious ties to the heart of today’s London financial centre.

Matt Brennan, a brilliant young investment banker in the City of London, is celebrating his greatest deal yet: orchestrating a mega-merger that will transform the electronics industry. He is rich and successful beyond his wildest hopes.   But his personal life is a mess.  Fed up with his constant work, his wife is about to walk out on him.  And he is plagued by mysterious dreams …of the Inquisition.

When Matt travels to Carcassonne in Southern France to buy a house he hopes will put his marriage and his life back together, he is plunged into the mysteries of the Cathar Sect, a fanatical branch of mediaeval Catholicism also known as the ‘the Perfects’.

As he unlocks their secrets, his life is at stake.  And Matt Brennan is about to discover that no man, and no religion, is ever perfect.

‘Almost Perfect’ is an enthralling thriller that straddles the centuries with consummate skill. It combines the plotting of Dan Brown, with the action of Steve Berry, and historical knowledge of Kate Mosse, and the story-telling of Lee Child.

  • ‘A knock-out book. John Childress is at the top of his game.” – Matt Lynn, author of the best-selling Death Force thrillers.
  • “A brilliant, thrilling combination of the ancient and modern.” – Tom Kasey, best-selling author of Trade Off.

Game Changer

When a suicide bomber blows herself up in Washington, President Roswell Clayton Pierce realises that nothing will ever be the same again. It is a Game Changer. 

When Matt Richards sees bodies strewn across the US capital, he realises that there are some professions from which a man can never quit. It is a Game Changer. 

And so begins a deadly game of cat and mouse against the most ruthless terrorists in the world. One man’s reputation will be decided, and a Presidency will be put to the test as the world stands on the brink of global chaos. 

Because when the Game changes, you either change with it…or you die. 

From the terror camps of Beirut and the Lebanon, to the politics of the Middle East and Washington, Game Changer is a brilliant action thriller, combining the meticulous research of Frederick Forsyth, the military and intelligence know-how of Tom Clancy, the global reach of Robert Ludlum and the pulsating story-telling of Lee Child. 

  • “This will grip you from the first page, and won’t let go until the last” – Matt Lynn, author of the best-selling Death Force thrillers. 
  • “The best thriller of the year.” – Tom Kasey, author of the best-selling Trade-Off.

I hope you enjoy these thriller novels and have a great summer.

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress

About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at or
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4 Responses to Thrilling Summer Reading from John Childress

  1. Raunak says:

    congrats John! i look forward to reading them soon.


  2. mimijk says:

    Well John, I’m going out of my box and intend to read your most recent publication while we’re in the mountains in August. I am really, really looking forward to the read…:-)


    • Mimi: Read “Almost Perfect” first. You will identify with the female characters, for sure. Strong and determined.


      • mimijk says:

        I downloaded it this morning..I may not be able to wait until we go away. Strong and determined…hmmm..also short, mildly neurotic with strong overtones of efforts to be kind, by any chance? 🙂


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