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British author Alan McDermott is off to a good start in what promises to be an excellent espionage series. Gray Justice is an action thriller that introduces Tom Gray as a future agent of MI5. II look forward to listening to all future books in the series.
British actor and audiobook narrator James Langton is a nice selection as series narrator. His voice is perfect and although he reads a little slowly that can be corrected by listening at 1.25X recording speed.
Gray Justice is about ex-military officer and security consultant Tom Gray, the protagonist, getting justice for a young hoodlum who kills Gray's young son and drives his wife to suicide. The justice system lets the murderer go after 7 months imprisonment.
The series has 5 star potential!
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
Tom Gray, protagonist of this first book in a new series from England, is a retired veteran of the SAS (Special Air Services), Britain's elite military unit. His civilian life is shattered when a police chase after a young car thief results in the deaths of Gray's wife and 2-year-old son. When the punk--whose criminal record already fills enough pages to make a novel (and those are only the times he got caught)-- is let go with minimal probation and time served, Gray and his buddies--SAS vets all--hatch a radical plan to incite the British public to demand changes in a failed justice system.
Gray's plan unfolds to the reader pretty much as it unfolds to the public over the nightly news. We don't know the full intent of the plan until near the book's end. But long before that we *do* know something neither Gray nor the authorities trying to deal with him realize--that a third party has entered the game, planning to turn Gray's actions to their own nefarious purpose.
"Gray Justice" is a short book with the flavor of a Tom Clancy novel. Almost from the beginning the rather ruthless Tom Gray reminded me of John Clark, the most interesting of Clancy's many characters (well, at least that's what I think).
I don't know whether the subsequent books will live up to this first one, but I downloaded "Gray Resurrection" (the title of Book 2 is only mildly a spoiler) when I was about 2/3 of the way through Book 1, and I finished Book 1 in record time because I *had* to know what happened next.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
a great story and really what to read the next one to see what happens. highly recommended. one doubt is that narration was as high quality had other things in the book but still better than most
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Well maybe not quite a real X-Factor but if this opening book to the series is anything to go by it's going to offer fast-paced fun without ever really stretching the Gray matter unduly. The shorter than usual format means that there is no time wasted at any point and the plot is fairly novel. It tunes into real-life frustrations often-voiced about the apparent leniency shown to repeat offenders and taps into the modern phenomenon of reality TV.
Of course I would never advocate a public vote to decide if anyone should be punished but I doubt I'll be alone in musing that such a system would be at least as popular if applied to certain reality TV stars and hosts rather than just criminals!
The narration is okay and well-suited to the material, some of the characters, particularly the female ones sounded a bit weak but James Langton kept the pace going and kept the right kind of tone for the material.
So if you fancy a bit of a fun quickie from the thriller department this is not the worst choice in the world. There are some really good plot twists in it that certainly drew a wry grin or two from me. All I would say is that if you are after a detailed thriller with lots of procedural detail or a genuine sense of realism then it's probably best to steer clear.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
What an interesting plot!
What would you do if you had the skill and resources to avenge a loved ones’s death? Brilliantly crafted tale with strng believable characters. Lots of intrigue, plot twists and a very surprising ending! It also makes you think deeply about your own belief in justice. Can’t wait for the next one!
Great book, good and realistic storyline and also excellent narration. I would strongly recommend it.