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The premise of "Gray Justice," the first book in this series, wasn't particularly believable, but it was a unique story that introduced a number of interesting characters, and was so suspenseful I was more than willing to suspend disbelief. I downloaded the second book, "Gray Resurrection," even before I finished the first one.
Not sure what I was expecting from Book 2 (though the title gives something away), but it disappointed me. I had trouble grasping the concept of the British government keeping Gray alive (at great expense) but his existence a secret (at even greater expense) even though they apparently really want him dead... say what? There is also a love-at-first-sight storyline that seemed out of place (and this from a woman who loves a good love story).
The military action part of the story is well done, and action, admittedly, accounts for most of this short, well edited book. There's suspense and plenty of combat detail (i.e., lots of military acronyms) to add verisimilitude, but it doesn't drag out like some books of this type (yes, I refer to the late Tom Clancy, whose influence on author Alan McDermott is palpable).
"Resurrection" is only half of a story, however. It ends with a cliffhanger as our hero narrowly escapes the Philippines and the surveillance of his evil British overlords to embark on a long and (we assume) perilous journey back to England and (judging by the title of the next book) "Gray Redemption."
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
As Tom Gray works to fully recover from his injuries from Book 1 in the series, he is captured by a Muslim terrorist group in the Phillippines. He is offered to the British for ransom. British Intelligence groups are not exactly interested in him leaving the Phillippines alive.
Gray Resurrection is an excellent action thriller. I still believe Book 3 and later novels in the series will become 5 star espionage thrillers. Author Alan McDurmott has definitely hit upon a successful concept..
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I'll be the first to admit that whatever its shortcoming might have been I really did enjoy the first book in this series, Gray Justice. This one has many of the same hallmarks, plenty of well-described action, brevity and good editing leading to a decent pace to the story and so on.
What it lacked were the really clever twists that for me really made the first book. Here the twist is more pronounced but given the investment that has gone into him previously doesn't seem to fit logically and the love interest part of the story seems just a little clumsy.
James Langton does a solid enough job of the narration as you would expect but is clearly beaten by the accent demands on him in the dialogue.
In all it's still a fun, brief story but it doesn't have quite the impact of the first installment.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
A good continuation from the first book. It takes a unexpected turn. The luck of Tom Gray. I'm looking forward to the next book.