When a father loses his son to a career criminal, revenge just isn’t enough.
When ex-soldier Tom Gray loses his wife and child to a career criminal, it seems life can’t get much worse. But when the killer is let off with time served on remand, Gray knows there is something fundamentally wrong with the justice system. Engaging the help of his ex-SAS buddies, he kidnaps five repeat offenders and asks the public to vote on their fate: Should they be allowed to continue their criminal ways with inadequate punishment, or has Britain had enough?
His website attracts a worldwide audience and, although the authorities know where he is, they are powerless to stop him.
Can Gray carry out his audacious plan? Will Andrew Harvey and his fellow MI5 operatives find a way to stop him?
Gray Justice is more than a simple tale of revenge: It’s a rollercoaster ride with an ending you’ll never forget.
©2014 Alan McDermott (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I love espionage and detective thrillers but will listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
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!
Excellent story with plenty of twists, turns and action! The premise is great and the storyline intriguing. If you like Lee Child, you'll love this! The narration was top notch too!
Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!
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.
I don't mind setting up your book for a book two but you just left so much left unexplained. if there is a sale on his books ill grab book two and see if it answer s questions and sucks me in to this series alil more
This was a very interesting and entertaining story. It had me asking a lot of questions about how we do justice in America. I think some of the theories in the book are a little far-fetched but definitely had me thinking. The performance was fantastic.
very good book.. kind of short since the last few books I have listened to have been more than 15 hours long.. but it was a good break I really like one man army scenarios.. His idea of the justice system is entertaining also..
I would have done given 5 stars but was a bit disappointed in the ending. Obviously, he was laying ground for a sequel but I would have liked to know a bit about what happened to some of the other characters. I see there are at least 3 sequels and I will definitely buy the 2nd. I do tend to rate lower than many so I'm sure book has lots of 5 stars.
The narrator's voice was fine but I didn't pick up on distinctions when he was speaking as Tom Gray, the MI5 guy, Mansour, or even Sally. It must be hard when story is told by different people, but with no change in voice or tone, it sometimes took a minute to figure out who was telling the story at any given time.
Enjoyable and fast. Interesting setup and cleaver twists. The only down side was the ending where Grey wakes up in another country, just seemed like someone else wrote it. It didn't fit with the rest of the book. It was actually enough of a jolt and turn off that I don't think I will continue with the series. I liked the remainder of the book but felt betrayed with the weird surreal ending.
I really didn't enjoy this book at all. The storyline was difficult to follow and did not enjoy the narrator.
Not necessarily from other books in this genre but definitely other books by this author and this narrator.
"What story and great twist."
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
hard book to put down. l am looking forward to reading book two in the series.
"great story had me hooked"
Storyline was great , agree with previous. 'Jason Bourne with vigilante mates' with a story twist..
"I loved this story."
I will not go into full details and do an in depth review, as I'm sure lots of people will do this.
I will say I really enjoyed the plot, I liked the characters and had empathy with the main character.
However, I wasn't too keen on the narrator. His voice and performance irked me somewhat. Near the end of the story he attempts a Geordie accent which sounded more like a Man/Scouse hybrid.
But, it did not spoil the experience so much as to stop me listening, and I'm glad I kept with it as I have a new favourite audio book.
Held my interest the narrator was very good. Will move onto second volume now and see how the character develops
By the author...? Possibly. This is fairly undemanding holiday listening that holds the interest. It suffers from being another SAS Fan-Boy epic, full of MP5's, Double-taps and X-Ray down buzz-words. The narrator is another story; once again, an actor feels the need to 'act' the book rather than narrate it. Almost every character has to have an accent (they don't actually) and at times James Langton sounds as if he is telling us a story for children (Think Kids TV). In short, the narrator gets in the way too often. The best narrators become almost invisible.
Overall, a mild and not unpleasant distraction.
"Really Why did I bother"
As a novel of pure escapism devoid of reality, great stuff.
Pulp fiction in the truest sense with no connection to reality whatsoever. Just because a brain can conceive it, doesn't mean it, whatever it is, should be written, without any thought as to how the circumstances being described can happen. The job of a decent author is to make the vagaries of the imagination a plausible story, not something that happens much here
The story such as it is, is really the very barest of bones of a story that with some thought could have been so much better. This would have been a far better book if there had been some flesh on the bones, instead of just going for the short term badly conceived action scenes that all fall so far short of any kind of acceptable use of poetic licence.
Mr McDermott would do well to read some of the books of Stephen Leather, and the Spider Shepherd series which does have some comparable threads. Unfortunately though Mr McDermott is a long way from being anywhere near as good
That said the narrator James Langton does quite a good job with the characters and although the story is so full of holes it could be used as a colander the pace of the book is pretty good, which went a very long way to giving me a modicum of enjoyment.
Not enough however to want to read on to find out what happens to the hero of the piece who finishes the book with a new name, and a new ID. Strangely enough though the follow on novels in the series are all following him with his old name ....honestly I'm not interested enough to find out how that works , but its just typical of how low quality the authorship of this really is!
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