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 militar..Show More »y 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 loved the 1st book in the series, Gray Justice, which had a cliff hanger ending. This book picks up a couple years later and again ends with a cliff..Show More » hanger ending.
I read several authors whose books can be read in any order. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE. You really must start at the beginning. While each story is intended as a standalone, each really is a part of a greater whole story. Thus, this book really is a sequel and a prequel.
I am not an easy rater. I give very few fives, but this is enjoyable enough to merit the fives.
Narrator is fine but doesn't add anything to merit the fifth star.