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Going Gray: An Apocalyptic Thriller (Gray Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Brian Spangler
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Book Description

An Apocalyptic Thriller
Going Gray is a 285 page (56k word) novel, and is Book 1 of the Gray Series.

BEST OF INDIE 2014!
-Suspense Magazine

"Grips you from the start and doesn't let go. Going Gray is hard to put down."
-Jason Gurley, bestselling author of Greatfall.

"Captivated me from the first page with its intensity... a gripping read!"
-Jennifer Jaynes, USA TODAY bestselling author of Never Smile at Strangers.

"Intensity from the first sentence. Hold on for the thrilling ride."
-Ernie Lindsay, USA TODAY bestselling author of Sara’s Game.

"Brian Spangler has taken the terror thriller in a new and exciting direction with Going Gray, and he had me turning pages the whole way."
-Michael Bunker, bestselling author of Pennsylvania.

"A haunting tale that will stick with you long after you've read the last page."
-Kate Danley, USA TODAY bestselling author.

When Emily heard the first scream, she became concerned.
When she heard a second scream, she grew scared.
When she heard the third scream, she was struck with terror.
But it was what Emily could not hear that frightened her the most.

Emily wakes to find that her world has plummeted into darkness--the clouds have spilled out of the sky and taken the sun.
And there is more to the mist than just the dangers of being blind--the fog is poison, killing everything in its path. Their home is no match for the caustic fog, and her family is suddenly running for their lives.
But when she learns that the machines built to save the world could be the cause of the accident, Emily turns to her father--the original architect--with the hope that they can stop the environmental catastrophe.

And don't forget to check out the other books in the Gray Series, available on Amazon!

Going Gray -- Book 1
Gray Skies -- Book 2
Blinded By Sight -- Book 3
Union -- Book 4
Gray Omnibus -- Books 1-4


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

An early version of the Going Gray short story appeared in the anthology, From the Indie Side. 
Published August 2014, this novel includes all three books: Going Gray, Into the Dark and Inside Out.
Please enjoy this finished edition.

Happy reading,
Brian Spangler

About the Author

Brian Spangler is a husband, father and a quiet engineer; at least that's what he thought he was. Turns out there's a writer trapped within that engineer's brain! Slowly but surely, Brian Spangler has dug his inner writer out--one genre at a time. He's a bestselling author of Women's Fiction, and dabbles in Science Fiction/Dystopian, and even wrote a few Supernatural Thrillers... a very interesting mix of genres, with more yet to come.

Originally born in Philadelphia--as one-half of a set of twins--he now resides in Virginia with his wife and two children (also twins!). And adding to the family are three cats, a parrot, lizard, mouse, chinchilla and the occasional random scary creatures who visit late at night, as wild, scary animals are apt to do.

To keep up to date, sign up for his newsletter by copying and pasting this link into your browser: writtenbybrian.com/sign-up/ He won't spam, share, or send you random musings; just a heads up when the next book is out or when he's giving away free stuff, which he tends to do from time to time. 

Also visit Brian online at writtenbybrian.com and follow @WrittenByBrian on Twitter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IGY6JDO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,487 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A murky gray August 9, 2014
By Jeanine
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Going gray had its moments. It seems to start with a bang and reaches out to grip your interest. And then an annoying thing happens. Everyone keeps saying hurry --because of looming danger-- but no one hurries. Later on, quite frequently, there's a crisis and someone sensibly yells "Run!" but no one runs.

Also, I was puzzled by the remarkable healing abilities of the main characters. The heroine is in a car wreck and thinks she broke a rib and is coughing up blood, which is not a good sign by the way, but she is able to run around the mall, carry dead people, climb ladders, etc. I fell and bruised a rib once, and I could walk, but only very carefully and slowly.

Now about the plot. Disaster strikes and it's a doozy. The problem there is you're given no clue how it happened or why it happened, even though the father of the heroine works on the machine everyone thinks caused it. The story just starts in the middle of the disaster and after that you're in a fog. Literally.

However, if you don't care too much about the whys or the wherefores and just want to read about a young girl coping with the world falling apart all around her, the story does have plenty of action and suspense to keep you turning pages. But in the end it will leave you with a lot of frustrating questions.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ~~The Fog~~ March 4, 2014
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Emily and her family are in the midst of an outbreak of fog. Phil, the dad, says they must hurry to escape it as it is poisonous.

Mom's message written to Emily is poignant and heartbreaking.

A most interesting short story which certainly has the potential for another in the series.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanted more background! August 16, 2014
By dmb4500
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May contain spoilers::: I read this not realizing there were several more books to follow. I was sucked into it pretty quickly and it made for a fast read. BUT too much fell into the unrealistic category as survivors carried on their lives. I could see how this story could have had more depth to lead to the continuing stories. I empathized with the main character, however, and presume that was the goal. I would have enjoyed a longer novel with more details and how the group made it work. The epilogue was too tidy of a wrap up. I tried reading the next story, but it jumped too far ahead when I wanted to hear more about the group in this book. This book is lingering in my thoughts, ergo the 4 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Going Gray... August 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The book was very interesting and definitely not my typical type of book. The book starts out in a world that has gone gray and leaves the reader intrigued. Why? How? What caused it and what is it? It was an easy read with a lot going on to keep your attention and pull you to the end. Beware the book does not answer all of your questions this is just the beginning.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Going Gray August 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Going Gray and it's storyline completely captivated me. I was literally on the edge of my seat during the first chapter; I found it totally gripping and enthralling. Dystopian fiction is truly the new intrigue. The ending has a twist that I did not see that coming...and of course, that raises all sorts of questions for a sequel!

Is it chemical warfare..weather controlled by machines gone mad? Regardless, it's a pretty frightening concept. And not so totally off the mark, either. Stephen King's The Stand is one of the first, foremost of all dystopian thrillers. Going Gray reminded me of that. The whole concept of mankind mucking up nature and humanity...and how the survivors adapt and pick up the pieces because they have no choice but to do so. Going Gray is worth the read, and leaves you wondering "what if"?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story September 4, 2014
By charlie
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A very well written intriguing story. It keeps you guessing and on your toes. I really got into the story right away because it
starts off with a bang. It ends on a cliff hanger and that is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. It's the authors choice but I
don't like to read a story that I don't feel completely finished at the end.

The good news is I would read the next book. No sex, violence of course but not over the top. Ok for teens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be a movie August 6, 2014
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This is one of those stories that is so satisfying and deep that it would make a great movie or mini series. I can't wait to read the next one. I'm hoping it goes into detail about the time between the ending and the epilogue. I'm Hooked. Highly Recommend!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this to everyone August 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was very excited to receive this book ! I have not been able to put it down, it is a very edge of your seat ,exciting read!!!I am looking forward to Brian Spanglers next book!!!!!!!!!!! I recommend this to everyone!!!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
Published 7 days ago by nomdeplume
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really good. Looking forward to the second book
Published 7 days ago by Kevin Cotter
4.0 out of 5 stars this was amazing book that keeps u caught in the story i ...
this was amazing book that keeps u caught in the story i would recommend this book highly going to get next book to follow the story where it will lead too
Published 15 days ago by jewels
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing series intro.
I received this e-book direct from the author, Brian Spangler, and I am so happy to have had the opportunity.

It's taken me quite a while to rate this book. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Paula M
4.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this book
Although this was the first in a series, it was satisfying as a stand alone story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author, Mr. Read more
Published 1 month ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It
To begin with, I read the book Going Gray not the short story. It was a gift from the author and I promised an honest review. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Donna B.
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD
GOOD
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four and a half
I don't usually read this genre of books so u was really amazed that I enjoyed it immensely from start to finish. Great book.
Published 2 months ago by Janice E. Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not enjoy the gloom and doom story line. Didn't finish it.
Published 2 months ago by nee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I thoroughly enjoyed all the books from the Gray Skies series. It was good to finally get the full story of how the Gray Skies started. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Brian Spangler is a husband, father and a quiet engineer; at least that's what he thought he was. Turns out there's a writer trapped within that engineer's brain! Slowly but surely, Brian Spangler has dug his inner writer out--one genre at a time. He's a bestselling author of Women's Fiction, and dabbles in Science Fiction/Dystopian, and even wrote a few Supernatural Thrillers... a very interesting mix of genres, with more yet to come.

Originally born in Philadelphia--as one-half of a set of twins--he now resides in Virginia with his wife and two children (also twins!). And adding to the family are three cats, a parrot, lizard, mouse, chinchilla and the occasional random scary creatures who visit late at night, as wild, scary animals are apt to do.

To keep up to date, sign up for his newsletter by copying and pasting this link into your browser: http://www.writtenbybrian.com/sign-up/ He won't spam, share, or send you random musings; just a heads up when the next book is out or when he's giving away free stuff, which he tends to do from time to time.

Also visit Brian online at writtenbybrian.com and follow @WrittenByBrian on Twitter.

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