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Going Grey (Ringer Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Traviss
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ian isn't crazy. Life would be a lot simpler if he was.

He's on the run and scared; the shape-shifting delusions he's had since childhood have turned out to be real, the result of a dynamic mimicry project intended to help undercover agents "go grey" and blend in unnoticed. Now the biotech company wants its property back, and the only people he can trust are two private military contractors sent to find him – Rob, a former Royal Marine who's struggling to adjust to Civvy Street, and Mike, heir to a wealthy American political dynasty, who only ever wanted to be an ordinary guy.

While the company hunts Ian, the two contractors try to help him harness his disturbing ability. But first Ian's got to work out what identity really means – and Mike and Rob have to decide how far they'll go to give him the chance of a normal life.

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  • File Size: 1173 KB
  • Print Length: 525 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Karen Traviss (June 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KW3VG2G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Ok, if you are a fan of Military Sci-Fi, or any Military subgenre, stop what you're doing and go get this book right now. We'll wait.

For those that are fans of other genre, you should get this book too, but you can wait until the weekend if you like.

Ok, everybody back?

This is really a well written and entertaining book. I'm not into techno-thrillers much, but do have a real love for Military Sci-Fi. Her Republic Commando series is one of my favorite, and the reason I picked up this book.

For me, the best part of this book is the interaction with two of the main, but not title, characters, Mike and Rob. Mike is a ex-Guard (National Guard, but I did not catch what state, and I'm assuming Army) and Rob is Royal Marine (as in England). For me, the relationship between the two is worth the price of the book alone.

Another thing I really love about these two, and later the character who is the subject of the book, is they are not reluctant heroes. For way too long, many popular stories have centered around the "I can't go off and save the world I have to work the farm" types, or the bad boy who is forced into a life of good works. Frankly I found it refreshing to have characters that say, I want to do good things in the world and make a difference. These are the people I met while in the service, and I like people like that. And Karen Traviss does an outstanding job of making them interesting.

There is some harsh language in the book. I believe she uses it to keep the characters real, but honestly I've heard a lot worse in my time in the military and since. The thing that did distract me a little, was the use of the English (British?) spelling of words in the context of the American characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By R. Lai
In the real world, we already have corporations claiming exclusive rights to 'their' variants of crops, even to the extent of suing farmers who, because of wind and or pollination, wind up with the 'exclusive' hybrid in their fields.

If you could claim patents on a genetic sequence, what would that mean for identity and individuality? Karen Traviss takes us into a world where the potential of one young man's DNA is seen as a commodity, to be profited from or exploited.

It is only through the mentoring of a former Royal Marine and an American senator's son that Ian Dunlop has the opportunity to answer questions most of us take for granted (even if we do a little fill-in-the-blanks at times). Trust, honor, integrity, and other ethical challenges are woven into the beginnings of a new series from Traviss; readers who enjoyed her Wess'har Wars series will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I've read almost every book Karen Traviss has written. All of her Republic Commando books, which is how I found her and got hooked, the other Star Wars Legacy novels; Gears of War, which she took from a solid game series to an amazing universe; Halo, a great series that she brought her unique touch to; her other original series, Wess'Har Wars, a fantastic sci-fi series. Now there's Going Grey, her first original novel in years, set in the near future. Within the first chapter I was already completely invested in Rob and Mike, and Ian too as time went on. That's her thing--extremely believable and likeable characters. And she doesn't shy from moral issues at all.

Another excellent novel Miss Traviss, I can't wait for Black Run, and well, anything else you ever write.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Will not cure insomnia July 28, 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book, I thought not only the primary but also the secondary characters were well developed and rounded, something many authors do not really work at these days. Although the pace was a little inconsistent at times the story maintained my interest throughout this novel.

If I have one criticism is would be some problems with some words being left out or out of context with a few even being repeated or mirrored. I did write direct to the author about this but was assured by her that the grammar and syntax was correct, maybe it is a glitch with the digital conversion within Kindle. I am very much looking forward to the sequel 'Black Run' and will be first in line for the pre-order.

All up a good read if you can find the time on a long weekend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars and if you liked her other books August 30, 2014
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I've read all of KT's other works, started with the Star Wars books of course, and if you liked her other books, you'll like this as well. Just as much of her established-IP works tend to follow similar patterns (which isn't a bad thing) you get the same tropes here, thoughtful, rough soldiers, scientists with ethical issues, journalists, etc.
As usual, her style of close narrative is excellent, but I felt like, and this may have been a result of the delays and rewrites, that the book is less ensembled than other works. Instead of a narrative hopping between a few points of view and providing a well-rounded image, it tends to linger with one plot line for, I'd say, a bit too long.
I think this is a promising new series, not her best work, but still excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally. Dropped everything to read it. September 4, 2014
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There aren't a lot of authors' whose work I'll snatch up as soon as I see they have something new out, but Karen Traviss is one of those. I've bought her Wess'har Wars books more than once (for myself, gifts, and e-book editions).

In Going Grey we don't get aliens, it's firmly grounded here on Earth, but it has great characters, intriguing concepts, and an engaging story. I'm looking forward to to the next book. It can't get here soon enough!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit From Karen Traviss
Great book! Finished it in just couple of days, it is a long book. I got it because I loved the work the Author did on the Halo series. Can't wait for the follow up books!
Published 2 months ago by dstars2797
4.0 out of 5 stars Traviss is not quite ready to let go of genetic manipulation as a...
Having recently completed Traviss' Wess'har Wars series, I thought I was up for this, but I believe my reading might have benefited from a bit more of a break given a common theme... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. E. Knauf
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable
I am rereading this for the first time. Whether I reach my record of four rereads as for the Republic/Imperial Commando series remains to be seen. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patricia E. Fulton
4.0 out of 5 stars but still a good story. Several typos throughout the book are a ...
Not nearly as well-written as her Wess'har books, but still a good story. Several typos throughout the book are a bit distracting.
Published 4 months ago by Andrea Sansing
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
The story is engaging, the characters are well drawn, though often too good to be true archetypes, and the science while limited is good. This is a thoroughly enjoyable story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by no name
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the characters and story line
Love the characters and story line, like everything I've read by this author I never want the boojk to end. I am anxiously awaiting book two. Hurry up, please and write more!
Published 5 months ago by newmoon_books
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 5 months ago by Stephen A. McCarthey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Different but like all of her books a really good read. Is there another coming?
Published 6 months ago by Berna
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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, and other major franchises has earned her a broad range of fans. She's best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY, the first of her new techno-thriller series, is set in the real world of today. A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England. She's currently writing the new G.I. Joe flagship comic series, and working on BLACK RUN, the sequel to GOING GREY.

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