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"Fast-paced tale of an alien-human conspiracy and the few humans who set out to counter it . . . should appeal to fans of UFO fiction and conspiracy theories."  —Library Journal



"James Murdoch has written a suspenseful, action-packed thrill-ride that ranks with the best of the X-Files . . . conspiracy, military SF, an intricate plot, and interesting heroes make Gray Apocalypse a genuine page-turner!"  —Mark (James Axler) Ellis, bestselling SF author and creator of the Outlanders series


"For any aficionado of apocalyptic stories, this cinematic tale must be on their shelves."  —Geoff Nelder, coeditor, Escape Velocity magazine, and award-winning science fiction author, Escaping Reality and Exit, Pursued by a Bee



"Has few wasted words and moves along with magnificent pacing . . . a rollicking good roller-coaster of an adventure."  —Blogcritics.org



"Treading cagily in the zone between the pit of deep-seated fears and the summit of knowledge, the author opens us up to what the world might look like if the UFO/alien conspiracies were true . . . a damned good adventure story."  —Daily Kos and OBrag.org


"Vivid, fast paced and imaginative."  —David Brin, Hugo and Nebula award–winning author

About the Author

James Murdoch is a writer and professional investigator. He lives in Normandy Park, Washington.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Demand Publications (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966443098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966443097
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,696,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on March 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Gray Apocalypse was introduced to me by the author himself, and after a polite request that I read and review his book, I opened away and began to read. The First 12 pages or so totally caught me off guard. It grabbed me rather quickly, and yet I was in the middle of moving, so I had to put it down for several days before I was able to re-locate it packed away with all my other unfinished books...the difference being this: I gave up on most of them because they couldn't keep my interest high. I consider myself someone who suffers from RADD--Reading Attention Deficit Disorder...meaning I lose interest really, REALLY quickly in books--unless they keep me 100% engaged and entertained.

I am happy to say that Gray Apocalypse did exactly that: it kept me focused and absolutely enthralled, much in the same way Matthew Reilly did with 'Contest', which kind-of reminded me of this book...even though they really are quite different--except for the alien part. Many who read Reilly come down on him for his lack of character development in favor of a fast moving plot. Personally, I honestly don't care that much--if and ONLY if the rest of the story moves at a quick enough pace to make up for that. Reilly's books have as paper-thin characters as you are likely to find in print--but he more than makes up for that in sheer In Your Face Action, the likes of which NO other author I have personally read can come close to...that is, until I picked up this book.

To be entirely honest: it wasn't as fast-paced as Matthew Reilly, but it certainly DOES move at a rapid pace enough to keep me along for the ride. Could I tell this was a first novel?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
To begin with, I must admit that I am one of those individuals that certainly fall into the "Doubting Thomas School of Thought" when it comes to UFO sightings and conspiracy theories. Of course I don't completely rule them out; to rule anything out is rather silly, but I do have my doubts. I guess you could sort of classify me as an "UFO/Conspiracy Agnostic." Now that being said, it does not mean I dislike and do not read stories about such things. As a matter of fact I rather enjoy stories in this genre. Hey, I don't really feel Hobbits ever existed, but I certainly have enjoyed there adventures over the many years I have read and reread Tolkien. The same hold true for the vast majority of SiFi and Fantasy books I have read in my life.

This story as told by the author James Murdoch, is set in the very near future but we learn from prologue that the tale actually started during the Truman Administration in New Mexico. Strange visitors have landed President Eisenhower, who has just taken office, has learned and they have been "borrowing" folks around the country at will and there is not one thing we as a nation can do to stop them. What is the answer? Well, if you can't beat them, at least cooperate with them in exchange for technological secrets that will make our country the strongest. At this point the real story begins.....

It would seem that these alien creatures who have occupied secret underground installations since the 1950s are not a very nice group of lads. In fact they desire only one thing; the total destruction of the human race! In addition they have quite a hoard of humans working for them who are not nice either. The ultimate plan is to divert a giant asteroid in order to strike earth. It seems to have worked for the dinosaurs, why not people?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana Faillace Von Behren TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In "Gray Apocalypse," James Murdock writes a fast-paced sci-fi thriller inspired by the hard-to-dismiss story of alien abductee Amaury Rivera documented in Michael Hesemann's film: "UFOs: The Secret Evidence." During Rivera's 1988 abduction, aliens warned him of the future occurrence of a giant asteroid hitting the earth near his hometown of Cabo Roho, Puerto Rico and jump-starting a domino effect that would cause the end of the human race in events that would mirror the decline and extinction of the dinosaurs and other species after the asteroid `Baptistina' hit the earth over 160 million years ago.

Utilizing this tantalizing testimony and other currently well-documented alien life theories of a race of extra-terrestrials called the Grays, Murdock contrives a gripping story of a race against time. In the opening sequence, his lead character, Michael Kendon watches as his friend and mentor, inventor/engineer Donald Meller dies from torture inflicted on him by a military security team functioning as the assault apparatus to protect the existence of an alien/U.S. government collaboration intent on populating the earth with human/ET hybrids.

From that moment on, Murdock's story grips an already intrigued reading and viewing audience fascinated by the question of extra-terrestrial existence, abduction, and government conspiracies since the Roswell incident with a traditionally compelling heroic quest that does not let go until the final pages. As a trained killer, Kendon possesses brutal strength and agility that only pales when compared to the power of his mind.
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