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Gray Justice (A Tom Gray Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alan McDermott
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Book Description

A Tom Gray Novel: Book 1

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, the first book in the Tom Gray series, is more than a simple tale of revenge: it’s a rollercoaster ride with an ending you’ll never forget.

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  • Editorial Reviews


    ‘This is an ingenious plot, with some surprising but well thought out twists and turns. The pace is fast, and all aspects of the book appear to be well researched - so much so that you might wonder if the author had himself been a member of the SAS. Gritty and brutal in places, McDermott paints very strong visual images throughout the story. I loved the idea of Tom Gray being more than just your average vigilante...’ – Rachel Abbott, author of Only the Innocent and The Back Road.

    ‘When a writer puts together a techno thriller, he or she takes on a certain obligation: whether they know the technical specs or not, they need to deliver on the authenticity. Gray Justice delivers. Alan McDermott weaves us an intricate tale of military preparedness with devilish and cunning accuracy. McDermott's prose is easy to understand while still delivering the thriller punch!’ – R.S. Guthrie, author of Blood Land.

    ‘Gray Justice is a well written, fast-paced thriller that starts with a terrible tragedy when Tom Gray's son is killed by a car thief. What follows is a clever and demanding look at the inadequacies of the British punishment system and an exploration of what we, the reader, might do if we were ever put in a similar situation. (…)This is a book that will be enjoyed by all who love a well-planned story combined with thrilling action and a deeply scarred, but very capable and likeable hero.’ – David Leadbeater, author of the Matt Drake series.

    About the Author

    Alan McDermott is a husband, father to beautiful twin girls and a software developer from the south of England. Born in West Germany of Scottish parents, Alan spent his early years moving from town to town as his father was posted to different Army units around the United Kingdom. Alan had a number of jobs after leaving school, including working on a cruise ship in Hong Kong and Singapore, where he met his wife. Since 2005 he has been working as a software developer and currently creates clinical applications for the National Health Service Alan’s writing career began in 2011 and the action thriller Gray Justice is his first full-length novel.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 3385 KB
    • Print Length: 243 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477818499
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (January 7, 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00G4LJE74
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,561 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    111 of 118 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Technothriller with Heart!! September 23, 2011
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    I downloaded this to my Kindle after reading the sample and getting hooked. When a writer puts together a technothriller (i.e. a thriller with a strong technical thread holding much of the storyline together), he or she takes on a certain obligation: whether they know the technical specs or not, they need to deliver on the authenticity. "Gray Justice" delivers. Alan McDermott weaves us an intricate tale of military preparedness with devilish and cunning accuracy. Still, he does not fall into the trap of getting TOO technical--McDermott's prose is easy to understand while still delivering the thriller punch!

    The word "heart" applies here as well--the author puts together a current, relevant storyline about a hero who cares; a protagonist who is willing to risk everything he is for the sake of his friends, his family, and his country. Tom Gray is a hero you will believe in!

    Bravo, Alan McDermott. You've got me awaiting your next effort with high anticipation! Read this outstanding first novel; you won't be disappointed!
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    101 of 111 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars all sorts of action September 5, 2012
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    There are certain books which are thinly disguised vehicles through which an author expresses specific, personal philosophical, political or moral views. I find such vehicles annoying, because, if I want to read an OP/ED article, I can easily find one, and a nonfiction book or article on these subject seems more straightforward and honest. For a good bit of this book, I thought I was dealing with such a vehicle, and at times felt it was little more than a kind of political fantasy/wish fulfillment piece. But, having begun the book, I finished it, and I'm glad I did, because, at the very least, I was partially wrong.

    much of the personal value of this book came gradually, after I had finished it, and spent some time considering it. The very fact that it led me to thinking and examination indicated to me that I had found something of more depth than I first realized, and that would be enough for me to recommend it.

    I do not intend to discuss the author's expressed opinions, nor do I wish to debate their merit. What I do want to do is look at how those ideas are expressed, and how well the author uses the format of fiction to do so. The author's writing style lends itself nicely to action fiction. He is able, in one or 2 sentences to both tell what is happening in a completely understandable way, and convey other descriptive information concerning setting and characters without missing one flying bullet, and that requires tight discipline and discernment. The words seem to race off the page ...but I doubt seriously that they raced on to the page; they are too well crafted to have been done by impulse or in haste.
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    63 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must-read!!! September 8, 2011
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    After meeting Alan in Twitter, I decided that I could read his book. Why not?? I have a Kindle and the price was quite good. When I started reading it, I was very surprised. Gray Justice has surprised me quite a lot. When I normally read a thriller, more or less at the middle of the book I start suspecting what the ending is going to be. In this case it was impossible. The quick pace and rhythm of the story keeps on moving and turning in really unexpected ways, making the story so enthralling and making impossible for the reader to put the book aside. Very interesting story, quite close to the reader since we live through similar stories every day: through the news, TV, and in our cities. A wonderful story of a desolate man who loses his family and chooses to do something to change the world where he lives in.
    Very well done, Alan!! I can't wait to read the sequel!!
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good read May 28, 2013
    By Winnie
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    The story was a good read. Not outstanding but engaging and easy to read. I'm not much into military stuff, so I skimmed through parts of it. The POV is rather "manly man." Most of the characters are male, and the few female ones are incidental and/or not very likable. Sally is somewhat of an exception, but I think she's portrayed as more of a blithering "wanna be" than a professional like the others. Still, the twists and turns of the plot were well done, and I think the next two books in the series will be worth checking out.
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    28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!! August 16, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Found this author on twitter. Decided to try his book as the synopsis sounded interesting. Definitely was happily surprised as I couldn't put the book down. Well thought out plot and engaging characters. Nice twists and turns. Anyone who is a parent would love (and hate to imagine) some of the things that go on for the main character, Tom Gray.
    Try it! you won't be sorry. I look forward to Alan's next book with pleasure.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Desperate actions and a heavy dose of violence. March 22, 2013
    By Mo
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    Tom Gray, the central character in this book, is seeking personal justice while also aiming for reform of the British judicial system. He takes the law into his own hands, blurring the boundaries between justice and retribution, and his actions lead quickly to a situation from which it is hard to see how he can emerge victorious. Knowing that this was the first book in a series in which Gray would feature as the central character, I found myself repeatedly wondering in the early chapters how Gray could possibly be free to return for future stories. This early suspense continued as the story became more complex and others sought to exploit his situation for their own purposes. Although I enjoyed the first half of this book, it then became more predictable but also less believable, as the story was reliant upon the occurrence of a sequence of problem-free events and the authorities responding as Gray had anticipated - but this is fiction, after all, so we do have to suspend belief.

    While the story is about the search for justice, the actions of Tom Gray himself become increasingly questionable. He must be a cold, hard individual to do what he does and I did not find him at all likable. I get a sense that this author's aim is to develop a series of action stories in the style of the Jason Bourne series by Robert Ludlum, very much books for those who like lots of action and a good dose of violence with a ruthless hero pitting his wits - and muscle - against others who are equally ruthless. Personally, this is not my preferred genre and I will not be reading the next book by this author, but if you like books and films such as the Bourne series, or action films starring Bruce Willis, you will probably enjoy this author's work.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Government v. the people ... are we really free?
    Enjoyable read. Takes place in the U.K. Tom Gray takes on the government. A man with a little help from his friends tries to get the justice system to change the way it handles... Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Synzeeza
    5.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking commentary on shortcomings of the criminal justice...
    I really liked this character and the story line.
    Published 13 days ago by daisy
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good read!
    Published 14 days ago by Beverly Cowling
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, fast read
    Fun read , fast read.
    Published 22 days ago by JGF in Ca.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, But Rushed Ending
    This book was not quite what I expected. It took a while for me to get into the story line, however it did draw me in by the third chapter. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Bob Thomas
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Very exciting, smartly written. Couldn't put it down.
    Giving this book a five star rating! The character, Tom Gray, is an everyman with special skills who fights for what is RIGHT following personal loss & heartache. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Gayzie
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    A solid and entertaining read.
    Published 1 month ago by Ray Stuckey
    4.0 out of 5 stars But it sounded good and I'm glad I finally read it
    I have to admit I put off reading this for the longest time because the reviews are all over the place with ratings from 1 to 5. But it sounded good and I'm glad I finally read it. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Nicola Mansfield
    3.0 out of 5 stars There's a good story here. Unfortunately, this book doesn't do it...
    This is pretty easy to spot as a first novel. Things happen to the characters, but no one changes. Most of the real action happens toward the end. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Cypherpunk
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious adventure
    I was looking for another suspenseful book series. The first book in the series did not disappoint me. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Rachel
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    More About the Author

    Alan McDermott is a full time author from the south of England, married with beautiful twin daughters. He used to write critical applications for the NHS, but now he spends his days writing action thrillers.

    His debut novel, Gray Justice, has been very well received and earned him membership of He was subsequently picked up by Thomas & Mercer, who published his first 5 books.

    Alan is currently working on his 6th Tom Gray adventure.

    You can follow Alan on Twitter through his @Jambalian account.

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