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Shades of Gray Paperback – December 22, 2011
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"Debut novelist Andy Holloman speeds us on a journey with punch, twist, and emotional dilemmas straight from our worst fears. - Franz Wisner, NYT Best Selling Author
"Shades Of Gray by Andy Holloman is a wonderful suspense thriller that will hook you right from the very start." - Amazon Reviewer
"This was a great read! Enjoyed the characters and what a father would do for his daughter. Very much worth the price." - Amazon Reviewer
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His 2nd novel "When His Dreams Take Flight" was published in Oct. 2013 and is a Suspense/Thriller novel set in present day North Carolina.
He is the father of three and happily married for 20 years. A graduate of UNC-CH, he lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is busy carpooling, keeping his wife happy, and attending his kids sporting events. He loves the great outdoors in NC, is an avid reader, and a social media goofball. Most evenings, he can be found tapping on his well-worn keyboard as he "births" his next novel.
www.AndyHolloman.com Twitter @AndyHolloman
Top Customer Reviews
These flaws make it hard to take the book seriously, which is sad because the story at the bottom of it all could be worthwhile. The author definitely shows promise, as particularly demonstrated by the book's excellent opening. This shocking flash-forward was emotionally powerful, well-scripted, and intriguing enough to keep me interested (despite the fairly shoddy writing) until I was invested in the book enough that I needed to reach the ending.
The book's ideas are clever, but they need to be presented with greater subtlety. It was worth one read, but I won't read it again, and I'm glad I read it for free.
Based on a true story, this is the tale of one family's love for a little girl, illegal police activity, drug smuggling, and murder. This is a story of what can happen when good people are backed into a corner. It is also the story of what can happen when people are born into a world that offers no choices.
Two brothers are born years apart and live in different worlds. John is a devoted father, a solid citizen, and a successful businessman. His younger brother, Travis, is a single, rough and tough cop on the take. The family bond between the brothers remains strong, even though they hold opposing views about life. They enjoy fishing for Blue Marlin on the N.C. coast and a joint love for John's six-year-old daughter, Lucy.
The economic crisis following 9/11 force John into a tight spot. Desperation leads him into activity foreign to his nature. He meets Wanda, a woman born in poverty and struggling to survive. The two of them strike out on a venture to solve their problems. In the end, John realizes the futility of his plan when he discovers that help was right around the corner.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Only a native could capture life in North Carolina so vividly.
The characters feel almost as if they could be the readers' friends or family. The author spends just the right amount of time expanding their characters, making them dynamic. The plot it very fast-paced and makes the book hard to put down. The author has a good way of words, though sometimes it felt like a couple words were used too often. At the end of this book, the reader will find the characters are plot hard to forget. There are more than a few twists and turns that will surprise the reader. Overall, this book is recommended to adult readers.
*Received a copy for review, this in no way affects my review*
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The kind of story that has you sitting there reading with an open mouth, hand over your mouth surprise after surprise.Published 21 days ago by Billie Bond
Author Andy Holloman's book, Shades of Gray, is my first time for this author. It was a very good mystery but sad....Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I really didn't know what to expect when I got this book from Amazon. The first chapter started off with a bang and I just couldn't figure out where it was going but as the second... Read morePublished 3 months ago by E. Waldvogel
I read all three of the books; very exotic reading - this author had me shaking in my seat!Published 4 months ago by Barbara