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Shades of Grey [Kindle Edition]

Michael Cargill
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

John is not a very nice man. He works for the government. So who has tied him to a chair and what do they want?

James is a British soldier during WWII. Tom is a young boy with a terrible secret.

Three stories. Three very different people. All of them battling to survive.

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About the Author

Michael Cargill is an up and coming author from England. In mid-2011 he published his first book and has gone on to publish several more. Although known for his dramatic and engaging stories, he is also a satirist and humorist.

Product Details

  • File Size: 233 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1489565493
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BFJ45E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Shades of Grey is a collection of three short stories. Each one different, but each with a very dark side to it. The stories all focus on violence and death, but from different angles. Each story is very different to the other, which is a credit to the author; all too often an anthology of short stories can be a bit too `samey' when written by the one author.

The title story, Shades of Grey, was a little too abstract for me. I didn't really get it, but then perhaps I was looking a little too deeply? It's well written, but was, for me, the weakest of the three.

There and Back Again is set on the battlefield of world war two, and will be a familiar tale to those who have studied the period. It's dark and it gave me a feeling of helplessness and a real feeling of the futility of war.

The third story, Down the Rabbit Hole, was my favourite. Other reviewers have commented that it reminded them of Roald Dhal, I see that comparison, although it's a darker version of the brilliant Roald Dhal. I think there'll be many different interpretations of this one, but it was, for me, the best written of the three stories, and the most interesting.

The stories are all thought provoking and do raise questions of morality, from the trained killer rationalising his own behaviours, to the looting of the bodies of dead soldiers to the ultimate demise of an abusive husband/father. Cargill does an impressive job of never casting his own judgements, he instead weaves enough into the stories for you to cast your own decision.

Shades of Grey is a well written, dark and different approach to the world of short stories and I'll be interested to look at Cargill's other work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Dark book! May 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I had agreed to review this book after receiving a fun email from the author. I hoped that falling for his personality didn't set my sights too high for his book. Well it did.......NOT.

The first story, Shades of Grey, gets you into the mind of a government agent in the UK. Who has been tied to a chair and is being held captive by an unknown. You get great bursts of imagery in this one and lots of crude language.

The second story, There and Back Again, is about a soldier in the British Army during WWII. Lots of violence and is touching at the same time. Very fitting for the times, I think.

The third and final story, Down the Rabbit Hole, is my favorite. Tom is an abused child who clings to his stuffed toy for comfort. The toy rabbit comes to life to help Tom work things out, but takes a different turn.

All three stories are dark and violent, but not overly so. All were good reads!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three dark and deep short stories.. March 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Three short stories all centered around seeing, experiencing and committing acts of violence. I suppose that sounds rather brutal, which it isn't at all. The author looks at it from three different angles. The first short introduces us to a man whose job it is to kill, and even he seems to think his own actions are more honourable and redeemable than those of others. The second short takes us into the world of war. Where being surrounded by death and violence becomes almost normal and the humans within that setting grow a little indifferent to all of it. Last but not least my favourite, which was the third one. It was dark, deep and worthy of a psych evaluation. Read that one carefully it is the image of a creation, the making of a future bringer of violence.I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable August 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The use of various literary devices and the play of words made the plot very interesting and enjoyable. Good job!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read! July 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Shades of Grey" is a compilation of three unique short stories with a recurring theme of torture/abuse. My favorite was the second story where we get a glimpse into the life of James, a British solider during WWII. The author was able to draw me into each story through his descriptive detail of each character and how they dealt with their situation. Even though the subject matter is disturbing,I would recommend it to adults who are looking for a thriller.
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3.0 out of 5 stars an anthology May 29, 2012
By Midu
Format:Kindle Edition
There are some writers..hand them anything and they turn it into a story..Michael Cargill is one of them.

The three stories in this anthology are simple stuff but that doesn't make them less interesting.

The first story,"Shades of Grey", is about John. He's a man who works for the government and is absolutely insane.

The second story is "There and Back Again" which focuses on James who is a British soldier taking part in a war for the first time. The ambiance and the emotions of the war are described beautifully, as is the feeling of guilt and shame when a soldier is asked to retreat.

The last story is called, "Down the Rabbit Hole", about Tom who has an abusive father whose behavior is getting worse everyday. Then Tom's favorite toy bunny starts to talk to the kid and solves his problems its own way.

All three stories are based on characters that are flawed due to events in their past and are trying to rise above it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 7 months ago by Lee Todd
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 11 months ago by katie Buland
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5, round up
Shades of Grey consists of three short pieces, two of which I would classify as vignettes as opposed to actual stories since they seem to simply relay the events of a segment of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sadie Forsythe
3.0 out of 5 stars three stories
There were three stories. The first two were ok. I absolutely loved the last story about Tom, the boy with the terrible secret.
Published 17 months ago by BreviewerC
1.0 out of 5 stars This aurthor should be in an insane asylum
This is absolutely the worst book that i have read in my live, the first three pages made my head spend...
Published 19 months ago by pete
3.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Grey
This is not to book I wanted to order, but it is on my bookshelf now and maybe someday I will get it read.
Published 23 months ago by Ellen L. Preston
3.0 out of 5 stars not my thing
It was just okay but lots of confusing stories and I couldn't really relate to any of the characters at all.
Published on May 30, 2013 by lspence
3.0 out of 5 stars 50 shades of grey
too much nasty stuff, still will finish the series bet the movie was hard to watch. hope the next books are better
Published on March 29, 2013 by Deanna Y. Burentt
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really good
Book cud of been better three stories in one was not catching on to date stories an how dry r connected.
Published on March 20, 2013 by shekera miller
1.0 out of 5 stars weird!
This book was very weird. Did not seem to have any point at all. Was about 3 different characters and none of them had any relation to the other! Read more
Published on March 12, 2013 by Elizabeth
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More About the Author

Michael Cargill is an up and coming author from England. In mid-2011 he published his first book and since then has gone from strength to strength with each passing year.

Although known for his dramatic and engaging stories, he is also a satirist and humorist and encourages people to take a look at his humorous work -

Anyone unsure of which book to read first should take a look at Shelter from Thunder. It is a short, easy read and also a personal favourite of his.

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