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The House of Grey- Volume 1 [Kindle Edition]

Collin Earl
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Book Description

Fantasy, friendship, and fate await you in Collin Earl’s The House of Grey, based on the popular audio fiction by the same name.

14-year-old Monson Grey faces the same challenges that any freshman high school kid would: difficult classes, weird teachers, food fights…girls. Except, Monson Grey is not Monson Grey. At least, when he looks at himself in the mirror, the scarred face staring back is not someone he recognizes.

Now he finds himself attending an extraordinary school, the recipient of an incredible scholarship, among ridiculously rich classmates, all with no memory of how he got there or what to expect.

All he has from his former life are the flashes of haunting images that plague his dreams and the echoing voices that he hears, but cannot see.

Luckily, Monson finds fast friendship in two of his classmates, Casey and Artorius. Little does Monson know, they too carry their own skeletons. Yet, as bizarre events start to unfold around them, Monson wonders what secrets lay buried in his mind or if he will ever be able to share his true fears with his newfound friends.

Join our three heroes as they roam the halls of the most prestigious high school in the country, finding love, mystery, and answers to their algebra homework- all while peeling away the layers of Monson’s shadowy past.

Author’s Note: The House of Grey was originally a serialized audio fiction. The Volume system begins the written adaptation of that story. Individual volumes do not contain the complete story. The Volumes contain 50,000 to 70,000 word chucks and are divided into ARCS. (ARC ONE, the Coren University Arc, consists of Volumes 1 through 6 and corresponds to the original podcast fiction) Each ARC will be available for a reduced price in an omnibus format. Original material for the continuation of the story starts in Volume 7

Product Details

  • File Size: 591 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: SilverStone Books (March 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IP9844
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,269 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the whole book September 27, 2012
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This series is pretty good. It has you guessing from the beginning and leaves you wondering what happened to the main character. Who managed a seeming amazing feet for his young age. Winning a scholarship in a ritzy upper crust school isn't just unusual if your from the upper crust its practically unheard of. Things are quite what they seem when we meet up with the main character. Who doesn't even remember who he is.

The truely bad thing is the book just stops. It comes to no conculsion that will inevitably be further explained. It just abruptly ENDS. Which is why I gave the story 3 stars and not more. It doesn't wind down it just looks as if someone just took the first third of this book and sold it off. Its not a trilogy more the first of 3 pieces to one puzzle.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, drama, and excitement for all! March 18, 2012
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Who is Monson Grey? What makes him so special? Isn't he the guy whose life appears so boring that his new friend, Casey, insists that HE is actually the star in Monson's life story? Better plan for a rewrite of that script, Casey, because Monson's life actually has all of the action and plot twists of an epic, blockbuster movie!

What mysteries await at Coren University (actually a legendary high school)? What or who is a Horum Vir? Why does Monson have no idea who he is or what he is capable of doing? What makes him so attractive to the most gorgeous and talented girls at the school despite his scarred face is what his best friends would love to know!

The House of Grey captivated my entire family right from the start. We have a large household with a wide variety of interests and talents. From tweens - adults, this podcast had us hanging on every word, and the book itself doesn't disappoint. The exciting blend of mystery, action, and drama with a hint of romance and lightly seasoned with references to popular culture leaves you hungry for more at the end of each chapter.

The dialogue between the characters is bright and witty, and their complex personalities always hint at even more depth than you've already discovered. Secrets and mysteries abound, and it is fun to try to guess where Collin Earl is headed with each new revelation. The author also vividly describes the setting without slowing down the action which is quite an accomplishment!

The House of Grey, volume 1, is the first installment of the legendary House of Grey podcast which lasted 42 episodes. Due to popular demand, Collin Earl serialized his 300,000+ word original work into six volumes, and with the next installment already in production, you won't have to wait long to learn what happens next and to meet more fascinating characters!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The House of Grey January 6, 2013
By Jordan
Format:Kindle Edition
A very slow read. Takes forever for anything to happen and apparently this book is a series so you have to get more books to know what happens. I would like to read other books just to know what is going on but only if they are free.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Ang
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I was looking for something new when I came accross this orginally, and boy did I get it. This was originally a podcast. I could hardly wait week to week for the episodes. It was fantastic. Its even better to read. Collin is a very talented writer. I would recomend this to anyone.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shady Tactics, Unfulfilling Book January 23, 2013
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I am writing this same review for all the the "House of Grey" volumes because, in reality, it's just a single book.

First off, I am disappointed by the way this was split up into volumes -- talk about nickle and diming your audience. At 3-4 dollars per "book" you end up spending about $19 total. No other kindle edition of a book out there costs anywhere as close to this much for the same amount of story.

Secondarily, the story moved way, way too slow and then EXPLODED neat the end with scene after scene of super saiyan power ups. The progress of Monson's power could have been much better spread out through the book, far less cryptic, and thus more fulfilling.

Finally, the end of the 6th volume was such a let down. So, so very much was unanswered from any of the previous volumes and tons of new questions were tossed out there willy-nilly.

If all six of these volumes got put back together as the first of a series and the price hit < $6, I'd recommend it. But based on what I've seen here, I've gotta be harsh in my rating for the amount of upset and disappointment I feel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kept waiting for it to go somewhere January 22, 2013
By H. Eddy
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I kept reading the sequels, waiting to figure out what was going on, and it just got weirder and weirder.
Riveting opening, not sure I enjoyed the series. And it didn't really end in a satisfying manner, but I don't know that I'd keep reading another sequel series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only get it if you want to buy more December 16, 2013
By Chill
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The content was exciting, mysterious, but unfortunately this "buy" is incomplete. It drops off right at an interesting point (cliff-hanger style). The three teenage boys (our "horem vir" and two foils) at an exclusive, prestigious boarding school are just getting to know each other when Volume 1 ends with "as the sight he was now witnessing left him speechless."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Young Adult December 19, 2012
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Just couldn't get drawn into plot. Lead character usual brilliant, talented, though physically scarred, hero. Two happy, clowning friends; typical type of love interests, challenges to overcome. Could have used some evil twists for tension.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
This book started slow and ended even slower. There is no clear understanding of what this series is actually about. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Qd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great read! Kept you wanting more!!
Published 4 months ago by Corrine Revoldt
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the plot and the way it kept me guessing ...
I liked the plot and the way it kept me guessing what was going on for the most part. However, the grammar mistakes almost made me stop reading about half way through. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series
I love this series. I like the storyline. it's mysterious and full of action. The only thing that I thought could have been better is the characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maicy Her
1.0 out of 5 stars doesn't live up to potential
Despite it's obvious take-off from the Harry Potter story, it had potential. It blew it. Plus, it's one of the "series" type that is more like magazine installments. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Meg
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been
The author left the story 'mid sentance' encompassing a few days of events if the life of a youthful (high school) Mr Grey. Read more
Published 5 months ago by matzsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good reading
Very well written and kept your interest from start to finish. Some parts are kinda draggy but on the whole, it's pretty good. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Roberta Adams
3.0 out of 5 stars NO CLOSURE
The book itself is good BUT you have to get all of the volumes to get any 'answer'. There is never any "closure" in any one of the books. Read more
Published 10 months ago by chewbarka
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
Very fun to read. I love the characters and all their quarks. This was well written with humorous dialog. Wish I could find it in paperback. Awesome light reading.
Published 10 months ago by Mindy
3.0 out of 5 stars OK book
The book was ok, but definitely for the YA group rather than an adult audience. I wouldn't recommend for an adult.
Published 11 months ago by Daniel D. Rensel
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A native of Washington State, Collin grew up NOT liking reading stories or school in general. Girls, sports, and working held much more appeal for the young Collin. He graduated from Moses Lake High School despite lack of regular attendance then journeyed forth towards Boise State in Idaho where he received a B.A. in Social Science. His dream was to practice law with his father and brother; a dream that he pursued vigorously in his undergraduate education. Little did he know that his father would leave the practice of law and his brother would make plans to head to Costa Rica. While these career developments were unexpected, even more unexpected was Collin's growing interest in writing and story telling. After reading several stories (averaging a book a week for almost a whole year), he developed a story idea and started to write.

Podcast novels, self publishing, eBooks and writing in general were much like his move to SOUTH DAKOTA (Yes, I said South Dakota); random and totally unexpected. Collin spent a year writing a story with a Roman/Greek Gods --dragon/elves/drawfs theme then came to a real and terrible realization: Fantasy fans are brutal. Absolutely brutal! If they like you, man they REALLY like you. If they don>t...well let>s not talk about that. From that moment, Collin spent many hours reworking his first novel, The House of Grey into a story that Fantasy fans (and everyone else hopefully) will enjoy, gleaning ideas from many independent literary sources from Indian folklore to Japanese anime and taking inspiration from some of the greats like Rick Riordan, J. K. Rowling Mark Frost, Joseph Lallo, Brian Rathbone, Scott Sigler, MR Mathias, Jeff Wheeler and Nathan Lowell.

After graduating from the University of South Dakota Law School, Collin, his smoldering wife, and two beautiful daughters moved down the street from his Producer and co-author Chris Snelgrove in good ol' Colorado. Collin passed the Bar and is currently working as an attorney and vigorously writing fantastical stories for his fans.

Collin is current working on three different series - The House of Grey, Harmonics, and the third series called Daniel Knight (the Never World Series)- this story will include an alternative timeline where magic exists in the world and military power is represented by powerful "relics" from religious mythology including Zeus' master lightening bolt, Excalibur, the kusanagi and the other Imperial Regalia from Japan and much much more.

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