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Gray Justice (Tom Gray #1) by Alan McDermott

Gray Justice (Tom Gray #1) (edition 2011)

by Alan McDermott

Series: Tom Gray (1)

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Title:Gray Justice (Tom Gray #1)
Authors:Alan McDermott
Info:Smashwords (2011), Kindle Edition, 217 pages
Collections:Your library, EBooks
Tags:novel, thriller, fiction, British

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Book 1, in the Tom Gray series

This is a fast-paced, action packed thriller with lots gun battles, explosions and inevitably lots of death. “Gray Justice” is one of those books hard to break away from while reading.

The story unfolds as Tom Gray, a military veteran and proprietor of a security industry loses his only child at the hands of a car thief who is a repeat offender. Consequently unable to cope with the death, his wife took her own life. Tom’s world now chattered after losing everything he loved so deeply decides to teach the justice system a lesson….The drama tells what happens when his son’s killer goes free and the ways he takes to appease his mind. His crusade attracts instant worldwide media attention….and as readers we are in the middle of a rollercoaster ride….

This story is far more than a tale of revenge and your typical good-guy wins and bad guy loses mystery. While reading I couldn't help but to question the justice system, one that gives community service to repeat offenders or simply let them go. This book is tough with occasional swear words and some of the scenes are quite violent. Told in the third person viewpoint was a brilliant choice by letting the reader be part in the drama and guessing the outcome. Well I wasn't very good at it and missed more often than I would have liked…than again isn't it what a great thriller supposed to do, “Gray Justice” did not miss a beat and did that beautifully. In thrillers it is usually easy to suspect what the ending is going to be, impossible with this one….

The main plot is strong with no excess details and is much focussed on its theme. There is also the mandatory sub-plot where a real terrorist organisation takes an active role in the drama. This is so similar to reading a season of 24, unbelievably action packed…

Cool, calm and calculated may describe the protagonist, a bit of a credibility stretch found here but again what is a thriller without characters out of the ordinary, we love James Bond after all why not Tom Gray….

Mr. McDermott debut thriller is a real page turner superbly written to fuel our interest in the subsequent additions….Well-done. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Mar 13, 2014 |
Absolutely stunning story. Fast action with an explosive conclusion. First rate. ( )
  imyknott | Jan 17, 2014 |
Excellent fun, this: no-nonsense ex-SAS man goes renegade in hyper-well-planned vigilante operation. Unimpeachable motive, tough line in cold vengeance, all tools, hardware and software at fingertips, months spent on pat answers to all awkward questions, loyal band of friends to help. Success of mission guaranteed.

Short sentences. Action. Gripping stuff. Very blokeish, very butch. Grrr.

Don't know much about art, but know what I like; as books for non-readers go, and sometimes I'm one of them, this is grrreat! Literature's very own Expendable.

Really enjoyed it. Now off to read a proper book. ( )
  jtck121166 | Jul 13, 2013 |
I really liked this, perhaps because the views on justice and punishment resonate with me so much. I say the recidivists should be birched and then perhaps they may change their ways. But I also like the action in this story and the way it all unfolded without being long and drawn out. I look forward to the next book. ( )
  Balthazar-Lawson | May 29, 2013 |
Tom Gray, former SAS member, goes rogue in an attempt to change the laws within the U.K. In his mind, change is needed; there seems to be more repeat offenders outside of the prison system than inside. Penalties are far too lenient and violators are getting off scott free. The system does not allow for regret or lessons learned so the same behavior continues. Tom Gray's young son is killed in an auto accident by one of these repeat offenders - his wife commits suicide six months after the loss of her only son.

It's time to pay! Tom is a mastermind, and with the help of some of his former colleagues, prepares to take the law into his own hands. They kidnap repeat offenders - including the one that killed his son - and hold court in a remote location. Tom and his team use the skills they've developed over time to set-up a highly defended perimeter; one that will neutralize modern spy gadgets and protect him from invading forces. Using the internet, Tom solicits the support from people all around the country. Court will be held...the records of the kidnapped felons will be read...the people will then vote if they are to live or die!

Meanwhile, while this saga continues to play out, the government is trying everything to put a stop to this madness. The public has voted to kill the first prisoner - the same one that had killed Tom's son. Will he execute the man live on the internet? Time is running out!

What nobody else realizes is that this distraction has opened the door for a real terrorist attack on the U.K. - one that will kill millions. You'll have to read the book to see how this all plays out. I have to warn you though, you may lose sleep trying to get through this one. Great Job Mr. McDermett!

John Podlaski, author
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  JPodlaski | Dec 3, 2012 |
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ADVENTURE / THRILLER. When a father loses his son to a career criminal, revenge just isn't enough. 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 is more than a simple tale of revenge: it's a rollercoaster ride with an ending you?ll never forget.… (more)

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