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Summary

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.

©2014 Alan McDermott (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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What story and great twist.

a great story and really what to read the next one to see what happens. highly recommended. one doubt is that narration was as high quality had other things in the book but still better than most

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Thriller Series with the X-Factor?

Well maybe not quite a real X-Factor but if this opening book to the series is anything to go by it's going to offer fast-paced fun without ever really stretching the Gray matter unduly. The shorter than usual format means that there is no time wasted at any point and the plot is fairly novel. It tunes into real-life frustrations often-voiced about the apparent leniency shown to repeat offenders and taps into the modern phenomenon of reality TV.

Of course I would never advocate a public vote to decide if anyone should be punished but I doubt I'll be alone in musing that such a system would be at least as popular if applied to certain reality TV stars and hosts rather than just criminals!

The narration is okay and well-suited to the material, some of the characters, particularly the female ones sounded a bit weak but James Langton kept the pace going and kept the right kind of tone for the material.

So if you fancy a bit of a fun quickie from the thriller department this is not the worst choice in the world. There are some really good plot twists in it that certainly drew a wry grin or two from me. All I would say is that if you are after a detailed thriller with lots of procedural detail or a genuine sense of realism then it's probably best to steer clear.

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Good read.

hard book to put down. l am looking forward to reading book two in the series.

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great story had me hooked

What did you like most about Gray Justice?

Storyline was great , agree with previous. 'Jason Bourne with vigilante mates' with a story twist..

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gray Justice?

Build up

Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favourite?

Tom

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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Any additional comments?

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Interesting plot

I found the story compelling and had to keep listening to find out what happened next. The terrorist part of it was a tad far fetched in its reasoning, but did add to the intrigue. The characters were introduced and explained well and the plot was an interesting one, and well read by the narrator, though some of the accents were a bit unrealistic. I'm looking forward to reading the ensuing books to see where we go from here.

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I loved this story.

I will not go into full details and do an in depth review, as I'm sure lots of people will do this.

I will say I really enjoyed the plot, I liked the characters and had empathy with the main character.

However, I wasn't too keen on the narrator. His voice and performance irked me somewhat. Near the end of the story he attempts a Geordie accent which sounded more like a Man/Scouse hybrid.

But, it did not spoil the experience so much as to stop me listening, and I'm glad I kept with it as I have a new favourite audio book.

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Good story

Held my interest the narrator was very good. Will move onto second volume now and see how the character develops

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SAS Wannabes

Would you try another book written by Alan McDermott or narrated by James Langton?

By the author...? Possibly. This is fairly undemanding holiday listening that holds the interest. It suffers from being another SAS Fan-Boy epic, full of MP5's, Double-taps and X-Ray down buzz-words. The narrator is another story; once again, an actor feels the need to 'act' the book rather than narrate it. Almost every character has to have an accent (they don't actually) and at times James Langton sounds as if he is telling us a story for children (Think Kids TV). In short, the narrator gets in the way too often. The best narrators become almost invisible.

Would you recommend Gray Justice to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe

Would you be willing to try another one of James Langton’s performances?

Probably not.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Possibly

Any additional comments?

Overall, a mild and not unpleasant distraction.

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Great story line & characters, nicely rounded up!

Very enjoyable. Got through this book in one day. The storyline was gripping and came from multiple characters different points of view. Nicely rounded up when coming to the end.

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Extreme Justice!

Would you consider the audio edition of Gray Justice to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version - only listened to the audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gray Justice?

Tom's pollings with the public!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The book gets very engrossing when he has his prisoners.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have read most of the reviews on this book. While I can understand some of the critical views from commentators on the author's views on 'justice', I looked upon this as a very engaging and entertaining piece of fiction.

Any additional comments?

This is the start of a series.

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  • Wayne
  • 03-03-16

This series has great potential!

British author Alan McDermott is off to a good start in what promises to be an excellent espionage series. Gray Justice is an action thriller that introduces Tom Gray as a future agent of MI5. II look forward to listening to all future books in the series.

British actor and audiobook narrator James Langton is a nice selection as series narrator. His voice is perfect and although he reads a little slowly that can be corrected by listening at 1.25X recording speed.

Gray Justice is about ex-military officer and security consultant Tom Gray, the protagonist, getting justice for a young hoodlum who kills Gray's young son and drives his wife to suicide. The justice system lets the murderer go after 7 months imprisonment.

The series has 5 star potential!

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  • Carol
  • 25-04-15

Black Ops and Shades of Gray

Tom Gray, protagonist of this first book in a new series from England, is a retired veteran of the SAS (Special Air Services), Britain's elite military unit. His civilian life is shattered when a police chase after a young car thief results in the deaths of Gray's wife and 2-year-old son. When the punk--whose criminal record already fills enough pages to make a novel (and those are only the times he got caught)-- is let go with minimal probation and time served, Gray and his buddies--SAS vets all--hatch a radical plan to incite the British public to demand changes in a failed justice system.

Gray's plan unfolds to the reader pretty much as it unfolds to the public over the nightly news. We don't know the full intent of the plan until near the book's end. But long before that we *do* know something neither Gray nor the authorities trying to deal with him realize--that a third party has entered the game, planning to turn Gray's actions to their own nefarious purpose.

"Gray Justice" is a short book with the flavor of a Tom Clancy novel. Almost from the beginning the rather ruthless Tom Gray reminded me of John Clark, the most interesting of Clancy's many characters (well, at least that's what I think).

I don't know whether the subsequent books will live up to this first one, but I downloaded "Gray Resurrection" (the title of Book 2 is only mildly a spoiler) when I was about 2/3 of the way through Book 1, and I finished Book 1 in record time because I *had* to know what happened next.

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  • Ann
  • 17-04-14

Great concept! Great story!

Excellent story with plenty of twists, turns and action! The premise is great and the storyline intriguing. If you like Lee Child, you'll love this! The narration was top notch too!

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  • Debbie
  • 22-01-17

Egotistical, Self-Appointed Judge of British Law

First off, let me say I hate the British leniency on criminals and their stance on immigration of people from the countries where most terrorists come (and America is just about there now, too) . . . I'm a conservative Christian . . . which is the exact reason that I cannot abide by this book . . . a so called "war hero" taking justice into his own hands after suffering the horrible loss of his family . . appointing himself judge and jury . . . then attempting to shroud the whole thing by allowing the country to vote on the fate of his prisoners and whether or not he will kill himself at the end of the ordeal . . . then after they vote, he dishes out his own "justice", despite their votes . . . I continued to listen for hours, thinking this man, who was so arrogant, would begin to display some sort of humility and common sense . . . but it never happened . . . the plot just got worse and worse . . . the British government officials were corrupt (not surprising), the Muslim terrorists got involved and it continued to go downhill . . . so I quit . . .

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  • PRC
  • 25-05-18

Interesting

I am not a fan of series where each book can't be considered individually. It is a cheap authors trick to try to get you to buy more books. I have no problem with series where the subplots comes to a logical conclusion. But it is irritating to have to start another book to continue on in the story. I don't watch soap operas, I don't want to read them. If you have no problem with such a book, then this "series" can be a good read. There are interesting twists and it does offer an entertaining read. It just didn't have to be written as a soap.

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  • JCWB
  • 09-09-17

Interesting premise

The view of the main character is understandable, story developed well, and interesting twist at the end.

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  • Jami
  • 09-07-17

Reality TV Meets Vigilante Justice

The premise of this thriller was interesting. Tom Gray lost his child due to a car thief, and his wife committed suicide soon after. When Tom learned that the car thief got out of jail and continued to commit similar crimes, he had enough. He and his buddies gathered others with similar records who have not learned their lesson and rigged up a system where the public can vote as to whether they live or die. He also has proposed reforms to the criminal justice system in the UK that he allowed the public to vote on as well. I'm sure this will resonate with many people who are fed up with what is going on in the world today. This is a simplistic summary of the plot, as there are some twists to it that I don't want to give away; suffice it to say, it is an interesting, fast-paced read with engaging characters.

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  • dave
  • 17-01-17

Gray, or just a bit blurred

Great premise, ruined by attempting too much. Had the story developed without trying to mix in the terrorist element it would/could have been great. The idea of current laws and policing of them , as well as the public's opinions make for a novel novel. The crash bang wallop that followed left the first part of the book hanging, and reverted to a predictable ending

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  • Anthony
  • 17-01-15

very good

very good book.. kind of short since the last few books I have listened to have been more than 15 hours long.. but it was a good break I really like one man army scenarios.. His idea of the justice system is entertaining also..

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  • BigDawgK9
  • 12-12-16

A great story line & plot.

really enjoyed this audible book. The Narrators accent adds to the story line plot. I would recommend this to crime story must listen to audible books.

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