Title:
Gray Justice (Tom Gray, #1)
By:
Alan McDermott
Pages:
216
Rating:
5

Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut thriller from Alan McDermott. It tells the story of Tom Gray, an ex-soldier running a successful business until his world falls apart. His young son is killed by a joy rider and his wife, overcome with grief, takes her own life months later. When his son’s killer walks free from court, Gray decides that the current justice system needs an overhaul, and kidnaps five serial offenders. Parading them on the internet, he lets the people of Britain decide if they should live or die, and the government are powerless to stop him. Gray believes he has the perfect plan, right down to the last detail, but one man travels four thousand miles to prove him wrong in an explosive climax.

Gray Justice (Tom Gray, #1) book cover

As a debut novel, this was impeccable. The spelling and grammar issues you almost always see from self-published authors were absent, there were no major plot holes and the story was electrifying, with vivid characters and an absolutely riveting plot.

It reminded me a little of The Doomsday Ultimatum by James Follett, in that the military aspects are present, but not penned with the conceited arrogance you find in some author’s who’ve seen service and like you to know about it. Nor, refreshingly, was it dumbed down for a teen audience, yet it wasn’t so complicated that you had to invest hours of thought into unraveling the story. I think it struck a pretty good balance and, even if one may have seen the revelation near the end coming, the style and execution, the sheer quality of the storytelling and the very neatly melded SAS combat action with the audacious efforts of Gray’s plan wove together to form something I found very hard to put down.

Of note to blind readers is that the whole trilogy is available DRM Free on Kindle and in a variety of other formats on Smashwords as well. If one of the big publishers hasn’t picked this guy up yet, they really need to give him a bloody big advance for his next work.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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