||July 7 2011
A killer walks free. A father's revenge. That's justice.
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Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut thriller from Alan McDermott. When a killer walks free from court, the victim's father sees just two options: accept the judge's decision; or take on the entire British justice system. Tom Gray chooses the latter and his crusade attracts instant worldwide media coverage. It was just what Tom was hoping for, but it brought him a lot more than he bargained for.
Gray Justice is much more than a simple tale of revenge: it's a rollercoaster ride with an ending you'll never forget!
A belting page turning thriller
I haven't read anything by Alan McDermott before and if this is his first crack at writing, then bring on the rest! It's a fast paced thriller with an intricate plot, carefully brought together as the story moves to the finishing post. There are plenty of twists and turns and the main character is a carefully thought out individual whose actions and motivations are totally plausible. He has suffered exceptional personal loss and we explore the effect this has on him. Is he seeking justice or revenge and retribution.
In crafting this tale, Mr McDermott raises a number of important issues about our British 'justice' system. We are asked to consider the extent to which it's fair to the victims and the scenario are all ones which the ordinary reader will be ble to relate to. Differences in treatment between terrorism and criminal acts are also highlighted; an issue which many seem to overlook. I loved the action scenes which were very fast paced, with a level of technical detail which s a lay person I must assume is authentic. It reads like a movie in places; good guys, bad guys, hostages, police, security services, SAS, it's got it all. Really enjoyed it, read it in a couple of sittings and will be buying the next in the series very soon. Thanks for a terrific read Mr McDermott.
For me, this book ranks right up there as one of the best of its genre that I have ever read. I started it Friday evening and had to tear myself away to go to bed and then carried on Saturday and read it on the bus to my Mum's and then promptly ignored her for pretty much the rest of the day whilst I finished it (sorry Mum).
I am not going to say much about the plot other than the fact that throughout the book, all I wanted was to see where it was going cos I had absolutely no idea, not even a couple of wild guesses, and it is not very often that a book does that to me. When all was finally revealed, the story made perfect sense and was a very comfortable and complete conclusion.
The techno and military aspects of the book were all explained very well and came across as perfectly credible. Mr McDermott has either got insider knowledge of these things or he has spent a long time and effort on researching them.
The characters were all true to life and very well presented. I found myself going through a whole host of emotions throughout the book. Having been a victim of crime myself I could really empathise with the main character's issues with the justice system and I found myself constantly torn between agreeing/disagreeing with him and applauding/opposing his methods throughout the book. It certainly left me with a lot to think about.
I believe that the sequel is imminent, and that is one book that I will definitely be reading as soon as it is available.
Gray Justice raises the bar
Gray Justice is a well written, fast-paced thriller that starts with a terrible tragedy when Tom Gray's son is killed by a car thief. What follows is a clever and demanding look at the inadequacies of the British punishment system and an exploration of what we, the reader, might do if we were ever put in a similar situation. It really does make you think.
The SAS procedures have been extremely well researched and the steps that Tom Gray takes to pursue his agenda are quite logical. This is a book that will be enjoyed by all who love a well-planned story combined with thrilling action and a deeply scarred, but very capable and likeable hero. I am already looking forward to the sequel.
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