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Gray Justice (Tom Gray #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  4,663 Ratings  ·  306 Reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published July 8th 2011 by Amazon Digital Services (first published July 7th 2011)
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Chris James
Aug 30, 2012 Chris James rated it did not like it
Solid fare for illiterate, Daily mail-reading little Englanders

On the surface this is a very promising idea: ex-SAS guy sees his son killed by thugs who walk out of court. So he gets some of his mates to kidnap some random thugs, imprisons them, and puts them on the internet to let "the people of Britain" decide whether they should live or die. To drag this short story (kicking and screaming) out to novella length, we also get a terrorist sub-plot about how all those filthy foreigners want to de
Sep 21, 2011 Sue rated it it was amazing
"Gray Justice" by Alan McDermott was an amazing novel to read. I received this free download through Smashwords.Gray Justice tells the story of Tom Gray, an ex-soldier running a successful business until his world is destroyed. 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 to be changed, and he kidnaps five serial offenders.This former SAS s ...more
Carey Parrish
Jan 11, 2012 Carey Parrish rated it it was amazing
Gray Justice is one of those rare books that I found hard to break away from while reading. The story of a man who loses everything and decides to teach the justice system a lesson in letting criminals walk free, writer Alan McDermott tells the tale with the deftness of a scribe far more experienced than a first novel normally implies. Tom Gray is the protagonist in the book and his world is shattered when his son is killed by someone joy riding. Later his wife, unable to cope with the trauma, c ...more
D.G. Torrens
Sep 14, 2011 D.G. Torrens rated it it was amazing
This was a fast past (super original story) befitting the times we live in. Tom Gray has lost his child then his wife, his whole world has been taken from him, he comes up with with the most incredible way to the make the country stand up and listen to him??? Not wanting to ruin the story for you this is a must read you will not be dissapointed! I could see this on the big screen one day its certainly worthy.... I can barely wait for the sequel.
Tracy Fenton
Apr 30, 2016 Tracy Fenton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cracking start to what promises to be a brilliant series. If you enjoy fast paced action thrillers with a twist you will love this. This has a thought provoking message behind it about the justice system and how we deal with reoffenders and I will definitely read the rest of the series.
Jeannie Walker
Jul 24, 2012 Jeannie Walker rated it it was amazing
If there is one thing I know about – it is the injustice in the Criminal Justice System. The truth is that there are way too many families affected by criminals being set free without paying the full price for their crimes and sometimes not paying any price for their heinous crimes.
The main character in Gray Justice makes a decision to stand against the justice system to try to change it.
Tom Gray is literally forced to take a strong stand against the justice system after a habitual car thief on
Oct 24, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Tom Gray is a husband, father, ex serviceman and now business man, living a happy life. That is till the day a lowlife serial car thief runs from the police, leaving his stolen car rolling down the road...into Daniel Gray, his son.

His family utterly destroyed, and the offender getting away scot free and returning to offending without a care in the world, Gray straps on his guns, calls his buddies and decides that today is the day the government will finally sit up and smell society.

I utterly lov
Dec 11, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing

Tom Gray feels he has nothing more to lose and just might win in the end. With his son, Daniel now dead and other families affected by criminals set free without paying the full price for their crimes, Tom stands strong against the justice system.

The author put forth the effort to research computer technology. In doing so, the story is believable and dynamic.

The action sequences are so well written and you feel as though you can actually hear the gunfire, feel the pain of the w
Sep 08, 2011 Cinta rated it it was amazing
Gray Justice has surprised me quite a lot. When I normally read a thriller, more or less at the middle of the book I start suspecting what the ending is going to be. In this case it was impossible. The quick pace and rhythm of the story keeps on moving and turning in really unexpected ways, making the story so enthralling and making impossible for the reader to put the book aside. Very interesting story, quite close to the reader since we live through similar stories every day: through the news, ...more
Feb 26, 2012 Kath rated it it was amazing
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 co
Jan 31, 2016 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why no "no stars" option? Seemingly written by some rabid right wing frother, not only was this book utterly dire I also found its politics supremely loathsome. And as if the plot wasn't bad enough, the author had to shoehorn in some remarkably incompetent Islamic terrorists. I wanted to scrub my eyeballs (and brain) clean once I had read it.
Scott Bury
Nov 09, 2011 Scott Bury rated it really liked it
Tom Gray has a cause. It looks like revenge, but it’s more than that: he wants to change a system that he thinks is rotten. He’s sure that most of the people of his country think it is, too, and the government is just too hidebound, incompetent and cowardly to do anything. So he takes matters into his own hands and uses terrorist tactics to bring about that change.

That’s the premise of Alan McDermott’s Gray Justice, a novel that reads like a season of 24.

His action sequences are great. They’re f
Toni Osborne
Mar 13, 2014 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
This was a very easy escapist read. Light on characterisation, plot, complexity and freshness of language but nevertheless a story that moved along briskly and held the attention. Sometimes that's all you want in a book and it delivers this. (A varied diet in most things is healthy)
Amused to see one reviewer on the strength of this offering suggests that ALL self-published fiction should be avoided and this gives them a 'deservedly bad name'. Must be tongue in cheek since he's a member of the fr
Larry Kahn
Sep 29, 2011 Larry Kahn rated it really liked it
"Gray Justice" is what you get when a former British commando loses his wife and child to the negligence of a common car thief who the official justice system keeps putting back on the street. Tom Gray has the tech savvy and motivation to devise a unique plan to reform the system and dole out the punishment he believes recidivists deserve. But even the best plans can't anticipate every surprise, and this thriller throws in a few twists that leave the outcome uncertain until the very last page.

Philip Catshill
Dec 13, 2011 Philip Catshill rated it it was amazing
Thrilling, gripping and fast moving. A great 5 * adventure on a parr with the best.
Rachel Abbott
Dec 31, 2011 Rachel Abbott rated it really liked it
An ingenious plot, well written and worthy of its high ratings

Gray Justice is the story of a man who has lost everything, all because of the selfish actions of a joy rider. What he cannot tolerate is the fact that this joy rider seems to feel no guilt for his crimes - and, along with a vast number of similar criminals, nothing stops him from re-offending. The sentences handed out are risible, and it would appear that the government is going to do nothing to impose harsher sentences or develop st
Melanie Adkins
Mar 02, 2012 Melanie Adkins rated it it was amazing
When a car thief takes his 3 year old son's life, Tom Gray was devastated. He and his wife struggled to get back to a normal life. Then Tom's wife took her life because she couldn't live without her son. Tom was left alone and angry. He and some military colleagues put together a plan to kidnap and punish the young man responsible for his son's death. They decide to include other criminals too. Ones who had been given a slap on the wrist and set free to live a life of crime. While Tom is plannin ...more
M.G. Wells
Jul 24, 2012 M.G. Wells rated it it was amazing
A Thrilling Roller Coaster Ride!

Gray Justice by Alan McDermott is an intense adult thriller! It is set in England and the characters, descriptions and dialogue hooked me in the first chapter. The Lead character, Tom Gray, has a mega meltdown after his baby boy is killed by a heartless offender in a tragic car accident. Due to a disturbingly inept and uncaring court system, the murderer gets off scot-free. After his grief-stricken wife commits suicide, Tom morphs into a one-man vigilante squad.

Sean Randall
Feb 14, 2013 Sean Randall rated it it was amazing
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,
Wendy Cartmell
Jun 24, 2012 Wendy Cartmell rated it it was amazing
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. (Author description)

Grey Justice is about a particular kind of justice – the sort being meted out by Tom Gray - not the type currently handed out by the justice system.
Sarah Baethge
Jan 22, 2012 Sarah Baethge rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like crime stories
Recommended to Sarah by: twitter
Shelves: reviewed
Ever believe the law to be just a little too lenient on criminals after they are caught? Why are people even able to go free when they just break laws time and time again? In Gray Justice by Alan McDermott, a man who has had his child die through a collision caused by the reckless motorist who had already been imprisoned multiple times, asks exactly this. After his wife sinks into depression and kills herself, this man(Tom Gray) feels it is his duty to capture the public’s attention and force th ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Vicky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I think what helped to make it so special was the option to take narration with it. The technology is amazing as it allows you to choose narration and/or reading and it synchronises automatically so whichever you choose, or if you swap from one to the other, you remain at the right spot for the story to continue where you left off.

This meant I could continue the book when I was driving in the car whereas normally I would have to wait until I could sit and read the kindle. I f
Jun 13, 2013 Jody rated it really liked it
I really like the ideas that are behind this book. The government is to lenient on criminals therfore the crime rate continues to rise year after year. Liberals push to educate criminals and that will keep the crime rate down but let's face it, a lot of criminals are really intelligent they are just applying their smarts to the wrong things. Enter Tom Gray. He has suffered a great loss and the perp walked free. Tom has had enough and he has great military skills so you think he is going to exact ...more
Ken Consaul
Oct 12, 2011 Ken Consaul rated it really liked it
When you walk down the testosterone aisle at the local bookstore, keep your eye peeled for McDermott's 'Gray Justice' (also on smashwords). For a first time entrant to the paramilitary/action genre, the author has come up with a some clever twists and turns uniquely his own. The book will keep you guessing. While the actual circumstances of the storyline every coming to fruition in the 'real world', reality isn't why we enjoy this genre. Gray Justice is well paced. Thankfully it avoids much of t ...more
Jun 18, 2013 Lisa rated it did not like it
Disliked. Turned out be more of story/plotline Patrick would like than my taste in books. Tom Gray loses his son and a year later, he & his gang of 8 kidnap several criminals who basically got a "slap on the wrist" for their crimes (sounds like Louisville's criminals....). Anyway he plans on using the kidnapped criminals as "hostages" and letting Britain (where this book takes place) decide both the hostages' fate and the fate of the nation's criminal justice system. Near the end of the book ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good! The premise is that a father loses his son to a young career criminal, and shortly after, his inconsolable wife takes her own life. Now he is alone, except for his buddies from SAS (Special Air Service) and together they hatch a plot to correct a broken legal system in Britain. So begins this book and I for one couldn't put it down. I try to figure out the 'who-done-it', or correctly guess the ending but Alan McDermott did a great job of keeping me in the dark. Who wouldn't want t ...more
Sharon Michael
Aug 04, 2012 Sharon Michael rated it liked it
Plot revolves around the main character setting up a plan to 'avenge' his son's death after the young offender gets a slap on the wrist for the driving fatality.

Good action writing and the black ops/technology sequences seemed accurate enough but I did have quite a stretch believing the basic premise, that the entire operation was set up to force the laws for multiple offenders to be changed.

Not all that thrilled with the ending, which (I assume) was designed so this first book could continue in
C.C. Cole
Mar 17, 2012 C.C. Cole rated it really liked it
“Gray “Justice” is a fast, fun read that I knocked out in a day. It takes the life of Tom Gray, who sees the limits of the criminal justice system after family tragedies and makes his own way toward justice on his terms with hopes for improvements in the system of his home country. The accelerated action moves quickly into worldwide dangerous opportunity seekers that add an element of modern current events. While this is very entertaining, the over-the-top tactics add fuel the fire. My recommend ...more
Jan 25, 2012 Stefano rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Stefano by: R. S. Guthrie
The story behind Gray Justice is simple: what would you do if your little child was killed by a car thief?
Even if your personal answer to the question above is not the same of Tom Gray (the main character), you cannot stop reading, looking forward to know how is going to end its battle to have justice not only for himself.
Alan McDermott writes very well and whatever you think about criminality and how it should be stopped you end by liking Tom Gray!

I want a sequel!
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