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Shades of Gray

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  880 ratings  ·  155 reviews
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"Debut novelist Andy Holloman speeds us on a journey with punch, twist, and emotional dilemmas straight from our worst fears. Shades of Gray is a colorful, rollicking ride from start to finish."
- Franz Wisner, New York Times bestselling author of "Honeymoon with My Br
Paperback, first, 250 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Triple J Press (first published November 28th 2011)
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Tia Bach
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shades of Gray, the debut novel from Andy Holloman, examines the depths of a father’s love and the ramifications of desperate choices. John Manning and his daughter, Lucy, are driving home from a nice evening out when their car’s brakes malfunction. What initially seems like bad luck turns into a much darker story.

John hasn’t had it easy. When his wife leaves, his whole world revolves around Lucy. His successful business, a travel agency, is hit hard by the events of September 11, 2001. Then, h
Shades of Gray is seemingly inspired by a true story. It deals with a travel agent and his daughter, and a drug dealer and her daughter. They get involved and difficulties arise.

The book starts strong, with clear characterization and simple, down to earth prose. In the early chapters, I was impressed. Unfortunately, the book bogs down after about the first third. What seemed at first to be simple writing drops into simplistic plotting. What seemed unaffected conversation turns into stilted dialo
When 9/11 wrecks the American tourist industry, John Manning looks for creative ways to keep his business afloat. Unfortunately John’s daughter needs expensive surgery. His creativity is strained as he faces mounting bills and decreasing numbers of customers. Meanwhile John’s brother grows more and more estranged, and a stranger, Wanda, is the only one to offer a way out.

Andy Holloman’s Shades of Gray tells the tale of a man driven over those lines we know we won’t cross till they loom unavoidab
Jul 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
I got this book because it was written by the brother of one of the cast members of the L Word & she put out the recommendation on Twitter. After reading the synopsis, I looked forward to reading the story, but I quickly lost interest once I did start reading. The characters aren't overly likeable or interesting, and alot of the narrative is REPETITIVE. I had to give up on it after some weird dialogue between two brothers about "if you can't cast your fishng line out a certain number of yard ...more
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelf-2
I received this book for free in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Mr Holloman caused me to get nothing done that I needed to on my days off due to the fact that I couldn't put this book down. FINALLY someone has written a book with a fresh story concept, characters you can't help but like and best of all, he did all this by omitting the "boring" that so many authors tend to let slip into their novels. This is a great book....check it out.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW! What a fantastic, well-written book!!!! I couldn't put it down. What emotions? Lord, I bawled like a baby more than once in this book, also got angry, was on edge several times. Absolutely loved it. I chewed my nails alot too...Not a good read, but a GREAT read!!! Loved the characters, loved the setting, Just a completely well written book!!!!!!!

Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you were a single parent, and your child has a life threatening disease that requires a transplant surgery? Would you go to the end of the world to make sure your child was taken care of, even if the means to the end was by doing something illegal? What if you were always the type of person that believed things were either black or white, could you now allow yourself to believe that there are times when you have to walk the fine line, the Shades of Gray? And if you walk that ...more
Marilou George
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
John Manning is a devoted and loving single father who is compelled to make some difficult choices he could never have envisioned. Committed to his daughter and her well-being he is a man of deep moral conviction and sense of family. He is also committed to the success of his travel agency and when the economy takes a hit after the tragic events of Sept. 11th he desperately searches for a way to survive.

The character of John Manning is extremely well developed and relatable on all levels. He bri
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
In the first chapter you are introduced to John and his daughter Lucy and then suddenly a car accident happens and the reader is quickly taken back in time. From the beginning I was intrigued as to how John and Lucy end up in a car with brakes that are not working.

Set in a city that is close to my heart for many reasons, I love reading books that are set in North Carolina, but to read about the behind the scenes of the drug scene was eye-opening and appalling. As the reader you start rooting fo
Wendy Dingwall
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
The title, Shades of Gray, was never more appropriate to a story as it is in Holloman’s tale of good versus evil, which shows how good people can get caught crossing a line that becomes blurred by crisis. Holloman grabs the reader right from the beginning with action but the humanness of his characters is what keeps you turning the page.

Having once been the owner of a travel agency, I related to the seamless way he wove in the workings of the agency and its relevance to the story.

I found it dif
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads
Shades of Gray by Andy Holloman

The story takes us on the journey of John Manning, devoted Father, coping with the realities of life and finding himself in the unpredictable world of drugs. Drawing on his own background, Andy delivers a thoughtful and at times heartbreaking thriller.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. I gave it five stars and I don't give out that rating lightly. You won't be disappointed!

The plot is easy to follow, and moves along at the perfect pace. This book made me th
Trish Jackson
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
White business owner John, forms an unlikely partnership with black drug dealer, Wanda. The only thing they have in common are their six-year-old daughters, and a need for extra cash.
John's brother, Travis is a crooked cop, but dotes on John's little girl, Lucy.
The dangerous liaisons in this character-driven story can only lead to one conclusion--death.
This book is fast paced and well written. The author managed to make the characters human, and made me care what happened to them with a very im
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The novel starts towards the ending and then delves back into the events that led up to the scene of a car crash.

John Manning has had an accident, his young daughter Lucy's soft cries heard to his fast-fading consciousness. The scene is now set to deliver the proverbial path chosen; the one of good intentions and rightful reasonings.

Reading the subtext of the many and varied scenes, the reader will find that choices made against better judgement can only end differently than planned.
Michael McManus
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the plot, I did not enjoy the read. I question giving away the climax at the beginning of the book, leaving the anti-climax all I had to look forward to. I also found there to be a lot of dialogue, which was often difficult to follow. I had to work back several times to make out who was doing the talking. I hope the author continues to write and takes this criticism as it is offered, constructively. I will read his next offering when it comes out.
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Creepy, wonderful. Loved the book. Loved the writing. Hated that the first chapter was the book's own spoiler. If only this author had stayed chronological, I would have thought it was suspenseful, intriguing. Instead, giving us the ending at the beginning, it was merely a slow dribbling descent to an area we had already visited. A bit more fleshing out of secondary characters would have been nice, as well.
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Can I say that I love this book very much? Great story from beginning till the end. The ending totally surprised me as I never thought it's going to be like that. I almost burst into tears when I was reading it.

Anyway, Mr Andy Holloman did a great a job! I'm looking forward to read his second book. :)
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading the book SHADES OF GREY.
It's like seeing the story in your mind.

Everything that happent's in the book it feels like joyning the characters.So awesome.

And the beginning and the end are so WOW very touching
you never expact it to end it like that .Love it.

Shades of grey Is a book that I would recomment to everyone.

Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
It took me some pages to get into the story but I finally did. It’s easy to read and has a surprising twist. I have to admit I was expecting drama but not this kind.

I don’t want to say much about the plot because I don’t want to spoil it to anyone.

Title did not make sense but once you’ve finished the book, it does.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
In theory this story should have been exciting, and the very ending wasn't too bad and I was able to get into it, but for most of the story I found the writing to be pretty flat. I did like the father/daughter relationship between John & Lucy.
Barbara Smith
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great read. It was really hard to put this book down even after the first chapter. It's one I'll never forget.
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
The writing was good. I read the entire book but the end just devastated me. It was so emotional. It really isn't a book I'd normally read.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
People said they were reading Shades of Gray but this is not the one they were reading. I'm thinking this was better. Suspenseful and entertaining ...
David Butto
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: andy-hollmon
l loved it
it was different and very easy to read.
Toledo (T.J.)
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Lots of unexpected turns, so kept you reading.
Davee Jones
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Today in The Locker I introduce to you the latest book I read, Shades of Gray by Andy Holloman. Goodreads Andy Holloman(not to be confused with the other Grey book floating around out there)
After I read Andy Holloman’s Shades of Gray, I realized the feeling I had at the conclusion of the book reminded me of a long ago time in a high school class. A teacher proposed the Heinz Dilemma to us, in hopes of a spirited debate. If you are unfamiliar with the Heinz Dilemma, I’ll di
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
John Manning is a single parent who finds out that his daughter, Lucy, needs a transplant which will be very costly. After the 9/11 attack his travel agency loses customers making it difficult for John to handle Lucy’s treatment. Through his own agency he meets Wanda and her daughter Tonya which leads to John’s involvement with drug dealing.

Shades of Gray is told from the point of view of more than one character and it’s amazing how their stories come together. John is a man with a good, clear
Yvonne Mendez
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the type of story that I like, even if a person lives its entire life in a world of black and white, one small step towards light gray turns into a leap that ends up in dark gray. In his first novel Shades of Gray, Andy Holloman takes us into the lives of John, Wanda and Travis whose decisions take them little by little into situations where there is no way out.

The story begins in March 2002, when we are introduced to John and his 6 year-old daughter Lucy. The relationship between them i
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A richly expansive adventure story:

This is a detailed and evenly-paced story that shows how desperation and urgency can lead a man to dark deeds. Highly detailed and precise in narrative delivery, we see a man on the precipice of despair willing to risk everything … and paying the worst possible price for crossing the line.

A devoted father, John, finds himself in extreme financial difficulty. With his business failing and his precious daughter in need of expensive medical care, John becomes invo
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The review was originally posted at Library Cat book blog.

When I started reading this book, at first I thought that was just one of those “Fifty Shades of Gray” books. The ones very similar to the very famous trilogy. Nothing prepared me for the emotional and thrilling story that followed. I can’t believe that it’s a debut novel.

It all started in March, 2002. A father and a daughter. A man who loves his daughter more than anything in the world. The girl’s mother has abandoned them, and the littl
Frederick Brooke
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You might think I'm talking about the more famous 50 Shades of Gray in this review, but you would be wrong. Andy Holloman's book is a psychological thriller that probes the world of drug dealers, police detectives, and struggling single-parent families, and how all these might cross paths in a small city in America.

I was surprised I ended up liking the characters as much as I did in a story as rough as this. The only characters in the book who are truly innocent are the two 6-year-old girls who
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Writer Andy Holloman has been scribbling stories since a young age. (According to reliable sources.) "Shades of Gray" is his first published novel and grew out of his experiences as a travel agency owner many moons ago. He was fascinated with the true story of a client of the business that was murdered. Suspecting her line of work was drug smuggling, a story sprouted in his over-active imagination ...more
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