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Sadie Forsythe
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3,5, round up

Shades of Grey consists of three short pieces, two of which I would classify as vignettes as opposed to actual stories since they seem to simply relay the events of a segment of time rather than possess any sort of beginning, middle and end. Having said that, I rather enjoyed them all, the first most of all.

I’ll admit that the writing occasionally felt a little stiff and there was a certain juvenile (or maybe just male) preoccupation with excrement jokes and sexual/masturbatory refe
The stream of consciousness technique used in the first story, “Shades of Grey”, is highly effective for showing us the experience of a captured UK black ops agent. He’s not a very sympathetic character, but neither is anyone else described in the story. That’s very much the point of it. He’s what passes for ethical in the context of black ops which requires people who are willing to do whatever it takes to complete an assignment. He’s very critical of other black ops agents for enjoying violenc ...more
Caedy  Eries
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Title: Shades of Grey
Author: Michael Cargill
Rating: 4/5

Summary: This is a collection of three stories where each of the main characters have one thing in common – the desire to survive. John is not very nice. James is a soldier for the British in WWII. Tom possesses a terrible secret.

Shades of Grey: British operative John, nicknamed many things, but one of them is “John the Baptist” has been abducted and is being tortured. This story is crude and tormenting, but it is fantastic and it le
3stars – an anthology

During the first story (Shades of Grey) features a man resisting interrogation and having his place on a team reaffirmed. So we’re looking at the individual’s impact on the societal paradigm. Inside the second story (There and Back Again) our central characters are soldiers and we examine the differences between courage and cowardice with WWII the backdrop. The third story (Down the Rabbit Hole) is looking more at abuse within a family unit.

Throughout the stories the common
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel is actually a collection of three short stories about three very different people and settings. Each main character, in their own way is trying to survive in messed up situations where they have very little control. There are tons of books out there right now with the same or similar titles, so be careful! I won this book from Becky's blog a couple of weeks back - thank you!

Story 1 – Shades of Grey; this is largely a stream of consciousness of the wandering mind of a captured operativ
Jan 05, 2013 marked it as to-read
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Jun 07, 2012 marked it as to-read