Review of “Gray Salvation”

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“Gray Salvation” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Alan McDermott. Mr McDermott has published six novels, this being the sixth in his “Tom Gray” series.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. This Spy Thriller is set in contemporary London and in the fictitious eastern European country of Tagilistan.

Tom Gray has a checkered past, having been both a criminal and an operative for British Intelligence. He is now retired, he thinks, and has taken up new residence in the US with his young daughter.

In London the bodies of an informer as well as an MI5 agent are found in the Thames. This begins an investigation by MI5 agent Andrew Harvey. This leads to Alexi Bessonov, a Russian with criminal connections living in London.

Links are discovered to an assassination planned on a visiting head of state from Tagrilistan. Tagrilistan is fighting insurgents unofficially backed by the Russian government. As Harvey continues to investigate, he is kidnapped and secretly taken to Tagrilistan, where a story is released by the insurgents that he is a captured British spy.

Gray is approached to lead an off-the-books mission into Tagrilistan to save Harvey. In the meantime, Harvey’s girlfriend, Sarah Thompson, is taken hostage when she confronts Bessonov. While Thompson is a British Intelligence Agent, there is little MI5 can do until they get evidence that Bessonov is behind Thompson’s disappearance.

The story races forward on three fronts. In London where Thompson’s whereabout is being sought by MI5. In Tagrilistan where Gray and a small team of special operation men are trying to rescue Harvey. Then in London again where MI5 is trying to stop the assassination attempt.

I thought that the 6.5 hours I spent with this 312 page Thriller were enjoyable. While this is the sixth novel in the “Tom Gray” series, this book stood well by itself. There was constant action keeping the reader’s interest, and I liked the character of Tom Gray. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

Further book reviews I have written can be accessed at https://johnpurvis.wordpress.com/blog/.

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