Shades of Gray

Fiction - Suspense
370 Pages
Reviewed on 08/05/2012
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Author Biography

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 - How far would a desperate person go to save their child and their business.

His 2nd novel "When His Dreams Take Flight" was published in Oct. 2013 and is a Suspense/Thriller novel set in present day North Carolina.

He is the father of three and happily married for 20 years. A graduate of UNC-CH, he lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is busy carpooling, keeping his wife happy, and attending his kids sporting events. He loves the great outdoors in NC, is an avid reader, and a social media goofball. Most evenings, he can be found tapping on his well-worn keyboard as he "births" his next novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

What would happen if you found out your child has a life threatening illness? You would do everything possible to help your child, and that is just what John Manning does in this story, "Shades of Gray". Based on a true story, author Andy Hollman writes an intriguing tale of the despair of a father as he deals with his daughter’s illness and the medical treatments to follow. John thinks his life is bad when his wife leaves him, and again when his successful business is struck with the 9/11 events, but when his daughter Lucy is diagnosed with a rare kidney disease and needs a transplant, his life dramatically changes. He needs money, and he needs it fast. One of John’s travel agency clients, Wanda, is trying to make ends meet financially for her daughter, Tonya, but her job is anything but legal. Circumstances bring these two adults together to form an operation to smuggle amounts of cocaine through cruise ships, where the drama begins and we follow their journey.

Wow, I simply couldn't believe what anyone was saying. Is there anyone here who is straight and legal, except for the two children, Lucy and Tonya? Andy Holloman creates a cast of intriguing characters and writes a thriller that will keep you reading until the last page. With a lot of twists and turns you will find yourself wondering what will happen next and to whom will it happen. To some people the ending isn’t a surprise, but for me, it was, and I’m just not sure if I liked it. It was just ok for me. And one thing that irritated me was the lying throughout the book. I guess that is the way it has to be in an illegal job like they had, but it was sometimes overwhelming. And also the language, fording me to weed through all the curse words to get to the story, was a let down for me too. All in all, if you like thrillers, you will enjoy Andy Holloman’s “Shades of Gray.” So I encourage you to grab a copy to read and enjoy for yourself.