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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.