Ian isn't crazy. Life would be a lot simpler if he was. He's eighteen, on the run, and scared - the shape-shifting delusions he's had since childhood have turned out to be real. He's the result of a dynamic mimicry project intended to help undercover agents "go grey" and blend in unnoticed. Now the biotech company wants its property back, and the only people he can trust are two private military contractors sent to find him: Rob, a former Royal Marine who's struggling to adjust to Civvy Street, and Mike, heir to a wealthy American political dynasty, who only ever wanted to be an ordinary guy. While the company hunts Ian, the two contractors try to help him harness his disturbing ability. But first Ian's got to work out what identity really means - and Mike and Rob have to decide how far they'll go to give him the chance of a normal life.
©2014 Karen Traviss (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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Starts slow but if you can hang on it develops into a good story, Characters take time to develop thier backstories which initially seens superflulos but it pays off as the story develops,
I am thrilled I bought this audiobook/book. It is a moral tale. as Si Fi often is, told through the eyes of three remarkable men, two of whom are men trained from different forms of military who recognize each other as worthy of respect. The third comes more from a military biological ordinance and still had training as strict, if not as straight forward. Sometimes avoiding spoilers makes things sound bland, and this is most definitely not.
I am amazed by authors who can weave three different back stories into one tale, especially an action tale driven by characters.
I do wish the author trusted the reader a bit more. This could have used a bit of editorial cutting in the backstories of the two soldiers and their families. Paraphrasing Hemingway, the excellence of a writer can be seen in the excellence of the cuts. Heck even one of my favorite authors cut the best scene of their book because it slowed the story. (They put it at the end of the book as a short story.)
Which is to say this is such a great I still committed more than 20 hours to it.
"Well defined SciFi story"
I was really happy with this book. it started a little slow but this is needed for character building and a solid back story. My only complaint is with the recording itself. There needs to be a QA as there are numerous sentences which are repeated. Other than this glitch I am looking forward to Book 2
"Unique story, glad I bought it"
At first I was disappointed that this is a book with multiple POVs, because there is always one character who's view I like best and one or more that I wish I could skip. This is one of the few books where I didn't just get used to the different views, but actually started to like them.
The story is different and keeps you interested till the very end (and even further, I hope there will be a book 2!) and the characters are well fleshed out and very likable (except for Kinnery and Weaver, but hey, they're not supposed to be).
The narrator was great also, giving every character a distinct voice and doing a good job of keeping them throughout the different POVs (even keeping the accents! All of the narration in Rob's POV was read with a British accent). Plus, I like his voice, it's a good voice to listen to, even for over 22 hours.
The only thing that bugged me was the very sloppy editing, as others have mentioned. There are several repeated lines and hickups, and that should not happen in a professional production. So yeah, minus one star for that. Still, this book was well worth the credit!
"good story. Terrible production"
Good story. Good voice acting. Terrible production. At least 16 bad splice edits.
I really enjoyed the story and finished the book it's made the grade. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. The book if fully set up for a series.
Compares to good detective stories.
I haven't heard Euan Morton before - he gave an excellent performance. Good voices and intonation.
"Waiting for the sequel."
I really enjoyed this book. It's a bit wordy, but I really don't mind that in a audio book. It reminded my of listening to The Great Gatsby; sometime you just want to get on with the story. However I felt the timing and rhythm held together well and the exposition adds to rather than detracts from the plot.
There are lots of strong, likable, characters here, with a villain or two thrown in. Not much in the way of moral ambiguity to muddy the waters. The set up for a series is clear, and I look forward to the next book.
"10% science fiction 90% contemporary mil."
Just not quite what it was billed as. It's a good enough story. Well crafted enough to keep me listening... But it was sold as science fiction. The science fiction was there, kinda, but at best it was completely tangential. Could have been replaced with 1/2 dozen other plot devices without a ripple.
I would probably have still bought it and even given a 4th star if it had been marketed as straight MilFiction.
"Science Fiction, Action, and Intrigue.."
This was a good futuristic science fiction, action packed story filled with intrigue.
The author did a really good job showing the world that she created as well as developing well rounded characters.
The friendship between Robert and Mike, the supporting characters, only enhanced the story line and then they finally find Ian, the main lead.
After years of thinking that he was crazy, he finds out that he was apart of some special "project".
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the second one.
I liked Euan Morton as the narrator, he did really well.
"This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
"A really good story read by a great voice actor"
I really enjoyed Going Grey. It takes a bit to see where the path of this book is going but that is all character development. So once the story takes on some momentum you are hooked and attached to the character.
Looking forward to this series!
"Great story - very poor editing"
Good story line
Banter between characters - and being able to listen to their internal thoughts
Perfect choice in this instance adding good inflection and interpretation adding to the appreciation of the story
Editing spoilt this book for me - 1 or 2 slips I can handle but this book had many double takes - the corrections had been made but the incorrect sections had not been removed
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