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The Gray Stopgap by [Tolleson, DL]
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Karns Gray is the best operative in an ultra-secret intelligence cell known only as, “Chancellor Agents,” so nick-named after their elusive director, The Chancellor.

However, Agent Gray is also plagued by hellish, post-traumatic wartime memories and a betrayal at the hands of his fiancée. Seeking an escape from his personal demons, he accepts an offer to volunteer in a medical experiment involving, a “bio-chemical synthetic intelligent computer.” But the experiment turns upon the experimenters, killing its creator and attempting to take over the body of Karns Gray. The attempt forces Gray into a two-year coma.

Twenty years later... Global satellite failures, missing reconnaissance teams and drug related weaponry have led American agencies to suspect a major shift in international drug trafficking. As part of the intelligence community’s response, Karns Gray is one of two Chancellor Agents brought in to figure it out. What Gray discovers is as deeply personal as it is consequential to humanity.

An atypical espionage thriller, The Gray Stopgap is a psychological tapestry seamlessly woven between flashbacks and reality. Double agents, assassins, underwater adventure and sub-orbital dogfights are but a few facets of this adrenaline-driven emotional roller coaster.

Adventure aside, this is as much a story about relationships and integrity as it is international intrigue.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3044 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Lighthouse Press, LLC; 4 edition (21 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed because I am disappointed 4 September 2007
By Timothy Fish - Published on
This is not the review that I hoped to be writing. When I began reading this book I had high hopes and with good reason. D. L. Tolleson is the brother of a friend of mine. The family has been a member of our church for many years. I have been told that a movie deal was in the works. What I wanted to do was to finish the book and then go to my friend and say, "you really should read your brother's book. It is a good book," so it was major disappointment when I realized that I would not be able to do that and that I would not be able to finish reading the book.

The book is somewhat hard to follow because it jumps between several characters who seem to have little in common and I did not get far enough into the book to tie these pieces together. Very little is said about Karns Gray in the part of the book I read (first hundred pages or so), but the back cover implies that he is the main character. What I have gathered is that he was in Vietnam and was suffering from post traumatic stress. Because of this, he agreed to take part in a experiment with artificial intelligence. The computer attempted to take over his brain. For some reason, this computer was launched into orbit, but was later destroyed. The result was that Karns (frequently called Gray, by the author) regained control of his brain, but now he has some unusual abilities.

Some people will find the language offensive. Colorful metaphors abound in the dialog. More people will find the sex scene offensive, in which a graphic description of a scene that simultaneously involves adultery and incest. Presumably, there are people who do not find these things offensive, but I cannot recommend such a book in good conscience.

Aside from the offensive material and being slow to get to the point, the book was readable. At no point did I have the impression that the author was describing something that could not have happened within the confines of the world he created. However, I felt no emotional attachment to the characters and I could not care less what happened to them, so I quit reading and put the book down.

My biggest disappointment is that I cannot give the book high marks.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Graystopgap 22 June 2008
By MDS - Published on
If you like suspense, spies, bad guys, heroes and just everyday good guys this is a book you should read. DL Tolleson has done a magnificent job of taking all the different characters and subplots of love and government experiments going disappointingly wrong and connecting them all together with one single thread of intrigue. From the prologue through the very last page you will be captivated by this well written and highly entertaining novel. Prepare for some late nights because once you start reading you won't want to stop.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turning Roller Coaster Ride 2 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on
This reader found from the first page,this author grabs the attention and sends the reader hurtling headlong into a stylishly intricate story whose characters are believably written and humanly complex. Though this book contains many "flashback" sequences, this reader was surprised at being able to "keep up" with where and when in time the story was. These sequences also served as "stepping stones" into the hows and whys of the different characters and how those same characters came to be who they are. This author develops each of the characters in a believable fashion showing not only the perfections that come with a novel such as this, but also the faults of some of these same characters and in doing so, makes them seem more human. This reader found herself rooting for the good guys and booing the bad. As with many governmental intrigue novels, there are many terms that to the average person, is over the head, this authjor however, does a great job explaining the different "agencies" and how they relate within the story. He also takes the time to explain technological terms in a way that the average person can even understand. What surprised this reader was the touching love story that was convincingly and stylishly written into this novel of "spy vs. spy". With the love story, came a better understanding of what drives the main character to be the person he was and then the person he became. That said,for readers who enjoy novels in the Tom Clancy and Ian Fleming vein, I would highly recommend this novel. For those who are not normally drawn to political intrigue novels, you might want to give this one a try. By the way, those of you who are planning a beach get away, take this along and make sure you make plenty of sunscreen as once you start this, you won't want to put it down.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 16 August 2016
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect Espionage - The Gray Stopgap 8 March 2001
By A Customer - Published on
The Gray Stopgap, an amazing espionage book. There is so much emotional involvement. The author played my emotions like Jeff Beck plays a guitar; lots of levels, and with class, except for one small faux pas. The novel weaves through a great story and ties up everything with a congenial ending. As with the emotional entanglements, I thought the science was also very credible and respectably complicated. If you are looking for espionage, look in the dictionary, you will find a picture of THE GRAY STOPGAP. It is the definition of Espionage. It will be interesting to see if, in the future, Tolleson can keep up this thrilling, emotional and assiduous standard on which he set for us spy-thriller addicts. What a standard to set for yourself. Of course, the public will now, not accept less. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment.