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Shades of Grey [Kindle Edition]

Michael Cargill
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John is not a very nice man. He works for the government. So who has tied him to a chair and what do they want?

James is a British soldier during WWII. Tom is a young boy with a terrible secret.

Three stories. Three very different people. All of them battling to survive.

About the Author

Michael Cargill is an up and coming author from England. In mid-2011 he published his first book and has gone on to publish several more. Although known for his dramatic and engaging stories, he is also a satirist and humorist.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 233 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1489565493
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BFJ45E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #367,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Cargill is an up and coming author from England. In mid-2011 he published his first book and since then has gone from strength to strength with each passing year.

Although known for his dramatic and engaging stories, he is also a satirist and humorist and encourages people to take a look at his humorous work - http://michaelcargill.wordpress.com/

Anyone unsure of which book to read first should take a look at Shelter from Thunder. It is a short, easy read and also a personal favourite of his.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed 17 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not one for short stories.... until now. I read Shades of Grey by Michael Cargill and I must say it was worth it. It's three stories of three different people in very dark worlds. The first story Shades of Grey follows the story line of a captured UK black ops agent. The main character of this one seems to be the one which is allowing the reader into his thoughts. Michael pulled me right in with this one. The second story There and Back Again is brought to the reader completely different than the first. It's focus is on a soldier during World War II which is packed with action. The third Down the Rabbit Hole is about a young boy who's abused becomes friends with his toy rabbit. This rabbit turns out to be his help in his time of need.

I give this story four **** stars. I very much enjoyed it and I'm glad I had the chance to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to put down 28 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Being a huge fan of Michael's hilarious blog this collection of three short stories was not at all what I had expected. However, I was thoroughly gripped throughout.

The first tale, 'Shades of Grey', was perhaps my least favourite of the three but somehow Cargill still managed to have me empathizing with a hit man. 'There and back again' was just so well written you could visualise every scene and every character but 'Down the rabbit hole' was my favourite of the three. Completely chilling.

Each tale can send your own moral compass into a tailspin yet the author deftly avoids any element of judgement himself.

Very clever writing and the best thing I have read on a kindle so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection 7 May 2012
By emzibah
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A book of 3 short stories, all of which I enjoyed. I found them engrossing and exactly the right length for me, not to short that they leave you disaapointed and not to long and drawn out. I loved how Michael Cargill managed to get in to the heads of three very different characters and make them real. The way that the Author writes about war (which I found in his previous work Shelter from Thunder) you could easily believe that he had been there.
I will definitely be looking out for more from him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5, round up 3 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Shades of Grey consists of three short pieces, two of which I would classify as vignettes as opposed to actual stories since they seem to simply relay the events of a segment of time rather than possess any sort o beginning, middle and end. Having said that, I rather enjoyed them all, the first most of all.

I'll admit that the writing occasionally felt a little stiff and there was a certain juvenile (or maybe just male) preoccupation with excrement jokes and sexual/masturbatory references. I would be hard pressed to call this highbrow reading material, but I never got the impression it was trying to be. I enjoyed more than I grimaced at. What more could I really ask for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 19 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to say it took me a longer to get around to reading this than I would have liked, but it was well worth the wait.
It's not often I will sit a read a book in one go. I couldn't even put it down between stories. There are three of them.
This book is not for the faint hearted. The tales are disturbing, dark and absolutely gripping. The stories suck you in, spin you around in a deliciously dark world and spit you out before you know what's happened.
Michael really makes use of all five senses, which makes each story more three dimensional.
Each story is gritty and enthralling in a different way. All three are completely different from each other and it does credit to the authors versatility.
I hope he does write a novel as I would love to read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and well worth checking out 27 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Since being given a Kindle for Christmas a couple of years ago I have found that my reading has become much broader and I was recently invited to read Michael's book of three short stories 'Shades of Grey' and was surprised at how much I enjoyed the stories as I had assumed that I 'never read that genre'. Each one of them invited me to look at the world with different eyes. However, the thing that impressed me the most was that the stories told me about the individual experience in a way that is little explored. I'm looking forward to my next outing with one of Michael's stories because I know it will give me an insight into a world I will probably never experience myself.

The first two were completely outside my comfort zone and introduced me to concepts and experiences I had never thought about before, my knowledge of the history of WWII being confined to that which is taught in school and never even considering what it might have been like to actually experience the day to day life of a simple solder. In shades of grey I was confronted by the inner mind of a hit man. For me the least of the three was the last story as it reminded me of the Chucky films (not that I've actually seen them!).

All together an excellent way to spend a few hours in the company of something unexpected and I'm very very much looking forward to enjoying more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Grey
Having not read any works by this author before I was hence unsure of what to expect when offered `shades of grey' to read, but I was certainly not expecting to be as overwhelmed... Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by Lucinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved 'em all!
Loved each story in this collection, even though they are all very different tales...I've not read a short story collection for a long while so, as it turns out that this was a... Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by squinty mcconkers
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but satisfying, collection of short stories
Shades of Grey is a collection of three short stories. Each one different, but each with a very dark side to it. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by Sarah Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars Three dark and deep short stories..
Three short stories all centered around seeing, experiencing and committing acts of violence. I suppose that sounds rather brutal, which it isn't at all. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by Cheryl M-M
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting shorts
Fans of military stories will enjoy the first two in this collection. My personal preference was the third one, which reminded me of a Stephen King genre. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Sibel Hodge
5.0 out of 5 stars short but satisfying...
Three tales of people under strain, short but not easy reads, each the right length for a sitting. There is lots to mull over in these stories after you have finished reading... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by rowat
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