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Color Me Grey

af J. C. Phelps

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Meet Alexis Stanton, a 5' 4" petite young woman with a yen for adventure. She grew up as a tomboy wishing she could have all the adventures boys could have. She has since decided that being a boy instead of a girl has its advantages, but being a woman is much better. Raised in a family with money, she was able to pick and choose her education. She had been schooled in everything from being a lady to courses with Special Forces instructors. Her desire for adventure and boredom with her current employment and a strange 'HELP WANTED' ad causes her to quit. She finds that job she could "just die for"... and it looks like she just might!… (mere)
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    Olivia Joules' hyperaktive fantasi af Helen Fielding (elbakerone)
    elbakerone: Another fun spy-thriller-type novel with a great female protagonist!
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Wow. Some of you “reviewers” are really incredibly snotty, aren't you? OK, there are some spelling errors. Take a grammar pill, people! Much like Alex says, “Reading is a habit of mine, not a hobby, but a habit. It seems I just can't get enough. I will read anything.” Alex is up to doing anything too – anything from rappelling down a hill to swimming several miles in clothing and boots. You GO, Alexis!!!

Yes, Alexis comes from a privileged and yet unconventional background, but she doesn't seem all that spoiled to me. She is, admittedly, a bit “young” for her age, and somewhat naïve, and that is somewhat irritating to me, but that smooths out in the future books. Hey, she is 24, comes from an upper class background and has never really had much bad happen to her. She has to learn and grow, just like any young person. She is smart, stylish, and passionate about everything she does. Well, not everything. I mean, who really wants to be a data-entry clerk if they have half a brain? Oy. As “BigAl” says in his review, Alex “. . . has a passion to experience life that most of us lack.”

Some of you are pretty bent out of shape that Alex came from a privileged background, but she certainly isn't cut any slack when she starts out in her new venture as a member of a private military organization as it's lone female partner. And I can't see you whining and crying about her kicking butt and taking names, meeting and exceeding the new and tremendously difficult requirements of her new job if she was one of those with a penis. You would be talking about how “hot” the jock is. As for not really knowing what her father does for a living, other than being “in the military” --- anyone who knows, or is related to, certain military members knows full well that they are never allowed to know what their spouse/brother/son/daughter/wife is doing, where they are going, or when they will be back. Or, yes, what is is they really are responsible for. So get over it.

And speaking of penises – come ON people!!! Not every single book on the planet has to devolve into getting naked and getting it on. It is like you expect every book written to be “Oh, I meet the guy. Oh, I hump the guy. Oh, my life is complete!” Yes, Alex is quite taken by White, and when she realizes who he is, the guy she fell for at age 12, well, that explains that. And Colin is her friend. Yes, she is possessive of him, but who hasn't been possessive of their best (and mostly only) childhood friend? And Black is the kind of person I would love to have for a mentor if I am her. What is not to respect about this quiet, intense, knowledgeable giant of a man who gives her the courtesy of the respect that she earns through her hard work?

OK, I understand the Navy person who complained that the Military ranking wasn't perfect. I get fussy about stuff like that too, when it comes to forensics or other things that I am extremely knowledgeable about. Bummer. But it didn't faze me enough to upset me. You might mention it to J.C. She is on Facebook, and is always extremely nice to everyone who contacts her. I have “spoken” to her many times, and she is a real sweetheart. So, give her a break, people. She has written a series of three book that I, and others, enjoyed immensely. So, there are a few problems. Tell me one author that hasn't done something to rattle your cage at some point or the other. I have read books published by large houses that had glaring errors in them. J.C. Is doing this on her own dime, her own time, and with a lot of her own heart and soul poured into her books. I am sure she would appreciate a bit of respect for doing something that I certainly haven't been able to do, and I would doubt that many of you naysayers have either.

Great action, minimal actual 'violence' and a new twist on action/adventure ( )
  soireadthisbooktoday | May 4, 2014 |
Review originally published at Amazon.com

Wow. Some of you “reviewers” are really incredibly snotty, aren't you? OK, there are some spelling errors. Take a grammar pill, people! Much like Alex says, “Reading is a habit of mine, not a hobby, but a habit. It seems I just can't get enough. I will read anything.” Alex is up to doing anything too – anything from rappelling down a hill to swimming several miles in clothing and boots. You GO, Alexis!!!

Yes, Alexis comes from a privileged and yet unconventional background, but she doesn't seem all that spoiled to me. She is, admittedly, a bit “young” for her age, and somewhat naïve, and that is somewhat irritating to me, but that smooths out in the future books. Hey, she is 24, comes from an upper class background and has never really had much bad happen to her. She has to learn and grow, just like any young person. She is smart, stylish, and passionate about everything she does. Well, not everything. I mean, who really wants to be a data-entry clerk if they have half a brain? Oy. As “BigAl” says in his review, Alex “. . . has a passion to experience life that most of us lack.”

Some of you are pretty bent out of shape that Alex came from a privileged background, but she certainly isn't cut any slack when she starts out in her new venture as a member of a private military organization as it's lone female partner. And I can't see you whining and crying about her kicking butt and taking names, meeting and exceeding the new and tremendously difficult requirements of her new job if she was one of those with a penis. You would be talking about how “hot” the jock is. As for not really knowing what her father does for a living, other than being “in the military” --- anyone who knows, or is related to, certain military members knows full well that they are never allowed to know what their spouse/brother/son/daughter/wife is doing, where they are going, or when they will be back. Or, yes, what is is they really are responsible for. So get over it.

And speaking of penises – come ON people!!! Not every single book on the planet has to devolve into getting naked and getting it on. It is like you expect every book written to be “Oh, I meet the guy. Oh, I hump the guy. Oh, my life is complete!” Yes, Alex is quite taken by White, and when she realizes who he is, the guy she fell for at age 12, well, that explains that. And Colin is her friend. Yes, she is possessive of him, but who hasn't been possessive of their best (and mostly only) childhood friend? And Black is the kind of person I would love to have for a mentor if I am her. What is not to respect about this quiet, intense, knowledgeable giant of a man who gives her the courtesy of the respect that she earns through her hard work?

OK, I understand the Navy person who complained that the Military ranking wasn't perfect. I get fussy about stuff like that too, when it comes to forensics or other things that I am extremely knowledgeable about. Bummer. But it didn't faze me enough to upset me. You might mention it to J.C. She is on Facebook, and is always extremely nice to everyone who contacts her. I have “spoken” to her many times, and she is a real sweetheart. So, give her a break, people. She has written a series of three book that I, and others, enjoyed immensely. So, there are a few problems. Tell me one author that hasn't done something to rattle your cage at some point or the other. I have read books published by large houses that had glaring errors in them. J.C. Is doing this on her own dime, her own time, and with a lot of her own heart and soul poured into her books. I am sure she would appreciate a bit of respect for doing something that I certainly haven't been able to do, and I would doubt that many of you naysayers have either.

Great action, minimal actual 'violence' and a new twist on action/adventure ( )
  Leiahc | May 4, 2013 |
This book was funny and did not make the female character a weak, whinny woman.
I loved the action in this book. Not only could Alexis do everything that Mr. Black, Mr. White and Mr. Brown do but she excelled. I liked that she was strong when she needed to be and vulnerable when it was appropriate. She did not break down when her family is attacked but fought hard to get them back. I look forward to more stories featuring Alexis as the main character ( )
  bella55075 | Jan 23, 2012 |
I felt the author was a little too explicit about describing her characters rather than showing us who her characters are through their actions, behaviors, dialog, and interaction with the other players and the environment. The story was fun, though, and now that all the character description is out of the way I have great hopes that this new heroine will continue to find ways to kick butt. ( )
  MayaArb | Sep 20, 2011 |
To be honest, I hesitated to buy this book. I saw it in the Borders ebook store and went back and forth about getting it. In the end, I just couldn't resist. I had to give it a try.

My reservations had to do with a lot of things. Number one, it was written by a woman. Say what you want, but I read a lot of thrillers and they're written by men. I'm trying to think of any thrillers I've read with a woman author and I can't think of any. Also, indie published. That can go pretty wrong. One tag even labeled it "chick lit." Military/spy action can really suck when people don't know what they're talking about, and I just don't care to waste my time reading a book where the author is just making stuff up because it would look or sound cool. Especially when it comes to military stuff. So many people think they know what's what because they read it on wikipedia. It ain't so.

But. I like Janet Evanovich, and Charlaine Harris is pretty darn good too, and I've read other good female mystery writers, so why not? As for indie stuff, you just have to hope for the best. Last couple books I got off Smashwords were excellent. There's a certain thrill in finding something great on Smashwords, isn't there? As far as chick lit goes, well, I've read a couple romance novels in my time . . . ahem.

All that is fine and good, but it's the action and the spy type stuff that make the difference. In the end, it wasn't bad. There are somethings I disagreed with, but not out of line with any of the other thrillers I've read. There is nothing completely implausible or so over the top it takes you out of the story. Some of the military guys are a bit action movie cliched, and the bad guys at the end are a bit vague (if you make your bad guys of a certain persuasion, then write them that way. Be bold. Give them the accent, make them act like you think they should, not as mere shadows of themselves.).

As for the writing, another pass by an editor wouldn't hurt. I think Phelps spends too much time trying to convince us of Alex. The fist quarter of the story could be restructured and much streamlined with a little show, don't tell, sensibility. If you want the reader to believe your main character is who she is, show us with action and example. Alex is a good enough character for us to spend some time doing things with, instead of being told about the things she did. As much info as there is about the character at the start of the story, she still seems a bit thin to me. Put a little weight on her.

I like this book. I'll read the next two. And here's the thing about this book - with a little work, the right editor, and the right agent, there is no reason it couldn't be published by a major publishing house. It's all there. Phelps just needs to make the package complete. There is a certain amount of detail and knowledge that is missing. Also, there needs to be more development of the secondary characters and the villains. If Phelps can do that, we'll be reading hardcovers and waiting for the movie. ( )
  cdhtenn2k10 | Apr 6, 2011 |
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Meet Alexis Stanton, a 5' 4" petite young woman with a yen for adventure. She grew up as a tomboy wishing she could have all the adventures boys could have. She has since decided that being a boy instead of a girl has its advantages, but being a woman is much better. Raised in a family with money, she was able to pick and choose her education. She had been schooled in everything from being a lady to courses with Special Forces instructors. Her desire for adventure and boredom with her current employment and a strange 'HELP WANTED' ad causes her to quit. She finds that job she could "just die for"... and it looks like she just might!

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