Sunday, August 6, 2017

Gray Widow's Walk ~ Review

Gray Widow's Walk
by Dan Jolley
Publication Date: May 26, 2017    
“The only thing in this world you can truly control is yourself.”
Janey Sinclair’s ability to teleport has always been a mystery to her. She tried for years to ignore it, but when tragedy shatters her life, Janey’s anger consumes her. She hones her fighting skills, steals a prototype suit of military body armor, and takes to the streets of Atlanta, venting her rage as the masked vigilante dubbed “the Gray Widow” by the press.

But Janey’s power, and her willingness to use it, plunges her into a conflict on a much grander scale than she had anticipated.

Soon she encounters Simon Grove, a bloodthirsty runaway with a shapeshifting ability gone horribly wrong…

Garrison Vessler, an ex-FBI agent and current private defense contractor, who holds some of the answers Janey’s been searching for…

And Tim Kapoor, the first person in years with a chance of breaking through Janey’s emotional shell—if she’ll let him.

But as Janey’s vigilantism gains worldwide attention, and her showdown with Simon Grove draws ever closer, the reason for her augmented abilities—hers and all the others like her—begins to reveal itself. Because, high above the Earth, other eyes are watching. And they have far-reaching plans…

Gray Widow’s Walk is book one of the Gray Widow Trilogy, to be followed by Gray Widow’s Web and Gray Widow’s War.

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This was my first glimpse of Dan Jolley's work. 
I liked this book although in total honesty it took me longer to read than I'd planned due to the violence (he did a good job of taming it down as this is YA, but a few topics take on a much more serious tone). I was expecting some being that his main character is a vigilante tired of people's terrible actions & hate toward others, but I wasn't quite prepared for the repeated topic of rape & abuse. Those happen to be two things I dislike reading about most (a personal preference particularly when involving children). Thankfully he did not go into excessive detail in any of those scenes, & villains are a must with these times of tales. The rest of the book totally made up for the parts that I wasn't comfortable with. Despite my personal unease with with some topics brought up in this story I look forward to seeing how the Gray Widow's story ends as Jolley brings a nice balance between good & evil with his unique characters & imaginative plots in true comic style. He surprised me quite a few times with the twists he created. His characters are likable (minus the criminals the Gray Widow does a terrific job of delivering justice to) & their emotions quite vivid. A few scenes bring up racist issues/remarks I am not a fan of, & the way a certain augment handled that issue made me wish it were so easy to get everyone on board with her train of thought. The world really would be a better place. 

Learn more about book 2: 
Gray Widow's Web by clicking here!

Gray Widow's Web Trailer (Book 2 of the Gray Widow Trilogy by Dan Jolley):

Dan Jolley
started writing professionally at age nineteen. Beginning in comic books, he soon branched out into original novels, licensed-property novels, children’s books, and video games. His twenty-six-year career includes the YA sci-fi/espionage trilogy Alex Unlimited; the award-winning comic book mini-series Obergeist; the Eisner Award-nominated comic book mini-series JSA: The Liberty Files; and the Transformers video games War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron. Dan was co-writer of the world-wide-bestselling zombie/parkour game Dying Light, and is the author of the Middle Grade Urban Fantasy novel series Five Elements. Dan lives somewhere in the northwest Georgia foothills with his wife Tracy and a handful of largely inert cats. 

Learn more about Dan by visiting his website,,
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