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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1 edition (May 29 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765352591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765352590
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #649,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 25 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Considering who this book was written by, when I started it I expected nothing less than to have my mind completely blown....

However, before too long I found myself bored by hollow, cardboard characters, coincidences that didn't seem likely, and a dispassionate text that failed to reel me in like previous Strieber books had.

Due to the lack of any really good characters, and a plot that seemed (to me) to be at odds with what Whitley really believes, this book was a dull one that I had to plod through mechnically just to finish. It did however have many of the cornerstones of the UFO genre, such as Nordic aliens and floating anti-gravity triangle craft. Still, I doubt I'll ever pick it up again. I'll stick with Communion.

2 stars. Has some outstanding material scattered in the text, but as a whole, not a very enjoyable read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Ross on Aug. 2 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Rather than a thrilling guide to the greys based on Whitley "experiences" this is a cheesy fantasy novel where greys have a "personality' and form emotional "bonds" with a military lieutenant promoted overnight to full colonel because she is the only one in the world who can communicate by telepathy. A genius boy has to save the world before 2012 by working with the greys while top military brass committed to the greys destruction try to stop him and the lieutenant turned col aids the boy. Absolute crap.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Chaney on Oct. 12 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be a delightful read. Although fiction ( Communion based on real events), strieber still manages to base this new work of his off of real life encounters that people have had with aliens. In his book and movie Communion, they were based off of his experience mostly. The neat thing is, is that they are going to produce this book into a movie! Looking forward to the movie as well. Go to your book store and buy a copy of this one now!
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Scary and Satisfying Aug. 19 2006
By Will Bueche - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Grays is a thriller about a young military woman who is assigned to a peculiar and dangerous job, and a boy living in a small college town who is unfortunate enough to receive attention from both strange, sky-dwelling beings and from a military cabal. The loyalties of the young military woman are severely tested as matters of national security collide with matters of human survival.

With unique depictions of threats generated by an alien presence - threats fueled as much by human paranoia as by alien intention - this thriller's spy games are scary and satisfying on many levels. Said to be informed by the real life alien encounters of the author (written of in his 1987 NY Times best-selling book Communion), The Grays is also inspired by the author's passion for environmental responsibility. In an earlier novel he'd written about a terrible leader who tried to avert environmental apocalypse by euthenizing a third of the planet's population. A similar scenario is revisited in The Grays, as politicians conceive of ways to escape from a fate they fear - incorrectly - could end the human race entirely.

This is not a horror novel, though frights come steadily. The underlying horror in the novel is in how Strieber's characters find themselves trapped between the fear of the unknown and the fear of the known - and must make life or death choices in this "gray area". Recommended.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Ride of Your Life! Aug. 27 2006
By thebinkle - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Hold onto your seats, hats, whatever, because you will be up all night with this incredible book. Whitley Strieber, famed author of "The Wolfen," "The Hunger," "Communion," and co-author of the pivotal "The Coming Global Superstorm" will blow your mind with "The Grays." If you thought Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" was the ultimate tale of alien encounters and abductions, THINK AGAIN.

This story starts of with a bang and never lets up. The story of Dan and Katelyn, two children whose lives are forever entwined because of a joint childhood abduction and the birth of a very special son, become the focus of some very interested people, who have good and bad intentions for the boy named Connor. The pace never lets up for a second as we are introduced to the various extraterrestrials. Any previous ideas you had about who the grays are will be blown out of the water after you finish this book. These incredible beings are not just hear to probe us and take our genetic material. Far from it. You will, dare I say it, fall deeply in love with The Three Thieves.

So, put the coffee pot on, turn on your nighty-night light, draw the curtains, and prepare yourself for one hell of a ride. You WILL not be able to put this book down. Many people I know are already on their second and third readings!

Let me say one more thing. This book is listed as fiction. You will heartily disagree with that monikor when you close it.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Alien -ated Fan July 10 2007
By Easyduzit - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me start out by saying that I'm really not sold one way or the other on alien abductions. I believe they are possible, but nothing I've read or seen has convinced me to either viewpoint. So I keep an open mind.

I've read several of Whitley Streiber's abduction books, and I believe, at the very least, that Mr. Streiber believes what he's saying about visitors from another planet (or dimension). With that said, I picked up The Greys expecting to find a fictionalized version of what the author believes is really going on concerning alien visitors.

What I got was a poorly thought out story,filled with difficult to believe actions, and characters who were highly one dimensional.

Spoiler alert: I am going to discuss some events from the story, so if you haven't read the story, and plan to, you might want to skip this part:

There are so many absurd events that take place in what otherwise might have been a fine story, I can't help but feel a vague sense of disappointment! Why did the villain, Mike, go to such amazingly elaborate lengths to have connor killed. Why not just sneak up and give him 2 in the back of the head. If the future of mankind depends on his death, shoot him and be done with it! On the other side of the conflict, if Connor was so important to the Grays, why did they let Mike roam around unchecked. Implant him, use mind control, have him commit suicide, and BE DONE WITH IT! Come on, this is a race that's millions of years old and super intelligent. They are also supposed to be devoid of emotions, so it can't be guilt that's stopping them!
Some of the other actions the grays take strike me as slightly retarded. Not what you'd expect from an alien race millions of years ahead of us. One example is the fire at the silo in Wilton. Why did one of the 3 thieves have to drop himself on the roof to try to destroy the antenna transmitting the signal to all the pre-programmed assassins If they are so advanced, why couldn't they destroy it with some weapon, or the device they use to levitate people, or some form of their higher technology? It just smacks of a poorly thought out plot contrivance. The problem with this is that the events that followed seemed forced and fairly unbelieveable because of it.

Things like that permeate this story. Like the member of the trust who hijacks the TR and uses it, and a program code, to redirect the scalar weapon to destroy the President and all the Senators in Washington. I was in the Navy for a time, and one thing I learned is that really dangerous weapons (like nuclear missiles) must be triggered by at least 2 people, to prevent just such a disaster from taking place. An invisible ship zapping the White House with an earthquake inducing ray is difficult enough to swallow, but expecting the readers to believe the fact that he did it without overcoming any restrictions other than inputting a code number is an insult to our intelligence.

This leads to the ultimate question of the whole story. If Connor and his "super intelligence" was so crucial to the survival of the Gray race, why was he the only one. If I were the Grays, I'd be pumping Connors out by the dozens. Even mega geniuses can die from an accident or illness. If it takes a triad of aliens to do something worthwhile, why didn't they think to make their uber-humans work in threes just like they do? It doesn't sound like a plan designed by a race of superior intelligence to me.

Needless to say, I was let down by this story. Parts of it were OK,which is why I gave it the 2nd star, but I really expected more from a writer of Mr. Streiber's caliber. It did nothing to advance the debate about aliens among us, and it disappointed me as a work of fiction.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Grays Nov. 11 2006
By Tamara W. Sutteer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book was recomended to me by a collegue, and I loved it! I have since purchased the entire series of Striber abduction books. Of the six, The Grays is the least disturbing and still yet quite thought provoking.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Poorly written Sept. 17 2006
By Avid Reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am surprised by all the 5 star reviews for this novel. Even if you are fascinated by the thought of alien visitations, there is just no getting around the fact that this book is poorly written. None of the characters are really fleshed out, and that kept me from ever really getting into the story.

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