Book Synopsis for Gray Widow’s Walk:
“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.
DAN JOLLEY’S TOP-TEN HEROINE COUNTDOWN
In my new novel Gray Widow’s Walk, the protagonist is Janey Sinclair, a young woman who makes her living as a painter (fine art, not houses) and, through circumstances she doesn’t understand, has gained the ability to teleport from one patch of darkness to another. When the story opens, Janey has stolen a prototype suit of military body armor and, rather than work out her inner demons through something like therapy, has chosen to correct the kinds of injustices that have been done to her by becoming the self-appointed protector of the people of Atlanta, Georgia. Janey doesn’t realize that the reason she, along with a select few other individuals, have been “augmented” is part of a much, much larger picture, one that will eventually involve the destiny of the entire planet.
Here is a list of my favorite ferocious, ass-kicking, inspirational heroines, whose ranks Janey would someday aspire to join.
Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel
A supremely well-executed character brilliantly combining the realities of life as a teenager with the surreality of a world populated by superhumans. Kamala also represents some much, much, much-needed diversity in a medium that often seems to embrace homogeneity.
Robert E. Howard’s original queen of swords-and-sorcery. I’m glad to see Gail Simone re-imagining her without the rape-as-origin story.
Unfailingly brave and pragmatic, Ripley has actually always put me in mind of how my mother described “Southern ladies” – “We do whatever has to be done, when it has to be done. There’s time to break down once the crisis is over.”
The real hero of the Harry Potter stories, as far as I’m concerned. Everyone involved would be dead, dead, dead without her.
Brienne of Tarth
Talk about a tower of strength! Rarely do you see someone so acutely aware of what she sees as her own weaknesses, coupled with so unfailing a determination (and ability) to keep her promises.
Jessica kicks SO MUCH ASS, and doesn’t give a rat’s keister what anyone thinks of it (or her). The juxtaposition of her strength and inner vulnerability makes her intensely compelling.
Realistically, Storm could rule the world if she felt like it. I’ve always chosen to believe the reason she doesn’t pull even more spectacular stunts than she does is that she’s holding back all the time, for fear of creating something like a cascading barrage of EF-5 tornadoes.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Melinda May
One of the better examples of the “low-energy character” – May doesn’t say much, and doesn’t have to. But when she decides to take action, you know she’s the most dangerous person on the scene, powers or not.
If you haven’t seen The Miss Fisher Mysteries, you’re doing yourself a disservice. The Australian flapper P.I. is a force of nature, combining fierce intelligence, iron-clad confidence, and adventurous sexuality with poise, grace, and unfaltering femininity. Always the smartest person in the room.
About the author:
Dan Jolley started writing professionally at age nineteen. Beginning in comic books, he has since branched out into original novels, licensed-property novels, children’s books, and video games. His twenty-five-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 lead writer of the Oculus Rift game Chronos. Dan lives somewhere in the northwest Georgia foothills with his wife Tracy and a handful of largely inert cats. Gray Widow’s Walk is his first adult novel.
Learn more about Dan by visiting his website, www.danjolley.com, and follow him on Twitter @_DanJolley