Gray Girl: Honor Isn't Always Black and White

Gray Girl: Honor Isn't Always Black and WhiteWest Point Will Never Be The Same Ten Men For Every One Woman Those Odds Are Stacked Against Jan Wishart As A Freshman At West Point Charged With An Honor Violation, Jan Must Defend Herself Before An All Male Cadet Jury She S Convinced That Her Accuser Is Likely The Predator Who Violated A Friend The Battle For Justice Will Rage, Not Only For Jan, But For The Victims Of The Predatory Cadet And One Night Will Change Everything For Better Or Worse The Grayness Of West Point Is Not Only In Its Buildings And Uniforms Even Honor Isn T Always Black And White Relying On Her Wits And A Few Friends In The Hostile Environment Of The US Military Academy, Jan Discovers The Value Of Friendship, The Genuine Marks Of Leadership And Her Own Inner Warrior Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award WINNEREric Hoffer E Book Fiction WINNERKindle Book Award Semi Finalist The Gray Girl Series Depicts Authentic Experiences Of The Early Years When The United States Military Academy First Admitted Women Cadets Jan Wishart Is Both Heroine And Troublemaker She And Her Friends Sometimes Create Their Own Dilemmas But Mostly Solve The Larger Issues They Face While At West Point In The EarlyS Gray Girl Honor Isn T Always Black And White Is The First Book In The Gray Girl Series Area Bird Duty Doesn T Always Follow The Rule Is BookBookIs Witch Heart Leadership Always Requires Sacrifice BookWill Be Out InAll Books Can Be Read Alone, But Best Read In Order For Information, Go To GrayGirlSeries Or SusanISpieth

Susan I Spieth graduated from West Point in 1985 and served five years in the Army as a Missile Maintenance Officer After completing her military service, she attended Seminary where she earned a Master of Divinity degree She is an ordained clergywoman in the United Methodist Church, having served five churches as Pastor Associate Pastor for seventeen years Susan and her husband have two child

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  • Paperback
  • 277 pages
  • Gray Girl: Honor Isn't Always Black and White
  • Susan I. Spieth
  • English
  • 07 March 2017

10 thoughts on “Gray Girl: Honor Isn't Always Black and White

  1. says:

    As a graduate this book brought back a lot of memories It accurately portrays West Point and the trials and tribulations of the early classes of women at the Academy The writing is solid and the story moves along.I did think some portions were over the top it seems as it one is a drunk that can drive on to be a rapist and I wasn t sure of the connection The ending seemed a bit contrived, but overall a good mystery I d recommend this book to anyone interested in the Academy and a solid mystery.

  2. says:

    As a mother of a West Point Cadet and friend of the author, I had a ton of fun reading this novel I learned about the military academy lifestyle reading this book than I have from my son who is finishing his third year I think even readers without any connection to West Point would enjoy this aspect of the book.Gray Girl is a captivating mystery in an historically unique setting The main protagonist, Jan, is a female cadet with the fiery independence and dogged persistence every mom would want her daughter to possess, especially if she was accepted into one of the first female classes attending West Point After being subjected as a plebe to a fair amount of overzealous hazing bordering on harassment, Jan becomes embroiled in an Honor Board which jeopardizes her very existence at the academy She must defend herself against an upperclassman, one she is convinced has committed an offense far serious than harassment Will Jan make it through her plebe year or will she be driven out by her fellow male cadets who don t want her there

  3. says:

    I m a little ticked off at this author I had things to do today Places to go, and errands to run But did I do them as planned Nooooooo No, because I didn t want to put this darned book down until I finished it For that, I blame Ms Spieth Her book is simply too darned good Think I should give her a demerit Really Going to a military academy when I was a young woman wasn t a possibility, but thanks to this book this too darned good book I now have a pretty good idea of what it s like to be a female plebe at the USMA Or at least, what it was like in the early 80s I hope things have gotten better for women since then.This is an easy reading, well written, and fascinating story with surprising twists and turns, and I enjoyed every page of it Spieth makes readers care about the characters So much so, I truly hope she intends to write books to continue their stories If she does, I ll happily remove that demerit

  4. says:

    Grey Girl by Susan I Spieth is a well written, thought provoking mystery set in the first year of a female cadet s life at West Point in 1981 1982 It is an impressive thriller with excellent character development and keen insight into life at West Point The flow and pace of events and the mix of personalities hold one s attention making the book difficult to put down In the end, exposure of the culprit predator surprises but satisfies the plot s needs Grey Girl exposes the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups in the midst of institutional change And, while these adjustments are often difficult and painful, in the end one is left with hope that people and institutions will be able to grow and develope As a retired Army officer, I found Grey Girl to be an excellent read.

  5. says:

    What a powerful, engaging, vivid and memorable novel that reminded me of my trials and tribulations during Naval Officers Candidate School at Newport Rhode Island Ms Spieth, a West Point graduate, wrote with conviction, and engages the reader to devour her book which depicts in marvelous detail the famous Plebe year at West Point The military academies are known for their challenging curriculum, watches, physical training and stressful environments Moreover, during the early 1980 s, West Point had very few female cadets, so Jan has to deal with plenty of egotistical and mean male cadets during her Plebe year The author added sufficient intrigue, mystery, and scandals to keep me reading this novel until well at night I finished the novel in a few days, rooting for Jan, Kissy, and Angel along the journey Gray Girl earned the 2014 Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award and the 2014 Eric Hoffer e book fiction award I read it on my Kindle and it felt like I was in the company of another military friend who understood so well what I went through during OCS BRAVO to Ms Susan Spieth, and for any aspiring military training applicants, this book is a must read I want to share something Ms Spieth said at the conclusion of her book that resonated with me Yet, USMA gave us than it took away Despite, and perhaps because of it, its harsh nature when we were cadets, most of us have become proud members of the Long Gray Line I feel blessed to be among the men and women who have experienced something that is not comparable anywhere We share a bond I feel this ever deeply with each passing year, especially among my classmates and women who were once cadets I also feel that OCS gave me than it took away, and not only prepared me for the challenges ahead but for my new life at Los Angeles, CA I am currently a LCDR in the US Navy Reserve after serving over 15 years active duty across the nation My intention is to complete my naval career in Los Angeles and commenced a new career path in the city that swept me off my feet and placed a string of lights around my heart.

  6. says:

    Beautifully written and edited, with just one typo and one grammar issue.Wow This is a really fantastic book with amazing detail that never becomes tedious, just continues to build the realism and tension of the story There s a lot to admire about the women she writes about, as well as some of the men There s also much to be disturbed by, because all of it seems very plausible.As a woman who attended college in the 80 s not at a military academy, I recall the controversy and vitriol around decisions to let women attend military academies, stories about hazing, and my own experiences with overt and unfounded sexism in ordinary life, which always came as a jarring shock, since my own experience growing up didn t prepare me for judgments not based on merit or results.For the women who chose to be the first waves of students at these military academies, I suspect many were like the students described here Girls who had been good at almost everything they did and natural leaders I m sure it was incredibly depressing and demoralizing to be vindictively targeted because of something that they could never overcome The strength of character it took to overcome and pave the way is captured in this book It s a story I won t soon forget.Strongly recommend.

  7. says:

    A solid story that involves you with the main character s plight as a woman trying to get through her first year at West Point It s a fast read, with a well paced story and some surprising twists Truly a fun and recommended read.

  8. says:

    The gray woolen blanket issued to every new cadet is known as a gray girl Times have rapidly changed but people are slower to accept and adjust to these changes West Point is the oldest and most respected military academy in the United States The honor system has been part of this institute from its conception and still plays a crucial role, touching every cadet that enters its hallowed halls 119 women were admitted to West Point in 1976 This story takes place in the years 1981 1982, a mere five years later Cadet Jan Wishart felt she was up for the challenges imposed by a service academy but soon found out that honor wasn t a black and white concept and finds herself on the defense During a hazing incident she is ultimately accused of lying and has to defend herself of false charges This story brought back many memories for me I can truly sympathize with Jan and realize the precarious position in which she has been placed Readers may ask why anyone would put themselves through the pain, frustration and suffering of a service academy Don t forget the old idiom, no pain, no gain there are many universities that are academically equal to West Point but none invoke the pride or feelings of accomplishment The good memories than make up for the relatively short present and remain with the surviving graduates long after their service requirement is served It is a fast paced and gripping story that will keep the reader turning the pages It is well worth the effort as the story is bound to stay with you long after the last page is read.

  9. says:

    Captured the plight of young women leaders in the 80 s.I was affected by Gray Girl It touched the emotional memories of the confusion and struggles faced by women and men in the early eighties It was a time full of the promise of gender equality, but the reality was far far from it Gray Girl showed all the shades of gray in a world with few clear black and white solutions.And now three decades later, Protect Our Defenders, is struggling to change a military still stuck in its blindness to justice and good leadership.I highly recommend Gray Girl to be read by both young and old, men and women.

  10. says:

    Authors are advised to write about what they know Mrs Spieth intimately knows the subject of being a female plebe at 90% West Point The drama, the story, is less taut than I would like but that should come with time and writing I enjoy reading about women who are strong in the face of unfair adversity and her character is From other books about life at WP there are hazing practices, hurdles, she did not address yet I hope you do Mrs Spieth in future books Jon

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