Gray War, the first Pallas Group Solutions Thriller, and Book 1 of Brave New Disorder, is out today.

It Was Supposed To Be a Break from War Zones…

But Now It’s a New War, Against Enemies Foreign…

And Domestic…

Chris Grant had taken the close protection gig for a finance guy in the States as a break from the last two decades in war zones around the world. When a coordinated attempt is made on the client’s life, however, he finds that this job isn’t as simple as it seemed.

Things only get more complicated from there.

The Pallas Group Solutions contractors haven’t been selected because they’ll sit on their hands. As they begin to gather more intelligence, and as the bodies stack up, they discover that there’s more to both the client and their own company than met the eye.

They’ve plunged into a world of drugs, corruption, foreign influence, and terrorism.

And a secret war that they have no choice but to fight.

Available now in ebook, Hardcover, and Paperback. (Audiobook is forthcoming, expected on Feb 9.)


While my previous thriller series, American Praetorians and Maelstrom Rising have been about possible near-future conflicts (though American Praetorians was near-term enough that it overlapped with a few current events at the time), this series is a little different. As I explain in the author’s note at the end of Gray War, some of this stuff is happening right now. It’s “non-martial warfare” as described in the 1999 white paper Unrestricted Warfare.

So, this is a slightly more kinetic, fictional version of a war that is being waged on some level against the United States as we speak.

That’s not all that’s different about this series, though.

As I explained the other day, for those who missed it, I’m not being allowed to advertise this book on Amazon Marketing Solutions. The AMS staff doesn’t like the “violence” depicted on the cover, and considers it “threatening.” The search results issue that I encountered seems to have resolved itself, but the marketing issue remains. So, then, since I’m not willing to change the cover to accommodate their political biases, I’m going to be entirely dependent on organic reach to get this book out there and make it successful. If you have enjoyed my work in the past, then, please pick this book up–this week, if you can manage it–read it, review it, and tell your friends about it.

There’s only so much that we can rely on systems that we don’t own. Amazon’s ecosystem has been immensely useful for independent authors like me, but it doesn’t necessarily exist for independent authors like me. I’d rather rely on you, the readers, anyway. So, thank you, in advance.

The Gray War Rages in the Shadows

Peter Nealen

Peter Nealen is a former Reconnaissance Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006, and again in 2007, with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Recon Bn. After two years of schools and workups, including Scout/Sniper Basic and Team Leader's Courses, he deployed to Afghanistan with 4th Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF. Since he got out, he's been writing, authoring many articles and 24 books, mostly Action/Adventure and Military Thrillers, with some excursions into Paranormal Fantasy and Science Fiction.

2 thoughts on “The Gray War Rages in the Shadows

  • January 31, 2023 at 4:01 pm


    Semper fi brotha!

  • March 22, 2023 at 6:02 am

    Loving Gray War so far, huge fan of the previous Maelstrom series. Looking forward to more from the PGS world. Keep up the good work Sir.


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