The constant action and tension of the story is well written and in some moderation might even be enjoyable but each hour of this audiobook found me saying "you've got to be kidding me, this so ridiculous". Fiction requires some suspension of reality but this book goes into crazy territory. The many, many, many deadly situations and their resolutions are so far over the top , I found it impossible to enjoy the suspense and action. I feel fortunate that the first book I enjoyed (greatly) in this series was Dead Eye. If The Gray Man were the first, I would never have tried another. There is a lot of background buildup to paint Colt Gentry ("The Gray Man") as a character but it's very much overdone and somewhat boring. The background is not necessary to enjoy the later books. My advice is to skip this one.
The author has an enthusiasm for weapons and their specifics that will appeal to the fetishist. The plot is predictable. The writing is limp (except in the descriptions of an 8 year old girl who squints her little eyes and runs on her little feet; although she is undoubtedly a good and admirable girl, the descriptions of her and her actions were exceedingly annoying). The geography was inaccurate (our hero drove across the Swiss border into southwest France). Mispronunciations abounded.
I won't be listening to the rest of the series.
I don't normally like spy novels preferring mysteries and police detective ones instead. This one started out with a Middle East scene, and I thought, oh no, not one of these novels. It quickly moved on and I was hooked. It seems impossible that the star could survive the things he did, but that was what made it interesting. I'll be listening to more books in this series.
Loved the storyline. Very well written. Loved the characters. Looking forward to seeing where the story goes and books 2 and 3. Book 1 left a nice cliff hanger, so I am looking forward to continuing the series.
Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,
Who doesn't love a story about ruthless killer, with a moral compass? Mr. Greaney had me hook w/in the first few pages and took me for a wonderful ride. Looking forward to the other stories in the series.
Mark Greaney, Yes, in fact have purchased the second in this series. Jay Snyder, not so much. There was a time during the book that his accents were so far off it was disrupting. They were supposed to be from South Africa and the best he could do was an Irish brog at best. That was a bit disappointing from Tom Clancy's/Lou Diamond Phillips' books.
As action books go, this kept me interested with a plethora of characters, fairly good story line and a good detail of locations. Not as indepth as a Clancy novel, but entertaining enough for me to finish. Now let's see what "On Target" is like.
It was predictable and unrealistic.
The book was not even remotely believable. Getting hit squads to any place on the planet within 60 minutes, filling an apartment with gas without anybody smelling it, a driving blood transfusion, making a grenade out of gun powder and detonating it in a room full of water, having "watchers" monitor the whole globe simulatenously, randomly "guessing" where somebody is at the same time they are there, tracing cell phone calls to the exact place the call was made from across the world after a 30 second call from a phone with disguising software, etc. I understand it's fiction but good grief.
Not before going on to Book 2 ..... This ought to be a movie, it plays like a movie in my head!
The story had nothing that seemed new or interesting.
Too predictable and the protagonist was a little too perfect
I tried to like this, but I really had to push myself to get through it. All the characters seemed just a little too 2-dimensional to me.
Court Gentry is no Mitch Rapp, or Jack Reacher! He is totally different, like a "meld" of James West, Michael Weston, Goku, and The Dark Knight rolled into one! In the Gray Man, Mark Greaney' brings us over the top action, improbable physical endurance, and nonsensical sequenced escapes. His writing, in my opinion, is a bit sophomoric, with screenplay-ish overtones. Certain scenes made me say out loud "Yeah, Right!" But, all in all the book is good fun! Jay Snyder did a superb job narrating. I place him right up there with a few of my favorites like George Guidell, Davina Porter, and Robert Petkoff. The book chapter synchronization of the narrator and the audible app was off, but not so bad that you couldn't find your place. The music was nice, and non-distracting. I do recommend this book, and plan to listen to the next books in the series.