What the Gray Man made it through was all just a little too fantastical. I had to stop with this book. This guy ranks up next to the Six-Million Dollar Man, only meaner.
While I have not yet finished the book, from the start of the book one thing was clear. The author portrayed the Arabs in Iraq as total Savages. I can understand making AlQaida people look bad because they really are bad. But overall, I got the impression he portrayed the every single Arab in the opening scene as a savage. Even the Arabic press are portrayed as being flat out supporters of the terrorists. I wonder if he has ever watched AlJazeera channel before he made the reporters for it look so bad. Iraq is like every other war torn country, there are good people and bad people. Also please notice the Nigerian villain in the story has a Muslim name (hint hint).
I continued listening to the book because I want to see what other racist trash he comes up with later on in the book.
Court Gentry is Timex in battle gear. Holy cow, this boy is a force of nature. Excellent action sequences. The Gray Man certainly has more depth to him than we see here (we hope,) but for pure adrenalin he's a great heir to Mitch Rapp. Looking forward to next installment, and particularly to hearing Jay Snyder again. Some of his narration is a little announcer-esque, but the dialogue is outstanding! Snyder's command of dialects is as good as any other reader's in this genre. His German is a little weak, but everything else.. and there are many in this Gray Man intro.. are fun to listen to!
"Car Video Collector"
No spoilers here..since I couldn't even finish this book. I gave up on it about 20% into it. No need wasting my precious time. The flaws are too many to list, but here are the major one: 1) If the Gray man is such a good assassin, how does he not figure out who is trying to get him killed? How does he get captured by a crippled old guy? How does his cover get blown so easily? 2) Now if we buy into the fact that he is the most revered and feared assassin, how does he make so many stupid mistakes? How does he even have a reputation? Wouldn't the world's best assassin be so good that no one would know which jobs he performed? He is the best assassin but only takes jobs that satisfy his sense of justice? HUH?! And how can a guy that works for one handler ever become such a famous assassin anyway?
I am REALLY disappointed in this book because I really enjoyed the few Clancy books I read that he was the collaborator/co-author. I almost would say I can't believe this is being made into a movie...but then I think of Twilight and remember that movies no longer need to be base on good source material. If you listen to the book, the narrator is good enough. Not his fault the book is just plain bad. If you want a compelling story about an assassin being hunted by assassins, read the first book in the Victor the Assassin series. It is not the best book in the world, but it is entertaining. And next to this book, it reads like a Pulitzer prize novel.
I would recommend all of the series, and they get better as they go; can not wait for book five.
It certainly made me not want to be in the Gray Man's shoes.
A sub-par book, well read.
If an author gets the capitals of two countries wrong in just one paragraph, then one's expectations for the rest of the book falls to rock bottom. The book is a farce of unrealistic boyish imaginings of what war and conflict is like. And the glaring geographical errors gives one an indication of how little effort the author was prepared to spend on even basic research like glancing at a world map. The same can be said of the proofreaders and editors involved.
Luanda is in Angola, not Botswana. And Freetown is in Sierra Leone, not Liberia.
Fast, Violent and Compelling. You get pulled into the story of The Gray Man from the beginning. I don't usually like constant violence but couldn't stop listening, even when I thought the injuries and Gray Man's ablility to continue had gone too far.
Claire the 8 year old who shows much more maturity than a child should.
Really fast paced story filled with violence but still manages to pit good against evil. I found myself feeling sorry for this killer the CIA had created and a private company used for their own profit. I really recommend this series.
Did not read the print version
My wife and I really enjoyed this book. We listened to this story while driving in our motorhome on a road trip. It was entertaining and a great way to pass the windshield time on Interstate 5
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.