First things first: there is no realism, plausibility, or reality in this novel. I realize it is fiction but nothing rings true, and everything is on steroids... That said it is one heck of a roller coaster ride. Gentry is thrown into predicament after predicament and blast thru them, but never comes away unscathed. The man is beyond super human and so are his exploits. As one reviewer said " Poorly developed characters doing exactly what you expect...a villain that will make you go "ho hum" At times the story is soooo predictable you get the urge to quit so you skim. The climax is soooo over the top, unreal, it is almost comical. Sad because at times the characters are there for the author to develop and allow the reader to relate, and empathize with, instead you are thrown into another action sequence. This is a good novel to read to take a break from cerebral espionage novels that force you to think and at the end exhaust you with emotion. This is definitely not that type, more so written to be an action movie with a Bruce Willis type as the protagonist. If you are an action junkie, than this is your read. I found the narration to be excellent.
I can't imagine how the narrator kept a straight face with all the inane events, stereotypical characters and unbelievable coincidences that occur repeatedly thoughout the story.
I liked the fast paced action.
The plot changing so quickly at times you didn't want to put it down.
NO. Sometimes I need a break from the violence.
Non-stop, highly unrealistic action. I loved it.
Now here is a Man's Man. Would make a good action movie.
Been looking for a good series to read so tried out Gray Man. It is pretty unbelievable that this main character overcomes the entire world coming after him. So unbelievable I didn't want to read another story. Very disappointing.
I am such a sucker for the tough, intelligent spy/assassin/killer who is moral but dark. This book is about The Grey Man, who is such a character. He kills and is haunted by the bad things he does, but only does them to bad people. And in this story we see other good people reduced to treachery because of terrible circumstances. In the end, the story wraps up with a very satisfying conclusion. If I had one complaint, it was the epilogue. Not my favorite part. Overall, I highly recommend the book. Cheers!
It is unfair to say that this is not a good book, Mark Greaney is a good writer and Jay Snyder delivers a good performance. However, I didn't like it. To me it feels like the script for a teenager-oriented action movie. The baddie is bad, really, really bad. The unstoppable good guy is good, really, really good. At least that is what the storyteller repeatedly tells us although it is not quite evident in his actions. Anyway, if you like non-stop action where you can't put the book down, this may be for you. On the other hand, if you expect a semblance of credibility look somewhere else, perhaps in the direction of Vince Flynn, Daniel Silva or even Andrew Peterson.
Just a curious guy who travels the world.
You'll love this. Great real world action, with a character you can get behind, and some clever and entertaining dialogue. I'm a fan ... excited to have three more books in the series.
Performance is terrific as well.
I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!
Yes. It was like watching a high energy spy movie. The book rolls along at high speed from beginning to end and while Gentry is not fully developed as a person he is a spy reminiscent of Jason Bourne. I almost picture Matt Damon while listening. I hope the books continue to explore the backstory -- I especially liked the exploration of his relationship with Claire. I would much like to learn more about his time in the Navy and in the CIA. These stories will allow me to know his character and invest in him. In the meantime though, if the plot lines continue at this pace I will enjoy the ride while waiting for those glimpses into his past.