Am a women but I lived with three "HE-MAN" types so I loved this one. Court is everything you want in your "Action Hero" type, the suspense was none stop.
I liked the voices and the music, Audible is better then ever.
The only thing missing is a little romance.
Reader, Listener, Optimist
This genre demands a lot from the reader/listener - not just a suspension of disbelief, but also a willingness to accept a bankrupt morality that doesn't exist in real life.
From the beginning, we know that no matter how hairy it gets for our hero, he's going to find some extraordinary way to get through the mess he's in, only to find himself in the next even more incredible predicament that he will once again will find a way to annihilate his opponent, and so on.
In The Gray Man, our badass ultradude is just another cardboard cutout superman who's deeper motives are never challenged and whose character is never examined in detail. He simply goes his everyday assassin way, killing everyone who's trying (unjustly) to kill him first.
On the plus side, you can casually listen to this book and not miss a thing. We know that he's going to make it to the next book, so we don't have to pay close attention to the shallow plot.
The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
I completely enjoyed this book and promptly went on to read the others in the series. Yes it is very improbable that 1 person could survive even the first attack let alone all the others and then go on to best the villains and rescue the victims but the character that Mark Greaney weaves and the narration by Jay Snyder makes it a "can't put down book" or in this case "can't remove my headphones book".
I really enjoyed the parts when he knows he needs to get out of "Dodge" so he can save his own life but after some entertaining inner consternation turns around and helps out those in need.
Since my parents are 90 & 89 and not used to audio books (I have tried) I bought them the paperback and they both tore through it. Dad's statement was "improbably but very entertaining & enjoyable" - he finished in the book in under 2 days. It would have been 1 but we dragged him away from it to do a few real life things. Mom loved it.
Nonstop action. A dozen teams of top notch assassins are trying to find and kill one man Court Gentry, the Gray Man. Court is attacked, fights, wins, and escapes, and continues on his journey. Each time Court has some new body part injured. The whole book is this. I enjoyed the action scenes. I enjoyed the suspense. But when I stopped reading to do other things, I did not feel eager to get back to it.
It lacked multidimensional characters and relationship development. Nobody changes, grows, learns. The main bad guy is Lloyd a former CIA employee. His dialogue and actions - think cartoon villain with a mustache tying the lady to the train tracks. One dimensional. Everyone was one dimensional. This was not a rich reading experience. It might be appropriate as a movie script.
The best part was the beginning in Iraq, before the main plot kicks in.
The narrator Jay Snyder was very good except for his little girl voice. It was artificial and weird.
Genre: suspense thriller
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
There's a new hero in town, and his name is "The Gray Man". There is a new top espionage writer in town, and his name is Mark Greaney(look out Vince Flynn). There is a new top narrator in town, and his name is Jay Snyder(look out Mr. Guidall). I bought two of the three books in the series after having read another reviewers praise of the "Gray Man" Series. I have now finished the first 2 of 3 books and am nearly finished with the 3rd. If you like the action Mitch Rappp character in the many Vince Flynn books as well as the non stop action epitomized in the Indiana Jones series, you will love this series. However if you plan to get to sleep at night, don't plan to listen to just 30 minutes before bed. You will lose hours of sleep in this extraordinary action thriller. I can't wait for the next book to come out!
I love books!
My first by this author. It wasn't deep but it was an enjoyable, entertaining listen. Kind of Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp like. This guy couldn't catch a break. I'll listen to the author again.
Baby Boomer in Raleigh NC. Faves include James Lee Burke, CJ Box, Baldacci, Flynn, Child, DeMille, Crais, Connolly, Thor, Coes, L'amour. Average two books/week.
Court Gentry is THE BEST NEW Action Hero I've met in months. He is a combo of Mitch Rapp, Dirk Pitt and Jack Reacher.... YES, THAT GOOD! The author "jumps the shark" a bit with some of the dilemmas he gets Court in&out of; but that's OK.
I downloaded Greaney's 2nd book in the series as soon as I finished this first one. Keep'em coming Mr Greaney.
Great book some unrealistic survival sequences and a little predictable but over all a good fun read.