Well, yes. I like this genre. Am hoping the sequels are better--they do garner better ratings it appears.
Court Gentry totally fails to live up to his own reputation, and only survives, he admints, by pure luck. He's supposed to be a genius at his craft--the very best at what he does. Why then, doesn't he act like it? He doesn't seem to sense traps; he makes senseless unnecessary phone calls; he can't muster a decent disguise knowing hundreds are hunting him; he can't even climb through a broken window without cutting the crap out of both feet! Throughout the story, I kept wanting to scream "do this, don't do that!"--things that don't even occur to him. Where's the genius that he's supposed to be?
I'm hoping the sequels will show a little more craftiness on the part of our hero.
The premise and character are sound. The story is good. The way that The Gray Man overcomes adversities that are so extreme as to not be possible except for Superman is just too much to ignore. Couple that with themes and similar scenes I've seen in the Jack Ryan novels, and I felt like I was reading a recycled story. Lastly, and most important, the narrator is horrible! Overly dramatic and not very good at it. I would consider proceeding with this series except for him. I would recommend reading this one rather than listening to it.
No, the narrator is horrible!
Overly dramatic, annoying, awkward cadence.
An even remotely believable protagonist
Maybe if you are a fan of action video games you might enjoy the absurd action sequences that make up this book. The hero dies death again and again with increasingly more improbably high jinx. I like a good action story but this was just ridiculous.
What a super-sonic ride! From the first page, the action was non-stop. A solitary good guy up against insurmountable odds in international hot spots. I loved it and the main character. Can't wait to see the movie!
If you're into these types of action novels, as I am, this is worth a listen. It was entertaining while driving and doing things around the house. However, it was somewhat generic. Tough guy gets chased by bad guys. Tough guy gets hurt bad and should be dead. Tough guy kills bad guys. There's even the "have to save the innocent little girls!" thrown in. Again, entertaining, but just not what I expected given the other projects the author has been involved with. Certainly sets up a series, and I'll likely listen to at least one more to see where it goes.
In the world of the covert operative, it's always handy to be able to be able to save the damsel in distress even though you are trapped in a room with no apparent exit, and have two broken bones, have lost so much blood that you look like a zombie, and are recovering from a bullet to the thigh, not to mention the six inch blade still in your abdomen.In summary, that is the general idea of this story. If you like that stuff, this is for you. If you appreciate some semblance of reality and/or plausibility, then I do not suggest you purchase this book.I also have little tolerance for performers who apparently have never seen a word in a foreign language, and couldn't pronounce it even if they had.