Although I agree with some of the other reviewers about a few "jump the shark" moments, I really enjoyed the first book in this series.
Granted the main character is a bit one-dimensional, but the story moved along at a good pace and with some excellent villains (especially that American guy, how refreshing it wasn't just some nasty foreigner) and some characters we actually care about (like the eight year old Claire), there was a lot to like in this thriller.
I didn't mind all the wounds and mayhem heaped upon our hero because how many times have you read in books or seen in movies of this genre where the person crashes through a plate glass window and emerges unscathed and you accept that?
I just wish there had been a little less of all the weapons detail with lots of Guns 101 where I got to know more about guns than I care.
I also wish there had been a smidge (yes, just a smidge) of romance with someone along the way. Maybe the next book.
And I first heard Jay Snyder with the Ex series and except for the eight year old's voice, he does a terrific job.
I guess I was looking for more of a Bourne type story here. Instead, I endured a totally implausible tale of a "super" hitman who takes on and defeats single-handedly a contingent an all international allstar hit team. That allowed ridiculous dialog like, "The Saudi team was overhead. The Libyan were two minutes out. The Bolivians and Indonesians were enroute." Every bullet the hero fired was true and hit its target. Every bullet fired at him "just missed". Battle after battle, same thing. Very tiresome. Add to this some ridiculously stereotypical villains breathlessly spouting overheated dialog and you have a very unenjoyable read. I can't for the life of me figure why I stuck it out to the end.
Burn the manuscript.
Whoever does the voice of Bart Simpson these days.
The waiter in the restaurant in Geneva was fine. Everyone else should be edited out.
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!
Never heard of Mark Greaney prior to seeing his name on Audible. One of the most enjoyable listening I have had. I look forward to downloading more of his work.
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.
Yes, not for the plot, but I enjoy listening to Jay Snyder's voice. He could read The Farmer's Almanac and I'd like to listen to him. Gentry is the good/bad guy. He must have nine lives because no normal man could sustain such damage and STILL accomplish his mission.
Maybe. I'm not really into espionage and spy thrillers.
One of them would be when he managed to escape from the well. You just knew he had to survive because Gentry is the main character in the story, but you didn't have a clue how in world he would accomplish this escape. Pretty ingenious idea. Kind of like Mygyver. Two paper clips and a rubber band kind of escape.
I was moved by the scene when he contacted the man who had trained him years ago as a last ditch attempt to rescue the kidnapped family, and his trainer volunteered to serve as a deterent at the cost of his own life, which allowed Gentry to make his escape.
I enjoyed this book. It was a little different from what you usually find in this genre, but kept to much of the basic formula as well. Great first book. The other books in the series were not quite as good, but still entertaining.
Great book some unrealistic survival sequences and a little predictable but over all a good fun read.
This was like a Bourne adventure, and I don't even remember buying it! But I must say that I couldn't stop listening to it once I started. I even went and bought the next two in the series!
The only warning I would give is to make sure, before you start this book, that you have 11 hours of listening time available because once you start it you won't want to stop.