I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
On Target is Book 2 in the 5 book (so far) Gray Man/Court Gentry series. I've previously reviewed Books 1, 4 , an 5. Mark Greaney again demonstrates that he is a master of the espionage thriller.
After being betrayed by his CIA handlers in The Gray Man, Court Gentry is forced to take on a very difficult assignment by a new employer. The CIA is trying to eliminate him as he carries out the assignment. This is a solid five star novel with excellent narration. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Book 2 in the series....and I am really loving this author, this narrator and this character. It's so fast paced, so completely out of my experience set and so well written...My only problem with the book is that.I'm not usually a fan of books about the military or the CIA and now that I've written two glowing reviews, Audible is going to recommend a bunch of books I'm not going to want to listen to. Oh well....it's worth it.
This was Greaney's second book, so I'm giving him a one-star handicap for the story.
Spoiler alert! Some of the plot is going to be revealed, just wanted it disclosed.
I returned the book.
Despite returning it, I will give the Gray Man one more shot because of Greaney's generally good work on the Clancy Jack Ryan series.
I almost returned it when the trucks left Gentry and the whiny, do-gooder, stereotyped female stranded in the Sudan desert.
I finally returned it when the Nubian shot Gentry with an arrow dipped in a just-happened-to-be- handy-at-his-feet decaying rooster bacteria concoction.
I'm assuming that since there is still a couple of hours left, all I'm missing is a bunch of bad luck and a happy ending.
Reading spy thrillers requires a suspension of belief and knowledge that the protagonist is going to run into challenges.
I don't care what condition Gentry is in, the pace and series of challenges he faces requires physical and mental acumen that lead me to try and suspend disbelief. In the first book, there were some scenes that really riled reality, particularly the knife fight outcome. However in "On Target," it's all summed up by Zack's quote, which I'll change for mixed company, "If it were raining money, Gentry would get hit by an IOU." That's not the metaphor in the book, but children might read this review.
Greaney sure thinks his readers have about the sale intellect as a child, because Court Gentry moves from one implausible event to the next without respite.
After running into the desert with one water bottle and a fugitive woman who wants to indict him, they get picked up by a convoy of NGOs heading to a refuge camp. After the expected attack by tribesman -- thwarted by Gentry doing a MacGyver imitation -- there are two trucks left to take the survivors to safety. While the do-gooder cries over the group leader's death, both trucks take off leaving Gentry and the woman in the badlands. Good grief, I saw that one coming three pages ahead.
When he finally pulls off his assignment after a SNAFU -- it's plausible and well executed -- he then gets nailed by an arrow-shooting teenager. Frogs! That was it for me.
Skip this one, even if you liked the first book, "The Gray Man."
Hope #3 is more Clancy-like.
Listening to good books from around the world, in the comfort of home....
A new twist
The desert scene while traveling in the truck caravan, creating a defense in limited time with an untrained but willing assistance.
Great voice inflection and timing in his delivery of the story.
The death of his young partner in the desert battle with the pirates of the deserts
I enjoyed the addition of a female bleeding heart liberal, that is full of meaningless threats.
As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!
The book is exhausting! I adore Court Gentry! And want him to ultimately find justice.
The book did not end as I anticipated. Left me wanting more, however I need a break. Began this book right after the first and I didn't have the energy for more suspense! Had to wait a while before starting this book.
Anyone enjoying action and grueling death defying escapes will enjoy this book.
Spoiler alert: I didn't like
1. when Gentry made the choice to shoot up morphine while on an op...not consistent with the character
2. Ellen's desire to take the horrible wounded killers who had just slaughtered the group with whom she was traveling...to get them help! Come on!
All in all, I was waiting for Gentry's foils to suffer the consequences their actions and betrayals. I guess we have to wait for another novel.
On Target was worth the listening time but I'm not certain the books are getting better. The Pain Killer trip '6' took on morphine was not realistic - while the addiction was. The shoulder wound as described was debilitating but after he got off the submarine it was never mentioned again. I think that was a lapse - the number of days he was out from the requested morphine and aboard the ship would have caused an infection to have killed him if left untreated. And yet, after getting aboard the ship it didn't even get a comment again.
It kept me wanting to find out how much trouble the main character was in and how he would escape.
I listened to the first Gray Man novel and I liked it so I went on to purchase all 4 books that are out and I have enjoyed all of the performances.
Sometimes the author stays in the same place too long in all four books but the way the action unfolds keeps you hooked.
For me, The Grey Man ended with unanswered questions so I went right into Book II. In this bigger than life adventure Court Gentry ends up as part of a team with the nickname Six. I think my favorite part of this book was his interaction with his team and his going from being a one man show to part of the team and not being the leader.
Sometimes I discover new authors, I mean they are new to me. One of them is Mark Greaney. I have never heard of him before, but I'm glad I've bought his book.
On Target is about an "independent contractor", meaning assassin called the Grey Man. At first it was strange to see a bad guy as a protagonist, but soon I learned that he is more like a surgeon: cutting out tumors from the body of the society. He is after the really bad guys, which makes him somewhat a good guy.
The story got me from the beginning, and kept my dopamine level high: cool, what's next? The idea of kidnapping the Saudi president is crazy on it's own, but when following the story, it's completely logical. Which doesn't make it less dangerous, because something always go wrong. Planning is necessary, but plans are always turn into mess at the end. It is so in On Target. The Grey Man has to adapt and improvise right from the beginning to be able to accomplish the final goal. And at the end it's still not what he wanted. Ok, I may sound a little cryptic here, but I don't want to spoil the story, in case you haven't read it yet.
This is the second Gray Man book, I believe, and sometimes I missed some backstory (what happened in the first book), but there were enough references to enjoy this story.
The book is well written, and I could immerse in the story forgetting that I'm listening to a book.
I'm a daily commuter who squeezes every penny and minute out of each book. Audible gives that much needed break from my busy schedule!
Definitely in my top ten.
American Sniper, Lone Survivor. Both of the previous books are based on true events and included a lot of detail. On Target is so well written and studied I felt as if everything the Gray Man experienced came straight out of a top secret file stolen from the desk of the director for the CIA.
Definitely helps develop the charters, his performance provides tons of detail that I would not have been able to provide for myself.
I wanted it to last longer, and went straight to the next book in the series.