Maybe. Author's way of phrasing and choice of words felt like it was written by a first time novelist.
Good story line
Narration was ok but not great.
I am still undecided about this series. The main character is interesting but the violence is almost over the top. After the last book I was reluctant to get this one. I was intrigued by the fact that Court finds himself in the midst of a family when he is so accustomed to being alone. It brings out the human side of him and even injects a little humor in what is a very sad story. Were it not for this aspect of the storyline I am not sure I am not sure I could have finished due to the sickening torture and murders.
I must confess that I could not get past chapter one, and am considering asking Audible for my money back on this one...
Chapter 1 was a page out of Atari's pre-eminent game 'Pitfall'.
I think that in an attempt to entertain the reader, and move the story forward, we are slung into an "adventure" so fantastic, that I was not able to begin to suspend my disbelief. We were jumping on the heads of Alligators to cross a stream, faster than I could grab my ipod to turn off the power.
Over the road truck Driver listen to books to make the miles go by.
I didn't mind the flashbacks, but too much time and effort went into hashing over the same information; in short beating a dead horse. He dosen't mind mind killing folks off in wholesale lots, but with very little purpose. Much gore meant to shock. Not something I would recommend or wish for more of.
Having listened to the first Gray Man book and read the second I had high hopes for the third, but was disappointed with the story line - a bit "same old, same old" and try too hard for my liking.
FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.
THE SUPERMAN OF THRILLER FICTION IS BACK, AND - I MUST SAY - BETTER THAN EVER. THIS IS AUTHOR MARK GREANEY AT THE TOP OF HIS FORM, DISHING OUT ACTION SO VISCERAL THE IMAGES HE PAINTS WITH WORDS FLASH THROUGH YOUR MIND LIKE CELLULOID IMAGES ON A MOVIE SCREEN. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A WEIGHTY THRILLER FULL OF THOUGHT PROVOKING IDEAS, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG STORY. WHAT MARK GREANEY DOES IS SERVE UP ACTION, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. THIS STORY STARTS OUT LIKE AN INDIANA JONES ADVENTURE, COMPLETE WITH A JUNGLE CHASE THAT HAS EVERYTHING FROM CROCODILES TO PIRAHNAS. FROM THERE WE MOVE INTO MEXICO WHERE THE GRAY MAN FINDS HIMSELF CAST IN THE ICONIC ROLE OF MASTER GUNFIGHTER WITH A HEART OF GOLD AS HE GOES HEAD TO HEAD WITH NOT ONE, BUT TWO DRUG CARTELS, AND A VILIAN THAT MAKES AL PACINO'S SCARFACE SEEM LIKE A CHOIR BOY. THE CARNAGE THAT ENSUES IS PURE ENTERTAINMENT. PART OF THE REASON THIS IS SO ENTERTAINING HAS TO BE NARRATER JAY SNYDER'S PERFECT PERFORMANCE OF THE MATERIAL. HIS VOICES FOR EACH OF THE CHARACTERS IS SPOT ON. HIS VILLAIN IS JUST SHY OF BEING OVER THE TOP, AND HIS DEAD PAN TAKE ON THE GRAY MAN HIMSELF IS PERFECTION. THIS COMBINATION OF MARK GREANEY'S WRITING STYLE, AND JAY SNYDER'S PERFORMANCE IS QUICKLY BECOMING ONE OF MY FAVORITE LISTENS ON AUDIBLE.
I hate to give Jay Snyder anything less than 5 stars... He is my favorite narrator, but on this particular book there was a huge amount of female dialog. And I feel that a female narrator should have been added in addition to Jay Snyder. It would have added more realism to the performance.
I really enjoyed everything that happened right after Court's rescue... The story becomes even more twisted and the action is mindblowing.
I found the first 2 books to be perfect. This one a little less, mostly due to the long stall when Court is spending so much time with a family... Soon after that it picks up and it's back to business for the Grayman. Other than that I wish this time around they would have added a female narrator for certain scenes. Other than that this is as close to perfection as you can get.
I first heard of the author in a Clancy novel where I was having problems with the believability of the character as it was not "Clancyesque" Now I see where this came from. The overriding theme of this book-How can a character portrayed as so brilliant and tactically sound be so stupid and at the same same time commit so many amateurish tactical mistakes and survive? A strong character is just that strong- not a wimp,not a wuss. If they are so brilliant then write them as such. Assassins do not typically have the inner turmoil the paralyzes them and survive the night. Sorry dude, be a better writer...
The reader overdoes it, sounds like an announcer instead of a reader. He mispronounces many of the Spanish words. I wanted to enjoy the story but it was too unbelievable, even in context. I won't try another from this author.
I enjoyed the previous 2 installments of the Gray man but this production seems predictible.
The production is missing a segment between part 1 and 2.