I love both - the feel of paper but i also love the idea of being able to do housework and still listen to a brilliant book
reminded me a lot of Matthew Rileys Scarecrow...but both are unique in their own way.
Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton. In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!!
I don't like the story taking place in Mexico. There's nothing "exotic" about that poor dusty place. Certainly not an interesting venue for an espionage-type book even if Court's Black Ops assignment involves mass political corruption, murder and kidnapping of tourists, and drug manufacture and distribution on a scale that makes the Cali and Medillin cartels look like American inner-city "corner boys". I just don't care for Mexico, under any circumstances. I could literally "smell" urine and Pine-Sol and see the large haunting eyes of Mexican children begging or selling "Chik-Lits" throughout the book. Ewwww! 😟. Plus there was not even the level of high tech equipment or armaments that I've come to expect from "The Gray Man" series. How can Court fashion an escape plan from tortillas and espadrilles?!
Of the four books in the series, this is my second least favorite, right above "On Target". Again here, as in "On Target", Court gets side-tracked with useless women who add nothing to the story line as the one female did in "Dead Eye". To me, assassins don't need the drama that goes along with "quasi" love/sex affairs. Court loses his focus around women. If he'd just "tumble" with the girl and get it over with, that would be OK. But all he does is obsess on whether she likes him or he likes her, then mentally slaps himself for getting weak, but switches to beating himself up because he's not "trained" in the art of seduction or making love! Seriously, Court? James Bond "got the job done" and still handled his spy biz! I'm a woman but I don't like unnecessary love interests when I'm reading a book about a master assassin wanted by the CIA - his former employer - plus a half dozen other foreign assassin units. Anyone with a "Shoot On Sight" ticket on his head needs to keep his "big head" in charge at all times. I'll get my love and sex from Regency romance stories!!!
Jay Snyder is the best match for these books. I love the droll unexcited delivery he uses when portraying Court.
Yes, but only because I love this series so much and because there's only 4 books in it. I'm "addicted" to The Gray Man so I'll gladly take what's available, even if it's substandard. If there were, say, 10 books in this series, I probably would have listened closer to the other less-than-satisfied reviewers. I was just hoping against hope that those reviewers were wrong. They were not....
Start with "The Gray Man", the first in the series. After reading it, I fell in love with a genre that I would never have chosen.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
ahh... a book with pure vigilantism. No need to worry about hearing a lecture, and no trying to figure out if there's a moral here... there isn't. It's simply toe-of-boot (or more accurately tip-of-gun) meets bad guys' heads. Rinse and repeat until only our hero and his girl are left standing.
That being said, however, the ending - specifically, the resolution of the relationship between the hero and his girl - was a bit on the lame side of the fence. Oh well, she was really just in the book so he'd have a reason to blow things up. And that's why we read this kind of book, right? To watch a good guy do bad things to bad guys for a good reason.
Were the bad guys stereotypical? Sure. Were all of the characters other than the Gray Man cardboard cutouts? Sure... does any of that interfere with the butt-kicking action, nope, not at all.
I think it was my favorite of the Gray Man series... it was a smidge over the top how he manages to survive certain things, but not nearly as extreme as the earlier books in the series. There's not much I can compare it to, except maybe Lee Child's Jack Reacher series (though, those are not as violent).
The story is wrapped up within the book, but there are enough questions left about the Gray Man's future that I can see how another book in this series would not go amiss - and if there was one, I'd certainly buy it.
The Gray Man is a great character but a little to hard to believe; however I enjoy this fiction very much . . . YOU WILL TOO!
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Pain....."Lancelot" in the character of "6" endures pain. Yes, he is an assassin. But he is an assassin who only wants to kill bad people....."Lancelot"....the "Impossible Dream"("to fight, for the right, without question or pause, to....")...I enjoyed the three book series. At times, some of the scenes were hard to endure(torture). But.....I had no regrets. I will reread(listen) to all three books in the trilogy in about 6 months. Our hero is a patriot and a modern day Lancelot. I enjoyed the series immensely
Court Gentry is one of the best characters to along since Bourne.
Through a thorough and complete scene setup, which included detailed descriptions of obstacles, weapons and sub characters - along with the obvious twists and turns as each scene evolved.
The Grey Man, Court Gentry, of course.
Read all the Grey Man novels - they're great.
Yes, was exciting, excellently read. The Grey Man was a very interesting character.
Yes. Had many suspenseful points, from when he was in jungle almost eaten by an alligator, to helping his dead friends family survive.
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The narration was really too much. I laughed out loud at some points for how overly dramatic it was. There were so many inconsistencies in this book. I felt that the writing was dull and predictable. But the narration was what really sent me over the edge.
I wouldn't. This has nothing to do with the book, as it was excellent- I just don't listen to books more than once.
While the topic is unique, the style is so much like Tom Clancy, which was expected given that he co-authored Clancy's last few books.
Only in this series, but I like his style. I really don't see any difference in the books I've listened to, but I wouldn't want to either. I appreciate the consistency.
Insight into the Mexican Cartels.
This is the first book I've listened to that talks of the subject. Very informative.