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Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel | [Mark Greaney]

Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.
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Publisher's Summary

Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried.

Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted. But in this war, there are no sides - only survivors....

Listen to another Gray Man novel.

©2011 Mark Strode Greaney (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Bourne for the new millennium." (James Rollins, New York Times best-selling author)

"The story is so propulsive, the murders so explosive, that flipping the pages feels like playing the ultimate video game." (The New York Times)

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    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 12-10-11
    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Best Mark Greaney yet"

    The Gray Man is a great character but a little to hard to believe; however I enjoy this fiction very much . . . YOU WILL TOO!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jim AMITY, PA, United States 03-02-12
    jim AMITY, PA, United States 03-02-12
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    "Too Predictable"

    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...

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Powers 10-21-11
    Dave Powers 10-21-11
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    "No plot only killing"

    Could not get into this book at all. Wasted 1/2 thinking it would improve but no!

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    DK 10-22-13
    DK 10-22-13 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "Fantastic! My Favorite in Series Love the Gray Man"
    Would you listen to Ballistic again? Why?

    I've read it twice and MAY listen again but it will be in the distant future.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I LOVE the 'REAL' , yet tortured hero. Men who have done the unthinkable, but necessary for their country only to be written off by the government for which they worked.

    This book has a believable hero with a believable storyline that seems to be accurate to what is going on re: corrupt Mexican police intertwined with drug cartels. There is a lot of action, plenty of heroic, nail-biting escapes and just a tiny feel of romance.

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried.

    Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted. But in this war, there are no sides - only survivors...


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I've heard him in the other Gray Man books, he IS Court Gentry. I am SO glad he is performing book 4 as well.

    The only reason he doesn't get 5 stars is because of his portrayal of women-but the guy does a fantastic MANLY job with Gentry and to do female voices in Spanish-it has to be difficult! 4.5 stars!


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book early on during a sale-so I read the series out of order-it doesn't matter. Each Gray Man book is stand alone. The only thing that a reader may care about is the continuation of who is hunting Gentry but there is ample explanation in each.

    I liken these books to the Mitch Rapp books by Vince Flynn...this is a HUGE compliment.

    NOTE*: A LOT more gore than I'm used to (but it is described in short spurts) and some strong language.


    *This reader usually listens to trashy romances but do like my action/adventure to shake things up on occasion-so the gore won't bother the 'typical' Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, etc. reader.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas LONGBOAT KEY, FL, United States 08-13-12
    Thomas LONGBOAT KEY, FL, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Slightly over the top"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Perhaps


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    at times


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Snyder?

    yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Greany always has a good story but when his hero crosses over into super hero status it takes away from believability.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    itinerant here and there 05-14-12
    itinerant here and there 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "find a Spanish-speaking reader"

    This was a decent potboiler which had in its favor some interesting foreign locales. Alas, the reader seemed uninterested in learning basic Spanish pronunciation--about the simplest system there is--and butchered 75% of the Spanish words in the text. How he managed the 25% correct without sensing that maybe there was a better-than-random system for figuring out foreign words says a great deal about the quality of this clownish reader.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Pleasanton, CA, United States 04-08-12
    Aaron Pleasanton, CA, United States 04-08-12
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    "Appears to miss a segment between parts"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terrance 10-16-11
    Terrance 10-16-11
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    "A waste of time and money"

    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.

    6 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Seven Fields, PA, United States 12-28-14
    Bill Seven Fields, PA, United States 12-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Top Gray Man"
    What did you love best about Ballistic?

    Gray Man books just keep getting better and better. Can't wait for the next one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Continious action


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

    Gray Man


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David from Lancaster 11-16-14
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    "Brilliant topic."
    Would you listen to Ballistic again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Ballistic to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Insight into the Mexican Cartels.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book I've listened to that talks of the subject. Very informative.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • MikeP
    Tadley, United Kingdom
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    "Court Gentry never disappoints"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ballistic to be better than the print version?

    Not read the print version, but it is unabridged so should be identical


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ballistic?

    The restaurant scene in PV where the grey man shows up to torment his target with a severed head, explosives and daring


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    He delivers great drama, and puts a lot into the different speaking parts


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "A one man solution to the war on drugs"


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, faced paced and totally compelling. I find with the Grey Man novels that I go out of my way for extra listening opportunities

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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