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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....

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©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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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-27-13
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-27-13 Member Since 2007

    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!!! 

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    "ASSASSIN COURT GENTRY IS STILL THE ONLY PULL HERE"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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?!


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark Greaney before, how does this one compare?

    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!!!


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    Jay Snyder is the best match for these books. I love the droll unexcited delivery he uses when portraying Court.


    Was Ballistic worth the listening time?

    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....


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David cincinnati, OH, United States 11-27-11
    David cincinnati, OH, United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great as always...."

    Another fine performance by Greaney and the Grey Man. Believeable and exciting to follow. The narrator is great here and really enhances the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kraig Charlotte, NC, United States 11-21-11
    Kraig Charlotte, NC, United States 11-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Suspend belief and you will enjoy it..."

    Like all books of this genre, you have to give up on reality and just enjoy the action. The Gray Man gets out of situations that no mere mortal can, but that's part of the fun. The best part about Greaney's books is the picture he paints with words. It's easy to follow the story as though you are watching a mental movie. I have never been to the places mentioned in the book but through Mark's imagination I feel like I have. I've read all three installments and though it is hard to match the original Gray Man, this one ranks right up there, and the story and character development was better than the other two. The only thing that keeps this from being 5 stars (besides the fact that I never give 5 stars to anything) is the lack of a connection back to the CIA side of things. The one bit of help he received from the CIA operative in the middle of the novel seemed a bit contrived and added at the last minute to loosely connect this story with the rest of the challenges the protagonist faces. I'm also a little surprised by the "career path" Court Gentry's love interest took. Just like that, in a couple of sentences she was no longer in the picture. Regardless, Mark Greaney's writing is improving. One has to suspend belief to enjoy these books, but as long as the Gray Man stories don't start crossing over into the paranormal or fantastical (like author James Rollins) I will keep reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    stephen salem, NH, United States 11-01-11
    stephen salem, NH, United States 11-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "THE GRAY MAN ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Would you listen to Ballistic again? Why?

    listen to book one thru three again. no power and lots of time to kill.


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

    right from the being to the end didnt want to stop listening


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    Jay did a great job.loved it


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

    hard hitting action packed


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John Giru, Australia 10-28-11
    John Giru, Australia 10-28-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Book"

    Great Listen, not the non stop roller coaster of The Grey Man but a more solid performance
    than On Target, Jay again is the perfect reader for this series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Leander, TX, United States 10-27-13
    Alan Leander, TX, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I enjoyed it!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Plenty of action, few dull moments


    What does Jay Snyder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did a good job of staying in character


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 05-29-13
    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 05-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The hero Mr. Gray Man does it again!!!!!!!!!"

    A truly great book. Just when you think that the hero is cornered and about to be neutralized, he comes out of it bruised but alive. A must read as a follow throw two the 2 preceding books in the series.

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    dawn North Aurora, IL, United States 07-09-12
    dawn North Aurora, IL, United States 07-09-12
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    Any additional comments?

    OMG! I absolutely loved this book as much as I loved the previous two. In every novel we learn just a little bit more about the Grey Man, but left still wanting to know more at the end. Why or why hasn't Hollywood made a movie true to these books yet???? I guess they would just rather remake the same movies over and over again! Please oh please keep this series going!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 06-25-12
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 06-25-12
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    All I can say is that I love this series. Greeley obviously does his homework and research. It is very entertaining and difficult to put down. It's well worh the credit.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Alan ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 06-18-12
    Alan ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2011

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "A new reader of Mark Greaney"

    I'm a new reader/listener if you will of Mark Greaney and the Grey Man and enjoy it completely. I like that the Grey Man is not a superman who can dodge bullets with a single bound. And the Grey Man's mental anguish over what he's doing and his past is presented well and seems real once you get "into" the story. I enjoy reading about the Grey Man and look forward to more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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