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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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    Vicky Woodstock, GA, United States 11-01-11
    Vicky Woodstock, GA, United States 11-01-11

    Retired ex-military, insurance, auto manufacturer, full time "listener"

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    "The Gray Man only slows down for Red Lights"

    Ready and action and more action - no cut here. Could not have been written or read any better. Absolutely ready for the next Gray Man Novel. If I had to wait 2 years I would still order it today. If you have read the other Gray Man novels then get ready to see his true resolve. This was a great book and I have already seen the movie thanks to the Mark Greaney painting the picture and Jay Snyder playing all the characters. Thanks guys...

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-12-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-12-11 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Action Packed"

    Mark Greaney wrote a fast paced action packed story. Court Gentry seemed to go from one impossible to escape situation to another. It was exciting to listen to how he got out of each situation. Greaney description of modern day Mexico may be very accurate from other books I have read. Mexico appears to be reaping the harvest of centuries of corruption. The Gray mans travels through Latin America, Central America and Mexico was like an exciting travel guide. Jay Snyder did a good job reading the story. This book makes an nail biting escape from today's problems, story good for a boring commute.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    SUNEET Malaysia 01-03-12
    SUNEET Malaysia 01-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "An enjoyable Greaney"
    Would you listen to Ballistic again? Why?

    I could, actually! It's nice and mindless, and I'll probably remember very little of it in a few days.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    He has a pleasing voice. The Gray Man sounds satisfyingly gray. Snyder's marvelous with voices, in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    Greaney has written another book that should do well. It’s the Gray Man vs the drug mafia. Court Gentry gets involved for all the right reasons: honor, payback, courage, etc. The action is well described in the first half of the book, not so well in the second half. The morbidity is a little more than I would have preferred, but the morbid passages are thankfully short. The romance is minimal, and is just right. Though I think the first two Gray Man books were better, I liked Ballistic, and was sorry when it was finally over. Gentry is almost superhuman in his skills, but one can enjoy the action after turning down one's intellectual thermostat. I’ve downloaded Locked On just to have another go at a Greaney. Jay Snyder is an excellent reader.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 03-09-12
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2008

    The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    ""I'm Not Trained" - ROFL"

    This is an utterly enjoyable action series by Mark Greaney with an excellent narrator, Jay Snyder. A wonderful full action thriller with lots of great twists & turns and a lead character who tries to be such a tough guy but who really has a soft spot for the innocent & those in need.

    I swear the author has me laughing, crying, cringing and ducking all at the same time. One of my favorite parts is when he finds himself alone with the female lead in a compromising position and says "I'm not trained". Laughed myself silly.

    I am looking very forward to future books in this series. Definitely in the top 5 authors I will keep an eye on.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tami Delavan, WI, United States 02-29-12
    Tami Delavan, WI, United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "There Aren't Enough Gray Man Novels"
    What made the experience of listening to Ballistic the most enjoyable?

    Jay Snyder the narrator. Absolutely the best!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Court Gentry, the main character of the book. The obstacles he faces and how he tackles the challenges at any given moment.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    Mark Greaney continues to put out thrilling and riveting novels about the Gray Man. I hope he writes more. Court Gentry is a sensitive, strong and intense man and throughout the entire novel narrowly escapes impossible situations. Exciting.......


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

    Nothing. Jay Snyder is one of the best narrators and will keep your attention throughout the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Greaney and Jay Snyder are an incredible team.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    WendyUK Newark, NJ, United States 10-14-11
    WendyUK Newark, NJ, United States 10-14-11
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    "Good for commuters"

    Loved it. This series has been awesome to listen to on my commute - give them a try if you like Lee Child or Tom Clancy.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Meredyth Smith 11-30-11 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like this You Must do The Grey Man next!"

    I did enjoy this story! It was fast enough to keep me interested! This is purely a action story, with a whisper of a romantic touch that remains lukewarm. The story focus, Court Gentry is a character I like! He is more Jason Bourne then Rambo, so female listeners can relate more to the smart combat as opposed to animalistic instincts. Not a credit waste, especally if you are road tripping with any male of age...curse words fly but story like isn't overtly sexual...Enjoy...but if this is your first by this Author...The Grey Man is awesome!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Buffalogal Wichita, KS USA 11-08-11
    Buffalogal Wichita, KS USA 11-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Greaney winner"

    What can I say? I appreciate having stories that don't insult my intelligence or make me listen to a bunch of stilted, cliched dialogue. Couldn't put it down!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    John North Hollywood, CA, United States 11-08-11
    John North Hollywood, CA, United States 11-08-11
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    "Action-Imagination"

    Mark Greaney is a new writter for me but his actioon packed Grey Man series is a great find.
    Coourt Gentry, the Grey Man, is in and out of sittuations that seem impossible to get out of but Mark Greaney writes them in a way that makes the impossible posssible.
    If I was reading the book I would say it is hard to stop. But listening is the same. You will find a teriffic series in the Grey Man novels.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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