Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before.
A killer who is just like him.
Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry. But now, Whitlock is a free agent who has been directed to terminate his fellow student of death. He knows how his target thinks, how he moves, and how he kills. And he knows the best way to do the job is to make Gentry run for his life - right up until the moment Dead Eye finally ends it.
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I was hooked on the Grey man novels right from the second one. I mean I have read On Target first, actually. Then, of course I went back to read the first one.
The figure of the Grey Man is compelling. When I was thinking about him I realized that I like a professional assassin, a serial killer, who makes hits for money. But there is something about him what makes us, readers to stand on his side. It's maybe that he kills only bad guys, which speaks about certain principles he possesses. It's maybe that he is mysterious, always slipping out of the hands of his pursuers.
This book brings an interesting plot into play. Dead Eye is almost like the Grey Man: though, well trained, merciless killing machine. But there is a big difference: he doesn't share the same principles. When he lays out his own scheme, he draws the Grey Man into a dubious game. An assassin always is in danger, the Gray Man's life isn't different, half of the governments are after him for one reason or the other. Mostly killing somebody important. But now his troubles are augmented having Dead Eye playing games with him.
I liked the dynamics of the story. Dead Eye tried to go trough his airtight plan, but it is not by chance that the Gray Man is considered to be the best assassin. He changed the game, and Dead Eye had to adjust.
In this book we learn a few things from the past of the Gray Man, which adds some puzzle pieces to the his picture.
I especially enjoyed that the final battle was played out in Belgium. I live in Overijse, where the safe-house was, I go to work on route N4 every day, and I'm familiar with Uccle and Etterbeek. It was fun to see the story to unfold in these places.
After the fourth installment, Court Gentry is still one of my favorites, right next to Jack Reacher.
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... some butt-kicking mind candy.
No deep morals here, no lectures, just lots of guns and deception.
It is probably the best of the Grey Man series... the author has matured, and his characters' actions have become more realistic.
It is not truly a vigilante justice story because the good guys are not really good guys, and the bad guys are not really bad guys, and there isn't really anyone you'll want 'punished' for their bad behaviour. But it does have lots of action, a bit of suspense, decent characters, and a solid wrap up.
You won't need to have read the others in the series to read this one. The author doesn't really repeat parts from the other books either, so if you did read them, you won't see much of them repeated here - it is a new story. And while it is not Lee Child's Jack Reacher, it is a decent fill in.
The narration is very good, there is some swearing, some non graphic, mostly gun-related violence, and no sex.
This is a really good action suspense novel. I rate it right up there with some of my favorites ie: Reacher, Pendergast, Davenport and Cage.
Yes. Court Gentry can't keep out of danger! The Gray Man books move right along and I usually listen to them in one to two days.
Jay Snyder is The Gray Man! After 4 books I don't think it would sound right if read by anyone else.
The end. When Court "comes home". That's been a running theme through out all of the Gray Man books.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
With Back Blast, the fifth novel in the Gray Man series, being scheduled for release in February 2016, I note that I have not written reviews of any of the prior four Gray Man novels. (Back Blast is not yet available for pre-order at Audible.) The Gray Man is Court Gentry. He was the top CIA assassin until the agency turned on him and ordered him killed. The task has proved more difficult than the CIA expected as Gentry is a very difficult man to find as he takes on assassination assignments from others as he evades the CIA. All four Gray Man novels have been outstanding and narration by Jay Snyder has been superb.
Mark Greaney has peers at the top of the espionage thriller genre, but none are better than he. After his first three Gray Man novels Greaney began co-writing novels in the Jack Ryan series with Tom Clancy. He co-wrote Locked On, Threat Vector, and Command Authority prior to Clancy's death. It soon became obvious that Greaney is a better writer than Clancy himself. Greaney has continued the Jack Ryan series (now more about Jack Ryan Jr. than the senior Ryan) with Support and Defend, Full Force and Effect, and on December 1, 2015 Commander in Chief. The three since Clancy's death still carry the Tom Clancy name and Scott Brick, one of the master narrators of audiobooks, continues to narrate Greeney's Clancy novels.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND all of Mark Greaney's books and I enthusiastically look forward to release of Commander in Chief on December 1, 2015 and to Back Blast on February 16, 2016.
How do you stay alive when your enemy has the same lethal skills as you do? Mark Greaney has developed a complex story populated with equally complex characters The pace is rapid with so many unexpected plot twists the reader is constantly re-evaluating who, if anyone, is a good guy. While reading this book, I was unaware that it is the fourth book in the series. It is a gripping page turner.It can be read as a stand alone story, but I will, now read the preceding novels to find out what else the Gray Man has had to endure to ensure his survival.
The Grey Man is in trouble again. In this story he needs all his wits to stay ahead of the mob chasing him. Will he ever find a friend who will give him support and not stab him in the back? Mark Greaney has given us another thriller, very much in the vein of Ludlum's Bourne series. Great listen.
Yes! Jay Snyder is so incredible! He captures every accent, every emotion, male, female, etc. You always know whos talking and can feel the excitement!
There were so many. The scene on the lake had me gripping my seat!
EVERYTHING! He didn't miss a beat as usual.
I did laugh, no crying but it did make my heart race a more then once.
This series is exceptional! I seriously hope there is more to come.
A whiz-bang, non-stop caper with multiple angles of pursuit. The Gray man appears to have met his match and maybe had too much of a peek into his creation this time out. This time around Gentry is getting tired and manhunt technology is evolving faster than his skills of evasion, but he is the Gray Man and he is the best.
I'll not going to nit-pic this fine novel of intrigue and sometimes over-the-top brutality. It is superb escapist writing and I'm all for that!
I've been waiting along time for a character as tortured, abused and as admirable as Jason Bourne to streak across the pages. I loved every non-stop page turning OMG moment. Court Gentry is the best betrayed American hero to leap around the globe! Please hurry up and write some more Mark! Sadly, I have already read the next book and am waiting in limbo for the story to continue!
"Despite flaws still a hell of a ride"
Fast paced and engaging
While this is not the strongest of the Gray Man series it still has redeeming features and it does still have the engagingly flawed character in Court Gentry
Court's mission to a Russian dacha was fast & furious that finished to soon. I had to go back and relisten.
While the story and pace generally kept me engaged some of the character inconsistencies and weak spots in the plot stretched my suspension of disbelief. Still it was worth the read.
Greaney delivers his usual face paced narrative and a wonderfully engaging character in Court Gentry, that for me had echoes of Ludlum's Jason Bourne. Overall I am still enjoying this series.
"Gray man back on form"
After a great start then two slightly lesser outings, this is gray man back on form again. Really enjoyed it.
"The Best Grey Man Novel so far"
The Grey man is a special individual. He lives a somewhat sad and lonely existence, constantly trying be one step ahead of those who are out for his blood, while simultaneously working as a hitman, killing those who are deemed to be in the lower echelons of humanity. A hitman with a conscience, if that's possible.
This book for me, was the best so far in the grey man series. The story line was excellent, and I was not expecting it when I read the blurb. It has plenty of twists and turns, and it brings you along at just the right pace.
Once again, the downside of this book was the narrator. His accents are not very good, and he makes people sound like they are straight out of a cheesy movie.
I am already looking forward to the next in the series, as there is a little teaser of what's to come at the the end of this book.
"I really enjoy the series about the GRAY MAN"
LOVED it as always once u start its hard 2 stop...
I like the adventurers of the EX Spy
"13 hours 40 mins I will never get back"
Oh dear - I don't think this was a wise choice for me - contracts for killing, subterfuge and general evil. I haven't read anything by this author before, the synopsis didn't give me the awareness of how thoroughly unpleasant it was. I wasn't really taken with any of the lead characters, and I didn't enjoy the story at all.
I can understand that some people have enjoyed this book, but it really wasn't for me! What a waste of a valuable credit!
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