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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This was my first Gray man book and I did enjoy it. Near the end some of the events seemed a bit off. Not just the superhuman abilities the characters possess which is some of the appeal of this kind of book, but the plot itself was unbelievable. There were a few things that seemed out of character and some other things that obviously would have happened in real life but didn't.
Tell us about yourself! I love to read or listen( audio), nothing abridged ,I want every word the author penned that is what I want.
I love the grey man he really became more human to me in this last book . I'm glad he survived and hopefully we will find out why there was a kill sanction put out on him. I truly hope this is not the end. More please.
The story is good and well written. There are some logical inconsistencies. There is also a bit of sexism where the Mosad team leader assumes that a female operative is overly traumatized by some deaths and her judgement is clouded.
If you like fast paced, non stop action plots in which the good guy always wins you'll like this book. The narration at times was too much to take. You'd think that when reading a story set in Europe the narrator might take a few minutes to learn how to pronounce some basic place names, but the narrator of this book has yet to meet a foreign word he can't butcher.
From the publisher’s summary: “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.” While this book stands very well on it’s own, I wish I had started this series from the first book. I will be looking for the others now, in order. Excellent, rough ride. 5 stars.
I have listened to a couple of books in Mark Gearney's "The Gray Man" series. I've started to imagine what the shadowy rogue agent Courtland Gentry might be like if I saw him at the local 7-11. He'd be wearing jeans and a t-shirt and a black baseball cap; open the door for the elderly woman coming in just behind him; pick out a triangle sandwich, an apple and milk; and make a friendly nod as he pays the young clerk with cash, carefully looking down so his face isn't caught on the security camera. Gentry'd be a wraith, forgotten as soon as he leaves the store.
If internet rumors are true, I'll find out how some Hollywood director sees Gentry, but probably not as soon as I'd like. I hope the movie's based on "Dead Eye" (2013), because it's really good. This is a thriller and "The Gray Man" is a series, so it's no spoiler to say that Gentry lives. The question is what's his mission; who's trying to stop and kill him, and why; and what technologically innovative way he uses to survive.
What I really liked is that Gearney developed two really complex characters, including a great female character. She's a kick a** American born Israeli intelligence officer, serving in the legendary Mossad. I'm a chick, and I like to have someone I can identify with. I'm middle aged, and I finally admitted to myself that I'm never going to find myself absorbed in a romance novel, or identify with E. L. James' Anastasia Steele and the (other) Grey man. I'm glad Gearney wrote a woman character I admire in a genre I like.
The plot was intricate, and it took a long time to figure out what was going on. I could have avoided the suspense by reading the publisher's synopsis, but that would have taken the anticipation out of the listen. What's the fun in that?
The title of the review is Gentry's CIA covert operator name, and his security access code.
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Chapter after chapter of silly decisions and off the wall plot. The Gray Man is more similar to Leon of The Professional movie than Jason Bourne.
"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.
"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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