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.
©2013 Mark Strode Greaney (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I absolutely love this series. I read/listen to a lot of books and many of them are truly outstanding, but there is something about these books that makes them just better. The action starts on page one and just doesn't stop, but Mr.Greaney has given us a character who is more than just a bad ass, which Court Gentry most definitely is. From the first book we know that someone set Court up to take the fall in the past and with each book we get an action packed adventure with a little of this other mystery thrown in. Mr. Greaney has managed to find a way to express Court's confusion and pain about the past without dwelling on it. More than any other book I have read in this genre, Court makes me think of an old world Knight.
Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
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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I would put this book at a solid 4 star rating. The plot was interesting and the characters were well-established. Many of the scenarios were so far fetch that it made it unbelievable. While there were portions of the story that were hard to turn off due to your desire to hear what happens next, there were few.
All in all I enjoyed hearing the story. I would have no problem recommending this to others.
I've raced through the Gray Man series up to Dead Eye and am about to begin Back Blast I'm as fired up for this as I was the first audiobook.
The series is like Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp on growth hormones and amphetamines!! The only downside is that I've almost read them all.
Maybe best because the adrenaline surge while enmeshed in Cort's life is intense.
Great series Mark
The original Gray Man book had a lot of potential, but was marred by stereotypical characters, some ingrained homophobia, a too over the top main character, and an announcer-like read.
Dead Eye fixes these shortcomings and really brings out the potential of the Gray Man character in an action-adventure thriller that grabs the reader and holds on tight.
The narrator seems to have hit a much better tone in this outing. His declarative style is dialed back and his characterizations are excellent. He does have a bit of a Rod Serling sound and cadence, but it only distracted a few times as I felt like I was listening to a Twilight Zone episode. Oddly, there were several short audio inserts that sounded like they were recorded at a different time, possibly in a closet, with wildly different sound and volume.
Hard to pick one...
The Gray Man was much more believable this time around, but his psychotic protagonist was an equal match in the narrative. But then there's the pivotal Israeli operative too...
There were several memorable scenes, but I think I was most entertained by the chase through the bus and train station. Not wanting to give anything away.
No, like the author but this book and story took way to long to get to the point on every chapter.
Thoroughly enjoyed listening. This was my first in the series and I've already downloaded the first of the Gray Man series.
narrator was great and really got me into the story court gentry is becoming more and more developed as a character with each book in this series I can't wait for the next and hope snyder is on board for the narration!
7 out ten,this was one I
I hoped Ruth would of stayed longer
nothing for me
"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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