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.
It's books like this when I really miss Mitch Rapp. There were so many scenes in the story that were just so unrealistic and unbelievable, it really was a chore to finish the book. The battle in the end was the worst and I just rolled my eyes while listening to it.
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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it seems as though Court Gentry has met his match , this new person could even be his doppelganger. we realize that Court Gentry gets blamed for things that he doesn't even do but some of the people in the company want to blame him for things that they should applaud him for. at some point they should just try to bring him in and give him a medal rather than kill him. the ending fight scene with Gentry should have been more brutal.
Narration very good
Greaney kept the suspense as to the real motivation and ultimate decisions that deadeye would make.
the Gray man and his alter-ego.
The gray man and deadeye escaping together across the rooftops
The cracked mirror
I was skeptical at first. After finishing my previous series I was in need of more action and badassery. this series did the trick. The narrator does a great job! in case you want to know.. my previous book series was with, Vince Flynn. Mitch Rapp series.
Maybe. It was kind of long.
It was pretty good.
This was a little more realistic than some I have read by this author.
I want to like Mark Greaney's Cort Gentry. Really, I do. But at some point something has to go realistically right for the world's unluckiest man.
I am going to download Book 5 right after writing this, but not with the enthusiasm that I had for the first book in the series. It's more of an obligation.
Jay Snyder is very good and keeps you attuned to the book.
Greaney's writing though could have cut about half the book. In one of the earlier book, a character describes Gentry in vulgar terms, but to make it more G-rated, as if it were raining gold bars, Gentry would get hit by a concrete brick.
At some point, the one thing going wrong after another thing going wrong becomes too much. And that's the problem. This book could have been trimmed by a couple of hours by getting rid of several of the ludicrous situations.
If you have gotten to this book thus far in the series, you might as well read it. If it's your first, you are likely not to pick up another. Greaney is a good writer, otherwise Tom Clancy would never have entrusted him with the Jack Ryan series, but suspending disbelief comes hard after about the third Murphy's law situation in a row occurring on the same day or next day in sequence. It's overkill.
Does a great job of getting you emotionally involved in the story and characters and we learn a lot more about the history of Court Gentry.
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