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 an interesting story with many twists and turns. I am ready for the next story!
Could not stop listening -- I would highly recommend.
Thoroughly enjoyed this title. It's predecessor "Ballistic" just didn't feel like a Gray Man plot to me. But this one has redeemed Greney's Gray Man with all the elements of a great espionage thriller: CIA, private security contractors, Mossad, Metsada, rogue agents, cowboy operators, characters on the fence and a strong and believable female lead character...
I often grow frustrated with characters that are constantly on the defensive, running from something, being falsely accused or to whom no one will listen. But Greaney's Gray Man does it with great panache in this installment of the series.
It is fast-paced and moves quickly all over Western Europe. This book has a lot of action from the outset and the characters are really well developed. The Gray Man plays the escape and evasion version of whack-a-mole eluding the various people and groups after him. Dead Eye is a great antagonist. The usual suspects like Denny Carmichael are there to hate and loathe as well. This book leaves me wanting more. Hope "Back Blast" Gray Man 5 lives up to this book's level of quality.
Probably not. I really enjoyed the first couple of Gray Man novels, edgy and hard hitting, but also believable, if somewhat over the top violence and skill sets. This story seemed to jump from plot line to plot line without really convincing segues. Too many story lines that were too unbelievable (nemesis was FAR too successful at everything he touched, Court Gentry was uncharacteristically careless). I enjoyed the Moussed angle, but wonder if Mark Greaney has spread himself too thin with Tom Clancy covers. Since this book was clearly a notch below his last efforts but reviews were still so stellar I will be quite skeptical of future reviews.
This was my first book by the author (it was on sale), so this review is helpful to anyone who reads the serious out of order. Given the way the book starts it’s not clear that Gentry is the hero (I thought Dead Eye was) so that made this refreshing. It would be a spoiler but if you are in the reviews you have already learned that. This is more beach reading spy stuff even a step down the intellectual spectrum then Clancy or DeMille. I would have Follett and Le Carre at the top of that food chain. So if you haven’t read those guys I would start with more of their stuff first. But still this moves quickly and as long as you don’t sweat the details too much you can enjoy it. Why is Court so famous? I had no clue. So I liked the book. It sounds like I may have liked the book less if I had read it in order. I liked the narrator, he didn't get in the way, except that he could not do convincing accents.
I started this series on a business trip a few weeks ago and i'm hooked. Been a Clancy fan for years and think Greaney has been descent at extending the Jack Ryan/ Don Clark universe, but at this point I think I would rather see him write the next Gray Man book than another campus story.
Why is it writers of today seem to rely so heavily on the f word? Do you struggle with the English language? Do you need a broader vocabulary? If you think it adds to the story you are sorely mistaken.
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