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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More realistic characters and events.
All the time spent explaining marvelous skills, which wer humanly impossible.
Narration was fine.
I gave this one a try after falling for the "Bourne for the new millenium" tagline. Don't be fooled. Mark Greaney is little league compared to Ludlum, Fleming or Clancy. The plot is disjointed and preposterous, and the narrative frenetic, as if the author is already writing with a "Jerky Cam" Hollywood adaptation in mind. The characters are cardboard cutouts. Don't get me wrong. I like thrillers, even mindless ones, as long as I can get into the "Willing Suspension of Disbelief" mode required to enjoy a creative work. The sheer absurdity of the plot and the overheated storytelling here make that an impossibility in this case.
The narrator Jay Snyder does the best he could with the material at hand. But his efforts are not enough to salvage this dreck. Save your monthly credit and try something else.
Gray man rocks.
Gray man getting out of situations.
In a way, they made Gray man come off a little stupid about some things in this one but still, I suspended my imagination and hope in the next one he will be more on point :-)
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If you like the gray man, and you enjoy the richness that Greaney has brought to Tom Clancy's works, then you'll love this story. I am always pulling for the Gray Man, and this is one of the best Greaney's written.
Mark Greaney does a great job of creating characters and plots that are engaging and believable. He is also on FB and a "real" person if you want to reach out to him. That makes the series even more interesting to me.
Plots don't always have to be perfectly realistic, but motivations for why certain characters would do what they do need to be logical. Greaney creates this world without becoming to granular to bog down the story, or too vague that you don't feel it was well thought out. He's Dead On for my liking.
The characters are interesting and you get a feel for what they might be like as real people. Gentry has a lot of mystery around him and you feel like you're learning the essence of who he is as a person, while staying curious about the details of his life. We all like heroes, but sometimes that hero who does the wrong thing for the right reason is even more interesting.
I have several friends with SF (Special Forces) background, and I can see them being Gentry. People who are good, but who have had to do harsh things. It takes a toll, and they lived in a world that is often thankless, and bear scars that as civilians, we'll never truly understand.
We all make stories our own when we read or listen to them, and I hope you give The Gray Man series a try and find out how it fits into your world.
This was the best book since the first one, which I still consider the best of the bunch. The 2 in the middle between this and the first book, while good, lost something for me. This book brings back the odds-defying, one man assualt squad that is the Gray Man... That, and we finally find out about Kiev!
Fans of Court wont be disappointed, first time Gray Man listeners should stick to the original, after than this is the next best.
I am a huge fan of Mark Greaney and his series about Cort. We all know its hard to write great sequels and keep it interesting. I find this series gets better as it progresses and when I am done them I cannot wait till the next one comes out. If you are looking for a series and like Ludlums bourne, and covert 1 or Vince Flynn's Mitch rapp or Scott Harvarth than you should like this. I think Jay Snyder did a great job. He is smooth and easy for me to listen to like Scott Brick and Paul Michaels. Trust me, if you like this genre it will be a good series. Maybe Mark will write a prequel or two about his time training as special ops. This was remeiniscint of one of the born novels where Jason finds his Russian counterpart from treadstone but this was just the Gray Man doing things his way..What I Like about the main character is that he is real more real than most of the heroes in this genre. If I had to compare Bonds..he would be more Daniel Craig which honestly is my favorite Bond..He played Bond the way I always imagined him..Get the series, its worth the credits. I actually took the time to review it so that says a lot.
These man-against-the-world thrillers, of course, have a typical rhythm...which I generally enjoy, and this was no exception. This is my first Gray Man listen, and I enjoyed the character and the landscape upon which he is painted. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another.
Jay Snyder did a good job with the narration, apart from some minor niggling pronunciation issues...such as the first name of the Israeli PM (read as ee-hudd...should have been ā-hoo-d). He has a pleasant voice and I wouldn't mind hearing more for him in the future.
The audio edition is always better than the print edition when you have a good narrator. And especially when you find the right narrator, and use he/she consistently through the series. The Gray Man novels are no exception--an intense and believable storyline combined with a talented narrator, make for a great listening experience. These novels are on par with the Jack Reacher series for sure. I've listened to them all, and I can't wait for the next one. Thanks Mark Greaney and Jay Snyder!
" In the dark before the light live or die by shades of gray." From the song of the same name. This is my first Gray Man book and I have to admit I am a bit ambivalent about it. The plot it was well thought out so story moved at a good clip to hold the interest. The narrator was very good with pacing his words to stay evenly with the flow of the story. Lately, I have found some narrators who seem to believe the faster they can throw the words at you during a high action scene the better. It's like they are trying to make you 'feel' the action by reading harsh and rapid. I was glad Mr. Snyder did not do this. However, listenting to this book I found myself comparing our good/bad guy to the high octane character of Jason Bourne. It just seem there were many similarities between the two. Both were trained in some sort of brain wash program and both have their own agencies on their trail. I cant say those things really bothered me all that much so perhaps I will go back to the beginning of Gray Man's story and check him out from the get go. Overall, I enjoyed the book, thought it was well written, with a very smooth style, and well presented by this narrator.
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