Court Gentry, aka the Gray Man, is back – and once again on the run from old friends and foes.
Four years ago, Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade, Russian arms merchant Sidorenko, returns to force him on a mission against his will: kill Sudan’s President Abboud, the supposed trigger for the Darfur genocide. But the CIA has its own plans for Abboud. With his ruthless employers on one side, his blackmailing former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Gentry would kill just to get out of this one alive.
Every bit as thrilling, informed, and addictive as The Gray Man, and once again skillfully narrated by Jay Snyder, On Target is sure to hit the mark for thriller fans.
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“An action-filled yet touching story of a man whose reason has long ago been subsumed by his work ethic.” (Publishers Weekly)
Book 2 in the series....and I am really loving this author, this narrator and this character. It's so fast paced, so completely out of my experience set and so well written...My only problem with the book is that.I'm not usually a fan of books about the military or the CIA and now that I've written two glowing reviews, Audible is going to recommend a bunch of books I'm not going to want to listen to. Oh well....it's worth it.
As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!
The book is exhausting! I adore Court Gentry! And want him to ultimately find justice.
The book did not end as I anticipated. Left me wanting more, however I need a break. Began this book right after the first and I didn't have the energy for more suspense! Had to wait a while before starting this book.
Anyone enjoying action and grueling death defying escapes will enjoy this book.
Spoiler alert: I didn't like
1. when Gentry made the choice to shoot up morphine while on an op...not consistent with the character
2. Ellen's desire to take the horrible wounded killers who had just slaughtered the group with whom she was traveling...to get them help! Come on!
All in all, I was waiting for Gentry's foils to suffer the consequences their actions and betrayals. I guess we have to wait for another novel.
On Target was worth the listening time but I'm not certain the books are getting better. The Pain Killer trip '6' took on morphine was not realistic - while the addiction was. The shoulder wound as described was debilitating but after he got off the submarine it was never mentioned again. I think that was a lapse - the number of days he was out from the requested morphine and aboard the ship would have caused an infection to have killed him if left untreated. And yet, after getting aboard the ship it didn't even get a comment again.
It kept me wanting to find out how much trouble the main character was in and how he would escape.
I listened to the first Gray Man novel and I liked it so I went on to purchase all 4 books that are out and I have enjoyed all of the performances.
Sometimes the author stays in the same place too long in all four books but the way the action unfolds keeps you hooked.
For me, The Grey Man ended with unanswered questions so I went right into Book II. In this bigger than life adventure Court Gentry ends up as part of a team with the nickname Six. I think my favorite part of this book was his interaction with his team and his going from being a one man show to part of the team and not being the leader.
Sometimes I discover new authors, I mean they are new to me. One of them is Mark Greaney. I have never heard of him before, but I'm glad I've bought his book.
On Target is about an "independent contractor", meaning assassin called the Grey Man. At first it was strange to see a bad guy as a protagonist, but soon I learned that he is more like a surgeon: cutting out tumors from the body of the society. He is after the really bad guys, which makes him somewhat a good guy.
The story got me from the beginning, and kept my dopamine level high: cool, what's next? The idea of kidnapping the Saudi president is crazy on it's own, but when following the story, it's completely logical. Which doesn't make it less dangerous, because something always go wrong. Planning is necessary, but plans are always turn into mess at the end. It is so in On Target. The Grey Man has to adapt and improvise right from the beginning to be able to accomplish the final goal. And at the end it's still not what he wanted. Ok, I may sound a little cryptic here, but I don't want to spoil the story, in case you haven't read it yet.
This is the second Gray Man book, I believe, and sometimes I missed some backstory (what happened in the first book), but there were enough references to enjoy this story.
The book is well written, and I could immerse in the story forgetting that I'm listening to a book.
I'm a daily commuter who squeezes every penny and minute out of each book. Audible gives that much needed break from my busy schedule!
Definitely in my top ten.
American Sniper, Lone Survivor. Both of the previous books are based on true events and included a lot of detail. On Target is so well written and studied I felt as if everything the Gray Man experienced came straight out of a top secret file stolen from the desk of the director for the CIA.
Definitely helps develop the charters, his performance provides tons of detail that I would not have been able to provide for myself.
I wanted it to last longer, and went straight to the next book in the series.
The story was okay, but the extensive descriptions of combat and military strategy was tiring. Not my thing.
Mark Greaney has been compared to Vince Flynn and Lee Child with good reason. Personally, I enjoyed his first book better but still enjoyed this one. It is action packed and keeps you wanting more. You don't need to read "The Gray Man" first to enjoy this one, but it will help for reference background.
Don't get me wrong, this book is fun for the action. There's not much to the plot, but sometimes that's just what you want in an action book. Unfortunately, the cliched writing detracts from it all. Sometimes I just wish that bullets would be fired from a gun instead of the gun "belching hot lead," and so on.
As others have mentioned, the Gray Man has gotten a bit stupid and drug-addled. Perhaps it's intended to give the character some humanity, but it doesn't quite work. Perhaps if he met a woman, even for a 10-minute drink.
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