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The Gray Man | [Mark Greaney]

The Gray Man

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.
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Publisher's Summary

Get ready for white-knuckled listening. Greaney's debut novel - and future feature film - introduces the enigmatic and elusive Court Gentry, a former CIA operative and a legendary hired gun. With a terrifying ability to vaporize targets and a strict moral code, he stalks the gray margins of the world, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, then fading away. When his government and former employers turn on him, there is no safehouse to run to, no way to lie low. In a constant state of escape and pursuit, Gentry tears through the Middle East and Europe in a riveting life-or-death race against time.

Fast-paced, well-researched, and fun, The Gray Man is already being adapted for a movie by the company behind Tom Cruise's Knight & Day.

Check out the latest Gray Man novel, On Target, now.

©2009 Mark Greaney (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Through the carnage, Gentry remains an intriguing protagonist with his own moral code. Comparisons will be made to Jason Bourne, but the Gray Man is his own character. The ending screams for a sequel, but it will be difficult to maintain the intensity level of this impressive debut." (Booklist)

"Hard, fast, and unflinching – exactly what a thriller should be." (Lee Child)

"Bourne for the new millennium." (James Rollins)

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    Anita 07-13-14
    Anita 07-13-14

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    "Think - James West, Batman, Michael Weston meld!"

    Court Gentry is no Mitch Rapp, or Jack Reacher! He is totally different, like a "meld" of James West, Michael Weston, Goku, and The Dark Knight rolled into one! In the Gray Man, Mark Greaney' brings us over the top action, improbable physical endurance, and nonsensical sequenced escapes. His writing, in my opinion, is a bit sophomoric, with screenplay-ish overtones. Certain scenes made me say out loud "Yeah, Right!" But, all in all the book is good fun! Jay Snyder did a superb job narrating. I place him right up there with a few of my favorites like George Guidell, Davina Porter, and Robert Petkoff. The book chapter synchronization of the narrator and the audible app was off, but not so bad that you couldn't find your place. The music was nice, and non-distracting. I do recommend this book, and plan to listen to the next books in the series.

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    Marla 07-04-14
    Marla 07-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story - Great performance"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Great character in unique, exciting situations.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first. He is fabulous!


    Any additional comments?

    The performance really caps off a great character and story.

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    Matthew 06-04-14
    Matthew 06-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gray Man to be better than the print version?

    The action just flows


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The action is very well written.


    What does Jay Snyder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a good job writing the action


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    Tom Brosman Olympia, Washington 06-01-14
    Tom Brosman Olympia, Washington 06-01-14 Member Since 2011

    I am 57, an English Lit major in college who has worked in a technicial field most of my life. I live near saltwater and in the evening, the wind blows the coolness of the mist and salt air through town like a welcome visitor with a freshly baked cake in their arms. Be well, Tom

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    "If you like twists and turns and violence and"
    What did you love best about The Gray Man?

    One guy against an army, you will love this. The Gray Man never gets fair odds.Always there is a team to kill him and he, by skill and Mcgiver, wins the day.


    What other book might you compare The Gray Man to and why?

    The Man Called Noon by Louis L Amour. Last of the Bread by Louis L amour. Masculine, great fights, straight up plot with how to get there a deffinite unknown.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The guy is perfect for this book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Well, they already made a movie called the Glimmer Man. If you see him, you are aready bleading out. So, the grey man is a high tech, against all odds, good guy hit man.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought other Greaney audio books. They are all superb.

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    Lydia 05-23-14
    Lydia 05-23-14
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    "like Die Hard action, you'll love 'The Grey man""
    Where does The Gray Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top of the line not just a guy book, I'm a girly girl and loved the action, adventure. A great read for all in the home. We are all into our Gray Man now.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Good lord, who wouldn't love Court Gentry and why: I wouldn't want you to miss your reason,


    What does Jay Snyder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Consistancy, not tinnie with any character he reads for. Like Gentry he keeps its moving forward.
    I listened and pictured everything going on without being wordy and too repetitive or slowing down the action.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES, and did, next day was getting 'On Target' and happily was not a let down at all!


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I got it here in Audible, I also now have the hard read too. Its a holiday weekend, will probably get Ballistic by Monday night.

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    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 05-20-14
    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 05-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "An ok read, but lots of disappointments"

    The Gray Man is this super awesome guy - I'm good with that. He's portrayed as very well trained, and very good at what he does. But how does he get through the book alive (sorry for the spoiler, but I assume since this is Book 1 in "The Gray Man Series," one would figure he'll live through it)? He lives through it by getting lucky, time and time again. It gets tiring reading about how he just barely misses getting killed, and makes dumb decisions. Based on the main characters actions, he really isn't well trained or good at what he does, but rather he is dumb, honest, very stubborn, and very lucky. A mostly entertaining book, but if Greaney would have the character rely just a little more on skill, and a little less on luck and dogged determination, it would be much more enjoyable.

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 05-18-14
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 05-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Entrrtaining"

    A good read. Character development good but too many extraneous people throughout. Story began to drag at the end ...a little too much of the same fantastic escapes. Narration was well done.

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    Josh Lourdon 05-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A mediocre thriller."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gray Man to be better than the print version?

    With an Outrageous story line, lone wolf hero, and lack of character development, I found this to be a mediocre thriller. I would recommend Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp or Brad Thor's Scot Harvath over this book. I really hoped the best for Greaney when I got this book, especially considering his work on Tom's Clancy's novels.


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    gulfbarnetts 05-05-14

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    "Splendid read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gray Man to be better than the print version?

    No, just a faster. While audible books make the "read" faster, I can still complete my work and get things done as I enjoy a book. It's hard to find time to just sit and read. Vacation is never long enough to get all the books you want to read as you would like.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gray Man?

    There were too many moments that were memorable. I can see why they would want to make a movie from it. I just hate that the movie never does the book justice. I can't wait to read the next in the series


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Snyder's voice is distinct and pleasing. The voice variations with the characters is very adept. A lot of narrators can not complete the range in vocal to distant one character from another. He does make it believable that they are different.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did have emotional responses to the narration. But I did know it was a book. I was not completely lost in it. But I could see it happen. I'm more apt to loose myself watching, not reading. But still could not stop reading it until it was over.


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    kindle owner 04-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Superman!"
    Any additional comments?

    It is very enjoyable but you will need to suspend disbelief as Court Gentry is almost Superman like as he defeats foe after foe.

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