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.
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"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)
If you're into these types of action novels, as I am, this is worth a listen. It was entertaining while driving and doing things around the house. However, it was somewhat generic. Tough guy gets chased by bad guys. Tough guy gets hurt bad and should be dead. Tough guy kills bad guys. There's even the "have to save the innocent little girls!" thrown in. Again, entertaining, but just not what I expected given the other projects the author has been involved with. Certainly sets up a series, and I'll likely listen to at least one more to see where it goes.
In the world of the covert operative, it's always handy to be able to be able to save the damsel in distress even though you are trapped in a room with no apparent exit, and have two broken bones, have lost so much blood that you look like a zombie, and are recovering from a bullet to the thigh, not to mention the six inch blade still in your abdomen.In summary, that is the general idea of this story. If you like that stuff, this is for you. If you appreciate some semblance of reality and/or plausibility, then I do not suggest you purchase this book.I also have little tolerance for performers who apparently have never seen a word in a foreign language, and couldn't pronounce it even if they had.
Exciting story! Several great twists and turns!
Have not heard Jay Snyder before, but he was terrific! He did so many different accents and voices he was a great choice for a novel with an international flavor!
on the trail
Jay Snyder did an amazing job narrating this book. His ability to use different accents was superb. The suspenseful plot keeps the listener on the edge of his seat.
If you like killing and high drama thriller action, Mark Greaney has written a book for you. Although some of the story lines in the book are implausible it's a great listen as long as you're willing to overlook some of the unlikely sub stories.
Bloody righteous hero
Clare having so much trust and believing in Jim.
Jim, of course.
No laughing or crying but parts were touching, all else was bloody and righteous. A good listen.
Boring. Poor, or rather, no character development & predictable outcomes. Non stop graduitous violence. No plot development. Perhaps in a movie where one could see maneuvers performed it might be less boring. Don't bother.
Gentry is a blend of James Bond, Rambo, and Clint Eastwood. Interesting character. Stretches reality a bit but a good listen. Narrated is excellent except when he is trying to be an 8 yr old girl. Overall very good. Will move on to next Book in the series.
This book moves quick and was fun to listen to. I was hooked from the beginning and didn't want to stop. I thought the characters were strong and believable. The only thing that was a little too much to swallow was the amount of damage Gray Man was able to sustain but I don't mind that in fictional story. Warning there are quite a few f-words in this book.
The narrator really does make a hash of some place names and his accents are hilarious, one Scottish character had several dialects, none of which i would describe as Scottish! The plot is ridiculous but, I actually enjoyed it, I listen to audio books after a hard day at the office whilst walking my dogs, 75% of books i listen to are background noise and i end up calling work colleagues rather than relaxing. The Gray man actually fell into the ultra rare 10% that made me look forward to my walk and actually the last 1/3 of the book made me add extra miles to my walk! Why? I really dont know, as i have said it is ludicrous, but it is a very easy listen and bizarrely you do want to know how it is all pulled together. If you are stressed or have a big project and want to switch off.....dive in, I dont think you will regret it.
"Great story, just a bit too long!"
I think the number of fights along the way were a little to many to offer credibility to the story, perhaps shortened version by at least 2 teams... I ended up fast forwarding through the last "two kill teams" sections... Still a great story a first for me with Mark Greaney
Yes, but got a little monotonous :(
Enjoyed the book some great one liners from a very dry main character... Worth A listen
"Great book but questionable accents"
The story is great, but the American narrator's grasp of any accent (Irish, English / other are all over the place which becomes a bit distracting after a time) didn't stop me enjoying the book and have just bought the next in the series.
Quite an entertaining story - not challenging in any way shape or form but good background listening when you are doing things around the house.
An enjoyable listen when you have switched your brain off.
The narrator's pronunciation is dreadful. Annoyed me at first, then made me laugh as it was so ludicrous - listen out for Citroen, Tblisi and Peugeot.
"A little ridiculous, but enjoyable too!"
My only complaint is the super-human main character, whose reputation is beyond legendary and whose feats could humble Arnie... A bit of vulnerability wouldn't go astray, in my opinion.
Overall, a fast-paced thriller that makes for an easy listen... Just hope the next is a little more subtle!
Loved this so much I have downloaded next 2 in the series.
Nod to rainbow 6, see if you spot it.
"A Great Book But Not So Great Narration."
This was another book and author that I have avoided for a while, thinking that I wasn't going to like them. I was wrong!
This isn't a book that will help you to ponder the mysteries of life, nor will it be ranked among the literary greats. What this book is, is entertaining, in bucket loads. The story line, in most parts, is well written, and the characters are well thought out. Yes it is extremely far fetched in places, but I don't mind that. Sometimes I want to read about the hero who can take a tremendous amount of punishment, and still keep going. Who can do things others can't, and who can think on his feet in times of stress. When I do read/listen to a book like this, I want to be entertained, and that's exactly what I was.
If you like the Jason Bourne type super agent, then you'll love this. If, however, you want a bit more depth to your books, you probably won't like it. And if, every once in a while, you want to read something action packed, and entertaining, don't do like I did and avoid this book, go get it.
Now the bad points:
The narration in this book is far from good. It wasn't bad enough to put me off, and when the narrator, Jay Snyder, was doing the main character, Court Gentry, it was actually pretty good, which is what saved the book for me. The problems start when the narrator tries to do foreign accents. They are dreadful. He made almost everyone else sound like Sean Connery, which you might just about get away with if every one was Scottish, but it's not what you want when the character is meant to be German, or Eastern European. If he didn't make them sound like Connery, he made them sound like a mix between Australian, Irish and Scottish, which I suppose in itself is a sort of skill, but definitely not called for in this book. Also, his pronunciation of some words plainly showed a lack of research. Even if you didn't know how to pronounce a word,a simple 60 second Google search would help.
Also, sometimes the writing was a little choppy, but it is kept to a minimum.
Overall, although the narration isn't great, the book is, which is why I was able to stay with it. Usually bad narration would ruin a book for me, but with this one, it just made it a little less great. I know that the same narrator had been kept on for the next book in the Court Gentry series. I hope he does a better job.
"worst book i've ever had"
he only seems to be able to co-write books .Having just read support and defend (Tom Clancy) I was shocked and disappointed with this rubbish .Even Jack Reacher would not have survived this .It was so unbelievable.
How someone who co-wrote Tom Clancy books could write such utter drivel .
"Outstanding series any Lee Child fan would love."
This is a book where you would be best allowing yourself a whole day free, as once you pick it up, you will have great difficulty putting it down again. Court Gentry is the main character whose survival methods are ......... ( I won't say anymore as I do not want to spoil the content of the book ). Just for all the Lee Child fans I can sum this book up in just FIVE words - IMAGINE JACK REACHER ON STEROIDS !!!!!!
Court Gentry as he does not believe in the word NO.
Too many to pick one particular scene.
The only reaction I had to this book was to buy the other three in the series released so far the next day.
Read the books in order as there is a vague theme running through them.
"non stop action thriller"
no, as in most thrillers the pace is frantic and the writing ok but not the sort of prose to linger over
The scene with the veterinary nurse, it is the first true human interaction from the gray man
No but the acents were not at all authentic. The various assasinss all gravitated to Irish or African with very little to differenentiate.
assassins from across the globe against one man wirh a mission
Suspend disbelief and its a good fast paced yarn, I am looking forward to the next one.
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