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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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    Suzan Boise, ID, United States 09-28-10
    Suzan Boise, ID, United States 09-28-10 Member Since 2011
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    "This is for men or Action Lover."

    Am a women but I lived with three "HE-MAN" types so I loved this one. Court is everything you want in your "Action Hero" type, the suspense was none stop.
    I liked the voices and the music, Audible is better then ever.
    The only thing missing is a little romance.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-31-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The biggest problem was cardboard characters."

    Nonstop action. A dozen teams of top notch assassins are trying to find and kill one man Court Gentry, the Gray Man. Court is attacked, fights, wins, and escapes, and continues on his journey. Each time Court has some new body part injured. The whole book is this. I enjoyed the action scenes. I enjoyed the suspense. But when I stopped reading to do other things, I did not feel eager to get back to it.

    It lacked multidimensional characters and relationship development. Nobody changes, grows, learns. The main bad guy is Lloyd a former CIA employee. His dialogue and actions - think cartoon villain with a mustache tying the lady to the train tracks. One dimensional. Everyone was one dimensional. This was not a rich reading experience. It might be appropriate as a movie script.

    The best part was the beginning in Iraq, before the main plot kicks in.

    The narrator Jay Snyder was very good except for his little girl voice. It was artificial and weird.

    Genre: suspense thriller

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 03-09-12
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2013

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "A real life superhero"

    I completely enjoyed this book and promptly went on to read the others in the series. Yes it is very improbable that 1 person could survive even the first attack let alone all the others and then go on to best the villains and rescue the victims but the character that Mark Greaney weaves and the narration by Jay Snyder makes it a "can't put down book" or in this case "can't remove my headphones book".

    I really enjoyed the parts when he knows he needs to get out of "Dodge" so he can save his own life but after some entertaining inner consternation turns around and helps out those in need.

    Since my parents are 90 & 89 and not used to audio books (I have tried) I bought them the paperback and they both tore through it. Dad's statement was "improbably but very entertaining & enjoyable" - he finished in the book in under 2 days. It would have been 1 but we dragged him away from it to do a few real life things. Mom loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda Snyder 09-06-10
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    "Wow"

    Great book !! I have a new author to look forward listening to again. This was fast paced, never slow, well narrated and well written. Mark Greaney is the best new author I have read in quite some time. I can't wait to see what The Gray Man does next.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    John 09-05-10
    John 09-05-10
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    "Good story"

    Well narrated, realistic enough enjoyable book.
    4.5 stars for end of part1
    looking forward to part 2

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Meena Newark, NJ, United States 09-02-10
    Meena Newark, NJ, United States 09-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good one"

    A very good book. Well narrated. Thanks to Audible for having this in their store.

    24 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Sturgess 07-29-14
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    "Couldn't turn it off!"
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    What a spectacular book! Finished it at 2 am and bought the next one at 2:01. It's exciting, action-packed, wonderfully descriptive of the place and people, and not at all preachy. I'd write more but I'm going to buy book 3 now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-26-12
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    ""Indiana Jones" cloned with "Mitch Rapp"! WOW!!!!"

    There's a new hero in town, and his name is "The Gray Man". There is a new top espionage writer in town, and his name is Mark Greaney(look out Vince Flynn). There is a new top narrator in town, and his name is Jay Snyder(look out Mr. Guidall). I bought two of the three books in the series after having read another reviewers praise of the "Gray Man" Series. I have now finished the first 2 of 3 books and am nearly finished with the 3rd. If you like the action Mitch Rappp character in the many Vince Flynn books as well as the non stop action epitomized in the Indiana Jones series, you will love this series. However if you plan to get to sleep at night, don't plan to listen to just 30 minutes before bed. You will lose hours of sleep in this extraordinary action thriller. I can't wait for the next book to come out!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 01-05-12
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 01-05-12 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "a enjoyable listen"

    My first by this author. It wasn't deep but it was an enjoyable, entertaining listen. Kind of Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp like. This guy couldn't catch a break. I'll listen to the author again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 11-13-11
    Robert Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 11-13-11 Member Since 2004
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    "good action thriller"

    Great book some unrealistic survival sequences and a little predictable but over all a good fun read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Mark
    Silverdale, United Kingdom
    10/30/13
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    "Escapism"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • don
    peterborough, United Kingdom
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    "worst book i've ever had"
    Would you try another book written by Mark Greaney or narrated by Jay Snyder?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Greaney’s story?

    starting it


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Snyder’s performances?

    doubtful


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    anger


    Any additional comments?

    How someone who co-wrote Tom Clancy books could write such utter drivel .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wickerman49
    Sompting, West Sussex United Kingdom
    4/21/14
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    "Outstanding series any Lee Child fan would love."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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 !!!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Court Gentry as he does not believe in the word NO.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Too many to pick one particular scene.


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

    The only reaction I had to this book was to buy the other three in the series released so far the next day.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the books in order as there is a vague theme running through them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rita
    HORSHAM, United Kingdom
    4/20/14
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    "non stop action thriller"
    Would you listen to The Gray Man again? Why?

    no, as in most thrillers the pace is frantic and the writing ok but not the sort of prose to linger over


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

    The scene with the veterinary nurse, it is the first true human interaction from the gray man


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

    No but the acents were not at all authentic. The various assasinss all gravitated to Irish or African with very little to differenentiate.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    assassins from across the globe against one man wirh a mission


    Any additional comments?

    Suspend disbelief and its a good fast paced yarn, I am looking forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madam Dragon
    Norfolk, UK
    4/8/14
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    "Gripping Stuff"
    What did you like most about The Gray Man?

    Resourceful-ness !


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

    How exhausting it was!


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favourite?

    Court Gentry
    The old man in Paris! his old CIA comrade.


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

    I felt dreadful for him. I felt his pain!


    Any additional comments?

    Rollacoaster of a book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandra
    Loughborough, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "Fantastic first book"
    What did you like most about The Gray Man?

    Fast moving, wonderfully descriptive and leaving you wondering what would happen next


    What did you like best about this story?

    You felt as though you were watching the action


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favourite?

    Claire was my favourite as she's a plucky little girl who clearly loves her family


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

    Parts of the book make you smile, whilst others feel anxiety for what will happen to the characters, and some sadness at man's ability to be so inhuman to another.


    Any additional comments?

    A real must-read book. Hard to put down, and I look forward to reading more of these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stella
    UK
    12/8/13
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    "THRILLING READ"

    NOT MY USUAL READ AT ALL! IN FACT AS IT STARTED I WONDERED WHY DID I BUUY THIS BUT WHAT A GREAT BOOK. WELL WRITTEN AND WHILST THE PLOT AT THE END WAS A LITTLE FANTASTIC SO WAS THE WHOLE BOOK AND THE BETTER FOR IT.
    REAL ESCAPE AND ENJOY JUST GO FOR IT AND HOPE IT ALL WORKS OUT
    PERFORMANCE WAS GOOD AND WHILST AT FIRST THE VOICES OF THE SMMALL GIRLS WERE DIFFICULT TO ACCEPT IT IS HARD TO PULL OFF AND WAS SOON FORGOTTEN IN THE RUSH OF EXCITEMENT AND THRILL OF THE CHASE!
    THE CHAPTER BREAKS WERE GOOD AND THE CHARACTERISATION WAS CONSISTENT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Lawson
    Grantham, England
    12/1/13
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    "As good as Tom Clancy"
    Would you listen to The Gray Man again? Why?

    Probably not, good for one listen only really. A 2nd listen and you would already know all the plot twists.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very good story, developed well & plenty of twists to keep you hooked.


    Did Jay Snyder do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    He had very good unique accents for each character, although it took me a while to get used to his meter.


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

    No it was too long for that, but I did find myself looking forwards to driving so I could listen some more.


    Any additional comments?

    As good as Tom Clancy, listened to this because of their collaboration on the later Jack Ryan novels. The Grey Man stories get better throughout the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Godalming, United Kingdom
    10/26/13
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    "Far fetched, but fun!"
    Where does The Gray Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    somewhere in the middle


    Has The Gray Man put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    What aspect of Jay Snyder’s performance might you have changed?

    None, he did an admirable job and I shouldn't laugh at the american for his pronunciation of Peugeot (poojo) or Citroen or, indeed, aluminium!


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a bit far fetched but overall it was entertaining. A bit like a Jason Statham film, you kind of know what you're getting but it jogs merrily along.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom
    10/24/13
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    "Worse thriller I have ever read!"
    What disappointed you about The Gray Man?

    The unbelievable plot


    What will your next listen be?

    The next Jack Reacher book by Lee Child


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Awful accents and wrongly pronounced place names


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The first chapter, which showed promise


    Any additional comments?

    This book should have been placed in the comedy genre as I had a good laugh over the awful accents and mispronounced names

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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