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)
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites with some Romance thrown in for fun.
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.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is my first book by Mark Greaney. I chose it because it was on a list by Audible. It is a great book, glad I tried it out. Lots of nail biting action and suspense. Jay Snyder did a good job narrating the book. Hope the real world of large corporation and spy agency are nothing like the in the story.
You will enjoy this on your commute.
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.
Reader, Listener, Optimist
This genre demands a lot from the reader/listener - not just a suspension of disbelief, but also a willingness to accept a bankrupt morality that doesn't exist in real life.
From the beginning, we know that no matter how hairy it gets for our hero, he's going to find some extraordinary way to get through the mess he's in, only to find himself in the next even more incredible predicament that he will once again will find a way to annihilate his opponent, and so on.
In The Gray Man, our badass ultradude is just another cardboard cutout superman who's deeper motives are never challenged and whose character is never examined in detail. He simply goes his everyday assassin way, killing everyone who's trying (unjustly) to kill him first.
On the plus side, you can casually listen to this book and not miss a thing. We know that he's going to make it to the next book, so we don't have to pay close attention to the shallow plot.
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
The Gray Man. The ultimate living weapon. When someone is closing on him he disappears. Nobody can find him if he doesn't want to be found. If he is after you, you are a dead man.
The Gray Man is a fast paced novel with lot of action. Several groups of professional killers want to hunt down the Gray Man, they chase him through Europe, always on his heels. He has to use all his experience and talent to be able to get rid of them. I wasn't bored for a second, it makes you listen "just some more".
I was thinking about the main character. I was wondering how the human mind works. The Gray Man is a ruthless, cold-blooded killer, he is trained to take lives with such ease as I cut the veggies for dinner. In spite of it we root for him, and our adrenalin level rises high when he is in danger. How can we like a murderer like him? He says he is after the bad guys, who deserve to be dealt with. But still he is a killer.
Before the final battle I thought the story was going to be just like the Expendables. You know, when the hero shoots a whole army without receiving even a scratch. This scenario has its charm, but it would have messed up this novel. Fortunately Greany didn't fell into this trap. The Gray Man was injured, and he was barely making it. The bad guys started to shoot at each other in a competition to get to him first. The whole situation was well constructed.
There was one thing I found too much: the bragging about how professional the Grey Man was. It was OK that his enemies showed respect because of his reputation, but it wasn't necessary to talk about him as a superman. His actions showed that he knew what he was doing.
I wasn't sure if I would like this book, but to be honest, I LOVED IT! It kept me glued to my iPod non-stop. I couldn't stop listening. Really great story - very different than the usual spy thriller. I definitely recommend you try it. I'll be getting his other Gray Man title next!
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.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
This is a book I listened to in 2010 and failed to write a review.
There are many espionage thriller writers, and a few great ones. In his first Gray Man/Court Gentry Mark Greaney demonstrated he would join the elite group immediately. The Gray Man is a 5 star thriller. There are now 5 novels in the series and I have previously written reviews of Books 4 and 5 in the Gray Man series.
People who enjoy fiction are able to at least partially suspend disbelief as some other reviewers have pointed out.
Jay Snyder does a wonderful job of narration. I love this series!
This book is just a monologue of action, one incident after the next and no real story. The accents are preposterously bad and I couldnt even get to the end after three tries. I'm asking for a refund.
"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.
How exhausting it was!
The old man in Paris! his old CIA comrade.
I felt dreadful for him. I felt his pain!
Rollacoaster of a book!
"Fantastic first book"
Fast moving, wonderfully descriptive and leaving you wondering what would happen next
You felt as though you were watching the action
Claire was my favourite as she's a plucky little girl who clearly loves her family
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.
A real must-read book. Hard to put down, and I look forward to reading more of these.
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.
"As good as Tom Clancy"
Probably not, good for one listen only really. A 2nd listen and you would already know all the plot twists.
Very good story, developed well & plenty of twists to keep you hooked.
He had very good unique accents for each character, although it took me a while to get used to his meter.
No it was too long for that, but I did find myself looking forwards to driving so I could listen some more.
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.
"Far fetched, but fun!"
somewhere in the middle
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!
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.
when writing about other countries,,please get facts !!!right,,,the channel tunnel does not go under the north sea
it is realy just a vague copy of the bourne legacy books
"Anything but Gray"
Have only listened to the audible version
You learn about the gray man as the story unfolds, and right to the end
Top story at a very fast pace, Hollywood blockbuster with balls
"Fast paced, gritty and full of twists."
I enjoyed the suspense and the narration was excellent. Looking forward to the rest of this series. The main character took a little getting use to, however wouldn't change him in any way.
"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
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