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.
"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)
This was the best action thriller I've listened to in a long while. Excellent narration added to an already engaging and fast-paced story.
Nice performance by Mr. Snyder as narrator. That's the good news. As to the story, it would be kind to say the plot was thin, the action remotely believable or the characters were 2 dimensional.
I am aware that a suspension of disbelief is necessary to enjoy this genre, and I have enjoyed the entire Vince Rapp series, and just about every Ludlum, Clancy, Haig, Silva and Lee Child book I've read or listened to, but asking me to believe that he can (mini-spoiler) deliver 30 kicks hard enough to break a cement bench in 10 seconds (with a bullet wound in his thigh and his feet cut up by glass), or any of 15 other even more unbelievable feats of will and strength to propel the story forward might push the envelope a little too far.
There is no mystery as to why anything is happening, who the bad guys are, who is double-crossing the lead character or whether he will succeed in reaching his goal. Almost every scene with the main antagonist is used primarily to enforce the idea that he is the most vile, evil man you could imagine rather than to flesh out his motives, move the story forward or provide any backstory beyond the very simplistic plot.
The action is non-stop, but repetitious, rather like hearing about one after another of a series of Battle Royales in Pro Wrestling back-to-back. And while the dialogue is possibly more stilted than anything George Lucas ever wrote, at least it is so predictable that you can recite it along with the narrator, even though you have never heard the book before.
If you wan to listen to this book, listen to the first hour or so, then skip ahead an hour, listen for 5 minutes, skip another hour, listen for 5 minutes, and repeat until last 20 minutes. After you then listen to the last 20 minutes, you'll be able to say you made it through this dreck without missing a thing.
When I saw that it was recommended by Audible I checked out the description and it sounded interesting. The plot was very good (though predictable) which is why I gave it two rather than zero stars. While the plot was certainly fast paced, the characters were like game avatars. They were for the most part one dimensional. When the book was over I ceased to think about them at all. Empty calories.
He did the best he could.
Me. As the listener.
Fast paced action thriller, thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Looking forward to more in this series.
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
I've already bought and downloaded the next book in this series and look forward to listening to it. There were mixed reviews on Audible about The Gray Man but I'm glad I bought it. Kept my interest throughout.
An enjoyable ride that the narrator maneuvers smoothly. His great voice inflection brings to life the interesting characterizations built by the author.
Great book...narrator is perfect and the action is non-stop....I kept exercising long after my allotted time so I could get to next chapter....worth every penny
This is an excellent book! I couldn't put it down. I'm glad I picked a holiday weekend to read it I agree with almost all the other reviewer her and HIGHLY recommend it I hope his next book is as good!.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
OKAY, this was a three and half star effort for me (wish we could give half stars). Disbelief is made from lace here... yet if you really back up... well... you can force it to cover up the GAPING justifications for the plot. But, if you do that... Well then it's an action/adventure thing that will have earbuds oozing blood and leave the grit of GSR between your teeth. Swaggering away from the last pages I stank of heavy weapons. Wuddaya want from a MANLY novel? This is a guy's equivalent to a chic'lette's bodice buster. Feel a need to click off the world? Click on the Gray Man.
Expect more? Listen to something else.
It put me in touch with my inner teenage boy.
I would highly recommend this book. My interest and curiosity was held from start to finish. When I finished the book I could not wait to start "On Target". I enjoyed the narrator Jay Snyder so much that I have added other books he has narrated to my wish list even though I am not familiar with the author. This series will offer many hours of enjoyable listening.
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