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)
I listed to this book the same week I saw the movie Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise—so I was in the mood for pure action, CIA-type suspense, methodical strategies, gun fights and the improbable survival of the main character. All of this and more was delivered in The Gray Man, including perfect narration. And I loved every minute of it. But this is what you are going to get.
The Gray Man--Court Gentry a former CIA guy—is part Jack Reacher, part Jason Bourne, with a mission to save innocent kids caught up in a bad situation. And he must keep himself alive to do so. So if you like Reacher, Bourne and the style of “their” books then you’ll probably enjoy this one. But let’s be honest, this isn’t great literature. It's pure fun. It's suspense, spy stuff--perfect for a long drive.
Mark Greaney’s writing delivers pace, background info and details without bogginess, thrilling fight scenes, and a superhero-like character that is very likeable. Greaney shines in adding compassion to his main character and--dare I say—integrity. By the end, I really liked this guy Court. In a completely improbable situation for survival, I cheered for him (It is no wonder why Tom Clancy partnered with Greaney on his novels: Greaney is a pleasure to read.).
The Gray Man was pure fun with perfect narration. I hope you enjoy it too.
I really enjoyed every single part of this book, although we could guess the end result, it didn't matter. it was amazing and fantastic the entire book. i usually don't go for violence books, but this one although violent, I didn't mind. I can't wait to read the other book of the series. Highly recommend for any reader. My only problem was not being capable of putting the book down...I usually listen the book while driving or exercising. With this book, I found myself driving more and exercising a lot! no complains there...
No, I don't think so.
Concept was great.
The "hard boiled assassin" was pretty naive and really made some poor choices that moved the narrative along, but if the assassin was as good as he was purported to be, he shouldn't have made those choices. It was a bit like a grade B horror film where you say to yourself, "No, no, no...don't open the door!!"
The beginning in the Middle East before the assassin started making stupid choices
Yes, but there are other books that would be better
I recommended the book to my dad when I was about 1/3 of the way through thinking he would love it. By the middle of the book, I knew I had made a mistake. The book was OK, but there are so many other books that are better.
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
A great book to sit down with when you are tired and you want to have a beer and relax. Good series. The book stays ahead of you all the time.
I have listened pieces of the book several times as I tend to leave it on late and eventually have to backtrack to where I left the action.
The story line keeps you guessing how the Gray man will handle the situation and then hooked you have to keep listening, chores can wait.
I liked this reader because he gave the characters life with personality unique to each. The reading was properly paced for my listening.
I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.
This book has moving action from cover to cover
He is a very good assassin
No, but I will
Yes, but didn't quite finish it in 1 day
I prefer the audio version for my busy life style. It allows for me to get to read/hear the book that I would not normally have time to do so with my busy life style.
I never have listened to Jay Snyder's performances before but this reader is amazing and probably brings a lot more to the book by him reading it.
I just can't over how the Grey Man can get himself out of the most dangerous situations. Truly and amazing character!
I am a Tom Clancey fan. Great write and accurate descriptions of ops equipment.
With three hours in the car each day this is a great undistracted way of keeping my sanity! The Audio Book keeps you engaged in a way that the printed book cannot.
The plot, from a tactical perspective, was engaging. The accurate description of weapons and tactics was stimulating. I found myself identifying with the emotions of the "Gray MAn" and his inner drive!
If you're a fan of Vince Flynn's "Mitch Rapp" or Ben Coe's : "Dewy Andreas" then you're going to really get into Mark Greaney's "Court Gentry." Like the other two action heroes this one is always getting into one situation or another and leaving bodies everywhere (These guys really define "An Army Of One" The primary difference in Mark Greaney's writing so far is that he really gets into the action, but doesn't spend any time getting into any big philosophical speeches every now and then like the other two writers seem to do.
As a trucker I really can chew up the road listening to these Gray Man stories. I hope more get recorded....
I would definitely recommend this to a friend. You empithize with the Gray Man, and the action of the story is constant. A great listen.
Cort Gentry. He's a contract killer, but he's also way more than that!
This was my first Jay Snyder experience. He's a good narrator. He get's into the story and conveys the excitement well.
Absolutely! I listened to it in 45min to 1 hour increments on my way to and from work, but I could have sat and listened to the whole thing. It's great!
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.
"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.
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.
"Worse thriller I have ever read!"
The unbelievable plot
The next Jack Reacher book by Lee Child
Awful accents and wrongly pronounced place names
The first chapter, which showed promise
This book should have been placed in the comedy genre as I had a good laugh over the awful accents and mispronounced names
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