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)
awesome book. Keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time. Keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time. I usually listen to books just before going to sleep, this one kept me up most of the night.
Primarily the way the main character handles situations. Court Gentry has the potential to be a very dynamic and engrossing character, but the author seems to be indecisive about how he wants the character to be. He is introduced as the Gray Man, a near-mythical force in the world of espionage and assassination. However, everything that the character does in the story does nothing to prove to the reader that he is as lethal as his reputation says he is. For such a lethal and proficient killer, Gentry spends most of his time injured or running from one bad situation to the next.
Court Gentry, as the main character, is still the best in the book. Chock full of holes overall, Gentry nonetheless is still a character that is well-researched with a convincing backstory. However, it is this same convincing backstory that proves (for me) to be his undoing.
There are times when the narrator has some very obvious sounds of saliva in the mouth that is very distracting. It is only at certain times, most notably when the story calls for a whisper or a quck switch between accented voices, but it nonetheless detracts from an otherwise solid performance.
Probably yes, because the movie version would likely change the Gentry character to more fit with the "badass untouchable killer" backstory.
Firstly, I am a big fan of Greaney as related to the ongoing Ryanverse stories done for Tom Clancy. However, in this solo effort I feel like Greaney is reaching for a John Clark-esque character with Court Gentry, but falls short. Gentry is touted as a mysterious, skilled assassin but seems to stumble his way through these adventures. I've also listened to the second book and the flaws in this are only magnified in his sophomore effort. Greaney has a lot of potential, but he needs to decide if Gentry is a badass, ruthless assassin or an idealistic operative with mediocre skills and a golden horseshoe stuffed into his tactical vest.
Edge of seat story telling. Let's hope they get the movie right. Good action reminiscent of Vince Flynn novels. Not quite as good as Vince or Clancy but faster in pace for the new short attention span generation. Narration fantastic.
This is one of those super assassins...just won't die stories. The story line is ok if a bit overkill but the narrator was good and the action nonstop.
OK so you expect the Gray Man to pull off some amazing escapes and kill a bunch of bad guys but this plot line stretches belief way beyond breaking point. The plot is not helped by poor narration, once again the street, car and place names are butchered, but the icing on the cake had to be the South African accent, which was truly awful. If you can't do accents don't try!
I enjoyed the narrator and the author did a fantastic job of writing the story. There were many time where the end seemed so near yet the author kept it going without seeming forced.
Kind of disappointed. I would sum it up as "the powerful are too powerless." It will make sense when you listen to it.
I can listen while i drive.
The only thing i did not like about that story is that the protagonist seems way too good. Sort of like someone turned on the God Mode cheat.
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 .
"Not for me."
For years I've enjoyed the Tom Clancy novels - having learned to bypass the politics and enjoy the main characters' romps. Given the collaboration between this author and Clancy I anticipated enjoying this book. Not the case. It's written as a series of film scenes, designed for some über-action man to show how tough he is. I love fiction, be it thrillers, adventures, science fiction, fantasy, so I have no expectation of "real life"; I live real-life , thank you! The exploits depicted here, however, beggar even suspended dis-belief. I don't like dissing writers, who are at least putting pen to paper, their money where their mouths are, etc, unlike me, an untalented non-writer, but reviews are requested and these are my honest opinions. Obviously a talented writer, this author should write either a screenplay or a novel and not try to combine both under one heading; concentrate on story rather than merely linking overly contrived events, thus ensuring the reader's involvement rather than seeming determined only to catch the eye of the movie-makers. (W's Missus.)
"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!
"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
My first purely Grant book.
Good story fast moving action.
performance disappointed. Set in Europe but read by an American who cannot pronounce Englush or European words correctly such as Kalashnikov properly nor Bayeux....pronouncing it Bi-yoo. Lots of other such use of language which to me was annoying and spoilt it. I still recommended you listen. I will try the next in the series
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.
"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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