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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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    peter brisbane, Australia 10-07-12
    peter brisbane, Australia 10-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "great"
    If you could sum up The Gray Man in three words, what would they be?

    great listen,the reader is excellent.cant wait for the next one


    What other book might you compare The Gray Man to and why?

    jack reacher ,hes another loner and hes good


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    brilliant reader


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    i dont know


    Any additional comments?

    just a good listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Caboolture, Australia 10-04-12
    Glenn Caboolture, Australia 10-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Abetter narrator and consistent story line. The writer builds the character and then contradicts his portrayal.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Greaney again?

    Not likely


    What didn’t you like about Jay Snyder’s performance?

    Very little. If you can "overact" an audio book, he has achieved that


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

    The title showed promise


    Any additional comments?

    I can't see this one ever making the best seller list. Thankyou to audible.com for allowing me to return it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vaughan Toronto, Canada 09-26-12
    Vaughan Toronto, Canada 09-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I am so glad it is over"
    Any additional comments?

    This book didn't work for me at all. I found the writing pretty juvenile and the story not at all believable. The narration was the only saving grace. I hung in until the end but I just wanted it to be over.

    I suspect the people who like this book are pretty young and this is the equivalent of an audio action game where the hero can never die.

    I hardly ever write reviews and when I do it is usually that I felt compelled to praise a book Not the case this time. I see that many liked it and good for them but not the way I feel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Cambridge, MA, United States 09-26-12
    John Cambridge, MA, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good first Gray Man book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, excitement never stopped


    What did you like best about this story?

    Constant action, liked the Gray Man character, and the villain


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

    I have not.


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

    Yes, it was hard to do it in parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Will continue with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe H. VA 09-25-12
    Joe H. VA 09-25-12 Member Since 2008

    Audible allows me to fill my mind with something so much better than TV.

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    "Not really Book 1"
    If you could sum up The Gray Man in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing Exciting Delivers


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    From the beginning I was trapped into listening every chance I had and then some.


    What three words best describe Jay Snyder’s voice?

    Not Scott Brick


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

    Oh yea but impossible


    Any additional comments?

    It was stated that it was first in a series. Should have mentioned that it was the following story from Locked On that Mark Greaney co-authored with Tom Clancy. It was hard to swallow that this guy just appeared from nowhere. I thought in the beginning it was part of the Gray Man or a ghost to the world, that until now, was privy only to others working in the deep dark secret underbelly of espionage we all know exists but refuse to omit. Yet all along his beginning lies elsewhere in Locked On.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    margaret london, ON, Canada 09-10-12
    margaret london, ON, Canada 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fast moving story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story held our interest right to the end. We enjoyed the European setting and terrain. The Gray man is a character to follow.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Loved the ending. The story was very intense right up til the end.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jay Snyder?

    Jay Snider is enthralling to listen to.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes!!!


    Any additional comments?

    We have purchased all 3 audiobooks and will intersperse with others in our library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don northville, MI, United States 08-30-12
    Don northville, MI, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2007

    Techno-Thrillers, Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp fan!

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    "Cort Gentry is no Mitch Rapp"

    I've "read" several of the Gray Man novels. This one just had too many impossible situations for our protagonist to overcome in too short a time. While there are great action scenes it became too implausible and I gave up about two-thirds of the way through the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrice Oak Park, IL, United States 08-27-12
    Patrice Oak Park, IL, United States 08-27-12
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    "Fast-paced, well written from top to bottom!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Performed really well and kept me engaged throughout - wanted to read more about the Gray Man when I was done.


    What does Jay Snyder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's performance drew me into the story more fully.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 08-22-12
    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Simple Joe

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    "The Gray Man is White Hot"
    Where does The Gray Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very near the top. It's really a toss up among the best of Vince Flynn and John Grisham


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fast paced story that never slows down.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    On the mini sub when Court's former CIA buddy won't give him the directions to steer the sub even though he is going to his own grave along with Court when the sub is sure to crash. Court convinces him with the perfect logical argument. I won't give it away, but it is intense.


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

    It certainly was difficult to stop listening sometimes, but honestly I can't sit still that long even when driving.


    Any additional comments?

    Court Gentry might be the Gray Man, but he never chooses the "Gray" option. My only complaint is he is always getting horribly injured at the start of his missions. By the end of the book he basically needs to be admitted to the ER and given a blood transfusion or else he will simply keel over dead. I usually go through about one book a month. I have gone through two Gray Man books in two weeks and I'm starting on my third as soon as I finish this review. Give us more Gray Man Greaney! Please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 08-19-12
    Eric 08-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The Gray Man is cool!"

    Sure, it may be a little over the top, but it's a cool story and a cool character. The world's top assassin is on the run. He is a mystery to most, legend to others, feared by all. The hit-man with a conscience. He kills people, but they were all bad.
    Really, this is worth it. However, it is probably the best in the series, don't wish too hard for sequels as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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