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.
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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 am such a sucker for the tough, intelligent spy/assassin/killer who is moral but dark. This book is about The Grey Man, who is such a character. He kills and is haunted by the bad things he does, but only does them to bad people. And in this story we see other good people reduced to treachery because of terrible circumstances. In the end, the story wraps up with a very satisfying conclusion. If I had one complaint, it was the epilogue. Not my favorite part. Overall, I highly recommend the book. Cheers!
It is unfair to say that this is not a good book, Mark Greaney is a good writer and Jay Snyder delivers a good performance. However, I didn't like it. To me it feels like the script for a teenager-oriented action movie. The baddie is bad, really, really bad. The unstoppable good guy is good, really, really good. At least that is what the storyteller repeatedly tells us although it is not quite evident in his actions. Anyway, if you like non-stop action where you can't put the book down, this may be for you. On the other hand, if you expect a semblance of credibility look somewhere else, perhaps in the direction of Vince Flynn, Daniel Silva or even Andrew Peterson.
Just a curious guy who travels the world.
You'll love this. Great real world action, with a character you can get behind, and some clever and entertaining dialogue. I'm a fan ... excited to have three more books in the series.
Performance is terrific as well.
Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
Yes. It was like watching a high energy spy movie. The book rolls along at high speed from beginning to end and while Gentry is not fully developed as a person he is a spy reminiscent of Jason Bourne. I almost picture Matt Damon while listening. I hope the books continue to explore the backstory -- I especially liked the exploration of his relationship with Claire. I would much like to learn more about his time in the Navy and in the CIA. These stories will allow me to know his character and invest in him. In the meantime though, if the plot lines continue at this pace I will enjoy the ride while waiting for those glimpses into his past.
In my opinion, this book is not worth the purchase price. The story is akin to Superman playing a secret agent performing unrealistic feats of strength, agility, pain tolerance, and escapes. The narrator voices the hero in a tone reminiscent of Christian Bales Batman voice. I did hang in until the end only to see what unbelievable conclusion the author came up with.
Over. The. Top. This is obviously written by someone with an obsession of Special Operations and high-end weaponry (which is pretty obvious from Mr. Greaney's website). Greaney could learn a lot from Ludlum about sublety.
Might go back to some Richard K. Morgan. I had put those down because they were a bit outlandish, this story softened me up for that style of writing.
Greaney has done very well with the most recent Tom Clancy novels. Hopefully, after Mr. Clancy's passing, his editing team will keep Mr. Greaney reigned in if he is offered any future Jack Ryan novels.
Fantastic action better than any movie! The characters are well sculpted and tangible. I would want to listen again - like I would rewatch a good movie but, alas, I have now downloaded book 2 in the series and I need to go !!!!!!!
Definitely! The suspense never ceases.
The portrayals of Gently and Justine as they interacted.
I'm afraid I needed to sleep and be part of the world I live in but - I could have easily listened all in one sitting.
Hold onto your seats - your in for a great ride!
No, I would not buy another book by Mark Greaney. Jay Snyder gets another chance.
My disappointment in Mark's book is probably not his fault. I tried a new author in the hope of finding a good one, and this book may have cured me of this approach to selecting books. I kept waiting for the book to finish so that I could get onto something less predictable and more interesting.
I don't pay a lot of attention as to who is narrating, except that I'd listen to almost anything done by Will Patton. I don't know if I've heard Jay Snyder before, but he was not the problem with this book. In fact, his ability to make the characters distinct by altering his voice was excellent.
Not for me. I never want to read another one.
I wish I had known in advance how juvenile this book was. Not really worth my time.
Would you consider the audio edition of On Target to be better than the print version?
The audio edition is always better than the print edition when you have a good narrator. And especially when you find the right narrator, and use he/she consistently through the series. The Gray Man novels are no exception--an intense and believable storyline combined with a talented narrator, make for a great listening experience. These novels are on par with the Jack Reacher series for sure. I've listened to them all, and I can't wait for the next one. Thanks Mark Greaney and Jay Snyder!
Yes, it was full of action and suspense & an intriguing storyline.
James Patterson-Kill Me If You CanEric Jerome Dickey-Gideon seriesThe lone assassin story line is very similar, as well as the amount of action & suspense. You will definitely not be disappointed with the story line.
Jay Snyder is an amazing narrator! I've listened to dozens & dozens of audio books and some I can't even get through the first CD because the narrator is so monotone & dull. Snyder is excellent at shifting from one character to the next, giving each voice it's own personality & distinctiveness. You can really envision each character as each one is introduced.
And you think you've had a hard day? Meet The Gray Man!
Awesome read that now has me hooked on this author. I look forward to hearing the next set of books and catching up on this series. Very enjoyable read that kept me excitited & anxious to hear more.
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