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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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    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 08-01-12
    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Superb! New Author and New Performer"
    Where does The Gray Man rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Fast, fast pace - hard to stop listening


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

    The Ghostwalker series by Feehan; Brad Thor's work; Both suspenseful and full of alpha heroes


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

    No - will look for him now! He was great, voice overs were 90% perfect until he tried to impersonate an 8 year old little GIRL - that didn't sound too great, BUT she didn't have much of a speaking part so it was okay!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole thing was great - too many to make note on just one


    Any additional comments?

    If you need an assassination expert, you contact the best; a man known and feared by all as ???the Grey Man???. THE GREY MAN aka Court Gentry is a legend in the black ops business, a former CIA operative until someone ???burned??? him - he is now a freelance operator who takes his contracts from one man. Unfortunately, his latest hit has caused a huge conglomerate to want his head and money is no object; Court has a $20 million bounty on his head to be delivered in a cooler!??????

    *** I really love to discover new authors, and after reading THE GREY MAN by Mark Greaney you can bet, I have found a new favorite and am going to follow this author very carefully. Right from the get go Greaney had me on the edge of my seat and kept it up throughout. Just as our hero Court had no time to rest fighting numerous ???wet??? squads as he traveled to save the lives of two 8 year old twin girls, (granddaughters of his one time friend) there was no rest for the reader as well. It is a great thing when either listening or reading a book you begin to feel the stress your hero goes through right along with them. ??????Back to the plot -our hero Court is a killer, but with a moral code in that he believes the person he has killed leaves the world a better place after their demise. Court, an American, was once a CIA operative and until a ???wet??? job went so bad, he believed that what he did, was for the good of his country. Unfortunately, now the CIA has a shoot on sight order on him in which the author uses to emphasize just how alone, Court is in his life. ??????

    The conglomerate that is after Court is all-powerful and has billions at stake should they not be able to bring Court???s head on a platter to the brother of his last assassination target. The different characters Greaney created who were the villians in THE GREY MAN were expertly crafted in that this reader really, wanted to jump into the story and give one of them a whack - he was that nasty!

    ??????Bottom Line: Author Greany created in THE GREY MAN an incredible new hero, who survived numerous teams of killers intent on eliminating him as well as probably the one person he trusted the most in the world. Thrills, chills and high explosive suspense was the order of the day and Greaney provided it in abundance in this impressive debut! Highly recommended - this is an author to watch!

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    Howard Cedar springs, MI, United States 07-31-12
    Howard Cedar springs, MI, United States 07-31-12
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    "Fast pace, exiting, and fun read!!"

    This book was fun to read, reminded me of the "Ryan verse"! Mark Greaney also Co-wrote the lates "ryan verse' book Locked on.

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    Dani B. Whitney Point, NY United States 07-17-12
    Dani B. Whitney Point, NY United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Eh...I've heard worse"
    Would you try another book from Mark Greaney and/or Jay Snyder?

    I most likely will not get another book from the author. Ridiculous story and the main character is a super human that cannot die. It left me more annoyed than entertained.


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    Kendra Mount Vernon, IL, United States 07-09-12
    Kendra Mount Vernon, IL, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Exciting stuff!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gray Man to be better than the print version?

    I have both the print version and the audio version of these books. Both are good, but the audio really brought the stories to life.


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    robert qualicum beach, British Columbia, Canada 07-04-12
    robert qualicum beach, British Columbia, Canada 07-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "B movie Stuff"

    Very disapointed the narration was kids stuff and left after one hour.Will pass on the rest of the seies

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    Janna Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 07-04-12
    Janna Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 07-04-12
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    "Swedish Police thriller that is a bit slow"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gray Man?

    The twists and turns at the end were good. The insight to the darkness that's part of a police investigator is interesting. The depressing circumstances of aging are well written.


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    06-15-12
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    "NONSTOP ACTION"

    This book will be made into an action sooner or later. The action is nonstop, intense, and violent. I am glad i listened to the audible version instead of reading it. The narration is first-rate. This is an adrenaline rush from beginning to end. If you are looking for entertainment that you can get lost in, and you enjoy this genre, you cannot go wrong with this book.

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    William Boca Raton, FL, United States 06-07-12
    William Boca Raton, FL, United States 06-07-12
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    "Finally a book on par with Lee Child's Reacher"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gray Man to be better than the print version?

    Very edgy, technical with amazing characters. Makes you laugh and also keeps you so on the edge of your seat that you may be tempted to pause the story to catch your breath.


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    mary winston 05-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "TOOOOOO Unbelievable"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    men


    Has The Gray Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Snyder?

    yes


    What character would you cut from The Gray Man?

    Lloyd!! He is an immature, adolescent bully...no one with his temperament would be in his place of authority!


    Any additional comments?

    Just way too unbelievable....

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    LaShawn BYrd 05-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Gray Man Rocks."
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The Gray Man is a unique character-no friends, no family, a true loner-it makes you root for him even more.


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  • Mark
    Silverdale, United Kingdom
    10/30/13
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    "Escapism"

    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.

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  • don
    peterborough, United Kingdom
    8/9/14
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    "worst book i've ever had"
    Would you try another book written by Mark Greaney or narrated by Jay Snyder?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Greaney’s story?

    starting it


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Snyder’s performances?

    doubtful


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    anger


    Any additional comments?

    How someone who co-wrote Tom Clancy books could write such utter drivel .

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  • Wickerman49
    Sompting, West Sussex United Kingdom
    4/21/14
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    "Outstanding series any Lee Child fan would love."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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 !!!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Court Gentry as he does not believe in the word NO.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Too many to pick one particular scene.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The only reaction I had to this book was to buy the other three in the series released so far the next day.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the books in order as there is a vague theme running through them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rita
    HORSHAM, United Kingdom
    4/20/14
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    "non stop action thriller"
    Would you listen to The Gray Man again? Why?

    no, as in most thrillers the pace is frantic and the writing ok but not the sort of prose to linger over


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gray Man?

    The scene with the veterinary nurse, it is the first true human interaction from the gray man


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

    No but the acents were not at all authentic. The various assasinss all gravitated to Irish or African with very little to differenentiate.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    assassins from across the globe against one man wirh a mission


    Any additional comments?

    Suspend disbelief and its a good fast paced yarn, I am looking forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madam Dragon
    Norfolk, UK
    4/8/14
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    "Gripping Stuff"
    What did you like most about The Gray Man?

    Resourceful-ness !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gray Man?

    How exhausting it was!


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favourite?

    Court Gentry
    The old man in Paris! his old CIA comrade.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt dreadful for him. I felt his pain!


    Any additional comments?

    Rollacoaster of a book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandra
    Loughborough, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "Fantastic first book"
    What did you like most about The Gray Man?

    Fast moving, wonderfully descriptive and leaving you wondering what would happen next


    What did you like best about this story?

    You felt as though you were watching the action


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favourite?

    Claire was my favourite as she's a plucky little girl who clearly loves her family


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    A real must-read book. Hard to put down, and I look forward to reading more of these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stella
    UK
    12/8/13
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    "THRILLING READ"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Lawson
    Grantham, England
    12/1/13
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    "As good as Tom Clancy"
    Would you listen to The Gray Man again? Why?

    Probably not, good for one listen only really. A 2nd listen and you would already know all the plot twists.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very good story, developed well & plenty of twists to keep you hooked.


    Did Jay Snyder do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    He had very good unique accents for each character, although it took me a while to get used to his meter.


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

    No it was too long for that, but I did find myself looking forwards to driving so I could listen some more.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Godalming, United Kingdom
    10/26/13
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    "Far fetched, but fun!"
    Where does The Gray Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    somewhere in the middle


    Has The Gray Man put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    What aspect of Jay Snyder’s performance might you have changed?

    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!


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom
    10/24/13
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    "Worse thriller I have ever read!"
    What disappointed you about The Gray Man?

    The unbelievable plot


    What will your next listen be?

    The next Jack Reacher book by Lee Child


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Awful accents and wrongly pronounced place names


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

    The first chapter, which showed promise


    Any additional comments?

    This book should have been placed in the comedy genre as I had a good laugh over the awful accents and mispronounced names

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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