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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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    Douglas Mission Viejo, CA, United States 04-28-12
    Douglas Mission Viejo, CA, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Just OK"

    Okay story but a bit melodramatic and predictable. Main character is not believable. Maybe one too many twists and turns.

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    Douglas Chico, CA, United States 04-25-12
    Douglas Chico, CA, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2005
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    "What can I say?"

    Most bad books you simply put down. But this book, "The Gray Man" was so bad that I listened as if it was truly an artful parody of a thriller. It keep reaching new highs in being ridiculous. The narrator sounded exactly like Ted Night (the judge in the movie Caddyshack) who died in 1986. Don't say that you weren't warned.

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    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 04-22-12
    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Contrived but could not put it down"

    Thrillers that rely on the one super-hero, often a former spy or SEAL with clipped wings who has been nursing his wounds in retirement, usually require some kind of setup of circumstances that stretches the imagination. The setup in this case was exceedingly contrived. Getting chased by secret kill squads from 10-15 countries in a mad dash across Europe to beat a morning deadline for a contract signing set by a petulant dictator on another continent is as contrived as I have ever seen.

    That backdrop and the fact that the narrator, in my view, seemed to be more of a novice than the experienced reader he apparently is, were two strikes against this. But the book was still a home run. It was clever, nail-biting, informative, well-researched, and, by that all important intangible measure, I could not put it down. A worthy listen, and highly recommended for those, like me, who love the thriller genre.

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    Alan 04-20-12
    Alan 04-20-12

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "Gray Man is cool"

    First time I've listened to Mark Greaney and this character was pretty good. I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. Recommend it to anyone who likes none stop action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Williams Overland Park, Ks United States 04-15-12
    R. Williams Overland Park, Ks United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A bit different and very good"
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    I enjoyed the book. If you like the main spy thriller authors, you should like this one. One thing that is different in the Gray Man series is that plans go off track and the characters are not indestructable. Feels much more realistic. Reading the 3rd one now. I highly recommend reading this series in order. The story develops through the series.

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    Jason 04-12-12
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    "One of the few books that I could wait..."
    Where does The Gray Man rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    One of the few books that I could wait see what happens next. One of the most action pack books I have listen to in ages.


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    james 04-01-12
    james 04-01-12
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    "The Jack Reacher of professional assassins"

    A moral superman in an immoral profession. Well written and suspenseful, until of course, you realize none of this is really possible. Impressive body count, and hateful bad guys too.
    Well read, though the voice of the french girl is a little, well, amusing.
    Overall a fun listen and I would look for this combination of author and reader again.

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    Mark T Ryan Sydney 04-01-12
    Mark T Ryan Sydney 04-01-12 Member Since 2012

    Just a guy looking to fill the time gaps with fresh perspectives. Looking for insights that prompt glimpses of difference.

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    "A Classic Page Turner"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gray Man the most enjoyable?

    Fast moving drama driven by a righteous guy. Credibility out the window as the story just carries you away


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Grey Man is far cooler than Mr Bond and more contemporary than the cold war warriors.


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

    Besides Jim boy it would have to be Kurt.


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    Sean 03-21-12
    Sean 03-21-12

    Sean

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    "Put Bond, Bourne and Hunt in one guy, just saying"
    If you could sum up The Gray Man in three words, what would they be?

    Hold on Tight!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Court of course, he's a bad a** and is human after all.


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

    He makes you really feel like you are living this adventure/hell of a ride right with Court.


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

    We've got your newest action hero here...


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the feel that the narrator put into Court and he rest of the cast, his accents were good and I liked how he set the tone of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Corrado Hoboken, NJ, United States 03-20-12
    Corrado Hoboken, NJ, United States 03-20-12

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    "Hard to stop listening..."
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could have listened to it all in 1 sitting... It was really engaging and I had a hard time putting it down.


    Any additional comments?

    The high pace action and well crafted ballet of wits and survival instincts make this book really addictive. I enjoyed the story, the awesome narration... And knowing that I had 2 more sequels to look forward to make me a happy camper.

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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
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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 .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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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