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)
Again, another exciting story line that kept me deeply engaged. So many familiar places, including small towns in Switzerland. Very vivid. Simply thrilling.
Not terrible. But there is no way anyone could survive everything that happened to The Gray Man. Much less continue with his mission. I love a good thriller. But this verged into the absurd after a while.
Not much more to say. I've read the last & now the first & I have books 2 & 3 of the series down loaded & ready to go. Mark Greaney you'd better hurry up with book 5 ready ASAP. Or if it's already written audible needs to move it along.
I get it, intrigue novels are supposed to be about people escaping crazy situations but one man escaping 12 TEAMS of special forces type assassins is absurd. The car ride with the veterinary nurse was the last straw for me. There's lots of action so if that's your primary draw to a book you will love this one.
No, not if his other books are as absurd as this one.
Jay Snyder is an excellent narrator. Too bad he was given such bad material.
Wore out my eye muscles rolling my eyes so much.
The Gray Man is nonstop action.
The Gray Man
Favorite scene was in the beginning when Gentry offed the extremist who was about to behead a US solder.
Sure if you can take the stress!
Story was very engaging. The hero is injured and we are left feeling his limitations and pain. Looking forward to trying more novels by both the author and narrator.
Narrator seemed to have trouble with accents. The story was okay and the main character went through a lot of challenges that were good, but hard to believe one man could survive so much. The main character was likeable abd I found myself rooting for him, but it was somewhat hats to push through on the storytelling.
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.
"Anything but Gray"
Have only listened to the audible version
You learn about the gray man as the story unfolds, and right to the end
Top story at a very fast pace, Hollywood blockbuster with balls
"Fast paced, gritty and full of twists."
I enjoyed the suspense and the narration was excellent. Looking forward to the rest of this series. The main character took a little getting use to, however wouldn't change him in any way.
"Great story, just a bit too long!"
I think the number of fights along the way were a little to many to offer credibility to the story, perhaps shortened version by at least 2 teams... I ended up fast forwarding through the last "two kill teams" sections... Still a great story a first for me with Mark Greaney
Yes, but got a little monotonous :(
Enjoyed the book some great one liners from a very dry main character... Worth A listen
"Great book but questionable accents"
The story is great, but the American narrator's grasp of any accent (Irish, English / other are all over the place which becomes a bit distracting after a time) didn't stop me enjoying the book and have just bought the next in the series.
Quite an entertaining story - not challenging in any way shape or form but good background listening when you are doing things around the house.
An enjoyable listen when you have switched your brain off.
The narrator's pronunciation is dreadful. Annoyed me at first, then made me laugh as it was so ludicrous - listen out for Citroen, Tblisi and Peugeot.
"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!
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.
"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 .
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