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)
Although I agree with some of the other reviewers about a few "jump the shark" moments, I really enjoyed the first book in this series.
Granted the main character is a bit one-dimensional, but the story moved along at a good pace and with some excellent villains (especially that American guy, how refreshing it wasn't just some nasty foreigner) and some characters we actually care about (like the eight year old Claire), there was a lot to like in this thriller.
I didn't mind all the wounds and mayhem heaped upon our hero because how many times have you read in books or seen in movies of this genre where the person crashes through a plate glass window and emerges unscathed and you accept that?
I just wish there had been a little less of all the weapons detail with lots of Guns 101 where I got to know more about guns than I care.
I also wish there had been a smidge (yes, just a smidge) of romance with someone along the way. Maybe the next book.
And I first heard Jay Snyder with the Ex series and except for the eight year old's voice, he does a terrific job.
I guess I was looking for more of a Bourne type story here. Instead, I endured a totally implausible tale of a "super" hitman who takes on and defeats single-handedly a contingent an all international allstar hit team. That allowed ridiculous dialog like, "The Saudi team was overhead. The Libyan were two minutes out. The Bolivians and Indonesians were enroute." Every bullet the hero fired was true and hit its target. Every bullet fired at him "just missed". Battle after battle, same thing. Very tiresome. Add to this some ridiculously stereotypical villains breathlessly spouting overheated dialog and you have a very unenjoyable read. I can't for the life of me figure why I stuck it out to the end.
Burn the manuscript.
Whoever does the voice of Bart Simpson these days.
The waiter in the restaurant in Geneva was fine. Everyone else should be edited out.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
There's a new hero in town, and his name is "The Gray Man". There is a new top espionage writer in town, and his name is Mark Greaney(look out Vince Flynn). There is a new top narrator in town, and his name is Jay Snyder(look out Mr. Guidall). I bought two of the three books in the series after having read another reviewers praise of the "Gray Man" Series. I have now finished the first 2 of 3 books and am nearly finished with the 3rd. If you like the action Mitch Rappp character in the many Vince Flynn books as well as the non stop action epitomized in the Indiana Jones series, you will love this series. However if you plan to get to sleep at night, don't plan to listen to just 30 minutes before bed. You will lose hours of sleep in this extraordinary action thriller. I can't wait for the next book to come out!
Never heard of Mark Greaney prior to seeing his name on Audible. One of the most enjoyable listening I have had. I look forward to downloading more of his work.
I love books!
My first by this author. It wasn't deep but it was an enjoyable, entertaining listen. Kind of Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp like. This guy couldn't catch a break. I'll listen to the author again.
Yes, not for the plot, but I enjoy listening to Jay Snyder's voice. He could read The Farmer's Almanac and I'd like to listen to him. Gentry is the good/bad guy. He must have nine lives because no normal man could sustain such damage and STILL accomplish his mission.
Maybe. I'm not really into espionage and spy thrillers.
One of them would be when he managed to escape from the well. You just knew he had to survive because Gentry is the main character in the story, but you didn't have a clue how in world he would accomplish this escape. Pretty ingenious idea. Kind of like Mygyver. Two paper clips and a rubber band kind of escape.
I was moved by the scene when he contacted the man who had trained him years ago as a last ditch attempt to rescue the kidnapped family, and his trainer volunteered to serve as a deterent at the cost of his own life, which allowed Gentry to make his escape.
I enjoyed this book. It was a little different from what you usually find in this genre, but kept to much of the basic formula as well. Great first book. The other books in the series were not quite as good, but still entertaining.
Great book some unrealistic survival sequences and a little predictable but over all a good fun read.
This was like a Bourne adventure, and I don't even remember buying it! But I must say that I couldn't stop listening to it once I started. I even went and bought the next two in the series!
The only warning I would give is to make sure, before you start this book, that you have 11 hours of listening time available because once you start it you won't want to stop.
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.
"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 .
"Outstanding series any Lee Child fan would love."
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 !!!!!!
Court Gentry as he does not believe in the word NO.
Too many to pick one particular scene.
The only reaction I had to this book was to buy the other three in the series released so far the next day.
Read the books in order as there is a vague theme running through them.
"non stop action thriller"
no, as in most thrillers the pace is frantic and the writing ok but not the sort of prose to linger over
The scene with the veterinary nurse, it is the first true human interaction from the gray man
No but the acents were not at all authentic. The various assasinss all gravitated to Irish or African with very little to differenentiate.
assassins from across the globe against one man wirh a mission
Suspend disbelief and its a good fast paced yarn, I am looking forward to the next one.
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