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Gunmetal Gray

Narrated by: Jay Snyder
Series: Gray Man, Book 6
Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10,551 ratings)

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Mark Greaney, the New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, delivers another breakneck thriller following the world's deadliest assassin - the Gray Man.

After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert? Court's high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese. Fitzroy was contracted to find Fan Jiang, a former member of an ultra-secret computer warfare unit responsible for testing China's own security systems. And it seems Fan may have been too good at his job - because China wants him dead. The first two kill teams Fitzroy sent to find Fan have disappeared, and the Chinese have decided to "supervise" the next operation. What they don't know is that Gentry's mission is to find Fan first and get whatever intel he has to the US. After that, all he has to do is get out alive.

©2017 Mark Greaney (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Great Book, Overshadowed by its Perfect Predecessor

I stayed up all night to finish, "Gunmetal Gray!" The story is fluid, with a heavier emphasis on action/adventure than espionage compared to the last 2 books. It is an enjoyable read, although it suffers from the fabulous success of the previous Gray Man, "Back Blast."

Without giving away spoilers, I loved the interplay between the shadowy criminal organizations, spy services, hacking, government commandos and exotic locales. Frankly, I liked it so much that I would have enjoyed a few more hours worth of details.

Jay Snyder did a superb job with the narration. His many voices, accents, and tones make the characters come alive. If they ever make a movie, they better dub in his voice to make sure the movie is as realistic as the book!

P.S. Not that it matters, but "Back Blast" was the best action/adventure/espionage thriller that I've read since Ian Fleming's most outstanding achievement, "From Russia with Love." It occurred to me while writing this review that the 5th James Bond book and the 5th Gray Man book were also the best in each series. Both books were hard, if not impossible acts to follow!

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Another thrilling adventure

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Non-stop action, great performance!

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

From Asia with Love

Any additional comments?

Mark Greaney is the #1 New York Times Best-selling co-author of more than six books in the Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series and this month he released the 6th thrilling novel in his own, original, Gray Man series. If you’ve followed my blog posts over this last year you may know that I’m a big fan of Mark‘s and that I always devour his works with abandon.

In Gunmetal Gray, Court Gentry aka The Gray Man is back with his old employer at the Central Inteligence Agency and the action takes place right after the events of the last year’s fantastic Back Blast. Court is sent into Hong Kong in a solo mission with orders to kidnap a Chinese hacker and to rescue an old friend, but when he is recognized at the airport by Chinese operators in the intelligence Bureau all his plans are out the window and The Gray Man is on his own.

Without me giving anything of the plot away, I will say that although Gunmetal Gray is not quite as intense as its predecessor, Back Blast, the story is great, the action is non-stop and the Gray Man is deadlier than ever… The are guns, explosions, hand to hand combat, gadgets, boats, spies, special operators of all kinds, hackers, women whom at the same time are beautiful and deadly. There is betrayal, blackmail, murder and a lot of intelligence agencies are battleling one another, fighting to get their hands on the hacker before Court does. I loved the breakneck speed with witch events develop, I enjoyed the race from country to country, the Gray Man‘s resourcefulness to conquer any situation, the cat and mouse games and the timid love story developing between… well, I’ll let you find that out on your own.

This Gray Man audiobook is brought to life once again with talent and passion by the great actor and voice over artist Jay Snyder. His voice reminds me of Snake from the Metal Gear Solid series of video games, he can read, act, prelongue the tension and infuse action scenes with urgency. He even sounds good performing all the words in different asiatic languages. For Gunmetal Gray he uses lots of accents and voices, from gruff Russian for pissed off operatives, to scared Chinese henchmen, dialing it down to calm and even feminine cadences. He is perfect for this series and it’s obvious that he enjoys the role.

I said it lots of times and I’ll say it again Mark Greaney is one of the best thriller / espionage writers of the moment, Gunmetal Gray is intense, unputdownable and thrilling from beginning to end. I saw Mark evolve with every book and and I can’t wait for the next one in this great series! If you enjoy works by authors like Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn you’ll love what Mark delivers with the Gray Man series.

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Greaney sets the bar even higher.

The only disappointment is when it's over. From beginning to end a thrilling ride. Long may the team of Mark Greaney, Courtland Gentry, and Jay Snyder reign. Amen

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Great Book NEED MORE

I am completely addicted to the characters and story. I love the fact you are transported into the story. I hope there will be another book soon!!!!

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Enthralling

This is book six in the Gray Man series. It is important to read these books in order. Courtland Gentry is a CIA agent turned freelancer. The CIA send Gentry to Hong Kong. He is to find and bring out a Chinese Defector, Fan Jiang. Fan Jiang is a cyber warfare specialist for the Chinese Government. His parents just died in an auto accident. Now that he has no family, the cyber-unit is out to terminate him because they no longer have leverage control over him. Fan wants to go to Taiwan, but the CIA wants him, as do the Chinese, the Russians and a Vietnamese gang.

The book is well written. Greaney co-wrote several of the Tom Clancy novels. Greaney creates an intricate plot. The story weaves in the exotic scenery of the orient. The action, excitement and tension is never ending. If you enjoy none stop action this is a book for you.

The book is about seventeen hours long. Jay Snyder does an excellent job narrating the series. Snyder is a voice over artist and an award-winning audiobook narrator.


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  • DK
  • 11-14-17

Audible Please Get the Next Gray Man/Mark Greaney


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Court Gentry is back, in the somewhat good graces of the CIA. He has a new handler, a desk jockey who's never seen a bit of action in her life, and a new assignment. He doesn't have all the information on it and soon he is flying by the seat of his pants, with no help from the CIA. An old friend, Donald Fitzroy is being held hostage by the Chinese and Gentry is willing to do anything that it takes to get him back. This takes him all over Asia, crashing into several gangs and his team of Russians.

Gunmetal Gray is another outstanding book in the fantastic series written by Mark Greary. Greary. Court Gentry helps fill the void from Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series. I cannot wait for the next book to be released sometime in 2018!

Jay Snyder is perfect in his voice performance of Court Gentry and the characters that surround him. Excellent!

Listeners should be warned that there is some strong language and descriptive violence.

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Court cannot trust anyone!

This book lost stars for me because the injustice left me frustrated and angry. Court cannot trust anyone!!! I despise his handler, Suzanne Brewer. She is wicked, devious and a backstabbing betrayer. So is everyone else in the CIA, except Court, who really is no longer in the CIA. The story is good, except for the total injustice at the end. Terrible ending!!! However, there is a lot of action and battles galore. I throughly enjoyed Court's new friend he calls Spider Monkey, who was a Russian operative. She is as talented as Court in killer skills. I hope she shows up again in future books. Mainly I hope that Suzanne Brewer gets wiped out completely; also Matt Hannly, Zack Hightower, and others on Court's old CIA goon squad.

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A terrific entry

This was a very good book in the Gray Man series, although I have to agree with another reviewer that it suffers slightly from following the previous book "Back Blast", which was an absolutely marvelous nonstop thriller. I have read all the previous Gray Man books at least three times. This one will likely be no different.

This book starts out a bit slow but kicks in about a quarter of the way through. It has some great female characters. There is a a likeable one and then there is Brewer. I didn't like her much in Book Five and she is a real witch in this one. I think Court may have to take her down a notch or two in the next book! Hightower and a couple guys from the team Sierra make another appearance and there is some understandable tension there. FitzRoy was here, too.

The book takes us all around Asia from ritzy night clubs to rice paddies via planes, boats, and trains with an occasional helicopter ride. I couldn't quite finish it in one sitting, but I wanted to. Although it's a stand-alone, the author leaves us wanting more. I don't want to do a spoiler, but as I said, I don't think Court will stand for his having been treated badly, so I am looking forward to seeing in the next book what he will do about it. I hope it will be memorable.

Jay Snyder is one of my favorite narrators. The man has a voice like honey and switches character voices and accents effortlessly. I could listen to him read stock inventories, phone books or the dictionary.




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The author just couldn’t let a great story have a smooth ending.

Story great. Performance as usual was superb. Ending seemed to be stretched into a far flung realm that required tension and unhappiness to prevail. Hoping for better to come.

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Not my favorite story in the series.

Wow this was a very long book. It was also my least favorite of the series. It seemed to have a lot of filler nonsense and the action scenes seemed to take a very long time. I had a hard time finishing this book due to the filler nonsense and the story line being drug out way too much. But I do love The Gray Man aka Court Gentry. He is awesome!

I have already started the next book and it is already better than this one and ALL the previous books are AMAZING. So YAY!

As for the narration. Jay Snyder is absolutely amazing! He does all the accents so well. He does the female voices very, his reading voice is very nice and Court Gentry sounds really sexy. A++ narrator.

This is an amazing series regardless of this story not being the best compared to the others. So I totally recommend this series. Its fun and full of action.

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  • Salter
  • 01-25-18

This is very very good...

I wasn't sure about this one initially, as I picked it up on the Daily Deal - and it isn't my usual fare. I was very glad I did. Super story from Mark Greaney. I'll definitely be looking for more in the series.
I really Like Court Gentry as a lead character. A hitman with a real conscience. I enjoyed the growing relationship between Court and Zoya too - which I hope will continue in future novels.
If you like the spy/crime/action genre's then you'll really enjoy this.
I would have given this 5 stars across the board, but I found Jay Snyder's narration to be a little 'robotic' at times. On the whole though he performed this very well.
Would definitely recommend...

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  • CT
  • 03-30-17

great series

I really enjoyed this Gray man series.
Lost of good action and adventure.
It's no deep work of classical literature but it kept me going at work and while driving.
Hoping for another soon

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  • anthony
  • 02-24-17

Perfect combo.

This has to be one of my top 3 series at the moment and i cant get enough. There is great action with a great storey line to go along side it. I think that this author and narrator make possibly the best combination and i could listen to them all day. If you enjoy listening to authors like Tom Wood, vince flynn, stephen leather, brad thor and tom clancy then you are going to love this series. All i can say is just give it a go.

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  • lorraine
  • 02-25-17

Gray man as exciting as ever

Gentry manages to live another day whilst most others suffer when coming into contact with him. Basic clandestine spy stuff but the character is interesting and the whole book is fast paced. All Gray Man books build up an excellent picture and this one continues with an interesting twist which means I am looking forward to the next instalment.
Narration is excellent and makes for easy character definition when listening to the plot unfurl.

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  • jason
  • 09-28-17

easy 5 stars

extremely good story , really enjoyed it.
can't wait for the next one guys,
Best one so far

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  • Phil
  • 05-07-19

Incorrect reading of some words

The narrator said that a character was laid ‘prostate’. I’m certain he meant prostrate. This wasn’t the only time a word was misread

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  • William Acheson
  • 07-24-17

prefer abridged!!

narrative was poor and a bit long winded in parts.think that I might prefer abridged next time

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  • A. O. Dea
  • 03-04-17

terrific!

have read annd totalky enjoyed all the Grey Man books, this one is well up to standard.

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  • Sandy
  • 02-26-17

Gunmetal Gray - the Gray Man

I really liked this book, but there again, I have enjoyed all Mark Greaney stories that I've read. The storyline is totally far-fetched, but it rolls along at such a gallop you don't really notice. Look forward to the next one.

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  • Andrea Edan
  • 08-05-19

Unmemorable

One of the main reasons that I write reviews is to remind myself about an author or a series written by that author. Clearly I had forgotten to do this with this book so I was well into chapter 4 when I realised that I recognised the story and had obviously listened to it once before. Indeed, it was so unmemorable that I actually finished listening to all 16 hours of it all over again. The story seems to have been written with movie script in mind as it is full of action and exotic, if hostile, locations. If one is looking for something to while away the hours, this is the book for you. The narration is quite peculiar as the narrator seems to struggle with all the accents.

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  • Mr. Stephen McDermott
  • 03-05-17

The Gray Man is unstoppable.

Another superb addition to this amazing series, and another brilliant performance by Jay Snyder.
Totally awesome.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-18

Love the grey man

This series is so bloody good and addictive I just can’t stop listening to it and stop watching the tv as the author and narrator are a great combo. If you haven’t listened to the grey man series do it you won’t regret it!!

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  • Carol
  • 06-26-18

Easy listen, well narrated

If you like verbose fight scenes, this is the book for you! I cant be sure but it certainly felt like one fight scene lasted ten chapters!! Wow, throw another three fight scens in and lets call it a story, shall we?
What this book needed was a good editor. “He took the monicular out of his pocket, put the string around his wrist tightly, took off the cap, fogged the lens with his breath, which he’d gargled with Listerine in the morning, used the bottom front edge of his Italian cotton tee and polished the lens before lifting it to his eye”.
All those words made for a bit of a nothing story, that had a dissapointing end. There were parts of the story that didnt make sense. Our main character made his way out of having his hands zip tired, off a barge on a dirty river somewhere in an Asian jungle in one scene and In the next scene he was putting something into the search engine on his laptop . . . .how it made it out of the jungle I can only guess?
I’v had plenty of misses latley on Audible, i was glad this wasnt one of them.
The narrator was excellent.

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  • AMANDA
  • 04-13-17

Best of the best, yet.

Wow!! Brilliant as always. Greyman is officially my hero. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-17

Really enjoyed it

I really enjoyed the story and characters. Reader had great shades to his voice, bringing the characters alive. Highly recommend.

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  • Knee Deep
  • 04-01-17

Best Gray Man novel , yet.


Best Gray Man novel, yet.

The only thing letting this performance down was inconsistency of voice, volume, mixing, etc when recordings were resumed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-19

A Must Have!

Masterfuly written and Narrated! this along with all the others in the series are in my opinion a must listen to. I am not one to usually listen to or read books but I have done so with the entire series 3 times over or more!.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-19

Another high paced action thriller.

This is another high paced action thriller. in the Gray man series and shows a different side to Court Gentry. Another awesome read by Jay Snyder who builds and keeps you engrossed through his masterful portrayal of the characters. Again a thoroughly enjoyable read. I am well an truly hooked..

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  • Anna
  • 03-24-19

Gunmetal still guns it!

I was tentative on this series until the 2nd chapter of the first book. Been completely hooked ever since and love that Greaney returns to loose threads in the sequel of books tying them into later plots/later books. Snyder is a magician with his characterisations and inflections. I stopped to read a Lee Child’s Jack Reacher story before this one but it comes a very poor second to the Gray Man.

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  • Joe Bond
  • 06-26-18

Best Gray Man Yet

Jay skilfully narrates another action-packed story with intriguing twists and turns. This story is the closest to the classic James Bond spy story yet, without diverting from the pace or character of previous books. Difficult to put down till the end