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From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels comes an all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man....

Court Gentry was the CIA's best agent. Until the day the agency turned against him and put out a kill-on-sight order. That's when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born - and Court has been working for himself ever since.

Now Court is back in Washington, looking for answers. He's determined to find out what happened all those years ago that made the agency turn against him. On his list to interrogate are his former partners and the men who sent him on his last mission. What he doesn't realize is that the questions that arose from that mission are still reverberating in the US intelligence community, and he's stumbled onto a secret that powerful people want kept under wraps. And now they have Court in their crosshairs.

Court Gentry is used to having people on his trail, but this time it's on US soil - the last place he wants to be. Now he'll have to find the answers to his fate while evading capture...and avoiding death.

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

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Excellent next step in this series.

I've loved this series from the first one to the last. No wonder the Clancy people picked this author up.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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For me, the most satisfying Gray Man novel to-date

Who was your favorite character and why?

Court Gentry. A most compelling character who works through some personal challenges while being a total bad a@#. All of Mark's books, both Gray Man and Tom Clancy series, include rich character development, complex plots, and obvious deep research on weapons and geography.

What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

Jay Snider must remain the narrator for the Gray Man series, as he has defined and expanded each character within each novel.

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

Neither. It makes me impressed by the author's storytelling skills and the narrator's range of believable character voices.

Any additional comments?

Mark, keep 'em coming! You are my favorite action series author. My wife and I live near Richmond, VA, so hearing you navigate Court through our neck of the woods was very gratifying.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Excellent GRAY MAN book - I can't wait for more...

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To begin with Jay Snyder did a fantastic job as always. I won't restate the synopsis since you don't need a review for that. I thought this book was Excellent. I wasn't sure if Mark Greaney would be able to top his last book "Dead Eye" but this one is just as good if not better. I read someone's review on Amazon and was so surprised to see they had written that some of the stunts were unrealistic and out there. Well, the stunts in this book are pretty wild but if you are a fan of this series, think back to the first book when he is given a blood transfusion while driving a car, beats 4 men in hand to hand and goes on to save the day and while laying on the driveway bleeding out he's offered a job! This book has some out there moments but that goes to making it more exciting. As the story goes, there were some touching moments, Court sees his father for the first time in 20 years. They don't get to speak but I can see this developed in future books. Also, Court's background and teen years are filled in some. There were some real surprises also. Lots of twists, deciet and back stabbing. But some friendships are renewed. I think Court ends up on top in this book and Murphy takes a shot at others. The biggest shock is finally learning the truth about why this is a Shoot on Sight order. I was very impressed with this book and can't wait for the next. <br/>Please don't make us wait 3 more years!<br/>Highly Recommended!<br/>If you find this review helpful please indicate so. <br/>Thank You.

83 of 93 people found this review helpful

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Wow! When's the movie?

It has been a while since the last Gray Man book, but this was worth the wait. Just fantastic. Court Gentry doesn't know why the term order was given on him, so he has been running for more than 5 years. He wants answers, he doesn't want to hurt anyone, but the bodies keep piling up. And most of them? He didn't kill them. Who is killing the people he needs to talk to? Who is after him?

We are allowed to know part of the story right from the start, but not all of it. There are crosses, double crosses, and triple crosses! Surprise after surprise, you can't guess it all. And action? If this were a movie, I would have been out of my seat cheering and jumping up and down. This book makes me want to run and leap, and yell.

There are several characters to hug, and some to slap, or as Gentry does, let others kill. It is sad to me that these highly-trained men who often get into this business because of patriotism, then work together as brothers can then turn on and kill each other just because they have orders. I hope that part isn't true.

Gentry finally does get it all sorted out, yet still gets the shaft. but if he retired to a farm in Virginia, there would be no more Sierra 6. I am happy that there will be room for a few more Gray Man books.

Jay Snyder does a wonderful job reading this book. Congratulations to Mark Greaney!

Maybe most of this is unrealistic, but Bruce Willis and James Bond seem to keep us believing, so I am willing to go with the Gray Man. And Court Gentry is a really good guy.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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good book

enjoyed resding this author and listening to the audio
action was consistent and never ending
several stories within the main context and kept me reading and guessing

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 02-17-16

WOW! Just WOW!!

Back Blast solidifies Mark Greaney's position is the best writer of espionage thrillers living today! The competition is strong from Brad Thor, Ben Coes, Brad Taylor, Daniel Silva, Brett Battles, Dalton Fury, Nelson DeMille, Tom Wood, Alex Berenson, and others. I first noticed Greaney when he started co-authoring Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series and the quality of Clancy's books improved. The Gray Man/Court Gentry novels and Greaney's continuing to write the Jack Ryan series after Clancy's death have been consistently outstanding. In my opinion Greaney is at the level of Vince Flynn who tragically died in 2013.

In Back Blast Court Gentry after 5 years is tired of running from the the CIA kill order that he does not understand, so he goes to Washington DC to find the reason. The novel unfolds from there. There is constant suspense and action. The audio novel is 18 hours long but as the end approached I found I wanted it to continue.

Jay Snyder narrates. He is one of the best and he does not disappoint.

30 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Okay, not a disappointment, but...

The book was well written and the narration was nice. The story just did not keep me engaged like the really good mystery/thrillers I've read have done. I found myself distracted multiple times and would have to back up and re-listen to parts when I had missed what was going on. Really good books do not allow you to lose your focus. I think it's worth a listen but if you are like me, don't expect to be blown away or riveted by the story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Forget about Jason Bourne, The Gray Man is here

Would you consider the audio edition of Back Blast to be better than the print version?

Absolutely

What did you like best about this story?

Many insights into Gentry's life

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

Intensity, vividness, brings all the characters to life

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

I held my breath many times. It was awesome!

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Mark Greaney is the number one New York Times Best-selling coauthor of the Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series and he just released book number 5 of his critically acclaimed Gray Man novels.<br/><br/>Let me say this from the start, I’ve listened to all the audio versions of the books written by Mr. Greaney and I enjoyed them all, and my review for the latest Jack Ryan Novel, Tom Clancy Commander-in-Chief, which was released in December, 2015, can be found on my blog.<br/><br/>The Gray Man novels follow Court Gentry, a Black Ops, paramilitary officer that previously worked for the Central Inteligence Agency and now he finds himself hunted all over the world with a Kill on Sight sanction on his head. You should definitely read the first four books in this series, because each and every one of them is very entertaining and that way you can find out more about our hero, but long story short, in Back Blast, Court is back in the United States to get some answers, to clear his name and to dish out some well deserved punishment to those responsible for the manhunt, and you know what the kicker is? It seems that Court Gentry doesn’t have a clue why everybody wants him dead.<br/><br/>Back Blast opens on full throttle, with one of the main characters, Denney Carmichael, the Director of the National Clandestine Service, being whisked away with much heist to the CIA headquarters by his protective detail, on the clear and present danger that the Gray Man is coming for him. Court Gentry a.k.a the Gray Man, codename Violator has just arrived in Washington D.C, after 5 years outside the Continental United States and although he is gunning for Carmichael, at this point he has no weapons or the necessary resources to mount that kind of operation. First he has to find himself a gun and some cash… and from that moment on forward all Hell breaks lose and there’s non stop action the entire 18 and a half hours of the audiobook.<br/><br/>I’m really glad to see author Mark Greaney developing such deep, captivating and interesting characters for the latest Gray Man book. Back Blast answers many questions, delivers on many expectations and puts Gentry in the US, in his country, in the place he loves most and shows a Gray Man stormed by conflicted emotions and disturbing thoughts. Absolutely all the characters are very well written. Gentry is one of the most dangerous man alive, but has some solid moral rules, Denney Carmichael is ruthless in his wish to kill Violator and to rule the CIA and I was impressed to find a very interesting woman reporter by the name of Catherine King for witch I’ve grown a significant appreciation… I wish more journalist were like that…<br/><br/>Back Blast is the best book from Mark Greaney and that’s saying something because all his previous works are great! Filled with over the top action and scenarios, espionage, covert operations, double and triple crosses, moral dilemmas, betrayals and incredible gun fights, all driven by a solid narrative and vivid lifelike characters this is a book all Thriller fans should experience for themselves.<br/><br/>The audiobook version of Back Blast is performed by Jay Snyder, just like all the other books in this awesome series. He is the perfect narrator to give life to Court Gentry. Jay fills the listener with a sense of urgency and keeps him glued to the earbuds for hours at an end. If you choose the audiobook, you will find yourself immersed in Courts adventures, ignoring phone calls, people talking around and with you and forgetting that you still had some work scheduled, at least that was what happened to me in these last 4 days.<br/><br/>Jay Snyder handles accents very well, he gives different voices to the characters and keeps it easy for the listener to differentiate between them. You can feel the intensity of the action and you’ll hold your breath many times during the performance.<br/><br/>Great job, Jay! Thank you for the entertainment!<br/><br/>Forget about Jason Bourne! The Gray Man is here! Trust me when I say that once you start Back Blast, you will not be able to put it down until it ends and after that, you’ll want more books from Mark Greaney. If you like Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Nelson Demille and others like them, you’ll love Back Blast!<br/><br/>I will adapt a quote from the old Tom Clancy books covers because it fits perfectly for Back Blast: This is Greaney at his best and there is none better!<br/>

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Best Gray Man Yet!

If you are a Gray Man fan, this book will not disappoint. Starts fast and never slows down.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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suspenseful

The narrator is good . I like he handled the narration. There was too many killings and it seems unreal, but the story flows quite well . The bomb is who handles who. Even the best can be hoodwinked with lies.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • paul
  • 09-25-16

looking forward to the next audio book number 6

wondering what violator gets upto in book 6 of the series 😊 enjoyed the previous 5

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Clare
  • 06-07-16

4 and a half stars...

Enjoyed it, mostly... My only complaint is I felt it lost pace a few times. Still, a solid, not-overly-gruesome thriller and I look forward to more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve
  • 05-20-16

Grey Man success

Fantastic story, great performance. N
Mark Greaney gets better and better and I can't wait for the next book.
Just make sure Jay Snyder narrates it. He's brilliant 😎

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  • Aidan Ellis
  • 04-27-16

Sit down with a brew, this is going to be brilliant!

What a ride! Such fast pace throughout but without impacting on the quality and depth of the story. The best book of the series, connecting all of the dots from the previous books.

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  • MikeP
  • 04-19-16

Forget Christian, Court Gentry is the real Mr Grey

Superbly gripping as ever, but on this outing I couldn't put it down. I listened at every opportunity, be it driving, cooking and chose to listen over other forms of entertainment. Violator is a legend. Lots of surprises in this 5th installment, culminating in a superb climax. I hope Mark Greaney doesn't make us wait too long for the 6th novel. Jay Snyder as always brings life and depth to all the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Alan Hughes
  • 03-29-16

Superb book, with plenty of twists and turns

If you could sum up Back Blast in three words, what would they be?

Heart Stopping Action

What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

Excellently read

Any additional comments?

Through this book Gentry is tested both physically and mentally, with a flash back to his past

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Zanne
  • 02-25-16

Fantastic

Fast paced action. I loved the first three books but for me this answered all my questions. Looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • Paul Jones
  • 11-24-17

Fantastic book explains all

I read all the books before this got to know the characters it kept me engrossed all through. Greaney is brilliant i hope that make this series into a film

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  • James
  • 08-11-17

OMG - The best book ever

I have read as I said in my last review many books of a similar storyline, however, I thought the last Grey Man book was amazing but it just got better, on the edge all the way... Mark Greaney tops everything I have read before & Jay Snyder tops Paul Thornly for Narration, can't wait to start my next Grey Man book in the series... 5* just isn't enough!

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  • Sally Alp
  • 06-25-17

The Grey man

A must read. The series gets better with every book

Can't wait for to read the next book!!!

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  • Suzanne Flynn
  • 08-06-17

Back Blast

Good story, we enjoyed the fast pace . looking forward to starting the next book

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  • Carl
  • 05-20-17

Excellent

Best Gray man yet Jay Synder was awesome too all up fantastic. Couldn't fault it.

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  • steve
  • 05-03-17

questions answered

a great story that answers a lot questions that have been set up in the last few books

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  • Marilyn
  • 01-01-17

Entertaining

Loved this audio from start to finish and cannot wait for the next one which I will be pre-ordering now!

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  • Michael
  • 04-16-16

Not bad, but suspend your critical faculties

Would you try another book written by Mark Greaney or narrated by Jay Snyder?

Maybe. I listened through to the end, but to say the last few chapters were implausible would be putting it very mildly.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting - plenty of excitement.Least interesting - unnecessary technical detail about every hardware item.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Liked - Good reading pace, some differentiation of main characters' voices.<br/>Disliked - Odd pronunciation of some sounds - "caught" is pronounced as "cot".

Was Back Blast worth the listening time?

Worth a listen if you like assassin type stories.

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  • Mr. Stephen McDermott
  • 04-07-16

Unputdownable

As much as I'd like Court Gentry to get some rest I hope this isn't the last I hear from the Gray Man.

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  • David Brock
  • 04-02-16

An excellent read

A good journey with a credible and satisfying climax. Apart from the ongoing triumph of the book's hero, the story is not predictable; a rare and welcome feature. It establishes the author as first rate. This book is a page turner that maintains an excellent pace throughout with neatly crafted sub-plots that add value, dovetailing back into the main plot. I first became aware of the author in his role of a credible banner carrier for Tom Clancy in a Jack Ryan novel. In this book, however, his own considerable creative talents are on display.

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  • Leah
  • 02-21-16

Another riveting story from Mark Greaney

A great read, couldn't wait to finish it, and am happy to have found out the reason for Court's banishment.

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  • Ray Ellis
  • 04-16-16

Excellant

Gripping story, couldn't put it down. Great finish. Nice to know the grey man is finally off the CIA hit list.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful