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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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  • Derek
  • Pasadena, CA, United States
  • 02-16-17

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!

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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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

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/> Please vote Yes below if you liked this review and check out more at theAudiobookBlog dot com!<br/>Thank you,<br/>Victor

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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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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Not for me.

I appreciate the genre of the testosterone special agent league, but I just couldn't embrace this book. It's all just a little too silly. The narrator sounds like your ex football coach, the antics are impossible and the gratuitous nod to strong women feels like- well- a gratuitous nod. Maybe its the current political climate, but all of this intrigue and moral acting out within the CIA feels tiresome.

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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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  • USA Buyer
  • COLDWATER, MI, United States
  • 07-29-17

Not Up to Gray Man Tradition

Very poor story! Not even close to other Gray Man books! Very wordy and disjointed! Not worth the credit!
Very disappointed! Someone needs to retire!

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  • Jack
  • Waxahachie, TX, United States
  • 07-09-17

Not up to standards!

I have been a fan of the Gray Man series, but this one seemed a little slow-maybe too much time spent on descriptions and not enough on action. Not a fan of Court working in the system, but I'll listen to the next one and see where it goes. Like his girlfriend though.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 02-24-17

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.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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convincing

This is a more complex and fulfilled effort than the previous books. Although the use of multiple points of view is often a narratorial convenience or indulgence, it does enable Greaney in this book to complicate matters for the protagonist and justify the length of the book. It's a fun read, with lots of the drudgery of spycraft, a femme fatale, lots of shifting allegiances and the rest of the cliches of the genre assembled here in a pleasing fashion. The narrator is pretty much the right guy, though in a book this long the occasional misstep appears. The overall efect is very satisfying, but the characters are drawn from a limited pallette, and the efforts to humanize the gray man fall short of rendering him even in pastels . . .

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Peter Odukwe
  • 12-08-17

Brilliant

The series gets better with every novel, the characters that keep popping up makes you keenly aware the next one Jay Snyder is The Gray Man.

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  • RP P.
  • 11-23-17

Spy novel keeping you on the edge

Great listen - awesome delivery and topical
High tempo very interesting story!
Top marks all round

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  • Julie
  • 11-09-17

Nothing gray about this book

This is a really good book and one that you can listen to again and again. It has a lot of action and jumps from one action sence to the next. Leaving you to wonder how the hero will get out of the next trap but not for long and who really are the good guys.

The narrator was very good and had to pull of lots of accents (from American to Russian, to Chinese) which he does very well.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Simon
  • 06-27-17

Another winner

Like with all the Gray Man books in the series, this is another excellent read. Highly recommend.

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  • Carl
  • 06-26-17

best yet

Thoroughly enjoyed. Another fantastic performance from Jay Snyder can't be faulted. great story excellently delivered

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  • Adrian Panow
  • 06-08-17

Very good listen

Lots of twists and turns that are brought together cleverly. The performance is solid, consistent and in keeping with the action.

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  • Wendy Jacobs
  • 05-20-17

Another awesome Gray man story

What now? What listening comes upto Gray man standards???
Another fantastic job by Jay as well.

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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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  • Moira
  • 04-02-17

Not The Grey Man I Know

This takes until about Chapter 20 to warm up to the Grey Man I am use to. Keep listening it turns into a good yarn but nothing to the previous book. Just a little disappointing. I wish Jay Snyder could learn that the word is vehicle not veHIcle. Hoping the next book is heaps better.

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  • Marilyn
  • 02-20-17

Great

Thanks Mark, once again you don't disappoint. Loved this book and think the orator just makes it better.