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Publisher's Summary

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.

Check out the latest Gray Man novel, On Target, now.
©2009 Mark Greaney (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Wow

Great book !! I have a new author to look forward listening to again. This was fast paced, never slow, well narrated and well written. Mark Greaney is the best new author I have read in quite some time. I can't wait to see what The Gray Man does next.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Pure Entertainment - Buy the Entire Series

From the start of each Gray Man book you pretty much figure out what is going to happen, BUT you desperately want to know HOW it is going to happen. Each book is a hero's quest that has you marveling how the main character overcomes his many obstacles with brilliance, fortitude, marksmanship, and a bit of luck (of course the Gray Man makes his own luck). The Clancey-esk technical accuracy is the part I like best; from weapon systems to autopilots, to geopolitical situations. Greaney's great knowledge of all these things is infused throughout his books, and it is this level of factual realism that lets you believe that the Gray Man really can do the impossible. So look out James Bond, Jason Bourne, and Jack Ryan there's a new modern man of action on the street, and he's living large in the Gray Man novels.

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  • Xavier
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 04-26-12

"Indiana Jones" cloned with "Mitch Rapp"! WOW!!!!

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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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New find for me.

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.

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 01-05-12

a enjoyable listen

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.

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Great frist book.

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.

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  • Robert
  • Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States
  • 11-13-11

good action thriller

Great book some unrealistic survival sequences and a little predictable but over all a good fun read.

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Not my usual kind of book

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!

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  • Cayce
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 09-28-11

Great listen!

If you need something to keep you listening long after you would have otherwise stopped, this one will do it. I'll definitely find more from Mark Greaney!

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Great!

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.

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  • Alexandra
  • 12-10-13

Fantastic first book

What did you like most about The Gray Man?

Fast moving, wonderfully descriptive and leaving you wondering what would happen next

What did you like best about this story?

You felt as though you were watching the action

Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favourite?

Claire was my favourite as she's a plucky little girl who clearly loves her family

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

Parts of the book make you smile, whilst others feel anxiety for what will happen to the characters, and some sadness at man's ability to be so inhuman to another.

Any additional comments?

A real must-read book. Hard to put down, and I look forward to reading more of these.

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  • Stella
  • 12-08-13

THRILLING READ

NOT MY USUAL READ AT ALL! IN FACT AS IT STARTED I WONDERED WHY DID I BUUY THIS BUT WHAT A GREAT BOOK. WELL WRITTEN AND WHILST THE PLOT AT THE END WAS A LITTLE FANTASTIC SO WAS THE WHOLE BOOK AND THE BETTER FOR IT.
REAL ESCAPE AND ENJOY JUST GO FOR IT AND HOPE IT ALL WORKS OUT
PERFORMANCE WAS GOOD AND WHILST AT FIRST THE VOICES OF THE SMMALL GIRLS WERE DIFFICULT TO ACCEPT IT IS HARD TO PULL OFF AND WAS SOON FORGOTTEN IN THE RUSH OF EXCITEMENT AND THRILL OF THE CHASE!
THE CHAPTER BREAKS WERE GOOD AND THE CHARACTERISATION WAS CONSISTENT.

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  • Richard Lawson
  • 12-01-13

As good as Tom Clancy

Would you listen to The Gray Man again? Why?

Probably not, good for one listen only really. A 2nd listen and you would already know all the plot twists.

What did you like best about this story?

Very good story, developed well & plenty of twists to keep you hooked.

Did Jay Snyder do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

He had very good unique accents for each character, although it took me a while to get used to his meter.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No it was too long for that, but I did find myself looking forwards to driving so I could listen some more.

Any additional comments?

As good as Tom Clancy, listened to this because of their collaboration on the later Jack Ryan novels. The Grey Man stories get better throughout the series.

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  • Stephen
  • 10-26-13

Far fetched, but fun!

Where does The Gray Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

somewhere in the middle

Has The Gray Man put you off other books in this genre?

No

What aspect of Jay Snyder’s performance might you have changed?

None, he did an admirable job and I shouldn't laugh at the american for his pronunciation of Peugeot (poojo) or Citroen or, indeed, aluminium!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

This book was a bit far fetched but overall it was entertaining. A bit like a Jason Statham film, you kind of know what you're getting but it jogs merrily along.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • iris
  • 10-20-13

facts

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

when writing about other countries,,please get facts !!!right,,,the channel tunnel does not go under the north sea

What could Mark Greaney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

it is realy just a vague copy of the bourne legacy books

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

not different

If this book were a film would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

no

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  • P. W. Burridge
  • 10-20-16

Anything but Gray

Would you consider the audio edition of The Gray Man to be better than the print version?

Have only listened to the audible version

What did you like best about this story?

You learn about the gray man as the story unfolds, and right to the end

Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

could of

Any additional comments?

Top story at a very fast pace, Hollywood blockbuster with balls

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  • RavenBow
  • 10-15-16

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.

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  • James
  • 09-05-16

Great story, just a bit too long!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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

Was The Gray Man worth the listening time?

Yes, but got a little monotonous :(

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the book some great one liners from a very dry main character... Worth A listen

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Atkins
  • 07-12-16

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.

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  • Tristan
  • 05-10-16

Entertaining Drivel

If you could sum up The Gray Man in three words, what would they be?

Quite an entertaining story - not challenging in any way shape or form but good background listening when you are doing things around the house.<br/><br/>An enjoyable listen when you have switched your brain off.

Any additional comments?

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful