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  • Series: Gray Man
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 Original edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425244083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425244081
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Mark Greaney

“Bourne for the new millennium.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Eye of God

"Hard, fast, and unflinching--exactly what a thriller should be." —Lee Child

"Writing as smooth as stainless steel and a hero as mean as razor wire..." —David Stone

“In this third installment of the Gray Man series the story is so propulsive, the murders so explosive, that flipping the pages feels like playing the ultimate video game.”—New York Times

“Greaney once again pumps new life into familiar thriller conventions.”—Publishers Weekly

"The ending screamsfor a sequel, but it will be difficult to maintain the intensity level of this impressive
debut." —Booklist

"A high-octane thriller that doesn't pause for more than a second." —Chicago Sun-Times

“Take fictional spy Jason Bourne, pump him up with Red Bull and meth, shake vigorously—and you’ve got the recipe for Court Gentry.”—The Memphis Commercial Appeal

About the Author

Mark Greaney is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Threat Vector, by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney, as well as Command Authority and Locked On, also by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. He is also the bestselling author of the Gray Man series, including Dead Eye, The Gray Man, On Target, and Ballistic.

Mark lives in Memphis, Tennessee

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Mark Greaney is the #1 NYT bestselling coauthor of Command Authority, Threat Vector, and Locked On, by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. He is also the bestselling author of the Gray Man series, including Dead Eye, The Gray Man, On Target, and Ballistic.

Mark lives in Memphis, Tennessee

Learn more at MARKGREANEYBOOKS.COM

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2011
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Anyone familiar with the first two novels in The Gray Man series (The Gray Man (A Gray Man Novel) and On Target (A Gray Man Novel)) will know they are filled with action and adventure throughout the book. This third entry is certainly no exception. Author Mark Greaney takes the reader on a thrill ride that would make any amusement park proud. Moving from one challenge to the next Courtland Gentry's exploits kept my attention riveted to the pages of this book. Court has been hiding out from all the many factions who want to see him dead, most recently his ex-boss, Russian mobster Gregor Sidorenko. Hiding in the back-of-beyond jungles of South America worked for seven months but now a manhunter has found Gentry and it's time to move on. With only escape in mind Gentry is waiting in a bus station when he happens to hear a television news story concerning a man he once shared a prison cell with in Laos. Could this Eduardo Gamboa be the same Eddie Gamble he had known back in that prison? Because if so, then Court does not believe the man he had known could be guilty of what these news reports said. Before long Gentry finds himself a very unwilling actor in the bloody business of drugs and other crimes between two feuding Mexican drug lords. Between his former bosses in the CIA, his former boss in the Russian mob, and now these armed and decidedly dangerous Mexican criminals it will take an expert in survival to come out of this mess alive.

I enjoyed this book very much, in fact I have come to expect that from Greaney.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By clintg on October 23, 2011
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I really enjoyed Ballistic, it moved extremely quickly and as with the author's other books, includes alot of info on the locale and economic/political conditions where the story takes place (in this novel, mainly Mexico).

I particularly like the fact that the author has a working knowledge of guns and fighting, nothing ruins a book more for me then to read that the hero pulls out a .48 magnum or some such gun that does not even exist.

The author is always raising the stakes in his novels, unlike most action/suspense novels, their is no down time or pages to skip due to shear boredom while the author describes in excruciating detail how his character feels. Instead, he shows you how the character feels through action, either in the present or via backstory.

My two wishes are that it (and the other two books) were longer. They really draw you in and I hated when they were over. I'd like to see some more backstory on Court's days in the SAD or even prior to that. What made him who he is? Can't wait for the next one.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Memphisreviewer on January 2, 2012
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I really enjoyed the first two books. They were refreshing and action packed. I anxiously awaited this third book. This one, however, is very slow. It is like the author was in a hurry to just crank one out and could not think of an interesting story. The pace moves tediously and the story line is extremely predictable through much of the book. The dialog is poor at best. I suggest watching the movie Three Amigos and skip the book. Gentry's profanity in the mostly missing dialog is sophomorish it is so bad. It is out of place and I find myself longing for an interesting book. The story line while the characters were held prisoner in Loas was very good - I was thinking what a great read I was in for. Then, boring... I hope the author will put some more effort in the next book or it will be my last. I really think he has a lot of talent. I just didn't see it in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JustDaveKY on October 23, 2011
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After re-reading the first two books, The Grey Man and On Target prepping for the release I was stoked. The kindle beeped letting me know my pre-order had just arrived. I was up half the freaking night. This books doesn't disappoint. Gentry is back and blowing stuff up like always! This was just a fantastic third part to such an awesome series. I love the moral hangups Court seems to find himself in. We are getting to know more and more about the Gray Man each book. I can't wait for the next but look forward to reading this one again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barb Compton on November 4, 2011
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This is the third "Gray Man" book I've read. After reading the first one, "The Gray Man", I couldn't wait for the sequels to come out. I get swept in every time Court Gentry gets into one of his "fixes" that seems impossible to get out of and/or survive. The action scenes that Mark weaves flows in a way that you follow along in rapt attention, visualizing every movement, just like watching a movie. "Ballistic" is one exciting thriller, so be prepared for a wild ride.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett VINE VOICE on October 12, 2011
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At a time when many thriller writers are looking towards Somali pirates as an easy backdrop to their current thriller, Mark Greaney instead goes for Mexico. In the third "Gray Man" thriller, Court Gentry is still on the run from nearly every gun toting organisation and finds himself caught up in the cauldron of murder and corruption that is modern day Mexico.

The author writes very fast moving action thrillers and it can be too easy to resort to comic book shallowness, but Greaney has researched his subject and provides plot and motivation to link his many action scenes. In Ballistic, Gentry wants to keep running ahead of his many pursuers, but decides to make a stand with the family of a murdered friend knowing he will become a target for not just the cartels but everyone else too.

This is a fast paced, no holding back action thriller where The Gray Man's skills are put to the test as he traditionally is a lone player, having the baggage of others to look after takes him well out of his comfort zone. This is uncompromising and has one or two areas that are slightly squeamish but also in keeping with the situations being presented by the author. Greaney writes well and has the art of making you want to keep turning the page, but also manages to not go over the top in terms of the implausible or the overly improbable. This is a welcome addition to the Gray Man series and further indication of how the author is growing in confidence and comfort with his character.
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