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The Gray Man: A Gray Man Novel Paperback – September 29, 2009
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I had to keep reminding myself that this is a debut novel for author Mark Greaney. The plotting for this book is outstanding. The pace started out with an exciting episode and just never let up. The man behind the legend was very slowly revealed so that he did seem to be a shadowy figure, a ghostly figure, someone who could fade in and out simply because there was no substance to him.Read more ›
There are lots of elements in here that I had seen before, the paranoia of Ludlum's thriller, the hit man from Tom Cain's "Accident Man" and the action from Matthew Reilly's "Ice Station". This is not a twisting thoughtful thriller, it is page turning action as our hero fights his was through Europe to a bloody climax in France.
It's a hard genre to come up with anything very new or unique, and to be honest the author doesn't. But what he has come up with is a very entertaining page turner that doesn't pretend to be anything it isn't. And what differentiates it from a generic pulp action thriller is that it is well researched and well written. If there are minor flaws it is that our hero is fairly indestructible and slightly light on character, but the book's strength is in the pace and the action.
I read this on the back of two other thrillers and this was a massive improvement and I very much enjoyed it. It's not subtle and it's 'in your face' with pace and violence and it will be interesting to see how the author takes the character forward in what I hope will be many future books.
Mark Greaney has picked up a fan with this one and I can't wait to read the next one.
Greaney's Gray Man is a surprisingly good debut novel. It is packed with action and Court Gentry, aka "The Gray Man", is human enough to be interesting. The plot is a classic one. Court Gentry, a.k.a. "The Gray Man," is ex-CIA. There's a `Kill on Sight" order out for him. He now earns his living as a freelance assassin, but he only kills bad guys. He assassinates the brother of a corrupt African dictator (a fanatic who richly deserves death). The dictator vows revenge. A multinational oil firm is negotiating for sole access to the rich oil deposits in the dictator's land. The dictator pressures them: bring me the head of my brother's assassin or the deal is off. The oil firm pressures the Gray Man's employer in turn: lead us to him or we'll rape and kill your grandchildren. Within a day, the hit squads of a dozen nations, from Albania to Indonesia and South Korea, are hunting for Gentry, as are the agents of a private security firm and the CIA. From that point on, there is no cease. First novelist Greaney has a good way with action scenes and his prose --hurrah! hurrah!-- is suitably lean. There's not a lot of detail to the description of Gentry --he's more or less just a killing machine-- but he is an appealing action hero. I found it hard to put this novel down once I'd started it and I wouldn't mind encountering the Gray Man again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a big fan of these type of authors ( Clancy, Ludlum,Flynn) and this series is terrific!Published 9 days ago by Mark
The Gray Man series will blow you away. As much as I enjoy a new Lee Child arrival, I look forward to a Grey Man novel with "chomping at the bit" anticipation. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Poi Sen Pen
Ok action book. I would probably check out one more book in the series to see if the author's skills mature, but if there wasn't noticeable improvement, one more book would be my... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Having been nursing since 1958, I found that this book bordered on the ridiculous.
No one in their right mind could believe that one man could outwit that many opponents and... Read more
Couldn't put it down. Have his other gray man books. Looks like a lot of late nights reading themPublished 13 days ago by wyopoke