- Series: Gray Man (Book 7)
- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (February 20, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451488903
- ISBN-13: 978-0451488909
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 404 customer reviews
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From Mark Greaney, the New York Times bestselling author of Gunmetal Gray and the coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, comes a high-stakes thriller featuring the world's most dangerous assassin: the Gray Man. Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam's regime. Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn't end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam's rule--and a potent threat to the Syrian president's powerful wife. Now, to get Bianca's cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive. With the clock ticking on Bianca's life, he goes off the grid in a free-fire zone in the Middle East--and winds up in the right place at the right time to take a shot at bringing one of the most brutal dictatorships on earth to a close...
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Also, he barely mentions the gear that the characters in the book use, which he had done a masterful job of in his prior books in this series. Always nice to know what gear is getting the nod from the action boys, that Greaney interviews.
In this novel, our Gray Man, has no romantic involvements and his two women from the prior book are mentioned only in passing.
To me the plot was a little thin, but with action novels one does not expect a lot, but I had gotten used to more in the last few books in this series.
The plot is pretty straight forward - the Gray Man is hired to "rescue" the mistress of the leader of a Middle-Eastern country, so, she can be used to help bring about regime change - which of course goes totally sideways and ends up with "our hero" having to travel to the Middle-East on another rescue missing, plus more.
The Gray Man is as close as we can currently get to a real "Matt Helm" type of character, but still it was bothersome for the Gray Man to be moralizing about the tactics used by some of the military contractors.
If you are into the series - you have to buy this one, just to stay current. If you are not into the series yet - buy them all and read them in order of publication.
Supporters of the Free Syrian Army are in exile in Paris. They are well funded and are focused on bringing down Syrian President Ahmed Azzam (aka Bashar al-Assad). They learn that Ahmed has a mistress, who is a Spanish model and modeling in Paris. Arrangements are made with Court Gentry to kidnap Bianca Medina, as they know that she knows about a meeting taken in Tehran, that should the Russians discover, perhaps would end the dictatorship of Ahmed.
Court is successful in the kidnapping, only that it was not easy and was most certainly bloody. At the same time the wife of Ahmed, Shakira al-Azzam (Asma al-Assad) is having an affair with her Swiss financial advisor, and he is a dangerous man that is wanted throughout Europe. Shakira learns of her husband’s mistress and wants Bianca killed while in Europe. The Free Syrian supporters in Europe learn that Bianca has a son, by Ahmed, in Damascus and refuses to help their cause, unless her son can be brought to Europe.
Once again Court is called upon, as they need him to go to Syria and snatch the child. Now, who would be crazy enough to go to Syria and snatch the son of the president? Well, that would be Court Gentry, who is not a typical man, and has abilities that most could only dream about.
For this reader, reading this novel, it felt like being back on the streets of Damascus. And, what is most interesting is that this novel is in real time, in that the war being fought by several groups is realistically written. It is today’s news. Prior to writing the Gray Man series, Mark Greaney had coauthored the late Tom Clancy novels. While this reader has thoughts about franchising a dead man’s name for novels, Mark Greaney, in his own name, is simply an exceptional writer of action & adventure novels. Time to go on Amazon and order the six previous Gray Man novels.
If you are looking for fast paced action, you will have located your target with this story. Greaney has allowed the character of Court Gentry to grow and change over the years so watching how the agent operates in such a hostile environment and yet maintain his values is something I enjoy very much. The political quagmire in the Syria of this novel was complicated to the extreme and yet I'm sure Greaney is using information he gets from his research to let us know what it's like just to survive in a country constantly at war within its borders. As always I learn some great information about the intelligence tradecraft and weaponry from reading one of these novels. I was especially interested in the sniper weapon and shooter capability aspects.
While the Court Gentry books are all written to be standalone novels (and this one is no exception) I hope you will enjoy this one so much you will want to go back and pick up the first book (The Gray Man). I have read that first book three times and am still impressed with the intricacy of the plotting. Book seven continues that fine plotting legacy.