- Series: Gray Man (Book 5)
- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 1St Edition edition (February 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425282791
- ISBN-13: 978-0425282793
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 926 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Back Blast (Gray Man) Hardcover – February 16, 2016
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Praise for Back Blast
“Mark Greaney reigns as one of the recognized masters of action and adventure. Back Blast is no exception.”—New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Steve Berry
“Fast-paced [and] tightly written...A great ride.”—New York Times bestselling author Larry Bond
“Takes the best of Clancy and Ludlum and mixes them into a fantastic story with an unforgettable character.”—James O. Born, author of Scent of Murder
“A blistering thriller that builds to a soaring and explosive climax. Fast, tough, enthralling, and the best so far in the amazing Gray Man series.”—Bestselling author David Bell
“Punches with bone-busting power…Flesh-and-blood priceless.”—New York Times bestselling author Stephen Templin
“Greaney is a master among the top thriller writers in the world...Intense, explosive, daring, funny, and ultimately just flat out awesome.”—New York Times bestselling author Ben Coes
“Greaney’s unraveling of the Back Blast mystery is masterly, but it’s the Gray Man’s ability to outthink and outgun...that will keep readers glued to the pages.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] high-energy thriller...Clancy fans will have a blast.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Mark Greaney has a degree in international relations and political science. In his research for the Gray Man novels, including Agent in Place, Gunmetal Gray, Back Blast, Dead Eye, Ballistic, On Target, and The Gray Man, he traveled to more than fifteen countries and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combative tactics. He is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tom Clancy Support and Defend, Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect, Tom Clancy Commander in Chief, and Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance. With Tom Clancy, he coauthored Locked On, Threat Vector, and Command Authority.
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Five years ago Court Gentry (Gray Man) was betrayed in a CIA operation and set up for assassination by his own organization.
Court's nemesis is Denny Carmichael, who has become the CIA Director of the National Clandestine Service (formerly called Operations), the directorate that deploys action teams from its Special Activities Division (SAD). Carmichael is now the most powerful person in the Agency, and he goes all out to cover up his past duplicity by killing Court.
Desperate and unable to tap his own SAD people without giving away his secrets, Carmichael illegally engages foreign agents along with unknowing JSOC personnel to take out Gentry. This full-court press requires Court to bring all his skills to bear in trying to survive and put things right.
As always, Greaney's writing is flawless. His works have all had several intriguing, intertwined subplots and numerous characters; but this one has subtle reminders along the way to make it very easy to follow. And there's a searchable description of the main players.
Finally, this novel is not just a sequel but a fully stand-alone book.
This is my first Gray Man novel which I enjoyed overall, and I will be looking at other books in this series. The writing is very good although overly descriptive in places; the plot-driven storyline is satisfyingly complex; the primary and secondary characters well-drawn.
That said, at times the action—especially toward the end—swerved into realms of the fantastic, and the protagonist became a superhero. I’m thinking a combination of Bond, Bourne and maybe John Wick. The author is following in the footsteps of Ludlum, Trevanian, Lustbader & Clancy, so I’m guessing that superhuman protagonists are de rigueur for this genre.
I was of two minds about rating this book. It wasn’t a 3 Stars book but really 3.5. Since I enjoyed reading most (>3/4) of this book, it’s 4 Stars.
Now, he has enemies everywhere and he is constantly hiding, watching over his shoulder and can never rest.
What makes him so special? He not only is the best assassin in the world, he also only takes on jobs where he knows he is ridding the world of truly awful people. He does the right thing. Even through 5 years of hell, hiding out in 3rd world countries from everyone who's after him, he remains fiercely loyal to the United States. He is a patriot and really wants nothing more than to go "home" to the US AND to get answers as to why the CIA wants him dead. In this, the 5th book in the Gray Man series, he finally gets those answers.
These books are so well written, the ideas that Mark Greaney come up, both that get Gentry into trouble, and the way he gets himself out, with are beyond heat pounding. Waiting for the next phase of what Court Gentry's life becomes is going to be like torture to this fan. Although, there is one thing that will make waiting for the next book bearable, the new book will be released on Feb. 21, 2017, my next birthday.
The Gray Man tradecraft is nearly over the top, from knocking off an Aryan drug house to intervening in a convenience store robbery. At the same time, there are various perspectives trying to piece together the story beyond Gentry, including other CIA staff and newspaper reporters. All this is set against a backdrop of realistic news reporting (mostly CNN) that is mostly spin, but eerily familiar with today's headlines. There is even a short interlude of father - son bonding gray man style. Gradually, the story behind Back Blast (an old Gentry mission) unfolds, but not before several unique and unexpected twists and turns. The final denouement is both thrilling and climatic, worthy of a multiple installment spanning story-arc.
With successful resolution of the gray man status that drove the previous series of escapades, Court is ready to start a new chapter in his life. While he is reunited with his former boss, he has a new handler and seems primed for new adventures.