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Dead Eye (Gray Man) Paperback – December 3, 2013
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“I LOVE THE GRAY MAN.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
“BOURNE FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM.”—New York Times bestselling author James Rollins
Praise for Dead Eye
“The various moves of each of the skilled and ruthless principals play out against a constantly shifting background of changing goals and allegiances. Fans of superhuman antiheroes will hope the Gray Man survives to fight another day.”—Publishers Weekly
“Political intrigue at its finest...Dead Eye twists and turns with each new revelation as Mark Greaney takes the reader on one heck of a wild ride!”—Fresh Fiction
More Praise for the Gray Man Novels
“Writing as smooth as stainless steel and a hero as mean as razor wire.”—New York Times bestselling author David Stone
“The story is so propulsive, the murders so explosive, that flipping the pages feels like playing the ultimate video game.”—The New York Times
“A high-octane thriller that doesn’t pause for more than a second for all of its 464 pages.”—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 has a degree in international relations and political science. In his research for the Gray Man novels, including 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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In Dead Eye (the 4th installment of "The Gray Man" series), Court Gentry is on the run, and the CIA, the Russian mob, and just about every law enforcement agency on the planet wants him dead. The CIA engages a private corporation, Townsend Government Services, to send hunter-killer teams to take out the Gray Man once and for all. Russell Whitlock, code-name Dead Eye is part of one of the teams sent out to terminate Gentry. But suddenly, Dead Eye saves gentry from almost certain death, in a show of trust. Is he a friend or foe? Is there a bigger game at play, with higher stakes and geopolitical implications? This is only the beginning of a great story, with head-snapping twists and surprises right up to the very end.
After reading the first 3 books, and coming off the adrenaline high provided by "Ballistic", I knew the next book would have to be spectacular. It absolutely is. Mark Greaney delivers in a big way with "Dead Eye". The intensity of the action and the pace hits hard and fast from the beginning, and continues throughout the book. The first seven chapters by themselves are enough to replace a pot of coffee and several Red Bullls :). Do not plan to read this book at night. I know a lot of reviews start this way - this particular one should be heeded wisely. The action does not stop, it just accelerates at full throttle and hits you right in the chest like a smoldering bullet with a potent mix of fury and adrenaline until the final page.
One of my favorite things about "Dead Eye" was the continued introduction of new characters. Most authors recycle heavily, but this is not the case with "The Gray Man" series. Indeed, friends and relatives have commented on how easy it is to read the books out of order, due to the fact that the author has managed to create a phenomenal and very consistent main character, with an ever expanding supporting cast of friends and enemies. In Dead Eye, for instance, we are introduced to a new hunter-killer squad contracted by the CIA to terminate Court, as well as the Mossad, led by a determined agent who won't be deterred by the CIA's agenda. This is really the magic of the Gray Man series - there is very little recycled material, and every book stands on it's own.
With Dead Eye, the character, the author hit an absolute bulls-eye. A mirror image of Gentry, in many ways, Russell Whitlock takes the action right to Court Gentry, along with some old foes (or maybe friends?), as well as some new ones. You want to hate him very quickly, and you do, but he doesn't keep you from truly enjoying the book, rather, he adds to the flavor as one of the main antagonists. Strangely enough, as I finished the book, my feelings regarding Russell Whitlock (Dead Eye) change a bit, and I was left in a strange state of melancholic suspense about the character.
I have read enough books to be able to gauge when authors really put "research muscle" behind their books, and when they just kind of dial it in. Something I truly enjoy about Mark Greaney's books is their level of authenticity. Whether it is weapons, tactics, locale, lingo, the author goes to painstaking lengths to ensure the readers get as close to the "real" action as possible. Indeed, what really attracted me to "The Gray Man" series was the lean, direct and razor-sharp writing style of the author - there is no unnecessary "fluff" in his prose: every word has a purpose, nothing is ever wasted. High speed, low drag - just like Court Gentry himself.
The only bad part about this book is the fact that it ended. If I could give it a rating higher than 5 stars, I would. Flat-out my favorite book of the year, and now one of my top 5 all-time.
To characterize the odds put against him thus far as nigh insurmountable would be an understatement.
In THE GRAY MAN, Gentry evaded competing SOF units looking to bag him for a bounty.
In ON TARGET, Gentry evaded the Janjaweed, the Mafiya, and the elite CIA SAD/SOG in an attempt to defuse an assassination attempt on a Sudanese official.
In BALLISTIC, Gentry played two drug cartels against each other, drawing the ire of both as he sought revenge for a fallen comrade.
How does Mark Greaney go about topping that?
Simple: he pits Gentry against his shadow, his carbon copy.
The eponymous main antagonist of DEAD EYE is Russ Whitlock, a former Marine Scout Sniper and fellow graduate of the decommissioned Autonomous Asset Program (think a modern day Treadstone 71). He works with his employer, a private military contractor called Townsend Government Services, to take down Gentry at the behest of the CIA.
However, Whitlock has his own plans, and by the end of the novel, he has managed to affix atrocities to Gentry's name and has the CIA, the Mossad, and Townsend all actively hunting for him.
In DEAD EYE, Greaney swings and hits a home run. The pacing of the novel is perfect. When I set the novel down, I had minor nitpicks, but I did not feel like a publisher's deadline had cut him off at the knees. I felt content and excited for the next GRAY MAN novel.
As always, the action is top notch, but further more, there's an extra edge of realism that was not present in previous installments. That is not to say Greaney did not do his research in the first three novels, but rather, he went above and beyond with DEAD EYE. Greaney has achieved that eerie feeling that every thriller author aims for, the one where you wonder where the fiction ends and the non-fiction begins.
We also see more of Court Gentry, the man, as opposed to Court Gentry, the Gray Man. Years spent on the run and killing have fatigued him. His armor has cracked. He truly wants to walk away from it all. This is especially stark when contrasted with Russ Whitlock, a psychopath who loves the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of the kill.
In addition, we finally see the infamous Kiev operation in a flashback, and we learn just how he pulled it off. To say it is inventive would be an extreme understatement.
Greaney has perfected his craft in DEAD EYE, and it leaves me wanting to pick up the next GRAY MAN book right now, knowing that things can only get better with his finding his stride.
What Mr. Greaney has done was to construct a series of books that slowly progress in their telling. The first two, to me at least, were action packed but, fairly light on intrigue and twists.
With book three, he began flexing his literary muscles a bit and introduced some relatively small intrigue and auto elements.
With this book--he just, for lack of a better phrase, totally HULKED OUT! This book will have you on the edge of your seat at several points. The twists and turns, the suspense filled chases, the character development, the dialogue...all truly masterful.
This book is recommended highly! Read the other three first though to get the fullest appreciation for the body of work.