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The Gray Man Paperback – September 29, 2009
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“Writing as smooth as stainless steel and a hero as mean as razor wire…The Gray Man glitters like a blade in an alley.”—New York Times bestselling author David Stone
“A high-octane thriller that doesn’t pause for more than a second for all of its 464 pages…For readers looking for a thriller where the action comes fast and furious, this is the ticket.”—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
“From the opening pages, the bullets fly and the bodies pile up. Through the carnage, Gentry remains an intriguing protagonist with his own moral code.”—Booklist
Top Customer Reviews
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
A great novelist, please keep them coming. Tom Clancy would be proud to be penned by Mark.Published 2 days ago by Theodore Schweder
Great read!!!!!Mr. Greaney keeps you on your toes. If you like reading Vince Flynn, Daniel Silva, Brad Thor then his books are for you.Published 5 days ago by hcgolf4fun
Often in the counterterrorism/spy novels the protagonist is this tough man that can bear the worst adversarial condition and succeed triumphantly at the end, however this time the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fast paced and gripping.Couldn't put it down.Court Gentry "The Gray Man" is the new Jason Bourne.Published 11 days ago by MJL
Saw Greaney wrote some well reviewed continuations of Clancy's work and thought I'd give his series a try. What a great ride! The Gray Man is a fun smart action adventure. Read morePublished 15 days ago by H. Fowler
I'm already reading the second one! I loved The Gray Man so much. Well written, exciting and I couldn't put it down.Published 15 days ago by Romanceismymiddlename