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The Gray Man Paperback – September 29, 2009

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Book 1 of 5 in the Court Gentry Series

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In Greaney's fast-paced, fun debut thriller, Court The Gray Man Gentry, a former CIA operative now renowned as the ultimate killer for hire, is on the job in Syria and Iraq. To his shock, he learns that a team sent in to rescue him now has him targeted for elimination. On the run, Gentry slowly realizes that huge forces are marshaling against him, from his former government to the one man in England he always trusted. With unbelievable powers of survival, the Gray Man eludes teams of killers and deadly traps, while the reader begins to cheer for this unlikely hero. Cinematic battles and escapes fill out the simplistic but satisfying plot, and Greaney deftly provides small details to show Gentry's human side, offset by the petty rivalries and greed of his enemies. (Oct.)
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“Here is a debut novel like a well-honed dagger: sharp, merciless, and deadly. Mark Greaney’s The Gray Man is Bourne for the new millennium.”—New York Times bestselling author James Rollins

“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
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Product Details

  • Series: Gray Man (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Original edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051514701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515147018
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (660 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Anyone looking for an action thriller hero need look no further than here, to Court Gentry. After running afoul of his bosses in the CIA and being put on that agency's shoot-on-sight-list, Gentry has been earning his living doing what he has been trained to do, he takes out targets he is paid to terminate. Anyone associated with hired assassins knows about The Gray Man. This man has the uncanny ability to simply fade into the background. His targets never see him coming and the investigations afterward never find any connection to anyone. The reputation of this man grows to legendary proportions because of his complete anonymity, nobody is ever completely sure of who he actually is. There is only one man who positively knows the identity of this operative, his handler Sir Donald Fitzroy of Cheltenham Security Services. At least that's what Sir Donald thought. Someone literally wants The Gray Man's head delivered on a platter and there is no limit to the amount of money they are willing to spend to achieve that goal. What follows is an incredibly exciting journey from Iraq to a chateau in Normandy with danger, destruction, and death all along the route. A bounty has been put on The Gray Man's head and paid assassins have been invited to join in the hunt to see who can deliver him, dead or alive, to the chateau before the time limit runs out.

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.
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A very strong action thriller from a debut author. The emphasis here is very much on the action as hitman Court Gentry takes down a guy with powerful friends, as a result a significant bounty is put on his head as hit teams are drafted in from all over the world.

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.
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I have been looking for a good action novel for a while, not finding much to stack up to Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, until, while waiting for hours in an airport, happenned upon this gem. The first chapter had me hook, line and sinker. Court Gentry is the definitive action hero. The harrowing battles with hitsquads from all over the globe, the betrayals of those he trusted most, and the quick wit and determination of this character will keep you turning the pages. The author's timing is impeccible as he transitions between chapters leaving you both anticipating the next, and amazed by the previous. If this does not one day become a major motion picture, I will be stunned.

Mark Greaney has picked up a fan with this one and I can't wait to read the next one.
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Mark Greaney, The Gray Man. Jove. 2009. 456p. (pb)

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.
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