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Agent in Place (Gray Man) Hardcover – February 20, 2018
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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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“BOURNE FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM.”—New York Times bestselling author James Rollins
Praise for Agent in Place
“Reminiscent of John le Carré…Exquisite in its execution, the relentlessly riveting, “Agent in Place” firmly plants Greaney alongside Brad Taylor and Brad Thor as the masters of this thriller subgenre.”—Providence Journal
“Readers of the great Tom Clancy will salivate over this fast-moving and well-plotted yarn, which is part of a consistently appealing series in which each assignment is billed as the most dangerous ever. Somehow, Greaney cranks out one winner after another. That's a lot of work for the Gray Man and plenty of vicarious pleasure for thriller fans.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Greaney’s steady escalation of the risks that Court faces, and the exceedingly clever ways he tackles them, make this entry in the exemplary Gray Man series a can’t-miss.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Gunmetal Gray
“Fans of RPG, Hong Kong action films, and high-octane storytelling will love the Gray Man, who battles full-bore through this fast-paced series.”—The Washington Post
“A nonstop barrage of action.”—The Memphis Commercial Appeal
“Jam-packed with action and adventure. It is as modern as tomorrow’s headlines and moves with fascinating speed from country to country.”—Lincoln Journal Star
“This one is fat, fast, and fun. Clancy’s spirit lives on.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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
“Punches with bone-busting power…Flesh-and-blood priceless.”—New York Times bestselling author Stephen Templin
About the Author
- Publisher : Berkley; First Edition (February 20, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451488903
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451488909
- Item Weight : 1.65 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.57 x 9.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #436,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
getting into! He is asked to do the impossible over and over again.
This is an amazingly believable story with wonderful complexity and characters. The Gray Man is a hero with values and a conscience. He never gives up. Some of the dialogue is clever and funny when appropriate. Lots of surprises and twists will keep you reading into the night. An exciting and suspenseful read!
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The latest 'Agent in Place' sees our hero pitted against the sadistic Syrian regime whilst out to rescue a child, a child born to the Syrian Presidents girlfriend, but like the childs mother in danger of assassination by forces working for the Presidents wife. Enter all the problems associated with multiple factions fighting for example ISIS, The Syrians and Syrian freedom forces amongst others. The battered landscape, the brutality and the numerous problems facing our hero make for a superbly crafted thriller. 'The Gray Man' series is highly commended and whilst each book is 'stand alone' I recommend reading them progressively. Like me you will soon get hooked
Mark Greaney is on my list of favourite authors and most of these are action thriller authors, as well as gripping police thriller authors.
In all honesty I have not read all "Gray Man Books", but read a few and love this character. I believe the more you read in a series, the more you enjoy the character as you understand his/her personality.
Court Gentry is back in action. The Islamic State group is about to execute Courtland Gentry—the Gray Man—and leave his body floating with others in a bloody lake!!
One week earlier.... Gentry is ex-CIA, now an assassin for hire. He meets in Paris with Dr. Tarek Halaby, head of the Free Syria Exile Union, or what’s left of it.
So he is working on behalf of a connected group of Syrian expats to secure the Syrian president's mistress so they can use her to bring down the president's regime. But the expats' plan goes wrong when it's discovered the mistress has a baby--the Syrian president's only male heir--hidden away in a Damascus safe house.
Court goes after the baby, a decision that comes at the price of the mistress's life. The expat organisation deems the boy now useless to their cause and refuses to protect him against the Syrian first lady and the notorious Swiss assassin in her employ, a rather nasty character,with no support on the way, Court realise's he'll have to take down the Syrian president himself if he and the boy and the nanny are going to make it out alive...
Somehow, Greaney cranks out yet another great thriller. That’s a lot of action for the Gray Man and plenty of thrilling suspense, tension, great selection of characters.
Yes lots of pages, but lots and lots of story, action and locations, and of course lots of loose ends...
A clear four star, nearly a five ! Highly recommended.
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