Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before.
A killer who is just like him.
Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry. But now, Whitlock is a free agent who has been directed to terminate his fellow student of death. He knows how his target thinks, how he moves, and how he kills. And he knows the best way to do the job is to make Gentry run for his life - right up until the moment Dead Eye finally ends it.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 4 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 03, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,542 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#34 in Political Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#43 in Espionage Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#44 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
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As far as realistic and possible they are right up there with the Wizard of Oz. But nobody thought the W of O was trying to tell a tale that is physicaly possible on the earth as we know it. The Gray Man, OTOH, seems to operate on OUR world so the physical laws do apply and people and machines have to function as the actually do.
Our gray man starts out as the smartest, most capable, assassin the world has ever seen yet he constantly ends up getting bailed out of dumb situations by folks who somehow end up helping him in ways that are totally against the laws of human nature.. OK (spoiler next re the first novel), He's near death, gets an amateur blood transfusion in the car WHILE driving it to what ends up being a major battle and, of course, he emerges triumphant. Ask your local ER doc how well that would work...
BUT, for some strange reason I kind of enjoy them and I have ended up reading through the series so far to the current book despite being regularly annoyed, no, make that "angered," by the "NO F Way" bird that is constantly chirping, no, make that "screaming" in the background. I can deal with being lucky occasionally but, as I said in my first gray man review, his luck is like flipping a coin 20 times and having it turn up heads every time. He apparently, can also fly a helicopter by using the controls in a manner in which it would be like trying to use a car's accelerator pedal to turn and the steering wheel to add/reduce throttle. That's not a problem in a novel...unless the folks reading it actually know anything about flying a helicopter. And let's not even talk about ballistics where, it seems, in Kiev, his rifle was zeroed at 325 yards but he had to aim high with the rifle to hit a target at 120 yards. I guess there is some sort of reverse gravity operating in/near Kiev. C'mon Mark, a little research beforehand would be welcome. OTOH, I guess the books are selling well so why bother? ;) And yes, despite my annoyance I'll pay good money to read the rest of the books. For the life of me, I can't figure out why. ;)
Spell check is NOT your friend.
The scene with the mugger has a technical glitch.
"...Type is single action only, striker fired, blowback action semi-automatic pocket pistol, with main safety only. ..."
Not going to be a spoiler here, but the dramatic "click" would not happen.
Too close to something the loser Lee Child would have with Reacher.
Technical correctness is mostly very good other than that.
This is the best plot so far, but work on subtlety, not just revealing the secret to a character and then just withholding it from the reader.
The characters are starting to be more carefully crafted and the plots now have some more interesting twists.
The author continues to do his research on the weapons being used. For example the HK MP7 is an excellent choice of personal weapon for the Townsend operators - a more powerful round than most handguns, firing a smaller caliber round at a higher velocity. A much better choice than the obvious HK MP5 sub-machine gun which fires the 9MM. The author does make one minor error when he describes the Blaser sniper rifle - he calls it the model 93 - when it is actually Blaser's Model LRS2. The 93 is the sport version of the rifle with wood stocks and such - and is not the rifle described, which is the LRS2. His choice of the Leupold Mk2 scope is a good tactical choice. Toward the end, Dead Eye raids a Townsend safe house's weapons cache and takes an Accuracy International sniper rifle in what the author describes as .338 caliber - it is actually the .338 Lap Magnum caliber, and the model of the rifle is the AX. I appreciate the time the author took to try and get the weapons down correctly, as one of my pet peeves is those who do not do so.
Also, I should note it is not just the weapons that the author tries to describe correctly - the Ford Van - a Galaxy model - brought me up short - but, after a quick check - yep, it is a Euro only model. (My guess is Ford used the Galaxy term to make sure they used it often enough that no other car company could take the use of the term.) Also, his description of the other accessories of the Townsend operators, from their Oakley sunglasses, to their G-Shock watches certainly sets an image of these knuckle draggers.
The books are getting better and better - I am looking forward to starting the fifth - and I agree with my buddy - read them in order
Top reviews from other countries
A killer who is just like him.
Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry. But now, Whitlock is a free agent who has been directed to terminate his fellow student of death. He knows how his target thinks, how he moves, and how he kills. And he knows the best way to do the job is to make Gentry run for his life—right up until the moment Dead Eye finally ends it…
Mark Greaney... It is you fault I am so tired, wife kept on asking where I was going with my kindle, I just could not stop reading this book !!
I could not stop reading as I wanted so much to know what was going to happen, but then I did not want the book to end !!
I am guilty, started this series with this book, but picked up the story and full details with this book, and joined the rollercoaster ride and only got off when the booked finished.
Although nearly 500 pages, rushed through this book at a fast pace, as my life stopped till I read this book.
Now I can add this author among my favourites, Tom Wood, David Baldacci, Mark Dawson, Simon Kernick, Victor Methos.
This is an action packed, fast paced adventures with impressive locations all over Europe, with loads of great characters good and bad all chasing each other around many great cities.
With great detail by the author on locations, weaponry and the characters.
Hard to know why this is not a film series.
A great book and a five star plus from me.
Good news, starting tonight Back Blast, the next in the series, thank you net galley, and I have bought book 1, 2 and 3.
This really is very good indeed and did remind me of the Bourne books (as written by Ludlum), Mark Greaney has added complexity to the pace of his previous books and the result is an intelligent and action packed thriller.
Our ‘hero’ Court Gentry manages to clear one of the enemies off his back, but is still on the run and being hunted by the US in the form of an external agency Treadwell. His is offered assistance by a fellow assassin who has his own agenda for The Grey Man and once again he is caught in the middle without knowing who to trust. New identification technology means he has fewer places to hide and those on his tail are getting closer and closer.
Blistering action, tradecraft, conspiracies and double-crosses merge into a real page turner. The author has a habit (also displayed in his Clancy novels) of re-introducing his characters at the start of chapters: “Thirty three year old Mossad targeting officer Laureen Tattersal stepped through…” kind of thing. It becomes very irritating very quickly and I hope he loses the habit quickly but that is the only minor irritation in an otherwise excellent and highly recommended book.