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The Gray Man Paperback – September 29, 2009
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“Hard, fast, and unflinching—exactly what a thriller should be.”—Lee Child
To those who lurk in the shadows, he’s known as the Gray Man. He is a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible and then fading away. And he always hits his target. Always.
But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. Forces like money. And power. And there are men who hold these as the only currency worth fighting for. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness.
But Court Gentry is going to prove that, for him, there’s no gray area between killing for a living and killing to stay alive....
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“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
- Publisher : Berkley; Original edition (September 29, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 051514701X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0515147018
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.01 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book's main character is a guy who travels the world killing people. Apparently he's done that a lot since all the bad guys are aware of him and call him the Gray Man. He finds himself on a mission against a large corporation, and that corporation doesn't appreciate his attempt to hurt them. They array all the world's bad guys against him in an attempt to stop his progress to their location. He survives the gauntlet, reaches his destination, and ends up getting a job offer from the people set on whacking him.
Beyond the preposterous premise, the whole book seems to be a series of mini-episodes one right after the next. He faces a batch of guys from some country who try to kill him, he miraculously defeats them, he gets closer to his destination, and then he runs into another bunch. This is more like a character from a video game, defeating progressively stronger opponents in order to get to a higher level.
There are many action scenes, and most are hard to swallow. Just like in a B action/adventure movie, this guy gets shot, beat up, and cut up, but through shear force of will ends up defeating all those professionals set to take him out. Despite his damage, he moves on to defeat group after group. Eventually this gets old. The hero is supposed to win, of course, but enough is enough.
The only saving grace for this book is the author's prose. He writes well enough that you stay hooked on the story throughout its improbable course, overcoming your urge to press the B.S. button and delete it from your Kindle.
Now for The Gray Man - the 1st book in the Gray Man series
Read it over two days. I first bought book 6 and thought to myself if this author has any talent I can read book 6 without books 1-5. He has that talent. I decided to buy the 1st book to see how the series started and wasn't disappointed in this book. The author has matured over 6 books (plus his work on Clancey's channels). The Gray Man book starts out fast and ends with me wanting more. There is a linear (A to B to C) writing to the book which is nice for a first book that lays the ground work for the character of Court Gentry. We know what the objective is, we follow the character through his struggles to obtain the objective, and what happens after he achieves his objective. There are lots of bad guys that are straight forward, a few that are doublecrossers, a limited number of helpers to our hero, lots of weapons, an smattering of medical jargon, heaps of over-the-top "popcorn" worthy scenes that would never work in real life but our hero? No problems! So yeah - it was a fun book to read that establishes the GreyMan's bona fide's as having no equal. On to book #2 in the series...
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This book is wonderful, fabulous writing, locations, characters, development, action, it has it all. I’m genuinely gutted I’ve finished it but I guess I’ll just have to move on to the second installment...
The Grey man is a ghost who moves in the shadows and is the very, very best at what he does. When he is double crossed he has to take matters into his own hands to right the wrongs and save the family of the man who crossed him.
Gentry is a one man waking army, from the opening scene where he saves a young army officers life from militant Taliban soldiers to the final parts of the book in France, it’s just none stop action and flows so well. Greaney is a superb writer.
Can’t rate this book highly enough.
Make sure you run in the opposite direction to where the Gray Man is because he will most likely be in the middle of a crazy all guns blazing fight. Here we are introduced to Court Gentry as an elite assassin with a conscience who is usually hunting his target but he has now become the hunted.
There are now seven books in the series and this is the first, On Target is the second in the series, followed by Ballistic.
A great all action book where you can switch your brain off from convoluted plots and enjoy the roller coaster ride.
Some action books try and build life around the protagonist but Mark Greaney managed to give Court Gentrey more personality in a book that contained pure action than these other books do by having them have personal lives.
Not only have I fallen in love with a new action hero but I'm wholly backing him to succeed every time. If any first book in a series really wanted to introduced their protagonist as a badass, this book did it. Thoroughly looking forward to reading the sequel and all sequential books!
While the Gray Man is a figure of legend, Court Gentry is a flesh and blood man and this is what I liked most about the book, is that he wasn't some all powerful, untouchable machine... he gets hurt and by hurt I mean real bloody, he is sometime ruled by his heart more than his head and gets himself into trouble as much as he gets out of it. This makes him feel like a real person and added a palpable feel of danger to the story as he squares off against a veritable army of killers in order to save some innocents from his past.
This was taught, well thought out break neck action at its best, a brilliant mix of gunplay, spy craft and hand to hand action. The author obviously knows his stuff. I enjoyed this book so much I immediately bought book two when I finished this. If you like action thrillers then I highly recommend this read.