Mission Critical Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From Mark Greaney, The New York Times best-selling author of Gunmetal Gray and a coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, comes a high-stakes thriller featuring the world's most dangerous assassin: the Gray Man.
Court Gentry's flight on a CIA transport plane is interrupted when a security team brings a hooded man aboard. They want to kick Gentry off the flight but are overruled by CIA headquarters. The mystery man is being transported to England where a joint CIA/MI6 team will interrogate him about a mole in Langley.
When they land in an isolated airbase in the UK, they are attacked by a hostile force who kidnaps the prisoner. Only Gentry escapes. His handlers send him after the attackers, but what can one operative do against a trained team of assassins? A lot, when that operative is the Gray Man.
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 1 minute|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 19, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,140 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#17 in Mystery Action Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#32 in International Mystery & Crime (Audible Books & Originals)
#47 in Political Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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Courtland “Court” Gentry, also known as Violator, is a CIA contract agent. He is part of a small group handled by Suzanne Brewer, a skilled agent who hates her job. She is just one of the many interesting characters surrounding Violator. Besides the violence and action, there is a love affair, humor, and emotional turbulence. This book stands alone well, even though it is part of a series. This is a very exciting and entertaining read!
The plot is somewhat convoluted in that someone from Court and Zoya's past reemerges in a diabolical revenge fantasy to wipe out the heads of the free world's intelligence agents. Complicating things is the fact that there appears to be a mole or moles in the US and UK intelligence offices. And Suzanne Brewer returns as Court's CIA handler who has other goals on her mind than just being a facilitator.
"Mission Critical" has too many subplots and story lines that often go nowhere yet encumber the story. the book is too long and simply unfocused at time with contrived coincidences moving the plot all too often. The book is not horrible in any sense, just does not meet past accomplishments nor expectations. When I fail to pick up a book of one of my favorite characters every spare minute, I know that it has no hook in me. For me, I was never in a hurry to finish "Mission Critical".
Court's tradecraft is minimal this time out, with last minute improvisation leading the way. He does manage to destroy every car he drives. While the overall plot was a bit convoluted and drawn out, the basic premise is respectable. The North Korean bioweaponer was a bit of a stretch as there are too many aspects to build into a single character. In addition, plague does not have a spore form. Also, the growing angst in Brewer was a bit unexpected, at least to the extent she was prepared to take it. It's also unclear if Zoya is being marginalized or simply creating more future fodder.
Top reviews from other countries
The book starts well, but flounders for a good 50% of it before the last 10% picks back up makes for an excellent read
The relationships between the characters gets even more complicated. Gentry is still unstoppable and Hightower is still the lovable rogue. The CIA bosses seem to stumble from one screw up to the next, relying on their agents to constantly bail them out
THIS WAS A GOOD READ
Characters are good and it trots along at a good pace.
It deals with some interesting issues.
There is a good body count and it kind of ends how you want it to.
New author for me, liked it enough to buy to more of his books
It's escapism lets not confuse it with something else.