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My First Disappointment With This Series
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2021
In "Relentless", the tenth in the Gray Man series, Mark Greaney throws everything but the kitchen sink at the reader. most of the "action" occurs in Germany, although the U.S., Venezuela, Russia, the Middle east and other areas are referenced. The cast of characters is unnecessarily huge and complicates the convoluted plot resulting in dull dragging sections that seem interminable. The only positives in this big cast is the reappearance of Zoya and Zack who ably assist Court Gentry, the Gray Man.
There are foreign agents and assassin teams from a half dozen countries all converging in Berlin. There are double and triple crosses, internecine confrontations, impostors by the handful, and, of course, the fate of the known world is at risk. Who can Court trust when he cannot even trust his own government? How can Court function against squads of trained killers while still only 50% healed from his last adventure?
In summation, "Relentless" is too long (over 500 pages), an overly complicated plot, too many "bad guy" characters, and the issues with Court's handler, Suzanne Brewer, need to be dealt with soon before they destroy the fabric of this series. This novel is certainly readable and many longtime fans will enjoy it but this original reader came away somewhat disappointed as well as unimpressed.