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Couldn't decide if these books are a 1 or a 4
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2018
These gray man books are hard for me to review - I couldn't decide if it's a 1 star or a 4 star so I went with 2. WHY?
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. ;)