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Back Blast is a blast
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2017
Back Blast is Mark Greaney's 5th installment in the hugely successful Gray Man series. Court Gentry has finally made it home to the USA, intending to get to the bottom of his original termination order. Greaney's been hinting at this backstory since book 1, and finally delivers the goods. Denny Carmichael, Gentry's nemesis comes at him full throttle, including using foreign agents on US soil. While old standbys such as Zack and Hanley play major roles, there are new players such as a new operator and a young, ambitious CIA "suit." Gentry does DC, gray man style and the action is non-stop and intense.
The Gray Man tradecraft is nearly over the top, from knocking off an Aryan drug house to intervening in a convenience store robbery. At the same time, there are various perspectives trying to piece together the story beyond Gentry, including other CIA staff and newspaper reporters. All this is set against a backdrop of realistic news reporting (mostly CNN) that is mostly spin, but eerily familiar with today's headlines. There is even a short interlude of father - son bonding gray man style. Gradually, the story behind Back Blast (an old Gentry mission) unfolds, but not before several unique and unexpected twists and turns. The final denouement is both thrilling and climatic, worthy of a multiple installment spanning story-arc.
With successful resolution of the gray man status that drove the previous series of escapades, Court is ready to start a new chapter in his life. While he is reunited with his former boss, he has a new handler and seems primed for new adventures.