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Just like the good old days, sorta of
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2018
Gunmetal Gray continues the hugely successful Gray Man series (#6 this time) by Mark Greaney. Having gotten back into the good graces of the CIA, Court takes on his first job with Susan Brewer as his handler. As to be expected, the CIA inserts Gentry into an unfolding operation that appears simple, but is anything but. With his old friend and employer, Fitzroy, life on the line, Gentry must present himself as someone taking a contract from the Chinese to recover a hacker on the run from the Peoples' Liberation Army attempting to defect to Taiwan. While the Chinese want him dead, the US and Russia would each love to secure him for themselves. Meanwhile, various criminal gangs move him around and find him useful for their own reasons. As usual, Court finds himself in the middle of unanticipated action and improvises as only the Gray Man can.
Court's tradecraft is full throttle with plenty of action. At the same time, Court finds a potential soulmate in the form of a female Russian doppelganger which not only offers a softer side of the Gray Man, but hints at some interesting future adventures. All the action unfolds across South East Asia for a nice change of pace from earlier installments. Greaney manages to prevent the franchise from becoming stale and has positioned the various entities for plenty of fresh material in the future.