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The Gray Man [Mass Market Paperback]

Mark Greaney
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Nov. 24 2009 A Gray Man Novel (Book 1)
Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man?a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness.

Now, he is going to prove that for him, there?s no gray area between killing for a living?and killing to stay alive.

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"...Through the carnage, Gentry remains an intriguing protagonist with his own moral code. Comparisons will be made to Jason Bourne, but the Gray Man is his own character. The ending screams for a sequel, but it will be difficult to maintain the intensity level of this impressive debut."

About the Author

Mark Greaney is the national bestselling author of The Gray Man series of books, the most recent of which is Ballistic. Mr. Greaney lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent action flick... Nov. 15 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It was action-filled and entertaining. It did go WAY over the top - especially at the end where Court has been shot, beaten, injured, stabbed, and drugged and yet still manages to kill everyone. That and the main bad guy was beyond ridiculous... after a guy you're hunting kills like 40 people and yet doesn't show up on time you're gonna "punish" him because "he didn't try hard enough"... what on earth is that?

The premise is a bit contrived too - why go through all the hassle of getting 12 "hit teams" to kill one guy for the cost of 35 plus million dollars when you could have hired the guy you're trying to kill to take out the guy who wants him killed for practically free? Just doesn't make much sense, really.

If you accept the ridiculousness of the story, it is quite entertaining... and passes the time without making you have to think about anything.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read Jan. 28 2010
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A very fun read that moves along quickly and unpredictably. You know he's the good guy but you have no idea how he'll pull it off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Tad Too Super Jan. 25 2014
By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Look out Harvath, Rapp, Rain and Wells, here comes Court Gentry. He is another uber-capable military operative that pulpy fiction readers have been eating up over the past decade. The age of terrorism ushered in this wave. I just got around to The Gray Man though it was penned in 2009. The trappings of this genre are in evidence: incredulous plots, unbelievable survival scenarios, corny dialogue, and stereotypical and often wooden characters. Gentry is way too super and promotes a moral code that has more holes in it than a giant colander at a Sbarro. Yet, the darn thing still entertains mainly on the strength of using "kill teams" from other countries in the action. Treat it as a comic book and you will enjoy it more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If trouble ever comes my way, I want The Gray Man on my side! Sept. 29 2009
By J. Lesley - Published on
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Anyone looking for an action thriller hero need look no further than here, to Court Gentry. After running afoul of his bosses in the CIA and being put on that agency's shoot-on-sight-list, Gentry has been earning his living doing what he has been trained to do, he takes out targets he is paid to terminate. Anyone associated with hired assassins knows about The Gray Man. This man has the uncanny ability to simply fade into the background. His targets never see him coming and the investigations afterward never find any connection to anyone. The reputation of this man grows to legendary proportions because of his complete anonymity, nobody is ever completely sure of who he actually is. There is only one man who positively knows the identity of this operative, his handler Sir Donald Fitzroy of Cheltenham Security Services. At least that's what Sir Donald thought. Someone literally wants The Gray Man's head delivered on a platter and there is no limit to the amount of money they are willing to spend to achieve that goal. What follows is an incredibly exciting journey from Iraq to a chateau in Normandy with danger, destruction, and death all along the route. A bounty has been put on The Gray Man's head and paid assassins have been invited to join in the hunt to see who can deliver him, dead or alive, to the chateau before the time limit runs out.

I had to keep reminding myself that this is a debut novel for author Mark Greaney. The plotting for this book is outstanding. The pace started out with an exciting episode and just never let up. The man behind the legend was very slowly revealed so that he did seem to be a shadowy figure, a ghostly figure, someone who could fade in and out simply because there was no substance to him. Over time this very talented author lets the reader come closer and closer to the main character to glimpse his intelligence, his efficiency in doing his work, and his moral code. It may sound unusual to consider that a person who kills for a living would have a moral compass but Court Gentry does. And it is believable. Characters are well defined and clear, the dialogue is crisp and clean and well suited to each character. This author did a wonderful job of describing both locations and weaponry used in the story and it is very obvious that he is familiar with both subjects. While there are a large number of professional killers involved in tracking Gentry down, I think this was necessary to represent the "contest" nature of the hunt. I really like that Greaney finished off the story by tying up loose ends, nothing was left unresolved. And yet, could it possibly be that The Gray Man isn't finished yet? I certainly hope not.

I do not assign 5 star ratings to books lightly. They have to earn that designation from me. This book would probably get an even higher rating from me if the Amazon system would allow it. I found the book to be well written, well plotted, and very, very exciting.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full on action thriller Oct. 19 2009
By Nick Brett - Published on
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A very strong action thriller from a debut author. The emphasis here is very much on the action as hitman Court Gentry takes down a guy with powerful friends, as a result a significant bounty is put on his head as hit teams are drafted in from all over the world.

There are lots of elements in here that I had seen before, the paranoia of Ludlum's thriller, the hit man from Tom Cain's "Accident Man" and the action from Matthew Reilly's "Ice Station". This is not a twisting thoughtful thriller, it is page turning action as our hero fights his was through Europe to a bloody climax in France.

It's a hard genre to come up with anything very new or unique, and to be honest the author doesn't. But what he has come up with is a very entertaining page turner that doesn't pretend to be anything it isn't. And what differentiates it from a generic pulp action thriller is that it is well researched and well written. If there are minor flaws it is that our hero is fairly indestructible and slightly light on character, but the book's strength is in the pace and the action.

I read this on the back of two other thrillers and this was a massive improvement and I very much enjoyed it. It's not subtle and it's 'in your face' with pace and violence and it will be interesting to see how the author takes the character forward in what I hope will be many future books.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good action novel Jan. 8 2010
By Christopher E. Allen - Published on
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I have been looking for a good action novel for a while, not finding much to stack up to Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, until, while waiting for hours in an airport, happenned upon this gem. The first chapter had me hook, line and sinker. Court Gentry is the definitive action hero. The harrowing battles with hitsquads from all over the globe, the betrayals of those he trusted most, and the quick wit and determination of this character will keep you turning the pages. The author's timing is impeccible as he transitions between chapters leaving you both anticipating the next, and amazed by the previous. If this does not one day become a major motion picture, I will be stunned.

Mark Greaney has picked up a fan with this one and I can't wait to read the next one.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A PROMISING DEBUT Jan. 2 2010
By David Keymer - Published on
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Mark Greaney, The Gray Man. Jove. 2009. 456p. (pb)

Greaney's Gray Man is a surprisingly good debut novel. It is packed with action and Court Gentry, aka "The Gray Man", is human enough to be interesting. The plot is a classic one. Court Gentry, a.k.a. "The Gray Man," is ex-CIA. There's a `Kill on Sight" order out for him. He now earns his living as a freelance assassin, but he only kills bad guys. He assassinates the brother of a corrupt African dictator (a fanatic who richly deserves death). The dictator vows revenge. A multinational oil firm is negotiating for sole access to the rich oil deposits in the dictator's land. The dictator pressures them: bring me the head of my brother's assassin or the deal is off. The oil firm pressures the Gray Man's employer in turn: lead us to him or we'll rape and kill your grandchildren. Within a day, the hit squads of a dozen nations, from Albania to Indonesia and South Korea, are hunting for Gentry, as are the agents of a private security firm and the CIA. From that point on, there is no cease. First novelist Greaney has a good way with action scenes and his prose --hurrah! hurrah!-- is suitably lean. There's not a lot of detail to the description of Gentry --he's more or less just a killing machine-- but he is an appealing action hero. I found it hard to put this novel down once I'd started it and I wouldn't mind encountering the Gray Man again.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non Stopping, exhausting action thriller that you can't put down. Nov. 27 2009
By Phil Hegg - Published on
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I have never written a review but this one deserves the best. Mark Greaney is a new young author that has been able to pace the action and the thrill of the reader so one can't put this book down without remorse. I have read most of Ian Flemming's books as well as Ludlum, Lee Childs, Tom Clancy and others. I like a good international espionage book to escape the realities of our everyday life. This one does it so supremely. I have never committed so much quality time in reading as this book is almost hypnotic with all the action and intrigue of a well thought out plot. I give it a high 5 stars. I give Mark Greaney a high 5.
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