Customer Reviews for

The Gray Man (Gray Man Series #1)

Average Rating 4
( 56 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(33)

4 Star

(11)

3 Star

(7)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(3)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 56 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 3
  • Posted December 5, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    THE GRAY MAN: A new thriller star is born

    Just when you think the thriller genre has drained dry every thematic wellspring, along comes a fresh new talent who draws on timeless themes and transforms them into something original and exciting.

    Mark Greaney is the talent, and his debut novel, THE GRAY MAN, represents his dazzling entrance into the thriller field. This tale completely refurbishes hoary, even mythic themes, such as the knight-errant, the lone-wolf assassin, the betrayed/renegade CIA officer, and the non-stop chase story, combining them into a novel of hold-your-breath action and relentless suspense.

    Court Gentry is the best assassin the CIA ever produced. By psychology and moral character, he is a sheepdog in a world of sheep and wolves -- a protector of the innocent who kills only those who really, REALLY need killing. Double-crossed and betrayed, he is forced out of the Agency and into the cold. There he resumes his deadly trade as a paid assassin working for private security contractor Sir Donald Fitzroy, a retired MI5 boss -- but again, targeting only those who really, REALLY need killing. His international reputation becomes legendary as the shadowy "Gray Man."

    However, his latest job has big repercussions. He's killed the brother of a Nigerian despot who wants revenge. The dictator turns to the unscrupulous bosses of a gigantic multinational corporation with a powerful and deadly security apparatus -- and huge contracts with the Nigerian government. He lays down an unconditional demand: Hunt down and kill the Gray Man within a week, or the lucrative government contracts will be canceled.

    The company -- one of whose corrupt officers used to work in the CIA with Gentry -- puts out a large bounty on the head of the elusive Gray Man. Tempted by the prospect of a big payday and professional prestige, teams of highly trained special-ops killers from governments around the world rush to Europe to find and assassinate the assassin. The hunter becomes the hunted.

    But to draw Gentry out of hiding, the corporate thugs kidnap the family of his boss. They threaten to murder Sir Donald's son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters, unless he betrays Gentry and draws him into a trap. Having no choice, the former spymaster agrees.

    What ensues is an action-crammed, fox-versus-hounds pursuit across Europe, as the best assassin in the world must run a deadly gauntlet of scores of his formidable rivals, in a series of explosive, escalating confrontations. Battered and bloodied from his ordeal, the Gray Man races against the ticking clock toward a mansion outside Paris, where the bait of his innocent friends pulls him into a final, apocalyptic showdown: one man against an army of killers.

    To research the novel, author Greaney trained with special ops personnel and toured Europe. He fills the tale with detailed knowledge of weaponry, clandestine tradecraft, military tactics, and scenic cities and villages. Adding to the plausibility of the tale is the psychological credibility of his characterizations -- most of all, of his grim, unstoppable, but poignantly lonely hero.

    THE GRAY MAN is "The Bourne Identity"...without a single slow spot in the pacing. In this rousing action tale, Mark Greaney has given us a new hero for our time. And I can't wait for his further adventures.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Very good, starts out a bit slow but quickly picks up until you

    Very good, starts out a bit slow but quickly picks up until you don't want to put it down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 14, 2010

    A Thrillingly Engrossing Tour de Force!!!

    Until the past year or so, a vast majority of my readings have been in various non-fiction areas. After the Classics, I have quickly found the Thrillers genre to be entirely engrossing. And I thought to myself: being a new audience member to the genre, why not read a new writer in the genre? Hence, I picked up Mark Greaney's fabulous debut novel--The Gray Man--and am thoroughly glad I did.

    I've read a slew of thriller novels over the past year, and this novel epitmozing everything the genre's literature represents...and then proceeds to raise the bar to grand new levels--with stunning success! The story is high-octane, globe-spanning, quick, and complex enough to add narrative depth in character persona and extensive character casting. Greaney's writing style is terse, to-the-point, highly informative, and never tedious or drawl. All characters perfectly fit the various genre archetypes you'd find in other books or movies.

    The villains are archetypal, narrowly so or entirely. For example, there is the younger, corporate, arrogant, intellectual character; and also, there is the implacable, principled, experienced type. They even have the culturally criminal bad-guy appearance, say the Nordic Schwarzengger-ish or Asian martial artist types.

    The secondary characters know their place and have limited abilities as such. There is the wise, old, principled mentor. And, of course, the hero himself--torn between what his career has made him and that "other" life that has always been outside his grasp.

    Concerning the plot's action intensity, comparing it to a boxing match would be like recommending you maintain the endurance of Rocky Balboa. There is no stop or lag in the action.

    The reading is also highly informative, if you're interested in: warfare and its weapons, training, and accessories; international intelligence and military groups; and, even some international culture thrown in the mix.

    What I really enjoy about the Gray Man is his admirable tenacity to maintain positive principles. And also his ability to endure and continue on his quest when you just think the guy can't take anymore of a beating to his person!

    A uniqueness I've still found after reading many Thrillers, is the absorbing plot involving one professional versus many. The hunter being hunted by other hunters. Truly engrossing!

    If you want a book that will be a standard to set for future thrillers you may read, this one is IT!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Bridget's Review

    Gentry is known as The Gray Man because of the stealth and sleekness of a trained assassin. When he's on the job, he's invisible. The victims are dead before they know what hit them. Gentry is a good soldier, he only kills people who deserve to die.

    He only has one real friend, Fitzroy who knows everything about Gentry. When he almost dies after a job, he finds out that he is alone in this world and has no one to turn to. Will his skills keep him alive or will an even more skilled killer be sent after him?

    A roller coaster of a thrill ride. This is a book that keeps you on your toes and doesn't let up.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    One of worst books ever

    If you like suspending total belief and don,t care about character development, you might still enjoy this bunch of trash.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Excellent Character development and full of suspense

    Excellent book (and series)! I was a Lee Child fan looking for other good reads. I found it with Mark Greaney's Gray Man series. I liked this first book so much that I immediately bought the other 3 books in the series.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Excellent Series

    After I read "The Gray Man", I immediately read the next three in the series. I put Mark Greaney's writing and story lines right up there with Vince Flynn, Lee Child, and David Baldacci. True, some of the situations and escapes strain credulity a bit, but that's why it's called fiction. I would recommend the Gray Man series to anyone who enjoys the previously mention authors' books.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    fast action

    if you like the Matt Reilly scarecrow novels but want someone who really knows fireams and tactics not just movie script stunts this is you author. Very much in the hard boiled tradition of the Matt Helm novels.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Leopardpaw

    -She runs in to join the battle-

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Violetsong

    Greystar............

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Ivyheart

    Ivyheart shrugged. "Fine. then goodbye. Your dead."

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Starclan cat

    "You betrayed us." The cat said before stripping eight of your nine lives from you, leaving the one that you get naturally.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Mrrew!

    "My name is Tigerkit. Im like Tigerstar, all tjat violence, just cant keep my claws sheathed. Weell anyway, can i join? Im white with blak underbelly, amber eyes that aways keeps on looking at stuff thats not there, and bloodred claws".he saib, digging his claws into the grhound." See?" He said.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Can I rp a kit?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Cat

    Hmm, Greystone your...clan...seems to be working out fine. NOT.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Osa

    Im on

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Death

    Wonderful.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Snowflakekit

    A non evil kit from the orphanage pads around seeing the cats

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Splashstream

    Bows to greystone.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Shadestone

    Splashstream come to chendelier result 13 thats our meeting spot ad darkshadow yor the new leader

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 56 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 3