Ballistic (Gray Man Series #3)

Ballistic (Gray Man Series #3)

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by Mark Greaney
     
 

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"Bourne for the new millennium." -James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author.

Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he

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"Bourne for the new millennium." -James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author.

Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust-and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried.

Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted. But in this war, there are no sides- only survivors...

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Publishers Weekly
Greaney once again pumps new life into familiar thriller conventions in his third Gray Man novel starring ex-CIA agent Courtland Gentry (after On Target). Courtland travels to Mexico for the funeral of a friend who once saved his life in Laos, Eduardo “Eddie” Gamboa. A major in the federal police, Eddie was killed while attempting to assassinate Daniel Alonzo de la Rocha (aka DLR), “the leader of los Trajes Negros, the Black Suits, one of the nation’s leading criminal drug and kidnapping organizations.” Eddie’s survivors include his pregnant wife, Elena, and his attractive sister, Laura. Courtland is immediately smitten with Laura, and when DLR sends a band of killers to murder Elena, Courtland organizes the defense. The good guys are soon on the run, closely pursued by DLR and his henchmen. An extremely capable warrior with multiple tricks and tradecraft, Courtland has a complicated past and a long list of mortal enemies, so readers can look forward to plenty of dangerous adventures. (Oct.)
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Praise for Mark Greaney

“Bourne for the new millennium.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Eye of God

"Hard, fast, and unflinching—exactly what a thriller should be." —Lee Child

"Writing as smooth as stainless steel and a hero as mean as razor wire..." —David Stone

“In this third installment of the Gray Man series the story is so propulsive, the murders so explosive, that flipping the pages feels like playing the ultimate video game.”—New York Times

“Greaney once again pumps new life into familiar thriller conventions.”—Publishers Weekly

"The ending screamsfor a sequel, but it will be difficult to maintain the intensity level of this impressive debut." —Booklist

"A high-octane thriller that doesn't pause for more than a second." —Chicago Sun-Times

“Take fictional spy Jason Bourne, pump him up with Red Bull and meth, shake vigorously—and you’ve got the recipe for Court Gentry.”—The Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425244081
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Series:
Gray Man Series, #3
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
50,638
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 8.02(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for Mark Greaney

“Bourne for the new millennium.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Eye of God

"Hard, fast, and unflinching—exactly what a thriller should be." —Lee Child

"Writing as smooth as stainless steel and a hero as mean as razor wire..." —David Stone

“In this third installment of the Gray Man series the story is so propulsive, the murders so explosive, that flipping the pages feels like playing the ultimate video game.”—New York Times

“Greaney once again pumps new life into familiar thriller conventions.”—Publishers Weekly

"The ending screamsfor a sequel, but it will be difficult to maintain the intensity level of this impressive debut." —Booklist

"A high-octane thriller that doesn't pause for more than a second." —Chicago Sun-Times

“Take fictional spy Jason Bourne, pump him up with Red Bull and meth, shake vigorously—and you’ve got the recipe for Court Gentry.”—The Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Meet the Author

Mark Greaney is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Threat Vector, by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney, as well as Command Authority and Locked On, also by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. He is also the bestselling author of the Gray Man series, including Dead Eye, The Gray Man, On Target, and Ballistic.

Mark lives in Memphis, Tennessee

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Ballistic 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
kmp10 More than 1 year ago
I had been hoping to find something similar to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series. I read a few of Brad Thor's Scott Harvath  series, and one or two Baldacci books… but none of them came close to Rapp. They were fine, enjoyable, but nothing like Mitch Rapp. At long last, I've found Mitch Rapp's equal - maybe even his superior - in Mark Greaney's Gray Man series.  If you enjoy reading about a CIA badass, and Mitch Rapp, for me, was the standard by which all CIA badasses were judged, then the Gray Man will  not disappoint. This is a page turner from the very first word. Court Gentry is the baddest badass of them all, and he leaves no doubt about it in Ballistic. Even Mitch Rapp would be impressed...
Scooter567 More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading all three Gray Man books back to back. I read a lot of books, but I haven't enjoyed a series this much since the John Rain series. I hope there are more on the way! Nonstop action from page one until the end makes it very difficult to find a stopping point for the day, so I usually just stay up half the night to see what happens next. I don't know what to read now. I am afraid anything else will seem tame by comparison. Five stars for sure!
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Another great story in the Gray Man series. This time Court Gentry takes his skills south of the border to help the family of an old friend and gets mixed up with the cartels. The story has the authors’ fast paced style with action from start to finish and is exceptionally well written. The ending felt a bit rushed but overall made for a great read and is something that everyone who likes the Gray Man series needs to read.
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c9cREVIEWS More than 1 year ago
Court Gentry is hiding-out in the jungles of South America but someone has tracked him down and is minutes away. Braving crocodiles and losing his meager belongings on the way, he manages to evade the small force which is closing on him and even find the hunter responsible. And that is just the re-introduction to our hero and his skills. The focus then shifts to Mexico and the drug cartels who effectively run everything. Gentry hears that an old friend has died at the hands of a cartel, which leads us to the first of some nicely done flashbacks. These introduce us to an earlier version of the Gray Man and to Eduardo Gamboa who saved his life. Court decides to visit the grave to pay his respects. And this is where the main story begins. After meeting Gamboa’s pregnant wife and sister he decides that he needs to help them battle the cartel who have targeted them for death. I really enjoyed this book and thought that it just edged in to the area occupied by my gold-standard author, Barry Eisler. The pacing of the book was very good. We hear about Gentry’s attacks on the cartel infrastructure mostly from the cartel POV, which has a nice effect of slowing down the story for the end. The end blew it for me. But perhaps not for you. Certainly if you enjoyed the first two books (and I recommend reading them in order, as I do with all series) then this book will not disappoint. But, for me, the end was weak. *** SPOILER ALERT *** So why was the end weak for me? Three things that took me out of the story ... Court confronts the bad guy with seemingly nothing to bargain with for the release of the girl. Weak. He has a Glock 18, with half a second of ammunition in the magazine, which he uses as a part of an escape scenario which I found I could not suspend belief for. Weak. But the worst part was the scene inside the helicopter. The tallest point of the interior of an EC135 is just under 4’ 2”, just behind the pilot seats. Further back it is 3’ 9”. The pilot seats reach almost all the way to the roof. In Executive and VIP configurations, even that space does not exist. But, even assuming a more utilitarian setup I don’t think even the five foot girl would have got through. Weak. Then he reached the foot pedal while upside down to stop the rotation? And he was able to bring it to a hover over water at night? And he found the engine switches? Why “land” on water, he had done the hard parts? I’ve ranted enough. I have some experience with aircraft, your mileage my vary(!). I'm still looking forward to the next Gray man book! [I read a paperback edition (Berkeley Books, October 2011, 467p, Trade) which I bought for my brother and borrowed for this review.]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like the others..... very good!
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Brent Kraemer More than 1 year ago
Very good series so far