The Gray Man (Gray Man Series #1)

The Gray Man (Gray Man Series #1)

by Mark Greaney
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Bibliophante More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
RobertTheWriter More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good, starts out a bit slow but quickly picks up until you don't want to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One word for it, Riveting. I am a big Tom Clancy Fan and read Threat Vector penned by Mark and loved it. I have run out of TC books to read so i decided to try his writing. I am glad i did. This is the first in a series and i bought it so i would have a book to read a the beach in a week or so, it did not make it to the beach, i could not put it down and finished it before i left. Enjoy the summer read if you have not done so yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of "covert world" cliches but delivery is good.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Very well done. I will definitely have to continue reading the series. This was a book that was hard to put down.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Loved this book. Discovered it quite by accident but glad I did. If you love action thillers, this book is definitely worth picking up. I am starting the second one as soon as I finish this review. Yes, it is that good.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not realistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i tried to read "The Gray Man", but at about 80 pages into it, the plot was ruined, and the dialogue was horrible. i quit reading it, and took it back to the library, and decided i didn't want to bother trying to read the rest of the book. the gray man was flushed out just under the 80 page mark, and was too much of a Jason Bourne wanna-be
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, adrenaline pumping book. Set in the exotic locales of Europe, with every possible bad guy you can think of chasing the unstoppable hero to the inevitable showdown, it was an enjoyable, page turning read.
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catcherDC More than 1 year ago
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.
rjh1 More than 1 year ago
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.
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