Mark Greaney, the New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, delivers another breakneck thriller following the world's deadliest assassin - the Gray Man.
After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert? Court's high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese. Fitzroy was contracted to find Fan Jiang, a former member of an ultra-secret computer warfare unit responsible for testing China's own security systems. And it seems Fan may have been too good at his job - because China wants him dead. The first two kill teams Fitzroy sent to find Fan have disappeared, and the Chinese have decided to "supervise" the next operation. What they don't know is that Gentry's mission is to find Fan first and get whatever intel he has to the US. After that, all he has to do is get out alive.
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I really liked this book, but there again, I have enjoyed all Mark Greaney stories that I've read. The storyline is totally far-fetched, but it rolls along at such a gallop you don't really notice. Look forward to the next one.
Gentry manages to live another day whilst most others suffer when coming into contact with him. Basic clandestine spy stuff but the character is interesting and the whole book is fast paced. All Gray Man books build up an excellent picture and this one continues with an interesting twist which means I am looking forward to the next instalment.
Narration is excellent and makes for easy character definition when listening to the plot unfurl.
Very big audible fan.
This has to be one of my top 3 series at the moment and i cant get enough. There is great action with a great storey line to go along side it. I think that this author and narrator make possibly the best combination and i could listen to them all day. If you enjoy listening to authors like Tom Wood, vince flynn, stephen leather, brad thor and tom clancy then you are going to love this series. All i can say is just give it a go.
"Greaney sets the bar even higher."
The only disappointment is when it's over. From beginning to end a thrilling ride. Long may the team of Mark Greaney, Courtland Gentry, and Jay Snyder reign. Amen
"Great Book, Overshadowed by its Perfect Predecessor"
I stayed up all night to finish, "Gunmetal Gray!" The story is fluid, with a heavier emphasis on action/adventure than espionage compared to the last 2 books. It is an enjoyable read, although it suffers from the fabulous success of the previous Gray Man, "Back Blast."
Without giving away spoilers, I loved the interplay between the shadowy criminal organizations, spy services, hacking, government commandos and exotic locales. Frankly, I liked it so much that I would have enjoyed a few more hours worth of details.
Jay Snyder did a superb job with the narration. His many voices, accents, and tones make the characters come alive. If they ever make a movie, they better dub in his voice to make sure the movie is as realistic as the book!
P.S. Not that it matters, but "Back Blast" was the best action/adventure/espionage thriller that I've read since Ian Fleming's most outstanding achievement, "From Russia with Love." It occurred to me while writing this review that the 5th James Bond book and the 5th Gray Man book were also the best in each series. Both books were hard, if not impossible acts to follow!
"A terrific entry"
This was a very good book in the Gray Man series, although I have to agree with another reviewer that it suffers slightly from following the previous book "Back Blast", which was an absolutely marvelous nonstop thriller. I have read all the previous Gray Man books at least three times. This one will likely be no different.
This book starts out a bit slow but kicks in about a quarter of the way through. It has some great female characters. There is a a likeable one and then there is Brewer. I didn't like her much in Book Five and she is a real witch in this one. I think Court may have to take her down a notch or two in the next book! Hightower and a couple guys from the team Sierra make another appearance and there is some understandable tension there. FitzRoy was here, too.
The book takes us all around Asia from ritzy night clubs to rice paddies via planes, boats, and trains with an occasional helicopter ride. I couldn't quite finish it in one sitting, but I wanted to. Although it's a stand-alone, the author leaves us wanting more. I don't want to do a spoiler, but as I said, I don't think Court will stand for his having been treated badly, so I am looking forward to seeing in the next book what he will do about it. I hope it will be memorable.
Jay Snyder is one of my favorite narrators. The man has a voice like honey and switches character voices and accents effortlessly. I could listen to him read stock inventories, phone books or the dictionary.
"Great Book NEED MORE"
I am completely addicted to the characters and story. I love the fact you are transported into the story. I hope there will be another book soon!!!!
This is a more complex and fulfilled effort than the previous books. Although the use of multiple points of view is often a narratorial convenience or indulgence, it does enable Greaney in this book to complicate matters for the protagonist and justify the length of the book. It's a fun read, with lots of the drudgery of spycraft, a femme fatale, lots of shifting allegiances and the rest of the cliches of the genre assembled here in a pleasing fashion. The narrator is pretty much the right guy, though in a book this long the occasional misstep appears. The overall efect is very satisfying, but the characters are drawn from a limited pallette, and the efforts to humanize the gray man fall short of rendering him even in pastels . . .
"Another winner from author Mark Greaney!"
Gunnetal Gray is the 6th novel in Mark Greaney's Gray Man/Court Gentry espionage thriller series. This novel continues Greaney's string of ten 5 star novels in the Gray Man series and the Jack Ryan franchise series combined. (Greaney also coauthored 3 Jack Ryan series novels with Tom Clancy before Clancy's death.) The publisher's summary provides adequate background for Gunmetal Gray, so I will not repeat it here. This book does well as a stand alone, but is even better if the six Gray Man novels are listened to in order. In my opinion Mark Greaney stands as the unchallenged No. 1 among the currently living authors of espionage thriller authors; his books are the current best of genre. Jay Snyder does a great job of narrating although he is not as good as Scott Brick who narrates Greaney's novels in the Jack Ryan series.
Gunmetal Gray and all of Mark Greaney's novels have my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION.
"The pastel man?"
Hoping Mr Greaney does better with the Clancy gift he inherited. This seemed rushed, trite and eventually just quit on itself. America is bad. Russian girl saves the day only to have the evil Americans ruin it all. A disappointing effort as the Gray Man melts into a pastel PC puddle.
"Jay makes a great book even better."
I said the narrator and the book was great. Just read the entry above.
This is book six in the Gray Man series. It is important to read these books in order. Courtland Gentry is a CIA agent turned freelancer. The CIA send Gentry to Hong Kong. He is to find and bring out a Chinese Defector, Fan Jiang. Fan Jiang is a cyber warfare specialist for the Chinese Government. His parents just died in an auto accident. Now that he has no family, the cyber-unit is out to terminate him because they no longer have leverage control over him. Fan wants to go to Taiwan, but the CIA wants him, as do the Chinese, the Russians and a Vietnamese gang.
The book is well written. Greaney co-wrote several of the Tom Clancy novels. Greaney creates an intricate plot. The story weaves in the exotic scenery of the orient. The action, excitement and tension is never ending. If you enjoy none stop action this is a book for you.
The book is about seventeen hours long. Jay Snyder does an excellent job narrating the series. Snyder is a voice over artist and an award-winning audiobook narrator.
"Solid and captivating - nice series continuation."
If this is your first Gray Man listen, I strongly recommend starting at the beginning of the series or at least a few stories back to "get to know" the characters. Having read all the Court Gentry (Gray Man) series novels up to this point, I truly think it adds to the pleasure of this story. Somehow, you develop an abiding appreciation and sympathy for an assassin with an unyielding moral compass. Understanding that morals and assassinations are not an oxymoron for Gentry helps me to enjoy the exploits.
The action is fast paced and similar to a Jason Bourne or any novel of Gregg Hurwitz. While this is a long story, it flows nicely and has natural breaks in the action where you can stop and pick it up the next day.
For those that read the series, Mark Greaney has done his usual masterful job with flawless story lines and logical behavior and consequences. This is the next book in series AFTER Gentry has missed and made up with the CIA (OK, maybe not kissed as much as shook hands) and he has now been brought back into the fold... mostly
Good book, well done, nice production quality with no annoying distractions or sounds.
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