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Gray Man, Book 9
Narrated by: Jay Snyder
Series: Gray Man, Book 9
Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
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Summary

From Mark Greaney, the New York Times best-selling author of Mission Critical and a coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, comes another high-stakes thriller featuring the world's most dangerous assassin: the Gray Man.

While on a mission to Croatia, Court Gentry uncovers a human trafficking operation. The trail leads from the Balkans all the way back to Hollywood.

Court is determined to shut it down, but his CIA handlers have other plans. The criminal ringleader has actionable intelligence about a potentially devastating terrorist attack on the US. The CIA won't move until they have that intel. It's a moral balancing act with Court at the pivot point.

©2020 Mark Greaney Books LLC (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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First person ,why!?!?

Liked the plot and narrator (same as rest of series )Hated the fact it’s written in the first person perspective .

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Could have been great

This could have been another great story but the decision to write Gentry's role in the first person was a mistake in my opinion, I felt the narrator was also struggling with the correct tone to take when reading Gentry's parts. This aside it was a good fast paced story

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Enjoyable Mark Greaney

I do enjoy the Gray Man! He’s always getting in scrapes and miraculously gets out of them. Lots of action and twists.
Great story, good narration. Look forward to the next one.

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Absolutely outstanding!

Totally gripping from start to finish, I sincerely hope this isn’t the last we’ll hear from Court Gentry!

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The Grey man just gets better and better

I love the Grey man each book is something different this book is no different the research that must have gone into this book was awesome as always.

Read this book you won’t be disappointed

Well done again Mark

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Excellent next chapter

I don’t often write reviews of any kind but the latest instalment in the grey man series compels me to do just that.

It seems an age since I started with the first book in the series and as it had progressed I have felt more and more in step with Court to the point where I was very much looking forward to the release of this title. It does not disappoint.

The storyline here will not disappoint and sees the action fly at a similar pace to a eurocopter. The action is intense and Mark Greaney is one of the few authors who genuinely takes me into action sequences that I not only believe but then also have a physical response to. My heart has quickened on many occasions and this is a combination of excellent story and excellent storytelling.

Jay Snyder does another outstanding job. I will say some accents are a little far from credible (not least the South African villains) but with such geographically diverse characters I think a little artistic license is allowed. And what is missed in those accents is more than made up for by his obvious passion and talent for narration.

Don’t read this one before others in the series. Start at the beginning and build up to this latest adventure. It is well worth the investment.

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Brilliant

Great story with most of the usual suspects appearing. Love Court in the First person, Being written this way shows a different deeper side to him that I enjoyed. More please! Jay Snyder is again The Gray Man

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Wow wow , unreal

Iv listen to Mitch rapp and all of them, jack reacher, Scott harvarth, them all ,

But the grey man is the best assassin ever created, so realistic and not a superman , closest isis obviously rapp?? But Gentery is superb , rapp not the same since VFpassesd away ,

Best story ,best character, best author!!! Tell me otherwise you mofos !!!!!!! No thought not

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Conshorshum :)

I really enjoyed this. i expected the story to be a bit of a cliche but it is really gripping.

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  • 22-02-20

Worth the wait !

A big fan of Gray man ... great story and excellent narration. When’s Gray man 10 being released ? Soon I hope.

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  • 19-02-20

What the hell Mr. Greaney???

Easily the worst Grey Man book to date—at least the audiobook version is—& it’s not even close. I’ve been waiting a year for this latest release & couldn’t be more disappointed. Two points for full disclosure—one, I only made it through half of it before I decided I had to write this review. Two, it’s still the friggin’ Grey Man, so I’m definitely going to finish it.

Now if you’re thinking “well that’s unfair, you’ve only listened to half the book,” please trust me—it’s not. So here’s my beef, & it’s a big one:

For some unfathomable reason the main character, Court Gentry, narrates the ENTIRE story in the first person. Not a portion or portions, you know, for effect, but the entire thing.

I believe in the movies or television they call it a “bump”. It’s something that happens in the show that distracts the viewer from the story & snaps them back into reality (i.e.—a mistake the writers or director missed but you the viewer notice in the finished product). Well this audiobook is one giant literary bump.

I don’t know how this novel reads but as an audiobook it’s terrible. Found myself constantly distracted from the flow of the story because Court is narrating to us in the first person & there are WAY too many occasions when the listener must stop to figure out if he’s speaking to another character or narrating his thoughts out loud for us. And, quite frankly, whether in the fictional world or the real one, it’s just downright annoying to listen to a guy speak his thoughts out loud. Especially when it’s for no good reason.

Not sure why the author chose to write this book this way but it sucks. Period. It’s obnoxious & unnecessary. Up until this offering this series has been far & away my favorite. I only hope he goes back to telling more great Grey Man stories like he did before this flop.

I think the narrator IS a character, just as important to the story as the lead. In this novel, however, the two are completely indiscernible because the author intentionally combined them. Jay Snyder is a phenomenal narrator, Court Gentry may be the geatest main character the action/thriller genre has ever seen. Please Mr. Greaney, let them both just do their jobs!

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  • Joe M.
  • 18-02-20

1st person, seriously?

The story shows promise but the 1st person perspective just ruins it for me. I sincerely hope this is not the future trend for this series. Back to audible it goes. I'll pick it back up on book 10.

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  • Cnikal
  • 19-02-20

Well. That was, ummm, different.

I'm roughly two hours in and I still feel some cognitive dissonance when the narration shifts to 1st person. The story is interesting, and I want to like it, but I don't think I'm going to be able to finish this book. The Grey Man suffered a horrible demise today: death by format.

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  • Wayne
  • 19-02-20

Another great Court Gentry novel!

Mark Greaney is the very best of those currently writing espionage novels. This one is about human sex trafficking rather than espionage as the gray man goes off on a project of his own. ONE MINUTE OUT has a great plot to go with the near constant action. One nice change was Court Gentry's first person narration of parts of the novel. Jay Snyder narrates superbly as usual. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

Added comments about first person narration: First, contrary to what some reviewers have written here, the entire novel is not written in first person. I suspect that over half is in third person. The first chapter begins in third person and some chapters are entirely in third person.

I am a fan of first person because it is the best way to get inside the head of the protagonist and thus better understand the perspective of the protagonist, to allow him/her to express his/her thoughts.

In summary, I do not understand what possible issue the negative reviewers have with first person. This novel did change frequently between first and third person in the midst of chapters which I found to be an issue until I became accustomed to it.

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  • shelley
  • 18-02-20

Gentry in the first person - AMAZING!

This book is completely addictive. Court is hired to kill a Serbian war criminal. While doing so he comes across a group of women shackled in a basement. They’re all young and beautiful, ranging in age from 14 years to mid twenties. And they will all be shipped around the world as sex slaves.
When Court finds out they’ll be punished because of him he tries to free them. They won’t leave because if they do their families will pay the price.
What Court doesn’t realize is that he has set off a man hunt that will focus on him. An old enemy has heard of the assassination of the Serbian General and his guards and knows the only man who could have pulled this off is the Gray Man.
Court’s introspection throughout is eye opening. How he views himself is completely opposite of how he is viewed by others.

Jay Snyder does the Gray Man to perfection.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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  • Jessica
  • 19-02-20

I really tried

First off, this series is certainly in the top 5 on my all time list among Mitch Rapp, Victor the Assassin, Orphan X, and Peter Ash. Court Gentry has been a favorite of mine since the beginning and that's why it's so difficult to write this review. I cannot comprehend why author Mark Greaney chose to flip the format into first person nine books in to a proven, successful and phenomenal series. Don't get me wrong; It's still The Grey Man and Mark Greaney is still an extremely talented writer but I just can't get over the sudden and unexpected change to listening to Court Gentry narrate for Court Gentry instead of letting Jay Snyder do his thing. I implore Mr. Greaney and his publishers to release an alternate version which is written and read in the same way as all the others. Truly disappointed. I was SO looking forward to this release🙁

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  • Samuel
  • 23-02-20

If you watched the movie Taken, don’t waste your money on this book.

I loved seven of the eight previous books in this series. I think either the sixth or seventh was decent but not great, can’t remember which. This one... On a positive note, the narrator was really good. The book was action packed and moved at a fast pace. Other than that, it was unoriginal, predictable, and average. Also, after eight books written in third person point of view, the switch to first person point of view was a terrible decision. The chapters focusing on the main character are in first person and the rest are in third person, and the back and forth is distracting and annoying. Also, the first person writing is just bad. “I walk down the stairs.” “I lower my night vision goggles.” I was rolling my eyes so often I gave myself a headache. I can respect the author for maybe trying to draw attention to the horrors of the sex trafficking industry, but seriously, I loved the movie Taken, but by now, everyone and their mother has made a movie just like this. For those of you interested in what happens to the characters in this storyline, seriously just skip this book. Nothing significant happens at all. Zoya isn’t in the book at all. Zach Hightower makes a brief and entirely predictable and repetitive appearance. That’s about it.

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  • J.J.
  • 19-02-20

The F-ing Gray Man is Awesome

Now I will search for a book anything like The Gray Man, Mitch Rapp, or Victor The Assassin. Those three are by far my favorites and I couldn't tell you which one I like more. All three would react to each situation differently yet every situation would be entertaining. Mark Greaney gets better and better the more he writes. I cannot wait for the next one. For all the people bitching about the first person get over. " It's not the same as the other books. He used first person narration!" they loudly whine. It took me about half the book to get used to the new narration type by the end of it I thought it was a great way to cast Gentry's thoughts. People never like change, and they have a hard time accepting it, but if they were to reread the book knowing it was going to be in first person maybe they would be more accepting. Instead of actually reviewing the book and giving it's real value they give it less Stars because they couldn't accept the new narration type, which is crazy to me! The book was great.

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  • C. Rogers
  • 19-02-20

It's About Time we Talked. . .

I find the first person narrative refreshing! With all we've gone through, it's about time he stopped calling himself The Gray Man.

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  • Carol
  • 19-02-20

Great addition to series

I really enjoyed this addition to the series. Court had a bit more one liner/jokes, I actually laughed out loud a couple of times. I didn’t see it coming.
This story didn’t have as much of the rest of the team characters, more of a “solo” Gentry. I did miss some of the typical team interactions. But I did NOT miss Suzanne (CIA handler). I actually groaned when I realized she entered the story. Happy it was brief.
The last bit left a serious tease about what could possibly be next? It’s gonna be hard to wait a year (?) or more for the next story.

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