The Gray Man

The Gray Man

[the First Gray Man Novel]

Book - 2009
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Courtland Gentry is a good man. But he's a great assassin… To those who lurk in the shadows, he's known as the Gray Man. He is a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible and then fading away. And he always hits his target. Always. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. Forces like money. And power. And there are men who hold these as the only currency worth fighting for. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. But Court Gentry is going to prove that, for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living and killing to stay alive… "
Publisher: New York : Jove Books, [2009]
Edition: Jove premium edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780515147018
051514701X
Branch Call Number: FIC Greaney M
Characteristics: 456 pages ; 19 cm

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Sharski8812
Feb 28, 2020

The book was recommended to me as a substitute for Mitch Rapp {Vince Flynn}.
It had action but really went overboard on how one guy could go against several teams of
1st rate killers and survive so many injuries that would have waylaid anybody else.
Maybe he has Superman blood in his veins. I’ll try another book by this author and hope for the best.

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Duke19
Feb 10, 2020

Read this in print not ebook version.

Yemina12220 Dec 21, 2019

I can suspend disbelief for sci-fi and fantasy, but I don't expect to have to for "real life" situations. You have to suspend A LOT of disbelief for this book, and it really really frustrated me. The paperback is about 460 pages and I read every page. Therefore, I can't wholly dismiss the book, BUT as crept closer to the ending the SPOILER character's ability to be shot, stabbed, knocked about, subjected to explosions, sleep deprivation....and to keep going just left me screaming, "C'mon!" And, the climax between the assassin and his assassins was formulaic nonsense - really, we're going stop and talk? So, I recommend reading SOME of the book but allowing your imagination to write the ending!

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Helene_J
Nov 28, 2019

Very disappointing. This sounded like a good read about an assassin who tries to do the right thing. Well he does but the entire book is him escaping from one kill squad after another until he finally reaches his destination...as if! Nothing much else going on except a few stray incidents.
If you like reading about assassins, I recommend the books by Tom Wood. His assassin, victor, is very good at what he does and there’s actual plots in the books.

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7626dee
Mar 18, 2019

A bit predictable, good research on multiple areas of the world and detailed knowledge of cities. Sooner or later I would like to read about someone who worked black ops that the CIA isn't after. An agency that big knows better than to go after its own killers but multiple authors persist in this concept. Odd for an author who works on Clancy books, Clancy liked the agency as a bulwark against the "threat". Sure there are bad suits in the agency jealous of the glory boys in the field but none of them would ever be dumb enough to take on the agency 007's. Lawyers are good patsies but a necessary evil, the FBI uses lawyers and CPA's, gotta have the suits to hold the system together or to take it apart or they will become politicians and a Real and Present Danger!

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johnulee
Oct 09, 2018

In a word, Unbelievable. No stars

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rahmmie
Nov 29, 2015

It was okay. Formulaic and predictable but entertaining because it's non-stop action

19coco55 Dec 22, 2013

its a good book, the whole series is as well. to bad library does not have them all!

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Casing
Feb 28, 2011

Good story line. Lots of things happening. Not super original -- feels like it was heavily borrowed from the Jason Bourne theme. I'm not holding that against it though, as I love that theme! I rated this book 3/5 because even though I enjoyed it and promptly borrowed the sequel, it was fairly obvious that this is a first publication by the author. Much of the writing early in the book is somewhat amateurish, but it definitely improved greatly as the pages turned. I'm only about 100 pages into the second book in the series and there is an absolutely huge improvement in the quality of the writing so don't be dissuaded from borrowing this one--you'll enjoy it!

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tedm116
Feb 27, 2011

man! I love this book. kept me glued!
update: love mark greaney's books that i bought them for my collection. they are worth reading over and over again!!!

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