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Ballistic (Gray Man) [Paperback]

Mark Greaney
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  • Paperback: 467 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group; 1 Original edition (4 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425244083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425244081
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Greaney has a degree in International Relations and Political Science. In researching The Gray Man series he traveled to ten countries and trained extensively in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close range combative tactics.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Delivers what the title suggests 14 Nov 2011
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is the third novel in the Gray Man series and events from previous books are alluded to, but all that you really need to know is that Court Gentry is a former assassin for hire who is now hiding out in South America after being wanted dead by everyone from Russian criminals to Interpol. He becomes entangled with a Mexican family who are being targeted by a Mexican drug lord and the book is about his efforts to protect them.

After an explosive start the pace slows down, but it picks up again and the final third of the book is particularly enjoyable. It's very much a "suspend your disbelief" kind of read: the villain is laughably unbelievable, the romantic sub-plot has zero plausibility and the ability of the small family unit to withstand attack is highly unlikely. Despite these facts, it's entirely readable because the action is swift, the hero is likeable and the action scenes are written in such a way that you can tell Greaney has done his research.

It's a constant issue with thrillers these days, trying to strike the right balance between fast paced action that will keep us relentlessly turning the pages, whilst still giving us characters we can care about and a plotline that doesn't become entirely ludicrous. Greaney probably errs too much towards the former camp for my liking, but if you want a fast paced, disengage-your-brain read, you could do a lot worse.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome return for the Gray Man 12 Oct 2011
By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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At a time when many thriller writers are looking towards Somali pirates as an easy backdrop to their current thriller, Mark Greaney instead goes for Mexico. In the third "Gray Man" thriller, Court Gentry is still on the run from nearly every gun toting organisation and finds himself caught up in the cauldron of murder and corruption that is modern day Mexico.

The author writes very fast moving action thrillers and it can be too easy to resort to comic book shallowness, but Greaney has researched his subject and provides plot and motivation to link his many action scenes. In Ballistic, Gentry wants to keep running ahead of his many pursuers, but decided to make a stand with the family of a murdered friend knowing he will become a target for not just the cartels but everyone else too.

This is a fast paced, no holding back action thriller where The Gray Man's skills are put to the test as he traditionally is a lone player, having the baggage of others to look after takes him well out of his comfort zone. This is uncompromising and has one or two areas that are slightly squeamish but also in keeping with the situations being presented by the author. Greaney writes well and has the art of making you want to keep turning the page, but also manages to not go over the top in terms of the implausible or the overly improbable. This is a welcome addition to the Gray Man series and further indication of how the author is growing in confidence and comfort with his character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An adrenaline rush from start to finish. 5 Oct 2011
By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Anyone familiar with the first two novels in The Gray Man series (The Gray Man and On Target (Gray Man Novel)) will know they are filled with action and adventure throughout the book. This third entry is certainly no exception. Author Mark Greaney takes the reader on a thrill ride that would make any amusement park proud. Moving from one challenge to the next Courtland Gentry's exploits kept my attention riveted to the pages of this book. Court has been hiding out from all the many factions who want to see him dead, most recently his ex-boss, Russian mobster Gregor Sidorenko. Hiding in the back-of-beyond jungles of South America worked for seven months but now a manhunter has found Gentry and it's time to move on. With only escape in mind Gentry is waiting in a bus station when he happens to hear a television news story concerning a man he once shared a prison cell with in Laos. Could this Eduardo Gamboa be the same Eddie Gamble he had known back in that prison? Because if so, then Court does not believe the man he had known could be guilty of what these news reports said. Before long Gentry finds himself a very unwilling actor in the bloody business of drugs and other crimes between two feuding Mexican drug lords. Between his former bosses in the CIA, his former boss in the Russian mob, and now these armed and decidedly dangerous Mexican criminals it will take an expert in survival to come out of this mess alive.

I enjoyed this book very much, in fact I have come to expect that from Greaney.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A big improvemnt on the previous novels 26 Jun 2014
By GOTTON
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Ballistic is without a doubt the best Gray Man novel so far. The story was far more engaging than past stories with a lot of new characters who were all interesting to read about and vastly different from the one dimensional characters from earlier novels.

This story takes a change from the militaristic, war on terror style of the first two novels and takes a look at what a highly trained assassin could do in a mexican gangland environment. Gentry finds himself thrown into a fight between the family of an old friend and the local Mexican cartel and as expected, things escalate massively from there.

Naturally with these lone wolf novels there is a point at which you have to suspend your disbelief. From my experience I have found two ways around this:

1 - Write a novel that is so grounded in reality that there is no need to suspend disbelief.

2 - Write a novel that takes a big step beyond the impossible so that people come to expect it and therefore don't even try to associate it with reality.

A problem I had with the earlier two books in this series was that they read like they were trying for the first option and seemed to be trying to exist as very real-life novels but obviously failed when Gentry did the impossible. In this book Gentry moves easily into James Bond territory and I personally think that it was a step in the right direction. I can now go into every situation knowing that Gentry is a one man army and that he can do the impossible and it stops it getting in the way of the story.

All in all this is was a really enjoyable novel. I think it addresses and vastly improves upon flaws in the previous novels and it has finally created a Gentry who is not just a one dimensional warrior with no history.
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