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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Jove Books; Original edition (29 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051514701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515147018
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 731,751 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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The first in the Court Gentry all-action thriller series, from Tom Clancy's co-writer Mark Greaney. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mark Greaney is the bestselling author of four Gray Man titles, and also co-author of three books with Tom Clancy. A feature film adaptation of The Gray Man is in development by New Regency Pictures. Mark has a degree in International Relations and Political Science. To research his novels, Mark has travelled all over the world and trained with firearms, visited the Pentagon and multiple Washington, D.C. Intelligence agencies, and studied close quarters battle tactics and battlefield medicine. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tweedy on 22 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
A thriller with heavy emphasis on action as a contract killer makes his way over Europe via violent engagements with elite hit squads that are hunting him down.

That may sound like a typical pulp action thriller but it is well written and an absolute page turner and this does elevate it above the norm.

It's not subtle, it's not deep. it's just a lot of escapist fun. Perfect for fans of action.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2011
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I really wanted to like 'The Gray Man', Mark Greaney's debut thriller. I'm a sucker for a 'lone assassin on the run' story and all the positive reviews seemed to suggest that this was a corker. It was therefore rather disappointing to discover that, whilst it started pretty well as a whole it was only a so, so effort.

After a superb first third that successfully introduces Court Gently, the titular 'Gray Man', and includes some great action sequences including a stand-out one on-board a plummeting aircraft, it all started to get a bit shaky. I found it hard to go along with the idea that a private company could simply whistle up multiple international hit teams in the space of a few hours and get them all on the ground in Europe without any problems within a day. I was also amazed about how naive the Gray Man appeared to be; allowing himself to be captured or intercepted on several occasions with apparent ease. This after we're repeatedly told how good he is at what he does.

Worse was to come in the final quarter of the book however, when a random character was introduced who for no obvious reason and against all possible logic agreed to not only help a deadly assassin in hour of need but to accompany him on his mission. This person then managed to conduct a blood transfusion and complete sutures in a moving car on the person who was driving. At that point I pretty much gave up on the whole affair so when the entire story was wrapped up using some useful coincidences and a bit of deus ex machina plotting rather than the Gray Man having to genuinely rely on his own wits, which would have been far more satisfying, I found I really didn't care.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2009
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Anyone looking for an action thriller hero need look no further than here, to Court Gentry. After running afoul of his bosses in the CIA and being put on that agency's shoot-on-sight-list, Gentry has been earning his living doing what he has been trained to do, he takes out targets he is paid to terminate. Anyone associated with hired assassins knows about The Gray Man. This man has the uncanny ability to simply fade into the background. His targets never see him coming and the investigations afterward never find any connection to anyone. The reputation of this man grows to legendary proportions because of his complete anonymity, nobody is ever completely sure of who he actually is. There is only one man who positively knows the identity of this operative, his handler Sir Donald Fitzroy of Cheltenham Security Services. At least that's what Sir Donald thought. Someone literally wants The Gray Man's head delivered on a platter and there is no limit to the amount of money they are willing to spend to achieve that goal. What follows is an incredibly exciting journey from Iraq to a chateau in Normandy with danger, destruction, and death all along the route. A bounty has been put on The Gray Man's head and paid assassins have been invited to join in the hunt to see who can deliver him, dead or alive, to the chateau before the time limit runs out.

I had to keep reminding myself that this is a debut novel for author Mark Greaney. The plotting for this book is outstanding. The pace started out with an exciting episode and just never let up. The man behind the legend was very slowly revealed so that he did seem to be a shadowy figure, a ghostly figure, someone who could fade in and out simply because there was no substance to him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Dawe on 19 April 2014
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Enjoyed the book very much, likewise 'On Target' however a bit P****d off that 'Balistic' and 'Dead Eye' also in the Gray Man series are not available on kindle. If possible please feed this back to the author or his publishers as I was hoping to read the whole series on kindle but now I can't which is a pain in the butt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr T L Jones on 7 Feb. 2015
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Exceptionally fast paced read have just downloaded the next in line.
As good as Bourne ever was.
Would recommend to anyone who is fed up of lousy TV
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By driftwood on 20 April 2015
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Lots of good action sequences unfortunately glued together by a ropey far fetched plot line and some very poor characterisation. Some of the prose made me want to wince.

I really enjoy books of this genre (just read the first three of Ben Coes's Dewey Andreas series which were excellent despite odd inaccuracies) but won't be following up on the rest of the Gray Man series. Disappointing because I've read the same author's collaborative stuff with Tom Clancy and enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anthony thomas on 28 Nov. 2013
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Thought it was written quite well without too much padding. waiting for his next book. Will definatly buy it. Good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By g watkins on 25 Jan. 2015
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Really well written .Will be reading more of this auther
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