by: Mark Greaney
Series: The Gray Man
Releases: February 14, 2017
Mark Greaney, the #1 New York Times bestselling 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...
Gunmetal Gray is the 6th book in The Gray Man series. I have not read any of the other books. While it may have been interesting in having more backstory regarding The Gray Man, I do not feel like I was at a disadvantage by not reading the other books. However, at some point, I may consider reading the other books just because I was really blown away by this one.
Courtland “Court” Gentry is The Gray Man. He is an assassin for hire who is currently working for the C.I.A. Although he is a hitman, he also has a moral compass that influences how he goes about carrying out his jobs. That particular trait makes him an admirable man regardless of his profession. For this job, Court is tasked with locating a Chinese asset that would be able to provide game-changing cyber intelligence to the United States. This job is far from easy. Court ends up playing catch and release several times on his journey throughout Asia. In addition, he deals with some heavily armed and capable killers from other countries along the way. Anyone else would have easily turned tail and ran but Court/The Gray Man is literally a legend. He succeeds no matter the opposition. His skills and determination are on a Jason Bourne level.
Everything about Gunmetal Gray plays out like a big budget action movie. There are plenty of people who die from gun-inflicted lead poisoning. I lost count of how many times Court somehow made it on the other side of a shoot out without dying. He never finds a situation where he is truly overmatched even though he isn’t cocky. His unyielding battle skills and experience almost makes you forget that he would be considered a bad guy to most people. I had no trouble rooting for him and was immediately sucked into his world. Gunmetal Gray was an homage to all of the good spy movies that I’ve seen. I will gladly read another one.
**Received a copy from the publisher and reviewed voluntarily.**
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