Disappearing intelligence analysts lead the Gray Man deep into a conspiracy in the latest explosive novel from number one New York Times bestseller Mark Greaney.
The first agent's disappearance was a puzzle.
The second was a mystery.
The third was a conspiracy.
Intelligence operatives around the world are disappearing. When a missing American agent reappears in Venezuela, Court Gentry, the Gray Man, is dispatched to bring him in, but a team of assassins has other ideas. Court escapes with his life and a vital piece of intelligence.
Meanwhile, CIA agent Zoya Zakharova is in Berlin. Her mission: to infiltrate a private intelligence firm with some alarming connections. The closer she gets to answers, the less likely she is to get out alive.
Court and Zoya are just two pieces on this international chessboard, and they're about to discover one undeniable truth: sometimes capturing a king requires sacrificing some pawns.
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'So propulsive, the murders so explosive, that flipping the pages feels like playing the ultimate videogame'
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'Bourne for the new millennium'
'Intense, explosive, daring, funny, and ultimately just flat out awesome'
At the start of bestseller Greaney's solid 10th Gray Man novel (after 2020's One Minute Out), CIA operative Zach Hightower is trailing his target, a traitorous former NSA computer scientist, in a Caracas marketplace when he's grabbed by thugs from Venezuela's intelligence service. On learning of the failed mission, the CIA deputy director for operations rousts Zach's partner, CIA contract killer Court Gentry (aka the Gray Man), from his hospital bed, where he's recovering from a chest wound, and sends him to finish the job. Gentry takes on a long list of bad guys, including a group of American mercenaries working for the spy organization of the United Arab Emirates, a rogue international intelligence firm, and a Russian superagent who may be the only assassin in the world who could go one-on-one with Gentry and come out on top. Readers won't be wrong to suspect that Gentry, despite being at half strength, will prevail. Vivid action scenes more than make up for a complicated plot that can be hard to follow at times. Though short of Greaney's best, this is still a must for espionage thriller fans. \n
The title says it all
American. Graduate in international relations and politics. Specialises in thrillers with lots of technical detail (weapons, surveillance equipment, intelligence gathering techniques etc). Took over the Jack Ryan franchise when Tom Clancy died. His own bestselling series centres on a one man wrecking ball named Court Gentry aka the Gray Man.
The book starts with our boy in a super secret CIA hospital recovering from injuries sustained in a recent adventure. The doc reckons he needs a few more weeks on IV antibiotics, but his boss needs him out in the field again pronto. The action, and there's plenty of it, takes place in Venezuela and Berlin. There's Venezuelan secret police, an Emirati terrorist masquerading as US ally who employs US ex-servicemen turned mercenaries to do his dirty work, a Russian assassination squad, an Iranian sleeper cell in Germany, a female ex-Russian spy/assassin who is our boy's love interest, sundry State Department and CIA types, German anti-espionage dudes, and a female doc who patches our boy up and gives him IV antibiotics each night. Double crosses galore. Don't get me started on the guns and bombs and stuff.
Mr G's usual high octane, high body count, willing suspension of belief style that incorporates lightly fictionalised versions of current events to make it sound topical, e.g., American drone attack that kills the head of the Iranian Quds force. If you're looking for character development, look elsewhere.
The title sums things up perfectly.