Court Gentry is caught between the Russian mafia and the CIA in this latest electrifying thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling Gray Man series.
When you kick over a rock, you never know what's going to crawl out.
Alex Velesky is about to discover that the hard way. He's stolen records from the Swiss bank that employs him, thinking that he'll uncover a criminal conspiracy. But he soon finds that he's tapped into the mother lode of corruption. Before he knows it, he's being hunted by everyone from the Russian mafia to the CIA.
Court Gentry and his erstwhile lover, Zoya Zakharova, find themselves on opposites poles when it comes to Velesky. They both want him but for different reasons.
That's a problem for tomorrow. Today they need to keep him and themselves alive. Right now, it's not looking good.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Against the backdrop of Russia’s war on Ukraine, this breakneck international thriller takes on corruption with global implications. When Alex Velesky, a Swiss bank employee, steals information about some serious money laundering that could be important to the U.S.’s role in the conflict, he unwittingly puts a target on his back. Both former CIA operative Court Gentry and his onetime Russian lover Zoya Zakharova are on the trail of Velesky and the burner phone that contains the critical info. Before long, they both figure out they’re being hunted by mysterious forces as well. Thriller master Mark Greaney flexes all his formidable skills here, mixing daredevil espionage, international intrigue, and red-hot romance with timely geopolitics in a tightly plotted adventure. As the dashing Gentry fends off attacking assassins and personal demons, Greaney doesn’t let up. Burner takes already-hot current topics and sets them ablaze for a nonstop thrill ride.
Bestseller Greaney's solid 12th Gray Man novel (after 2022's Sierra Six) finds former CIA officer Court Gentry (aka the Gray Man) sinking the yachts of wealthy criminal Russians on the behalf of an ex-pat Ukrainian oligarch, a freelance job Gentry considers honorable in the face of Moscow's war on Ukraine, but next is locating his lost lover, former SVR operative Zoya Zakharova. In Zurich, Swiss banker Alex Velesky meets with Russian financial planner Igor Krupkin, who wants to strike at Russia because his son died while fighting in Ukraine. Krupkin has two phones loaded with state secrets regarding money that Russia has used to finance secret illegal operations in the West. He wants Velesky, who also hates Russia, to give one phone to the owner of a forensic accounting firm and the other to a shady lawyer so the material can be organized and made public. Gentry and Zoya are hired independently of each other to retrieve the phones. The two plots run parallel until the missions intersect and the two lovers are reunited and face almost impossible odds. Impressive spycraft and action scenes that are intense without being cartoonish make up for the drawn-out plot. Series fans will be satisfied.
Mark Greaney does it again with another phenomenal Gray Man book. The stakes have never been higher and the dangers have never been greater. There are faults and mistakes and it leaves you wanting the next book just as any good novel should.
Disappointing. Amateurish thinking by characters. (“A gas station might have cameras so let’s avoid them by walking through a Train Station.” Uhm, what?) Weak plot (Could have finished at chapter one by using FedEx, lol). I’ve enjoyed the previous Gray Man books, but I finally gave up half way though this one.
One of the best so far
Very enjoyable! Keep going!