Killing is Court Gentry's business. Now, his business is about to get personal in the second Gray Man novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Greaney.
Four years ago, Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. To survive, he had to eliminate his own brothers in arms. Now, as a master assassin known as the Gray Man, he makes his living killing other people. But when an old comrade he thought dead returns to haunt him, his own life is put in the crosshairs.
The man wants Court to complete a mission, with one crucial catch to his orders: Instead of a difficult assassination, the job will entail a near impossible kidnapping—and Court must return his quarry to the very CIA team that turned on him.
With his unforgiving employers on one side, his blackmailing former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive…
Disgraced former CIA agent Court "The Gray Man" Gentry (introduced in 2009's The Gray Man) makes ends meet as an assassin working for clients he cannot trust. Russian arms merchant Sidorenko wants Court to kill Sudan's President Abboud, arguably the man responsible for the genocide in Darfur. The CIA makes a counteroffer: kidnap Abboud and give him to American officials in exchange for amnesty. Court cannot refuse and treks through Sudan in pursuit of nebulous, ever-changing goals. Every element in this book is familiar, but Court is endearing in his perseverance even as his schemes are undermined by sympathetic victims, misleading information, outright lies, poor planning, betrayal, conflicting agendas, and simple bad luck. What could have been a storm of clich s becomes an action-filled yet touching story of a man whose reason has long ago been subsumed by his work ethic.
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4/5 stars. Hal R
Well written, decent plot but over the top as far as the main character’s ability to extract himself from hopeless situations. The role of the loan assassin is probably an over done genre! However I enjoyed it and will buy the second in the series.
Not an inspiring read
When I read similar books, for instance Jack Reacher or Gabriel Allon, they are smart, effective and one step ahead of the enemy. These books follow more of a typical Hollywood movie. The “good guy” is always on the run, always one step behind, constantly making mistakes, but pulls it out in the last second. Makes for frustrating reading.