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Ballistic (Court Gentry #3)

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"Bourne for the new millennium." -James Rollins, "New York Times" bestselling author.
Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust-and arrives too late. H
ebook, 464 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Berkley Books
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay here we go. This is the third outing for Court Gentry and it's just (about) as good and enthralling as the first two. There were for me a few instances of what I might call...balking but not much There's not enough of a problem to mention. It's just that the first two were so good it set the bar a bit high and I'd have to say if I had to rate them against each other this one would be just a tiny bit behind the others.

That being said it's still a 5 star action read that will leave you wiping
OK, this is part of "the gray man" series, with which I was totally unfamiliar until hearing this. My gripe is that it's filled with unremitting violence. It moves switftly enough. The author must have more testosterone than an 18-year old track star. It goes from one violent scene to the next. Oh well ....

It's got flashbacks to Vietnam and real-time drug cartel action. This book is highly rated by lots of people, but I like more emphasis on character development and less on torture by electrica
Marilyn Rondeau
Court Gentry, ex-CIA assassin, believed he had found a relatively safe haven living in the Amazon rail forest. But his past had a way of catching up to him when an old Russian enemy wanted vengeance at any price. Consequently, Court found himself on the run again. Making his way to the only person in the world he felt he could trust, he discovered he was too late, Eddie Gamboa, who had once saved Court’s life had been killed, dead and buried. Murdered by a notorious Mexican drug lord, Court foun ...more
Court Gentry is hiding-out in the jungles of South America but someone has tracked him down and is minutes away. Braving crocodiles and losing his meager belongings on the way, he manages to evade the small force which is closing on him and even find the hunter responsible. And that is just the re-introduction to our hero and his skills.

The focus then shifts to Mexico and the drug cartels who effectively run everything. Gentry hears that an old friend has died at the hands of a cartel, which lea
it was ok. although the 2 stars suggest it was bad, which it wasn't.
the autheor is a bit too patriotic i guess, the bad guys are nothing but that, bad guys. some specific vocabulary is used a bit repetitivly, like machismo, which gives a bit too strong atmosphere for the world.
a bit too cliched.

but an enjoyable gripping book. the thrills felt a tiny bit cheap, but they were there and they were good.
there were plenty of good surprises, scenes i'd remember this book by.

read the whole book on publi
Tom Tischler
This is the 3rd book in a series about the gray man
Court Gentry. This time he is in Mexico where he stopped
to see a friend of his who saved his life during the war.
Upon arriving he discovers that a Mexican drug cartel
had killed his friend and was now trying to kill his
family. Court also had a kill on sight order out on him
from the CIA who also were in Mexico looking for him
From here on it is page turning actin. The other 2 books
were similar and I also liked them. Mark Greaney also
helped to writ
My favorite Gray Man to date! I really liked this book, the character development, the individual story lines etc. made this a joy to read. If you have never read Mark Greaney give him a shot, you will not be disappointed. This book is a solid 4 1/2 stars if your a fan of the genre. I'm not going to bore you with what the book is about ( I don't understand why people write reviews and copy the synopsis of the book from the back cover... Silly I think.) understand if your a Flynn, mills, Hagberg, ...more
I bought this book to read on a recent cross country plane trip. Although I had not read any other book in the series before, I was able to follow the story line. This was an exciting read and read the book in two days while on the plane. There was never a moment of rest for the protagonist in the story; he was always on the move eluding his enemies, and had no problems finding new ones to battle. The story takes place for the most part in Mexico and the plot line involves drug cartel, CIA agent ...more
Gareth Otton
Ballistic is without a doubt the best Gray Man novel so far. The story was far more engaging than past stories with a lot of new characters who were all interesting to read about and vastly different from the one dimensional characters from earlier novels.

This story takes a change from the militaristic, war on terror style of the first two novels and takes a look at what a highly trained assassin could do in a mexican gangland environment. Gentry finds himself thrown into a fight between the fa
Vicki Elia
Audiobook Review
4 Stars

Do you have to be a sociopath to enjoy reading action/thrillers that are non-stop murder and mayhem? I hope not. As a retired peacenik hippie grandmother that lives at the beach, I can't get enough of The Gray Man.

In this third of the series, Court Gentry is coerced to work for a vicious Mexican drug lord. But Gentry's core value of innocent lives and allegiance to his friends is still his guiding compass, and compels him to execute his own plan for the drug lord.

Mark Greaney's Gray Man series is an unstoppable juggernaut, much like Court Gentry himself. Three books in and it keeps getting better and better. The plots get deeper, the pacing better, the action more thrilling, and the characters more complex. BALLISTIC is easily the most personal of the Gray Man novels to date, with Court Gentry taking up a crusade in the name of a former friend. Mexico turns out to be the most dangerous locale yet, with all it's corrupt cops and cartel thugs.

Readers get
Ballistic is #3 in Mark Greaney's Court Gentry / The Gray Man series, but was the first book I've read by Greaney. If you have read (and enjoyed) any of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, you will love Court Gentry. Gentry is a loner, former military, that travels around, not calling any place 'home', and Gentry refers to himself as the "sickest son of a bitch you ever met". These books are not for everyone, since there is a lot of violence and some very graphic descriptions of blood and death. Pe ...more
Dee Haddrill
Spoilers abound - read at your own peril.

I really don't think I could love Court Gentry more than I do right now! That man is in major need of a hug and I would be more than happy to provide that. Court once again finds himself in danger of being killed, but this time, it's because he is trying to help the family of a slain friend. Instead of reading this, I listened to it on Audible, and found myself completely transported into the book. The bad part about this is that the torture scene was so
I'm a bit of two minds of this third installment of the gray man series. As it's predecessors it is pitting it's protagonist (I want to avoid the word hero) Court Gentry against impossible odds. Still being on the run from both CIA and Russian Mob, he shows up in Mexico to find that a former friend of his died during an assassination attempt on a Mexican drug lord. This guy being a complete maniac decides on retribution against the family of the offender in pretty much the worst imaginable way. ...more
Robin Stapelfeld
I've read all three Grey Man books and all I can say is WOW!! Mark Greaney is masterful at weaving a story. He gets the reader invested in the characters and to me that's the most important part...I can't wait to read more adventures from the Grey Man, but don't pick up this book if you desire sleep or rest because you won't stop until the book is finished!
My only concern is that I'm on a budget and I used it all to buy his latest book. It's the most I've spent on an Ebook since getting my Kind
I was hooked on Mark Greany's books right from the first one. He writes just the type of stories I like: fast paced action spiced with special human relations.

In Ballistic Greaney takes us to Mexico, and shows the dark shadows of los amigos. I live in Europe, so the setting was exotic for me. The Ballistic is a work of fiction, and I'm pretty sure Greaney made up the Mafia characters, but based on the news sometimes I hear there must be some truth in the Mexican gang wars. It adds to the reliabi
Jon Cole
I would consider myself a big fan of Mark Greaney's "Court Gentry"/"Gray Man" series of novels, so I picked up this latest one with practically no hesitation. Greaney has a style of not hemorrhaging a single bit of momentum through each of the previous two books, leaving his protagonist Court Gentry feeling almost superhuman (though not necessarily superheroic).

That said, Ballistic feels like catch up for some of the emotional development that could have easily taken place in the previous two bo
Calling this a third outing reminds me of something like a third date, where things are probably getting serious at this point if they're, well, turning into anything. But our protagonist has evolved yet again from lone-wolf "Gray Man" to a desperate and wounded "Golf Sierra Six" to this third iteration of El Hombre de Gris. We find Gentry in hiding- ah, but not for long, and hot on the trails of a Mexican druglord with a penchant for idol worship and a hot temper, as is the apparent characteriz ...more
D.B. Reynolds
The gray man--Court Gentry--is back. On the run from assassins who force him out of his rainforest refuge, Court ends up in Mexico, where he's drawn into the drug war by a long ago debt to a man who once saved his life. That man is now dead, murdered by the local drug lord, but his family is till a live and Court feels honor bound to protect them. This is a story drawn from today's headlines, and Court's special skills are more than up to the task. This book doesn't move as fast as the previous ...more
The latest Grey man novel find Court Gentry on the run after being found in the Amazon jungle when he reads about the death of a man who saved his life at the hands of a drug cartel. When he stops to pay respects he finds himself involved in protecting the family. When the drug kingpin decides that he wants his friends unborn son as payment the Gray Man declares war on the Cartel. Excellent read.
Stuardo Berti
Author did his research to give a realistic view of the current drug problem in Mexico.
A good read, except I would rather enjoy an assassin planning and executing killings in a profesional manner, than have him running away and defend himself thru most of the book.
Elaine Mayes
The Gray Man series, including this one, are amazing. Not for their literary merit, but because the author has a vivid imagination when it comes to getting his hero into the most astonishing situations - and then getting him out. I highly recommend them for escapist reading. They are excellent.
The first 70-80% of this but is your average run-of-the-mill thriller and I was preparing to give it a lower rating. But I could simply not stop listening to the last part, which was fast-paced and very well written.
Court Gentry has nine lives and they are running out. Gentry is a combination of Jason Bourne, Michael Westin, and Rambo all rolled into one. You can't help but like the guy, despite all the people he kills.
One of the most brutal and bad-ass books I've read. Pure adrenalin, pure brutality and pure fun. You have to love that the main character, Court Gentry AKA The Gray Man, who lives an extremely conflicted life.

From being targeted by his own government for unknown/unclear reasons, to working for scum of the Earth (in order to make a living) and screwing them over, he always tries to do the right thing. In this story, being hunted by the above mentioned, his journey leads him to Mexico in which he
Robert Laffoday
The Gray Man Series was one I was hesitant to start. After finishing the John Rain series by Barry Eisler, I knew something could start out slow and end as one of my favorites. Court Gentry diden't even really start out slow and definitely didn't take as long as Rain did to get into and yes, it is one of my favorite series now. Just finished the most recent release, Dead Eye, just a day or two after it hit the market. That is how I roll when it comes to a series I really like. Long live Court Ge ...more
James N. Roets
The Void

This book has all the elements of many successful thrillers - action, mystery, and a bad good guy. Mark Greaney's Gray Man fills a void left by the death of Vince Flynn, and takes off in a new direction. The Gray Man could be Mitch Rapp's brother. It was a fast and thoroughly enjoyable book, and I highly recommend it.
I enjoyed this third book in the Court Gentry series. While I’m no expert, it seems that Mark Greaney’s prose gets better with each book.

Everyone is after Court Gentry! But they better beware because he makes 007’s “license to kill” look like a learners permit.

Gentry tries to find out why he is being hunted – and kicks butt along the way…There’s a lot of action! This time he takes on the Mexican drug cartels. The story is replete with damsel in distress and a strange mix of religious interplay
The others in this series did not have such graphic violence in it. I know books on espionage are not for the weak, but this one crossed the line in a few spots. Story would have been just as complete without every last detail being spelled out!
Gary Fong
simple and relatively straight forward story. assassin with specific moral codes. go figure.
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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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“As Court powered through the nearly impenetrable growth, he settled on his new plan—a plan that would require skill he was not sure he possessed, execution he was not sure he could pull off, and luck he was not sure he could count on. But it was better than dancing down the road ducking rounds from a truck full of rifles.” 0 likes
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