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Ballistic (The Gray Man #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)
    Aug 21, 2015 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: action
    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
    Aug 01, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: mysteries
    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
    Dec 01, 2012 Marilyn Rondeau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    May 30, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    May 16, 2016 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I think I needed a change from psychological thrillers and this certainly delivered. Court Gentry is like Jason Bourne, Victor the assassin, Jack Reacher and Mitch Rapp rolled into one. He is a one man killing machine. Yeah this is one of those books.

    Gentry appears to be capable of superhuman feats and I can't get enough of him. This book, much like the others, is just non-stop, jaw-dropping action. In this story, after escaping a hit team in the Amazonian jungle he ends up in Mexico. Finding an
    Sep 09, 2016 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    "I'm Not Trained" - ROFL (Audiobook) reread
    This is an utterly enjoyable action series by Mark Greaney with an excellent narrator, Jay Snyder. A wonderful full action thriller with lots of great twists & turns and a lead character who tries to be such a tough guy but who really has a soft spot for the innocent & those in need.

    I swear the author has me laughing, crying, cringing and ducking all at the same time. One of my favorite parts is when he finds himself alone with the female lead i
    Sinistre Imrul
    Dec 08, 2015 Sinistre Imrul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fair
    Well, this one is a little different than the others. We see a little bit of past of the gray man. But still we don't know why he was burnt all that years ago. I think that's coming ahead in another book. The gray man, running all over the world, just happened to be near mexico. Right about that time one of his acquaintance, who happened to be the leader of a military special task force assigned to eliminate drug cartels,mysteriously died on the job. He was more than a acquaintance really. He sa ...more
    Gareth Otton
    Jun 26, 2014 Gareth Otton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Oct 10, 2013 Yousef rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Jan 10, 2012 Tom Tischler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Oct 15, 2011 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Oct 22, 2011 Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Maybe I am just picky. This is the third of the Gray Man books and so far I would say the best. The book starts as Court Gentry (the Gray Man) is working with a salvage crew along the Amazon River. He is under a shoot on site sanction from the CIA, and a later employer has man hunters chasing him. He escapes the man hunters in Brazil and enters Mexico from Guatemala, where he learns that a good friend, a former DEA agent has died when he and his team ran into a trap when trying to take out a car ...more
    Jacki (Julia Flyte)
    This is the third novel in the Gray Man series and events from previous books are alluded to, but all that you really need to know is that Court Gentry is a former assassin for hire who is now hiding out in South America after being wanted dead by everyone from Russian criminals to Interpol. He becomes entangled with a Mexican family who are being targeted by a Mexican drug lord and the book is about his efforts to protect them.

    After an explosive start the pace slows down, but it picks up again
    Vicki Elia
    Jun 19, 2014 Vicki Elia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    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.

    Naveen Verma
    Jan 10, 2016 Naveen Verma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Action, Action, Action and its just non stop action. its The Grey Man in full ballistics mode. Grey man proves that he is the man not to be triffled with. he proves one man alone can take on full mafia and can strike fear in anyone.
    The grey man is in hidding from the last 7 months avoiding any conflicts with anyone but that does not mean that most dangerous people in the world in not hunting for him and neither grey man in sitting idle. once hhis past shows up grey man is running up again and is
    Rob Smith
    Apr 27, 2016 Rob Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: read-2016
    Wow! This is a rip roaring book. Greaney takes his characters far away from what might be expected. Where he takes them and the story that unfolds is terrific!

    The Gray Man does have a bit too much of a super hero stance, but he fails so often that Greaney illustrates him as human. Absolutely love the two views of The Gray Man. One is from the main character himself, who lays out his deep insecurities and concerns of his future. The other view is from everyone else which view him as everything fr
    Mikiel Ottmar
    Jul 26, 2016 Mikiel Ottmar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    My goodness, what a read. I had some trouble with the physical stuff and how one person could survive all the Gray Man went through, even the well trained special ops guys couldn't have. That part was a bit over the top. But then I had to consider what Bourne, and Pitt accomplished and that helped put it into perspective.
    The ending was amazing and am glad I decided to get to it. Made the book for me. For anyone out there who likes to read the end to see if they want to read the whole book, don't
    Jan 22, 2014 Nickolas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Dec 10, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I like the character of the grey man although I have mixed feelings about all of the carnage that is created wherever he goes. The mind struggles he has about who he is and who he might want to be as he moves forward provoke interesting thought experiments for me about how I might think if I were in his line of work at the point he is in his career. In this book, some of the scenes seem a bit unbelievable but the nature of the characters (good versus evil) mirror how I might believe the world th ...more
    Mar 20, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: kindle
    I'm glad I didn't give up on the Gray Man. The second book wasn't great, but Court Gentry is back with a vengeance in Ballistic. After the events of the second book, Court is on the run, living in the Amazon and trying to hide from the world. But one of his many enemies tracks him down and forces him to go back on the run.

    Court ends up in Mexico, mixed up in a battle between drug cartels and trying to avenge his friend Eddie Gamboa, who was murdered by the Black Suits, one of the ruthless cartel
    Jonathan Pettit
    Aug 02, 2016 Jonathan Pettit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Loved it! Endless military action, thriller novel. The Gray Man (Court Gentry) again continues to get involved in scenarios that cause him to use his extraordinary skills, as most of the world spy and mobsters try to hunt him down. This time, Court takes in a Mexican family, to protect them against a Mexican drug cartel. The main character is always the reluctant hero, always getting into bad situations but with his incredible, but mostly believable luck, manages to survive until the next incide ...more
    May 22, 2016 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I won a copy of " Ballistic " to read and review.

    "Ballistic" , the third novel in Mark Greaney's Gray Man series is a very good thriller , full of action from beginning to end, and fun to read, as long as you suspend credulity at times.
    Beginning with rogue secret agent Court Gentry's Tarzan -like escape from a gang of hired assassins sent to find him in a remote Amazon village where Court has hidden himself, to the violent climax ending the book, there is hardly a quiet moment for Court, or the
    Dec 14, 2014 Christian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: thriller
    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
    Oct 22, 2013 Gyula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: thriller
    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
    Russ Skinner
    Jun 30, 2015 Russ Skinner rated it liked it
    I'm not sure why I keep reading this series. The protagonist isn't the most pleasant of people, the situations he gets into (and out of) aren't exactly credible, and this book badly needs a copy editor ("taught" for "taut," cars with "breaking" issues when the correct spelling is "brake," although there are a number of vehicles that get broken during the course of the story).

    But I will be continuing the series (so long as Overdrive and the Toronto Library) make them available electronically.
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