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On Target (Court Gentry #2)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  2,087 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him-and to force him on a mission against his will.

With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

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Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Jove
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Mike (the Paladin)
The second book about Court Gentry. This one is actually a bit more thought provoking. For me it sort of makes me question my own attitudes. I mean...I'm a Christian and I don't want (on an actual personal and real level) to be too quick to accept the idea of..."sanctioning someone with extreme prejudice".

There is a level of frustration built into this novel, but then there's supposed to be. Court is caught between the proverbial jaws of and upon the proverbial horns of a seemingly insoluble di
Courtland Gentry was once a top operative for the CIA, but they issued a burn notice and shoot-on-sight order about him for unknown reasons. A burn notice? I wonder if Court gets to hang around Bruce Campbell drinking beers like other burned spies?

Court went underground and became a legendary contract killer known as the Gray Man in certain circles, but things aren’t going well. Circumstances have forced him to start working with a sleazy Russian gangster, and he’s picked up a prescription drug
Suspense Magazine
How does an author follow up a debut, national bestseller with high expectations on the line? How about brilliantly and without fail.

Mark Greaney’s sequel to “The Gray Man” picks up right where he left off as Court Gentry, a.k.a. ‘the gray man’, a.k.a. ‘six’ is left to fend for himself as a private contracted assassin. Gentry cannot rest on his laurels since his former employer—the CIA—has issued an SOS order, shoot on sight!

Gentry has agreed to a very risky contract with his untrusting, Russia
"On Target" is a military-type thriller that reads like an action movie in novel form. The target audience appears to be men. The sole female character was a damsel-in-distress who was fatally (if not for Court) naive and determined to ignore all sensible advice. I suspect, though, that male readers will sympathize with Court being the hero while dealing with an incomprehensible woman.

While I liked that Court had a moral standard and a human side, he came across as way too soft to be an assassin
Giovanni Gelati
Court Gentry, The Gray Man, Greaney’s main character in the novel, On Target, makes the impossible, possible. Check out the story line of the latest installment in the series: “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.
Gareth Otton
What's good to say about On Target? The sad thing is that there really isn't much.

This novel was a series of terrible decisions that I simply couldn't get my head around. The protagonist, supposedly the world's most deadly assassin, moves from one idiotic mistake to another until eventually the plot became a farce. At every step of the story Court Gentry trusts people who haven't earned a shred of trust, takes action for which he has no reasonable motivation and basically spends an entire novel
Alex Ames
As much as I enjoyed the first Grey Man book, the second one pretty much fell short. The main character is basically built soundly, strength, weaknesses and all. BUT: there were various storyline aspects that annyoed me so much that I had to skip forward plenty of times:
the ability of the hero to get himself into self-inflicted trouble is almost tragically slapstick - the reader literally sees the trouble coming in almost every decision the Grey Man takes: "Man, you're out there to kill a presid
Very bloody, gory, and violent.
Good storyline in general, with some unusual scenes and locations.
Implausibility was a problem throughout the book.
The one female character constantly (always?) did stupid things which would have led to either her or Gentry being killed, often both.
Gentry's weird mix of hard core killer and soft heartedness is not realistic and gets him into trouble again and again. He would not last long as a true operative with this personality, so it is just not real.
Terri Lynn
For a book with so much action, I was bored through this and more than a little annoyed. There were some parts I found exciting but it couldn't make up for the downsides.

In this book, Court Gentry is still hunted by the CIA and when he is in the process of agreeing to help the Russian Mafia kill an African leader for a lot of money, his old CIA team captures him and forces him to agree to kidnap the African president rather than kill him. It appears Obama wants to turn the man over to the Intern
Fantastic, I have someone as good Jason Bourne finally. I could not put this book down.
This book was just okay. It didn't entice me enough to follow on reading the following books about Court Gentry, the most amazing elite assassin...Not. It did inject a realistic fact into the story with the Darfur genocide, a conflict that has been going on for years. There were some very amusing parts, which helped me in finishing this book.
Vicki Elia
Audiobook Review
4 1/2 Stars

In the second "Gray Man" novel, Court Gentry now needs to survive as a contract killer. He finds himself in the hands of a maniacal Russian Gangster, forced to plot and carry out an execution for him in the Sudan. His former 'friends' in the CIA sniff out an opportunity to use Gentry and his mission to accomplish their own objective. So the Gray Man is in play by two opposing entities with alternative missions that all converge in one action. But the Gray Man won't be
I can't read books by the same author, in the same series, back to back. It's just an idiosyncrasy I have. Despite that I just finished reading ON TARGET by Mark Greaney. Before that I read THE GRAY MAN. And before that I read Greaney's collaboration with Clancy, THREAT VECTOR. As soon as I finish this review I intend to start on BALLISTIC. I cannot get enough of this spy/assassin thriller business. I'm lovin' it.

ON TARGET succeeds as a sequel. I enjoyed THE GRAY MAN (who wouldn't enjoy nonstop
The first book in this series was really good. This one was disjointed.

The first half spent a lot of time on a sub plot that was dropped until the last 40 pages. Then the main plot kicked back in and was hard to follow - all the main characters are referred to by multiple names, even within the same paragraph. Court, Courtland, Gentry, Six, The Grey Man. Even the supporting characters have multiple names - it's hard to keep up.

Then our Hero (Court, Courtland, Gentry, Six, The Grey Man), who was
Rather good second shot for this author the developing drug addiction of the main character is a nice new angle on a fairly old story.
Jagger Denys
1. I read “On Target” by Mark Greaney.
2.I came by this book through talking to a person working at a Barnes and Noble a couple years back. I told her what types of books I liked and she told me to try this series.
3. I plan on reading "Ballistic" by Mark Greaney.
Book Review
“On Target” by Mark Greaney is an action-packed, fast paced thriller. In this second book, Court Gentry (the main character) is the world’s greatest assassin and is used to finding and killing. Although this time around, he i
This Court Gentry novel finds him being pulled from both ends. His new Russian Master wants him to kill the President of the Sudan. His old minders at the CIA want him to kidnap the same President and turn him over to the World Court. If he does so they will lift the kill order on him. His life is further complicated when his mission goes astray as he tries to rescue a ICC investigator. Deep in enemy territory surrounded by no one who will help him the Gray Man must dig deep to survive. Not as g ...more
Sometimes I discover new authors, I mean they are new to me. One of them is Mark Greaney. I have never heard of him before, but I'm glad I've bought his book.
On Target is about an "independent contractor", meaning assassin called the Grey Man. At first it was strange to see a bad guy as a protagonist, but soon I learned that he is more like a surgeon: cutting out tumors from the body of the society. He is after the really bad guys, which makes him somewhat a good guy.
The story got me from the be
Kevin Kazokas
This book really didn't step outside the clichéd tradecraft of spy fiction. In fact, in many ways, it relied on those tried-and-true aspects at every turn. Predictable doublecrosses. Gratuitous explosions. A rogue former CIA agent fighting to save the world.
Still, there was something deeper in Gray Man Court Gentry's personality that we come to absorb during this 500+-page misadventure -- something more than a mercenary assassin's venom. Color it a conscience. A conscience that propels Gentry to
Nick Weil
Agree with other reviewer who noted that Greaney's characterization of the female character left me wanting. I wish she hadn't come off as naïve. That's my one complaint. Otherwise, the book is fantastic. It was thrilling from front to back. I especially enjoyed the details and the "boots-on-the-ground" experience of the Sudan region of the world. I had to look at the city of Suakin on Google Maps to see the "old-city" island. Fascinating. Can't wait to get to the last two books of the series.
Greaney's first book (a straight-out chase and revenge novel) was good; his second is very good and represents a lot of growth. It is set in an interesting locale (Sudan), involves a timely subject (the Darfur atrocities and the responsibility of the Sudanese president), and involves nonstop action in pursuit of a mission: the assassination and/or kidnapping of the country's ruthless president. The nonstop nature of the action is enhanced by the growing complexity of the main character. The Gray ...more
A relatively new face to what has become a genre in its own right, the ex-CIA operative gone rogue and being hunted by his own. This is a spell binding page turner that will keep you both interested and occupied. Just enough romance not to become overly trivial and undercut the main plot and enough adventure to keep you up late at night. I banged through the 517 action packed pages in just under 3 days so it kept my attention solidly focused. I would definitely recommend it. This being a first n ...more
Although the action is good in this second installment of the The Gray Man series, it is not as exciting as the first. The story drags because Court seems to have become too emotional, getting too involved with saving an unbelievably dumb investigator (a woman, of course) and then being too indecisive about the evil president he was contracted to kill. Rejoining the CIA operators who have been trying to kill him also makes little sense. If the book were a hundred pages shorter, it would have bee ...more
Pat Kaufman
Loved the first book, The Grey Man, but just didn't enjoy this one. It felt like a rehash of scenes in which Court Gentry plays the superhero. The interaction with the female human rights lawyer and the inner termoil she supposedly creates just didn't work for me. I somewhat regretted buying the audiobook and Ballistic, the third sequel. However, I proceeded with Ballistic which I'm enjoying immensely. So perhaps the main storyline is just more interesting to me or Mark Greaney put more thought ...more
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Publisher's Summary

Court Gentry, aka the Gray Man, is back – and once again on the run from old friends and foes.

Four years ago, Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade, Russian arms merchant Sidorenko, returns to force him on a mission against his will: kill Sudan’s President Abboud, the supposed trigger for the Darfur genocide. But the CIA has its own plans for Abboud. With his ruthless employers on one side, his blackmailing
Since Vince Flynn passed away I have been searching for a new thriller series to fall in love with. After reading the first Gray Man I had hope that this was the series. Now I'm not so sure. It's not that I didn't enjoy this book, but it is not Vince Flynn caliber. Colt Gentry is a badass and finds himself in all kinds of messed up, death defying situations. He is not the tool of a government agency any more but a freeslance problem solver with a sense of morality(?). He has the skills and resou ...more
Dima Victor
On Target is a great book full of action, drama and with smartly created story and characters. I loved it, listened to the audiobook in 2 ''sittings''. Mark Greaney is the perfect author to continue Tom Clancy's books and The Gray Man series has become one of my all time favourites with just 2 books.
Dee Haddrill
Mark Greaney has written another pulse-pounding, action-packed, thought-provoking thriller starring assassin for hire, Court Gentry. In this second book, I couldn't help feeling for Court, who seems to be unable to trust anybody, and is constantly being betrayed. I can't wait to read the next one!
This is the second Gray Man novel. I enjoyed it.

The reader can pull for the lone assassin as he reenters the CIA. There’s a lot of action.

It turns out that our hero, Court Gentry, is flawed. Also, the secondary characters are fairly interesting. All-in-all, I thought it better written than the Greaney’s first novel in the series.

When I found the series, I decided to go back and read the first book. Now, after reading the second, I’m especially glad I did. Although “on Target” stands on its own,
The Gray Man strikes again!

Loved this story, really intense. Plus, we get a deeper look at Court Gentry and what he's all about. From battling addiction and being constantly on the run, to being a killing machine with a conscience and a moral code who always strives to do the right thing; that's what makes him such a bad-ass.

I love the frantic pace and the all out intense action. Court is definitely one of the best reluctant heros out there and I enjoy going through his thinking processes. Ton
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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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“The president stopped and turned. "You are a soldier of fortune."
Gentry pushed him forward. "After expenses, I'm really more like a soldier of the middle class.”
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