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On Target (The Gray Man #2)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,887 Ratings  ·  158 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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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
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 15, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action
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
Suspense Magazine
Oct 07, 2010 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 12, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: military, thriller
"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
Jan 11, 2016 Siddharth rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
I loved the first book.
It was an adrenaline rush with a hero who seemed to be the love child of Bourne and Rambo.
It pitches the hero against insurmountable odds. I had to suspend my disbelief a little too much but I still enjoyed every page, every word.
I picked up the second book hoping for more of the same. That was a mistake.
It is quite fast , like the first book and I quite like Court Gentry's character. I finished over 1/3rd of the book in very quick time. Then came Ellen Walsh. She has to
Jun 01, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book. Second one I have read from this author. Court Gentry worked with the CIA for years until he did something to cause a kill order to be placed on him. Becoming a paid assassin, for causes he believed in, became his vocation. When called back to the CIA to carry out a mission which would cause the kill order to be rescinded, he made the choice reluctantly.
Going to the Sudan, he met an aid worker. Turned out she was undercover as an inspector with the International Criminal Court
Sinistre Imrul
Dec 08, 2015 Sinistre Imrul rated it really liked it
Shelves: awesome
Goodreads is asking me what do I think. Well right now I think only two word. FUCKIN MINDBLOWING. How come there's no movie based on this series? Yeah well, I got nothing else to say. Please don't read this review, read the damn book.
Giovanni Gelati
Oct 06, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
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.
May 04, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
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Jan 06, 2016 Kelly ... rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
Fast; Edgy: Intriguing - Smash 'em up fun.

What did you love best about On Target?
The Gray Man books are rollicking fun. I have listened to the first two novels in less than a week and ready to start number three. The story lines are full of action, political intrigue, shady characters, and characters I want to meet for drinks. Gentry is terrifically flawed with a life that is both interesting and revolting. He is hard; I see some crazy mix of Jason Bourne, The Rock and Cool Hand Luke. What I lik
Gareth Otton
Jun 24, 2014 Gareth Otton rated it it was ok
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
Aug 14, 2014 Alex Ames rated it liked it
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
Jul 09, 2014 Paul rated it liked it
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
Mar 16, 2014 Peter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spy, 5-star-gold
Fantastic, I have someone as good Jason Bourne finally. I could not put this book down.
Mar 08, 2016 John rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
I really like Mark Greaney. He has done good work with Tom Clancy's books and the first Gray Man book was very well done. But this book was kind of a mess.

The Gray Man, aka Court Gentry, is working as an assassin for the Russian Mafia. He's on the run from the CIA and US Special Forces. He gets an assignment for the Russians, tasked with assassinating the president of Sudan. His former American teammates find out about it, and recruit him to double-cross his Russian minders and extradite the pre
Oct 26, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
WOW ! This was a very enjoyable thriller. I honestly had not expected to like it after assuming that it would be mostly violent...and it WAS very violent...yet I did not want to put it down once I started. I easily lost track of time and allowed myself to purely and blissfully bask in the great writing and the excitement of the story.
I was surprised at how well On Target was written.
I was surprised at how the author hinted at sexual tension more than once without actual sex scenes.
I was surpris
May 09, 2016 Andrea rated it liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
Who is Court Gentry and why do I care?

The author, Mark Greaney, took up the mantle of Tom Clancy and his third Tom Clancy has announced its pub date. So I think I know this author well enough to pick up his latest book at Cosco in January.
On Target is Greaney's second book. His first one, Gray Man, preceded On Target and is probably why Greaney thought that he didn't have to give his audience much of a background on his character.
Too bad that I am reading the second one first because everything
Vicki Elia
Jun 19, 2014 Vicki Elia rated it it was amazing
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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
This second volume in Mark Greaney's The Gray Man series was every bit as good as the first. Protagonist Court Gentry is hired by the Russian Mafia to assassinate the president of Sudan, who has been single-handedly responsible for the genocidal murder of over 400,000 of his countrymen. Of course, the Russians have no interest in that, but merely wish to obtain the extremely lucrative oil rights in place of the Chinese from the president's successor when the current president is out of the way. ...more
Jan 17, 2014 Nickolas rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 10, 2014 Mylinda rated it liked it
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
Rob Smith
Mar 19, 2015 Rob Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
'On Target' is a terrific adventure. So many books have a formalized plot. I charged into this book thinking I would travel a somewhat similar trail. Author Greaney takes his hero and hurls him into one mess after the other. Soon the original mission of the hero transforms into various levels of excitement and viewpoints and the ending becomes mysterious at each page turn.

The writing is very good. The characters are very well described and explained.

When the girl character appeared, I figured sh
Oct 09, 2015 James rated it it was amazing
Enthralling addition to the series. Top notch series with fast paced action, ingenuity, emotive story telling, and excellent banter. I can't say enough about a book when it gets it's banter right. It's a key element which many books lack that detracts from the overall picture.

As Court heads down to Ireland, Russia, and finally Africa things get real, quick. What makes this book deserve 5 stars in my opinion is the combination of great action scenes with the growing depth of character of the pro
Ginger Weirich
Oct 09, 2015 Ginger Weirich rated it it was amazing
The Gray Man and On Target: Gray Man Series Books 1 & 2 – Mark Greeney: I began this reading this series with Book 4 (Dead Eye) and immediately realized that this is one that would be best enjoyed by reading in order even though each is a story in and of itself. There is history that is important to continuity. For the people who enjoy high action and intrigue, these novels provide these in abundance. For each of two nights, I remained up well past my usual bedtime because I simply could not ...more
Sarah Rooney
Jan 01, 2015 Sarah Rooney rated it really liked it
This Gray man series has been a surprise. Mark Greaney, new to us author, has proven to be “on target” (sorry, puns are fun) when it comes to keeping us entertained. Always some sort of crazy twist, deception and lots of shooting when The Gray Man (an assassin) is involved. There’s some of what you don’t expect too. There are lines that this seemingly cold-blooded killer won’t cross, lows to which he will not stoop and triggers he just won’t pull. Though we know his brutality runs just below the ...more
Oct 12, 2010 Christian rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
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
Nov 14, 2014 Jagger Denys rated it it was amazing
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.
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“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
Nov 08, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it
Very, very enjoyable. Another action-packed, adrenalin-fuelled adventure for the Grey Man. This time he is over a barrel and must accept a contract. Then the CIA want him back in their stable and ask him to "modify" that contract. Ultimately though it looks like both his employers have kept him in the dark about their true motives so, once again, the Grey Man is in hostile territory, on the run and on his own. It was totally gripping, although I'm wondering if he can manage any mission without e ...more
May 14, 2015 Glen rated it liked it
Courtney Gentry, "The Gray Man," is in quite a predicament.

He's given a contract to assassinate the usual corrupt president of an African country. Then the CIA wants him to abduct the guy.

And then he meets and rescues a Canadian do-gooder from her own actions.

As usual with Gentry, absolutely nothing goes right for the entire operation. Despite being shot in the back with an arrow, his will to power enables him to complete the operation, but then things go even more wrong.

Not bad, even though t
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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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