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(Gray Man #3)

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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  11,760 ratings  ·  496 reviews
After Court Gentry was betrayed by his compatriots and forced to take on a near-suicidal covert mission by the CIA, he 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 lat ...more
Paperback, 467 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Berkley Books
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Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Kathleen
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Greaney has his hero, the Gray Man, use his warrior skills to protect the widow of a friend who once saved his life. Daniel Alonzo de la Rocha DLR) is the leader of the Black Suits, a criminal drug and kidnapping enterprise, and was targeted by Eddie Gamboa and his team. DLR now wants to assassinate the pregnant Elena Gamboa in an act of retribution. The plot is fantastical, but filled with plenty of action. Greaney has fun in creating bizarre situations that the Gray Man has to extricate himsel ...more
Patrick Read
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first Mark Greaney & 'Gray Man' read and most definitely not the last. After reading that Lee Child is a huge fan I figured the series must be pretty good. Man, this 'Gray Man' cat is the most cunning and calculating protagonist I've ever read about. The setting is mostly in Mexico and the bad guys are two rival Mexican drug cartels who will stop at nothing to get their product across US borders. If there is a grain of truth in this author's repertoire, we who live within said borders should ...more
Melissa
3.5/5 stars
I’m sad to say this was not one of my more favorites in the series. Mark Greaney is an excellent writer and has a gifted way of describing action, but I had a really hard time getting invested in this story. For me, there were too many instances of “really?” I admit there were some good nuggets of background on The Gray Man and there was more development of his character, but I just did enjoy this as much as the first two. On to the next one.
Tim
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Lots less steam in this Grey Man story. Too many dopers, torturers and religious run amuck. Least favorite in the series thus far. 3 of 10 stars
Linda
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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ChopinFC
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cia-thriller, series
5 Stars (Outstanding)

The Gray Man returns with another explosive, no holds bar action packed thriller, that leaves nothing to the imagination. I'm so into this series, and its fast becoming my favorite 'cia-thriller' series, by a far margin! This time around, Gentry gets himself in a tumble in the Amazon jungle, with action scenes that were 100% adrenaline filled! I mean, the author Mark Greaney knows to encapsulate navy seals, warfare, and high tech battles better than anyone out there! The Gra
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Tracy T.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book and narration by Jay Snyder (audible review)

This is a great series. I love Court Gentry aka The Gray Man! He is awesome.

There is so much detailed action in this story as well as the previous stories. The story line and plot are very well written and easy to follow along. Like I said before, if you like Jason Bourne this is a great series to listen too.

An assassin with a conscience.

As for the narration. It is fantastic! Jay Snyder has such a sexy voice and does such a great job
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Scott A. Miller
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Of all the books I read, these are the most unbelievable. I think it every time. But The Gray Man through three books has been entertaining. Unbelievable isn’t necessarily bad I guess. The story here was the cartels in Mexico. Their story was believable. And scary. Greaney describes them in a way that feels true. It makes you understand why so many try to escape their violence. Makes you wish The Gray Man was real.
Marilyn Rondeau
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
ElaineY
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DECEMBER 27, 2016
Narrator: Jay Snyder


After a slightly slow start which I wasn't quite following, the book took off in another direction and never slowed down after that. It got so tense and thrilling that by 85% I was asking when it was going to be over because I didn't think my gut could take that anymore tension!

So despite the first few minutes, this was a 5-star book all the way to its epilogue. I confess I didn't see what happens to Laura. It was a surprise to me even th
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Donna
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is the third book in the Gray Man series. I've enjoyed the ones I've read so far. This author writes great action. He rolls from one scene right into the next one all within a blink of an eye. Sometimes I am 100% in the mood for that kind of book.

I'm also liking the MC. He is definitely not complicated and again, sometimes that is just what I'm looking for. So while I couldn't binge read this series, I always know what I'm in for when I pick one up. Now I just need to get my hands on the n
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Steven Hildreth Jr.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mark Greaney's GRAY MAN series has always made for entertaining reading, playing out as seasons in an action-packed television show. Each one gets better than the next, and BALLISTIC is no different in this regard.

At the beginning of BALLISTIC, we find Courtland Gentry, burned CIA paramilitary officer and freelance hitter for hire, hiding in Brazil from Greg Sidorenko, a Russian mob boss that he crossed in the previous installment, ON TARGET. When Gentry is compromised, he begins to trek north w
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Syd (deertales)
i actually DNF'd this audio book at 76%: i just cant do it anymore. the only reason i even got this far is the narrator is fantastic.

the first two gray man books are... meh. its hard for books like this to hold their own when you have mitch rapp and dewey andreas dominating the "political-alpha-male-america-fuck-yeah" thriller genre. court gentry just cant stand up to some of the other guys out there. he is ALL over the place, the author is mildly repetitive, and honestly this whole plot line wa
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Steve
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gray Man wages a one-man war on the drug cartels south of the border. It's non-stop action, as one comes to expect from the series, but this book shows just how smart Gentry is. He has to stay in front of many, many forces out to kill him. At the start of the book he's just trying to stay alive. But once he's motivated to take more practice action, it's not long before the bad guys are running for cover. This makes for a frenetic level of action and a crazy fun read. ...more
Joseph
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Gray Man returns in the third incarnation in the series. This time Court is involved with the drug cartels of old Mexico. Definitely a page turner. I am looking forward to the next book. If you like Tom Clancy, give this series some attention. Although some of Gentry's exploits seem a little James Bond-esque, this book really delivers. A great quick read thriller. ...more
Andrew
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Samyann
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These comments are in regard to the entire series which encompasses, as of this writing, six novels. Released from 2010 through 2017 by Audible Studios and narrated by Jay Snyder. These are unabridged, full length novels, ranging in length from eleven to eighteen hours. The Gray Man is a CIA operative – deep undercover-black ops. If you are a fan of page-turning, double-taps, and splattering brain matter — well, ‘ya found a series.

The lead character, Court Gentry, is a Jack Ryan or Mitch Rapp or
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Sinistre Imrul
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Tom Tischler
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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James Gazzard
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well that's the first time I've ever given the first 3 books in a series 5 stars. This isn't my favourite character, book, or series yet but it's certainly growing on me!

This is set in Mexico and you get the same level of cultural nuances that you get from earlier books set in Europe, Russia etc. Very detailed descriptions of the places which have a real bearing on the storylines.

The books are broken down into sections and by the end the first section seems like a distant memory. The length of b
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Tstultz69
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found myself entertained, but it was a bit too far fetched. One man escaping the CIA, Russian mob and 2 Mexican drug cartels? Who does he think he is.......Jack Reacher?
Aiden Bailey
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read several of Mark Greaney’s Grey Man and each novel has been exciting and grounded in a level of realism that makes these espionage thrillers so engaging.

In Greaney’s third Grey Man novel, the hero Court Gentry who is former CIA assassin, is still on the run and hunted by his own government for a supposed betrayal he doesn’t understand. Knowing that the world’s elite special forces and several criminal syndicates are hunting him, Gentry hides out in South America. But inevitably Gentry’
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Stephen
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another adrenaline-soaked, needle-buried-in-the-red thriller from Mark Greaney.
The Gray Man novels are unequivocally the best action series out there.
The pacing and action are so incessant that you'll find yourself wanting to come up for air, but you'll have to hold your breath because you won't be able to put the book down!

Court Gentry, the Gray Man, is an assassin. He's ex-CIA. Now a singleton operator. He has a moral code. He will only kill righteous targets. Bad men for good reason.
He has b
...more
Trish R.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


OMG! I think The Gray Man is a superhero in disguise. That man can go through so much pain and torture and come out fighting.

This story had a few visits to the past, telling you how he met Eddie Gamble/Gamboa, and how in the present he got involved with Eddie’s pregnant wife Elena and the rest of the family. AND of that insane Daniel de la Rocha, who just knew that the skeletal image of some ridiculous saint was only going to be happy if Daniel killed the unborn child of Eddie Gamboa Wow! That’
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Sahadat Hossain
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
When i read the first book of this series i thought Gray Man is a 2nd grade hitman...he is not that good.... that's because I read Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin series before Gray Man..and At every corner, i was comparing Victor and Grey Man...yes, it is still in my belief, Gray Man is nowhere near Victor...but that doesn't mean Gray Man is incompetent... it's just that they have completely different style and mission...

Anyway, after going through the third book of Gray Man, i change my view to
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Ben Denison
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I like the first two in the Grey Man series, but this third one hooked me.

Great plot, good characters, and I like the way he describes the action. Grey Man is a great protagonist as he is good deep down but will do all bad things to accomplish his goals. Fun read.
It's Me - Yvette
What a ride! This was so good to me (I’m gonna say it, this is the best one so far). I’m adding to my favorites shelf. The Gray Man is so bad ass! Seriously. 😍 Shoot, I can’t find an emoji for bad assery.
Mr. Gottshalk
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's no question that this is a terrific series about an assassin that everyone wants to find. There were a few problems I had reading this book, however. First of all, compared to how the other Gray Man books begin, I thought this premise was ridiculous. Arguably the best assassin, the most under-cover guy on the planet is pulled in to visiting his fallen friend's grave, and then in the next chapter, he's partying it up with the family, and then shortly after that, the wife of the fallen man ...more
B. Shaun Smith
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full throttle action from the get go! Kept my attention till the end. Was a very enjoyable read.
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