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On Target

(Gray Man #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  12,398 ratings  ·  555 reviews
Killing is Court Gentry's business. Now, his business is about to get personal in the second Gray Man novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Greaney.
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 oth
Mass Market Paperback, 534 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Berkley Books
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"No one wants to see the sausage made, but everyone loves the sausage."

Another great read! Court Gentry is outplayed again, WTH ...
This is not really a review, but I saw this on amazon and thought it's pretty funny.


Sudan travel guide? 🤣🤣
I don't know if you'd want to "travel" with Gentry.
Destination Suakin (ancient port city) via Al Fashir (local conflict-genocide)
- Fly in style on Russian freighter, the Ilyushin Il-76
- Airport transfer: truck to camel to donkey cart
- En route attacked by local
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another thriller!!! The Gray Man survives, but is still hunted.
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
For a while, I wasn't too sure where this was headed. While author Greaney made a pretty decent save towards the end, this could have been sharper. Closer to 3 1/2 stars so I'll add for Jay Snyder's excellent narration. 7 of 10 stars ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 24, 2012 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
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
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Greaney delivers unrelenting action in this second offering featuring the assassin-for-hire Court Gentry. The CIA wants him to kidnap a man that the Russians want him to kill. Awkward! Greaney has created a wonderful character with Court and delivers an entertaining twisty plot. Enjoy!
Suspense Magazine
Oct 07, 2010 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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I listened to the audiobook of this narrated by Jay Snyder and it was excellent. It's been a while since I read The Gray Man, so I was a little rusty on some details, but the book does a pretty good job of catching you up.

Court is a compelling character, undoubtedly a stone cold killer, but one with a moral compass. He started out as a CIA assassin and went private sector when he got burned, and when the book begins, he's four months out recovering from a standoff with his former employers at th
Jan 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cia-thriller, series
5 Stars ( Heart-Pounding)

On Target , the sophomore book in the 'Gray Man' series did NOT fail to disappoint! I was hooked from the the very first premise, as our ex-CIA, gun for hire 'Court Gentry', finds himself in a double-crossed situation that he has to please both Russians and Americans!

The Gray man is a total bad ass and only does 'hit jobs' on murderers, tyrants, drug-lords and dictators. Reading this latest entry felt like, walking on egg shells- every situation that 'Gentry' found hims
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this as much as his first book. It was still intriguing enough to keep me going with the series. The big difference with this series is Court never gets to go home and "recuperate" after a hit. He is always on the run. Not a fun life. ...more
Mr. Gottshalk
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can't believe I've been plodding through Alex Berensen and Eric Van Lustbader Bourne books for this long. Why didn't I know about this series? The Gray Man series is exceptionally well done, for those who love American heroes who kick butt around the globe under the deepest of cover. This particular book unearths Court Gentry's weaknesses (read the book to learn about them) and has a few characters I didn't care for at all. With that said, the action is terrific, if not gruesome (especially in ...more
Lindsay Nixon
Oct 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
For so much action this book was surprisingly boring. I loved the first book but this one was lackluster.

Cort is still a burned and hunted agent, hired for an assignation that could 'free' him from the blacklist.. but (predictably) the mission goes wrong and Cort (our spy with a soul) starts to question everything...

I appreciated the political timeliness of the 'spy job' (Russians! Darfur! Oil fights! The ICC and 'economic hitmen') and I like that Cort is actually likeable (he's a Jason Bourne
Aiden Bailey
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I start a new author I'm never sure what to expect. With Mark Greaney, I was pleasantly surprised as he writes espionage thrillers with all the elements I really enjoy. These include (1) a tough special forces soldier betrayed and on his own and hunted by his own people, (2) exotic locations outside of the US and Europe that feel really dangerous, (3) really bad Bad Guys, (4) unexpected plot twists and (5) lots of action.

On Target delivers on all fronts.

The action shifts from Ireland
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The 'Gray Man' series is the bomb for we thriller lovers....Lee Child's 'Reacher' is still my favorite choice of bad asses but let me tell you and for what it's worth, 'Court Gentry' (the bad ass protagonist) is rapidly gaining ground. Many thanks to our friends at youtube for providing this outlet for audio books galore. The historical fiction is worth the time and effort alone. Memphis, TN author Mark Greaney has certainly done his homework in preparations for these incredible novels. Oh to ha ...more
Scott A. Miller
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as the first. It started a little slow. The Gray Man is damaged in so many ways it’s hard to tell how he can make another day. He’s just lucky and good enough to do so. That said, I’m not sure how he will make another day let alone another book but he obviously will. Looking forward to finding out how he does it in Book 3 and beyond.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is the 2nd book in the Gray Man series. I enjoyed this one. Not as much as the first one, but still 4 star worthy for me. I love the non-stop action. There is always something going on. As soon as one scene is dealt with, we are off to the next in a hurry. The author manages to keep me fully engaged.

I also like the MC, but this one also had the addition of some interesting characters that helped this along. They interacted well together. I like when it isn't always the golden boy who shine
3.5/5, but we all know how Goodreads feels about half stars.

This is one of those stories that makes you kind of hope Court fails at securing his given objective, which is a snatch and deliver, and instead does what he does best, which is killin' folks. The snatchee, Abboud, is essentially a renamed Omar al-Bashir and Court finds himself in between a rock and a hard place; he just wants to put a bullet in Abboud's head. Those pesky extrajudicial murder urges rise up on him once again! But CIA pro
Tom Tischler
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four years ago Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. In order to
survive he had to eliminate his own brothers. Now he is a master assassin known
as the Gray Man and he makes his living killing other people but when an old comrade
he thought was dead returns to haunt him his own life is put in the cross hairs . The
man wants Court to complete a mission with one catch. Instead of a difficult assassination
the job entails a near impossible kidnapping and Court must return his quarry to
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I was planning to give this book a bad review and a very low rating, but it occurred to me that perhaps the problem is me, not the book. Some people like this type of book, some do not.

I couldn't help but think the books was written with a movie adaptation in mind, something starring juiced up wrestlers and male models. It certainly didn't lack for action, but it all seemed so contrived and drawn out that I was bored by it. I have to agree with other reviewers that the woman in the book was stup
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Gray Man is already hunted by the CIA. The reason for this wasn't clear. It's a mystery that only deepens with this book as he tries to come to terms with his past and a member of his old team. Needless to say, the effort doesn't go as well as the Gray Man hopes and he's left to do what he does best: take out the bad guys, and a few bad guys posing as good guys.

It's a great second book for the series and I'm already hooked on the Gray Man novels.
Garlan ✌
A MUCH better (more believable) second offering from Greaney. The Gray Man is back and wreaking havoc, but on a much more credible scale this time. The action is pretty non-stop, the "bad guys" are fairly well rounded characters, and the setting/political climate rings true. I'm looking forward to continuing the series now. ...more
David Dalton
A little disappointed with this one. I had high hopes after a very exciting first Gray Man novel: The Gray Man (Gray Man, #1) by Mark Greaney . This one bogged down and it seemed to drag on. Court always seemed to be behind the 8-ball so to speak. If this was my FIRST Gray Man novel, it could well be my last. As it is, I will give this series another shot in about 4 to 5 months. ...more
Feb 27, 2014 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.
Philip Parker
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just Flat out like Court Gentry the Gray Man. His sense of humor is probably what I enjoy so much about him.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really dig the Gray Man. There were some lines and actions in this book by the Gray Man that rival some of the best Mitch Rapp lines and scenes. I'll definitely be working my way through the rest of this series. Also, the narrator for these audio books is fantastic. He gets the character and has no problem switching accents etc which is important in the genre of international espionage thrillers.

As for this specific book I enjoyed the action and the tension, but to be honest there were some pl
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Noah Goats
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
In On Target the Gray Man fights the CIA, every armed thug in the Sudan, and an opioid addiction (thanks to all the injuries he sustained in the previous novel). Like the John Wick movies, the Gray Man novels manage to take silly, over-the-top plots and make them work by adding a certain swaggering style. If you like Reacher, you’ll like the Gray Man. In fact, I wish Lee Child would take a tip from Greaney and learn to leave the boring bits out of his novels.
Aug 31, 2018 marked it as never-finished-abandoned
Just too unbelievable to keep my attention/focus. Not crazy about the author's writing style - maybe a bit too much influence from "JP"! This author is just not for me. ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Meh. I struggled to pay attention and struggled to care about Court. Won’t be reading more of this series.
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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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