Approaching the Gray Man book number 6, I had slight reservations. The previous books had been so good, was I about to embark on a slight dip in the same old, same old structure. I’d raved on about the Gray Man for a while so was it time to look elsewhere and see if there are other book genres I should take a look into.
Well I did try and put this book off, I looked at maybe reading the Mitch Rapp book series and seeing if I could get into that. I then looked at the Jack Carr books as lots of people on twitter were raving about these.
It was a big decision but I decided to keep to this series at least for one more book, just before the new Jack Reacher book “Blue Moon” is on its way on the 29th October. I have to say, I was not disappointed, Mark Greaney brings a different twist to the previous Gray Man books as we start to see a slightly more human side to the assassin.
Whats the Book about?
The Gray Man is now working for the CIA again after agreeing a deal. His new handler is Suzanne Brewer, someone he doesn’t trust but also someone he saved from death. The mission is to find Fan Jiang, a former member of an ultra-secret computer warfare unit responsible for testing China’s own security systems. To The Gray Man (Court Gentry) this is an easy mission, the only thing is the mission is so, so dirty with added things behind the scenes that the CIA hadn’t informed him.
Why should I read this book?
The first thing is that Court Gentry is a great Character, happy to complete the mission but not at all costs. When he doesn’t understand the full mission including the outcome he can go rogue which is what makes this book stand out. Mark Greaney also introduces other characters in this book, plus a romance that I think gives The Gray Man a sense of vulnerability that hasn’t been seen in his previous books.
Is there any Jack Reacher action?
There is so much action that from the first few pages we have to see if Fan Ling can escape his captures. Then we find Court arriving in Honk Kong with a tail already waiting for him, tracking him to the hotel. Obviously Court has to do something but doesn’t want to arouse suspicion from the authorities. There are a few subplots, gun fights, Russian agents, hand to hand combat. Some really good fights out on boats and Court working with other Chinese agents to escape capture. If you like Jack Reacher fight scenes you will not be disappointed.
Thats all Folks!
If you are looking for a great character and like the Jack Reacher series, then this is the book for you. The first few pages are fast paced action, it slows slightly in the middle to bring the plot into play, then increase to a great finale that you are sure the Gray Man may have lost. Again I would say start with the first book in the series and then follow it through.
I’m now onto the next J B Turner book titled “Rogue” which looks like it could be a hit. Then we have the new Jack Reacher book which I am waiting for in anticipation, click the image below to order from my site.