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Although I agree with some of the other reviewers about a few "jump the shark" moments, I really enjoyed the first book in this series.
Granted the main character is a bit one-dimensional, but the story moved along at a good pace and with some excellent villains (especially that American guy, how refreshing it wasn't just some nasty foreigner) and some characters we actually care about (like the eight year old Claire), there was a lot to like in this thriller.
I didn't mind all the wounds and mayhem heaped upon our hero because how many times have you read in books or seen in movies of this genre where the person crashes through a plate glass window and emerges unscathed and you accept that?
I just wish there had been a little less of all the weapons detail with lots of Guns 101 where I got to know more about guns than I care.
I also wish there had been a smidge (yes, just a smidge) of romance with someone along the way. Maybe the next book.
And I first heard Jay Snyder with the Ex series and except for the eight year old's voice, he does a terrific job.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
I finished this book (over 10 hours long) in one day; you will too if you are a fan of the modern espionage or action genre. The book is well-written and well-researched. The characters, setting and pace are perfectly balanced. More so, the action sequences are fast-paced and believable. Mark Greaney has a new fan in me. I haven't found an author I like this much since I discovered Vince Flynn's books. I'll be downloading Mr. Greaney's new book "On Target" the first day it is available.
115 of 122 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Mark Greaney or narrated by Jay Snyder?
he only seems to be able to co-write books .Having just read support and defend (Tom Clancy) I was shocked and disappointed with this rubbish .Even Jack Reacher would not have survived this .It was so unbelievable.
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How someone who co-wrote Tom Clancy books could write such utter drivel .
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
The narrator really does make a hash of some place names and his accents are hilarious, one Scottish character had several dialects, none of which i would describe as Scottish! The plot is ridiculous but, I actually enjoyed it, I listen to audio books after a hard day at the office whilst walking my dogs, 75% of books i listen to are background noise and i end up calling work colleagues rather than relaxing. The Gray man actually fell into the ultra rare 10% that made me look forward to my walk and actually the last 1/3 of the book made me add extra miles to my walk! Why? I really dont know, as i have said it is ludicrous, but it is a very easy listen and bizarrely you do want to know how it is all pulled together. If you are stressed or have a big project and want to switch off.....dive in, I dont think you will regret it.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
A good yarn. The "world" is described in sufficient detail that it's easy to travel along with the Gray Man. The action scenes are gripping with only a little suspension of reality required to make it all possible. Narration is generally good although some of the characterisation, particularly accents" jars. It is, however, always clear who's speaking.
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I scored it a 4 and will buy another one in the series but need to make it clear that the book is not going to be for everyone.
It's fast paced and action packed in a similar vein to Tom Wood's "Victor" series. However, you will need to the ability to accept the fanciful and push reality aside to enjoy the entertainment.
Without giving away any spoilers you will need to be able to believe that the best assassin in the world has a moral compass and his body is able to withstand amazing injury and still out-fight dozens of able bodied military trained professionals.
Jay Snyder did a pretty good job. Some of the accents were a little suspect and some of the cuts from different recorded takes were evident but the latter is really a production issue rather than the narrator's to be fair.
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