Review: Gunmetal Gray by Mark Greaney, read by Jay Snyder
Mark Greaney is the #1 New York Times Best-selling co-author of more than six books in the Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series and this month he released the 6th thrilling novel in his own, original, Gray Man series. If you’ve followed my blog posts over this last year you may know that I’m a big fan of Mark‘s and that I always devour his works with abandon.
In Gunmetal Gray, Court Gentry aka The Gray Man is back with his old employer at the Central Inteligence Agency and the action takes place right after the events of the last year’s fantastic Back Blast. Court is sent into Hong Kong in a solo mission with orders to kidnap a Chinese hacker and to rescue an old friend, but when he is recognized at the airport by Chinese operators in the intelligence Bureau all his plans are out the window and The Gray Man is on his own.
Without me giving anything of the plot away, I will say that although Gunmetal Gray is not quite as intense as its predecessor, Back Blast, the story is great, the action is non-stop and the Gray Man is deadlier than ever… The are guns, explosions, hand to hand combat, gadgets, boats, spies, special operators of all kinds, hackers, women whom at the same time are beautiful and deadly. There is betrayal, blackmail, murder and a lot of intelligence agencies are battleling one another, fighting to get their hands on the hacker before Court does. I loved the breakneck speed with witch events develop, I enjoyed the race from country to country, the Gray Man‘s resourcefulness to conquer any situation, the cat and mouse games and the timid love story developing between… well, I’ll let you find that out on your own.
This Gray Man audiobook is brought to life once again with talent and passion by the great actor and voice over artist Jay Snyder. His voice reminds me of Snake from the Metal Gear Solid series of video games, he can read, act, prelongue the tension and infuse action scenes with urgency. He even sounds good performing all the words in different asiatic languages. For Gunmetal Gray he uses lots of accents and voices, from gruff Russian for pissed off operatives, to scared Chinese henchmen, dialing it down to calm and even feminine cadences. He is perfect for this series and it’s obvious that he enjoys the role.
I said it lots of times and I’ll say it again Mark Greaney is one of the best thriller / espionage writers of the moment, Gunmetal Gray is intense, unputdownable and thrilling from beginning to end. I saw Mark evolve with every book and and I can’t wait for the next one in this great series! If you enjoy works by authors like Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn you’ll love what Mark delivers with the Gray Man series.
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