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On Target

A Gray Man Novel
Lu par : Jay Snyder
Série : Gray Man, Volume 2
Durée : 12 h et 35 min
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Description

Court Gentry, aka the Gray Man, is back – and once again on the run from old friends and foes.

Four years ago, Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade, Russian arms merchant Sidorenko, returns to force him on a mission against his will: kill Sudan’s President Abboud, the supposed trigger for the Darfur genocide. But the CIA has its own plans for Abboud. With his ruthless employers on one side, his blackmailing former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Gentry would kill just to get out of this one alive.

Every bit as thrilling, informed, and addictive as The Gray Man, and once again skillfully narrated by Jay Snyder, On Target is sure to hit the mark for thriller fans.

©2010 Mark Strode Greaney (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critiques

"[A]n action-filled yet touching story of a man whose reason has long ago been subsumed by his work ethic." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • A. L. DeWitt
  • 10/01/2012

Second Gray Man

What did you love best about On Target?

It continued the Gray Man's story, and did so in a very believable way. I read this before I read Gray Man, and still had enough context to understand the story. That's the mark of a good and careful author. The book is full of action and exotic places. The hardware is realistically described. The emotions of the main characters seem real and not stilted. This is not a Mission Impossible type book where everything goes perfectly for the main characters. It has gritty detail that makes it believable. I would recommend this book highly.

Who was your favorite character and why?

the Gray Man; he is believable and complex and I can see a lot of me in him (not that I'm an assasin mind you, I'm a lawyer, but I understand the way he thinks).

Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this was my first, but having heard later performances, I really liked him.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

Great book, great voice characterizations. You will be quite satisfied.

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  • S. Ferguson
  • 15/10/2010

Terrific for action fans

I liked the first Gray Man book but this was even better. The set up takes a little while, but the second half is non-stop action. Maybe not for the squeamish, who probably won't be downloading it anyway, but as exciting a listen as I've had recently. Vince Flynn has been my favorite but his books have gotten very preachy and "talky." If I want that, I'll turn on cable news. This guy has guns blasting most of the time, and it's a lot more fun.

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  • Clayton
  • 07/10/2010

really impressive

i'm a difficult reader to please but Mark Greaney has done it again. Like his previous, first work, Greaney packs this thriller with speed, suspense, and incredible imagination. This time he also adds an element of global politics. The gray man will constantly surprise you again. Also, if you are a fan of the more technical aspects of a good thriller, Greaney knows his weapons and machines and the types of backgrounds and training that go into becoming a CIA SAD operatives. Worth the money and time.

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  • Ronda Snyder
  • 02/10/2010

Excellent !

This one of my favorite new authors. The main character is an assassin but with his own ethics and you actually root for him. Sounds strange...liking a killer but the way it is written...you will too. The book is full of action, doesn't lag. If you like Vince Flynn, Brad Thor or Lee Child...you will like this author too. Strongly recommend this book (and his first novel too).

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  • Bruce Buehler MD
  • 26/11/2010

No preaching just action with twists

This is a great next step from the Gray Man. Mark Greaney does not make his characters nice guys or heroes, they just are. It is generally believable, and the reader makes it more believable the way he speaks for each character. I think this is a better audio book than when read, because of the intensity of his voice. Very hard to stop listening, always another dilemma.

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  • Wesley
  • 26/11/2013

Quite the interesting main character- Well done.

Most often I find that protagonist in most books lacking in certain ways but often the author compliments the hero with a supporting cast and they often come together to make the story enjoyable. The Gray Man is awesome in that the supporting cast is a plus but as legendary as he is in the book, he is very human in that he has his flaws and many I can relate with easily. I have zipped through the first two books and I'm a little sad seeing that there is currently only 3 titles in the series. The 4th will be out soon but not soon enough for me.

One thing that I couldn't help but laugh at. The Gray Man struggles with what is starting to be an addiction to pain killers. The author needs to learn a little more about morphine. It is not a psychedelic which at 20 mg will cause him to stare at the ceiling during a phone call and not be able to speak to his superior without stuttering, saying "whoa" and "wha?" when it comes time to talk about the exfiltration of a kidnapped president with his commando team leader whom he is holding captive can only say "Wow, they wind up those celing material strands by hand into these little......so on and so on". This was not his first time taking extremely strong painkillers and the amount he took would take the edge off, not cause him to trip as if he was on acid. I love the way the author does not get preachy about addiction but instead treats it as a normal person would treat it. Drugs are bad, we all know this since we are adults after all, and I was happy to see the author didn't decide to preach to me about it. Instead he describes how our hero deals with it, or doesn't deal with it for that matter since I don't know what will happen later.

Lastly I really enjoyed the author's writing style. The story kept me interested and as with some books, I did not have to go back to reread a section because something just didn't click. At times I forgot I was reading a book (listening, you know what I mean) and just enjoyed the story. The narrator gets a big thumbs up from me for this as well. They both hit the mark dead on.They were both....On Target! Sorry, I could not resist.

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  • Joshua
  • 13/09/2013

PURE BRILLIANCE!!!!!

I truly cant believe this is only Mark Greaney's 2nd novel. I have honestly never came across an action novel along the lines of Brad Thor or Vince Flynn that truly did not have a single boring second in the entire book. The Gray Man series is so good that I dont want to read the next novel in the series b/c it is the last one so far. It had better not be the last novel in the series b/c that would be a tragedy

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  • M.W.
  • 15/10/2013

Major Action Novel

I like action, especially on a long car trip, and this book delivers just as much as The Gray Man. Court Gentry is quite a character with lots of moving parts and superhero machismo. If you want lots of action, this will do nicely.

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  • Kitsune
  • 20/06/2019

tremendously disappointing after The Gray Man

The Gray Man was such a phenomenal entry into the genre. But this second novel deviates into the impossible and unbelievable. I suppose it could be pointed out that the gray man is just an updated version of Rambo and it was equally and believable. However, this one also causes his character to devolve into an insubordinate know-it-all and it's quite frustrating to see him repeatedly thumbing his nose at his superiors. I couldn't make it to the end.

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  • Eric J. Toll
  • 11/07/2016

Oh please; let's have a little reality

This was Greaney's second book, so I'm giving him a one-star handicap for the story.
Spoiler alert! Some of the plot is going to be revealed, just wanted it disclosed.
I returned the book.
Despite returning it, I will give the Gray Man one more shot because of Greaney's generally good work on the Clancy Jack Ryan series.
I almost returned it when the trucks left Gentry and the whiny, do-gooder, stereotyped female stranded in the Sudan desert.
I finally returned it when the Nubian shot Gentry with an arrow dipped in a just-happened-to-be- handy-at-his-feet decaying rooster bacteria concoction.
I'm assuming that since there is still a couple of hours left, all I'm missing is a bunch of bad luck and a happy ending.
Reading spy thrillers requires a suspension of belief and knowledge that the protagonist is going to run into challenges.
I don't care what condition Gentry is in, the pace and series of challenges he faces requires physical and mental acumen that lead me to try and suspend disbelief. In the first book, there were some scenes that really riled reality, particularly the knife fight outcome. However in "On Target," it's all summed up by Zack's quote, which I'll change for mixed company, "If it were raining money, Gentry would get hit by an IOU." That's not the metaphor in the book, but children might read this review.
Greaney sure thinks his readers have about the sale intellect as a child, because Court Gentry moves from one implausible event to the next without respite.
After running into the desert with one water bottle and a fugitive woman who wants to indict him, they get picked up by a convoy of NGOs heading to a refuge camp. After the expected attack by tribesman -- thwarted by Gentry doing a MacGyver imitation -- there are two trucks left to take the survivors to safety. While the do-gooder cries over the group leader's death, both trucks take off leaving Gentry and the woman in the badlands. Good grief, I saw that one coming three pages ahead.
When he finally pulls off his assignment after a SNAFU -- it's plausible and well executed -- he then gets nailed by an arrow-shooting teenager. Frogs! That was it for me.
Skip this one, even if you liked the first book, "The Gray Man."
Hope #3 is more Clancy-like.

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  • Tobias
  • 02/07/2017

nice action thriller

if you look for an entertaining hero-story which does not necessarily seem totally realistic at all times, this book is the right stuff.
again a very good job of the speaker.