Agent in Place by Mark Greaney

Agent in Place

Mark Greaney

From Mark Greaney, the New York Times bestselling author of Gunmetal Gray and the coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, comes a high-stakes thriller featuring the world's most dangerous assassin: the Gray Man.

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The Gray Man is back in another nonstop international thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels.

Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam's regime.

Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn't end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam's rule--and a potent threat to the Syrian president's powerful wife.

Now, to get Bianca's cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive. With the clock ticking on Bianca's life, he goes off the grid in a free-fire zone in the Middle East--and winds up in the right place at the right time to take a shot at bringing one of the most brutal dictatorships on earth to a close...


Advance Galley Reviews

Agent in Place just wasn't as interesting as I hoped.

My first Grey Man novel. I’ll be picking up additional books to read more about Court Gentry. Agent In place is a fast paced and action thrilling adventure, however not in the first couple of chapters. It took me a twinge of pushing through to thoroughly enjoy the story. I do wish I had read the other 6 books before hand just to get a little more backstory on Court Gentry. I appreciate Penguin’s first to read for giving me a chance to read this book.

I can't even tell you how much I loved this book! I haven't read this author before, so everything about this book, characters, author, series was new to me. I found it easy to engage, just as easy to learn the characters and was immediately immersed in a book that was difficult to put down. This story is chock full of action and mirrors what you would picture in a present day setting as days in the life of a CIA operative. Tons of espionage, secrets and thrills, no shortage of violence, blood, politics or vivid descriptions as this book takes you on the wild ride you would expect of an action packed spy thriller. Riveting is the word that immediately comes to mind for this book! I enjoyed it immensely and wouldn't hesitate to read other stories by this author in the future.

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Excellent addition to the Gray Man series. I had a hard time with this book at first. It was high speed and then grind to a halt. It didnthis over and over making it hard to get into the storyline. Then it hit a crescendo and didn't stop until the end. Now that is how I like my thrillers. I like staying up all night because I can't put it down. Thisnisnhownthe last part of the book goes, makingnthe hard to read stop and starts at the beginning of the book worth it. Agent in Place is today's news story. It is today's headlines and reminds us there are people working on the dark working hard to make the world a bit safer for everyone.

Court Gentry had told himself times without count to stay clear of Syria. That it was a fool's errand, but just look at where he is now. Smack dab in the middle of the Syrian Desert, a prisoner of ISIS, or Daesh, or the devils own, or whatever they are calling themselves this week. To top things off right, they are about to execute him. For those unfamiliar with author Mark Greaney‘s “The Gray Man Series,” the hero, Gentry, is the ultimate warrior, assassin, or black ops guy. He is also a man with a conscience as well. And like the books that preceded it ”Agent In Place” is filled with violent action, along with technical details of special and generalized warfare. The scenes are well researched, while dialog and characters are interesting and well drawn. There are two points of criticism that I wish to address. The first is the matter of Gentry’s use of the TAC-50 sniper rifle, which fires the Browning Machinegun .50 caliber round. I do not believe that body armor exists that would save the life of anyone who took a hit to the body from that round. Why then is Gentry horsing around trying to get a head shot? Second; in the final assassination attempt on Shakira Azzam and Sebastian Drexler, why would anyone choose to use a fifty-year-old .22 LR pistol, when new and better weapons and suppressors are available everywhere? Is the author aware that John Sandford has used that particular handgun in two of his books? I enjoyed the book and look forward to more of the series. If you like your warriors wild, your action bloody and your heroes righteous “Agent In Place” is just the ticket. Many thanks to Penguin Books and their First To Read program for providing me with an advance galley in return for this review.

Courtland Gentry,The Gray Man, once an American asset, now a freelancer, still with ties, is so good his code name is Violator. He takes on an assignment to kidnap the mistress of the Syrian president in Paris for a group that wants to use her to cause trouble between the Russian, Iranian and Syrian governments. The first lady of Syria is also asking her lover, a Swiss banker who protects the assets of both her and her husband, to kill the mistress so she can keep her position as the wife. When Court fulfills his assignment, the mistress won't work for the organization because her son is still in Syria. As Court decides to bring the son to Paris, Drexler, the Swiss, is coming to Paris to kill the mistress. And this is when things become even more complicated. A very riveting thriller with enough action, suspense, fully drawn characters and political intrigue, to make an exciting read. Thank you First-To-Read for this free e-copy of "Agent In Place".

Greaney takes Cout from Gunmetal Gray to a next level with Agent in Place.

I received an early copy of the book for my review. I have not read any of the previous Gray Man novels. I was able to enjoy the book and follow along without reading the earlier books. The book has many twists and turns and great character development. The book kept my interest and I could follow along and keep track of the characters. Court Gentry seems to be a James Bond type of character. There is much violence in the book so be prepared. If you like spy novels and intrique you will enjoy this book. Don't think a real person could do all Court Gentry did, but then this is a book and reminds me in many instances of James Bond movies. So read and enjoy.

This is my first Court Gentry, The Gray Man, story but it won't be my last. What an exciting and intense book this was. Even though this is book 7 I did not feel lost by not having read the earlier books, this book stands alone for a good read. Lots of action, great storyline. And in the middle of it all is The Gray Man trying to do what is right, helping the helpless, taking out the bad guys. He goes where no one else would even dare to try to go but his is not an easy route. Lots of obstacles and bad guys in his way, but he is The Gray Man so he is up to the challenge. I had a hard time putting this action packed and thrilling story down once I started it. Now I have to go and read the earlier books in this series.

Court Gentry is hired by a group of Syrian rebels in Paris to kidnap Bianca Medina, a Spanish model and mistress of the Syrian dictator. After successfully delivering her, the job gets more complicated when he discovers she has a four month old son being held back in Syria. The dictator’s wife views Bianca and her son as a threat to her position and has made her own arrangement to remove the threat, putting pr sure on Court to act quickly. This is the latest entry in the Gray Man series and Mark Greaney just gets better with each book. From the opening pages, it is a story full of twists and action scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat. If you are a fan of the Jack Ryan or Jason Bourne series then the Gray Man is a must.

I love The Gray Man books and this one did not disappoint! Fast paced and full action from the beginning. These aren't my usual go to reads but I just can't get enough of Court Gentry. I can't wait to see what he gets himself into next!! I would absolutely recommend this book!!

A three stars from me. True, the book is action packed. The Grey Man is the best of the best and all that. But, there are some decisions that he made were simply hare-brained. So just overlook that and enjoy the action.

Agent in Place is an action-packed thrill ride that includes terrorists, covert operations and all-out war. If you are looking for chick-lit, you best keep walking. This ain't it. This is an adrenaline-filled blast from beginning to end with almost no let up. The mere 500 plus pages of action go by real fast. Court (aka The Gray Man) is a bit of Jason Bourne tangling with counter-agents across Europe, trained to perfection. But, I think there's more of Mack Bolan, the Executioner, here, particularly in how Court takes on any odds solo and is nearly invincible in any firefight. This may be the seventh book in the series, but I started here and wasn't lacking any background. It is always ambitious to place your story in the midst of constantly changing current events and that gamble pays off handsomely here, taking the reader on a journey into the very belly of the Syrian Civil War with all of the different factions and players including mercenaries, the Free Syrian Army, Isis, the Russians, and others too numerous to mention without glancing at the scorecard. Maybe Court takes on an impossible mission - but the writing makes it believable and the battle scenes in Syria are real good. Always a treat when a book is much better than expected. Thanks to Penguin Publishing for providing a copy for review.

4 stars. Agent In Place is the seventh book in the Gray Man series. This can be read as a standalone. But since each book builds on the previous storylines, I recommend that you read them in order. There is violence. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. This is a well crafted thriller. The author did a good job of keeping a steady pace throughout the book to keep this reader interested. It kept me guessing what twists and turns would be revealed in the pages ahead. As usual, nothing is quite as it seems on the surface. I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down.

I just finished Agent in place and I must say well done. Initially, I wasn't excited about reading the book. the first chapter stunned me. and after that, I couldn't turn away. I enjoyed the story more than I thought I would. I had to finish it before I wrote my review. Greaney weaves a tale of a man on a mission without a clear plan. It was a rollercoaster ride. There were no plot holes. Court is someone I would depend on to get shit done. I don't know what more to say to do it justice. I look forward to the next in the series. It is definitely a must-read.

Thank you First to Read for the advance copy! I definitely recommend this book. It has over 500 pages but it's fast paced and hard to put down. Court always managed to find a way out of whatever situation he was in. I wasn't aware this was a series, but I will definitely be looking for this authors other books now.

I was lucky enough to win an early copy to read via First Read. I have to say the Gray Man is back and kicking ass and taking names. With this latest installment of Mark Greany's hero, it did not disappoint and I give it 5 Stars. Court's Character is right up there with Scott, Mitch and Pike in my opinion. The pace of the story was awesome and the 500+ page novel read well and did not wander at all. Each book gives more and more glimpses into Courts' persona which although he kills without question it is usually only the bad guys on the other end. He admits his head and heart get in direct conflict all the time. With this story you can feel that struggle. I read 75+ books a year and Mark's books are one of many I always look forward to. Keep them coming!

Great pace, back story and insights into "The Gray Man" Court Gentry, one of the most dangerous people you will never notice. Mark Greaney has really polished his style to rival that of the best known adventure/thriller authors of today. His flow and construction kept me on the edge turning page after page with enough surprises and twists to keep the story fresh and riveting. Mr. Greavey's setting is current, accurate and educational, a real joy to read. I look forward to the next installment of "The Gray Man" to see where we go from here.

The Gray Man is back, this time on vacation from his secret job at the CIA, but pretty much doing what he’s done in every book so far: fighting evil and saving the day. Readers are reminded too often that our deadly operative has a heart of gold; one that makes no sense for the character and that the character himself cannot understand. The author uses this heart to explain all manner of bad decision-making for the Gray Man and it begins to wear thin over the course of the book. At some point, either the character or the author need to offer us a better reason for the plot, which tends towards the circuitous. It’s best when the Gray Man is in action mode and less so when he rationalizes choices that make no sense. The author has a great character and can write amazingly taut and dynamic passages but he really needs better plots. This book is at best average in the series.

 


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