Publication Order of Court Gentry/Gray Man Books
|The Gray Man||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|On Target||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Ballistic||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dead Eye||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Back Blast||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Court Gentry is a series of fictional thriller suspense books written by author Mark Greaney. The series consists of 4 books, the first of which (The Gray Man) was published in 2009 to both critical acclaim by renowned critics and raving reviews by audiences. The book series has since gone on to achieve worldwide success, with the stories translated into several languages around the world and negotiations for a film adaptation in the works. The series’ debut book, The Gray Man (2009), was also nominated for a Barry Award for Best Thriller.
About the Court Gentry book series
The Court Gentry series follows the life of former CIA operative and deadly assassin, Court Gentry AKA The Gray Man, as he attempts to make a living for himself as a hitman.
Court Gentry grows up with a father who works as a SWAT team instructor and who is an expert weaponist training hundreds of men to defend and kill. Court soon follows in his fathers’ footsteps and learns the unique art of weaponry as an adult, until one day things go too far and he is imprisoned after a frightening altercation with three Cuban drug dealers.
Upon hearing of his skill and notoriety, the CIA contacts him to join one of their top-secret divisions. Facing an alternative and bleak life in prison, he chooses to join the CIA and becomes one of their most powerful and feared killers.
However, it is not long before things take a turn for the worst, as Court Gentry is framed and betrayed by the very people he was persuaded to trust. With an attempted assassination by the CIA on his plate for ‘knowing too much’, Gentry goes on the run, working as a hitman for hire in order to survive and make money in the world of murder and betrayal.
This thrilling and suspense-fueled tale is told through the series’ first book, The Gray Man, published in 2009. Exploding with action, wit and ‘edge of your seat’ suspense, it is one of the best fictional thriller and suspense books of the last few years and has been a huge hit with thriller fans. With an impressive accuracy and clear depth of research in the books, author Mark Greaney has succeeded in creating a realistic and vivid world where few people would dare to thread. The exciting narrative, beautifully descriptive and intensely real scenes across the entire series will leave you with more than just another clichéd CIA assassin story; The Gray Man series goes above and beyond the well-worn and predictive narratives of fictional thrillers and gives great credibility to a genre often overlooked in literature.
Court Gentry’s Character
Mark Greaney’s character, Court Gentry, is a lone wolf; a freelance hitman who never misses, walking through the world as a dark shadow, unseen to untrained eyes. A strong and brave character with a conscience, the reader feels very invested in Gentry’s outcome and although he works as a deadly assassin, he never comes across as violent or bloodthirsty, only taking on jobs that he feels are justified. His dangerous situation evokes empathy as the audience fears for his life as one of the biggest and most powerful agencies in the world are out for his head. However, Court Gentry remains moral and ethical in an unmoral world, or at least as moral as a hitman can be. His character has depth, thoughtfulness and even a small soft spot beneath his cool, stone-like exterior. With the addictive story lines and fast-paced action, it’s a combination that makes you unable to put this book down.
Other Books in the Court Gentry Series
The second book in the Court Gentry series, On Target was released in 2010 and follows on from the debut novel in which Gentry is framed by the CIA. Set four years later, Gentry has survived until now due to his unmatched skill and impossible stealth as a freelance hitman. However, he assumes his work with the CIA is long in the past, until that is, an old colleague gets in touch.
The former colleague makes an unwelcome return into Gentry’s life, forcing him to go on a dangerous mission against his will; to kill Sudan’s President. However, with the CIA still relentlessly pursuing his every move, Gentry reluctantly agrees to take on their crazy mission, which will see him surrender his $4 million dollar reward for the kill, and instead hand the Sudanese President over to the CIA in return for a ‘get out of jail free’ card.
With few options, Gentry takes on the dangerous mission, possibly walking to his death. What will happen to Gentry as he juggles messing with several different and dangerous people at once? Can he come to an agreement with the people that framed and betrayed him? Will he be able to abide by his strict code of ethics in this senseless world where lines are blurred and motives hidden?
On Target is another page-turning, nail-biting, action-fuelled success from the The Gray Man series and fans of the original will delight in following in another adventure from Court Gentry.
And with two other books in the series, Ballistic published in 2011 and Dead Eye published in 2013, there is plenty of more reading and adventures from Court Gentry to keep fans thoroughly entertained.
As of 2014, Sony Pictures have optioned the rights to ‘The Gray Man’ book, with a script currently in development and talks of making The Gray Man series into several movies, including On Target, Ballistic and Dead Eye. ‘Captain America’ directors, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are set to write and direct the film, while Joe Roth and Palak Patel will produce. No statement has been released regarding who will play the lead role of Court Gentry.
The Gray Man film was originally optioned by New Regency Pictures several years ago with talks of Brad Pitt starring as Court Gentry, however the options expired and Sony Pictures have since taken up the challenge.
The Russo directors and Roth hope that the film will become the next ‘Bourne Identity’ movie series and that it will enjoy just as much success.
A release date for the movie adaptation of The Gray Man has not yet been announced.
All four ‘The Gray Man’ books featuring Court Gentry are available for purchase in paperback, as audio books and in ebook formats.Book Series In Order » Characters » Court Gentry