Agent in Place

Agent in Place

Court Gentry is back in action. This time he's working on behalf of a well-connected group of Syrian expats to secure the Syrian president's mistress so they can use her to bring down the president's regime. But the expats' plan goes awry when it's discovered the mistress has a baby--the Syrian president's only male heir--hidden away in a Damascus safe house.Court goes aft...

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Agent in Place Reviews

  • Dave

    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, particul

    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.

  • The Real Book Spy

    Though Court ‘The Gray Man’ Gentry is back with the CIA in an official capacity, the highly-skilled assassin finds himself working for a group of Syrian expats in Mark Greaney’s (

    , 2016) latest action-packed novel,

    .

    The job is simple, or so he was told.

    Hired by a couple who represent a group of well-connected Syrians hellbent on toppling the regime of Ahmed al-Azzam, President of the Syrian Arab Republic, Court Gentry

    Though Court ‘The Gray Man’ Gentry is back with the CIA in an official capacity, the highly-skilled assassin finds himself working for a group of Syrian expats in Mark Greaney’s (

    , 2016) latest action-packed novel,

    .

    The job is simple, or so he was told.

    Hired by a couple who represent a group of well-connected Syrians hellbent on toppling the regime of Ahmed al-Azzam, President of the Syrian Arab Republic, Court Gentry is given the information of a private apartment in Paris where Bianca Medina, the president’s twenty-six-year-old secret mistress, is currently staying.

    The plan is to have Court kidnap Bianca, a clear power-move by the Syrian expats (who call themselves the Free Syrian Army) designed to destabilize Ahmed al-Azzam’s government. After scouting his target, Court makes his move in the dark of the night, only to encounter a large number of ISIS militants who also converge on Bianca’s apartment, guns a-blazin’.

    Narrowly escaping with the package in hand, Court delivers the mistress to Tarek and Rima Halaby. The couple, both of whom are doctors, are Gentry’s contacts for the job. Convinced they chose not to tell him about the potential threat of running into ISIS jihadists, Court instructs the Halabys to wire the rest of his fee within a day or suffer the deadly consequences. Then he disappears, again, back into the night.

    Things take a complicated turn when Bianca refuses to help the Free Syrian Army, revealing that she recently gave birth to a son who, against her wishes, is still inside Syria — which has been reduced to a chaotic war zone. For the mistress to comply, she demands the Halabys find a way to have her son rescued and brought to her. It’s an impossible task, no doubt, and the Halabys know just the person for the job.

    After convincing Court to work with them one last time, mostly to help Bianca because he sympathizes with her and the situation she’s in, Gentry heads to Syria for the most dangerous assignment in his storied career.

    Pretty much from the moment Court’s boots touch down in the region, nothing goes according to plan. Shady back dealings and questionable alliances are slowly brought to light, providing plenty of suspense as the story plays out. As new threats arise, Court’s mission parameters change. To finish the job and get back home alive, the Gray Man will need to find a way to be every bit of the legend he’s become over the course of six previous books, and then some.

    With so many of the genre’s other top characters already fifteen books or more into their respective runs, Court Gentry (along with Brad Taylor’s Pike Logan, Ben Coes’ Dewey Andreas, and Gregg Hurwitz’s Evan Smoak) represents the future of the thriller genre. Author Mark Greaney once again develops his character brilliantly as he continues to slowly break away from the pack as the apparent heir to the throne currently held by Brad Thor and Daniel Silva.

    Mark Greaney continues his dominant run with

    , the best Gray Man thriller yet and one of the top must-read thrillers of 2018.

    Author: Mark Greaney

    Series: Gray Man #7

    Pages: 528 (Hardcover)

    ISBN: 0451488903

    Publisher: Berkley

    Release Date: February 20, 2018

    Book Spy Rating: 8.5/10

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    Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

  • Chris  C - A Midlife Wife

    Wow so much action and intense situations! 4.5 Stars - discounted due to excessive length

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    I think what I love the most about spy thrillers is the continuous action. There is never a dull moment. Never a time where you say to yourself, “Is it over yet?”

    This book kicks off with an amazing story and an intricate plot that leaves you breathless. The author keeps ramping up the suspense and the twists to the story every time you turn the page.

    From Europe to Syria and p

    Wow so much action and intense situations! 4.5 Stars - discounted due to excessive length

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    I think what I love the most about spy thrillers is the continuous action. There is never a dull moment. Never a time where you say to yourself, “Is it over yet?”

    This book kicks off with an amazing story and an intricate plot that leaves you breathless. The author keeps ramping up the suspense and the twists to the story every time you turn the page.

    From Europe to Syria and points in-between, many players come into this thrilling read. I thought I would have a hard time keeping track of everyone, but the amazing talents of this author weaves a story so captivating and detailed that you think you are right there with the characters each step of the way. In fact, the story is so believable that you have to wonder if this story is fiction or yanked from the pages of current events.

    There is a reason the Gray Man is a highly sought after contract professional killer. He is a brilliant, top notch operative that is simply a fabulously developed character. Never a dull moment, you will always be guessing about what he will do next.

    In fact, never mind that last statement. There is not enough time to think about what he will be doing. You just have to read as fast as possible. This book is huge so make sure to plan your reading!

    Mark Greaney has made an impact with this series and Agent in Place. Imaginative and so very knowledgeable in the game of espionage, you will be come addicted to his writing, just like me!

    * copy received for review consideration

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  • Pierre Tassé

    Excellent book. Great story and so relevant for today's world politics. Of course the subterfuge and covertness adds intrigue. I was sad to read the end....not for any other reason than the book was enjoyable. You do not need to read the first 6 to enjoy this one...

  • Sean Peters

    Thank you to Net Galley, The publishers and to Mark Greaney for an honest review, which is easy as I love these books.

    Mark Greaney is on my list of favourite authors and most of these are action thriller authors, as well as gripping police thriller authors.

    In all honesty I have not read all "Gray Man Books", but read a few and love this character. I believe the more you read in a series, the more you enjoy the character as you understand his/her personality.

    Court Gentry is back in action. The Is

    Thank you to Net Galley, The publishers and to Mark Greaney for an honest review, which is easy as I love these books.

    Mark Greaney is on my list of favourite authors and most of these are action thriller authors, as well as gripping police thriller authors.

    In all honesty I have not read all "Gray Man Books", but read a few and love this character. I believe the more you read in a series, the more you enjoy the character as you understand his/her personality.

    Court Gentry is back in action. The Islamic State group is about to execute Courtland Gentry—the Gray Man—and leave his body floating with others in a bloody lake!!

    One week earlier.... Gentry is ex-CIA, now an assassin for hire. He meets in Paris with Dr. Tarek Halaby, head of the Free Syria Exile Union, or what’s left of it.

    So he is working on behalf of a connected group of Syrian expats to secure the Syrian president's mistress so they can use her to bring down the president's regime. But the expats' plan goes wrong when it's discovered the mistress has a baby--the Syrian president's only male heir--hidden away in a Damascus safe house.

    Court goes after the baby, a decision that comes at the price of the mistress's life. The expat organisation deems the boy now useless to their cause and refuses to protect him against the Syrian first lady and the notorious Swiss assassin in her employ, a rather nasty character,with no support on the way, Court realise's he'll have to take down the Syrian president himself if he and the boy and the nanny are going to make it out alive...

    Somehow, Greaney cranks out yet another great thriller. That’s a lot of action for the Gray Man and plenty of thrilling suspense, tension, great selection of characters.

    Yes lots of pages, but lots and lots of story, action and locations, and of course lots of loose ends...

    A clear four star, nearly a five ! Highly recommended.

  • Glen

    The Gray Man is back with the CIA, and up to his old tricks of spreading mayhem. This time he's in the Middle East, where things are completely falling apart. He gets in way over his head, but his training and sheer force of will enable him to keep performing his mission.

    Best book in the series yet!

  • Judy Lesley

    Book seven in this high octane adventure series has Court Gentry back on the good side with the CIA but now as a freelance operative. While he's waiting for his next assignment with them Gentry takes a job through another group. That's why you will find him sitting in the audience at a top designers fashion show in Paris. Take a deep breath during this sequence of events because from here on out this book is one perilous mission after another.

    If you are looking for fast paced action, you will ha

    Book seven in this high octane adventure series has Court Gentry back on the good side with the CIA but now as a freelance operative. While he's waiting for his next assignment with them Gentry takes a job through another group. That's why you will find him sitting in the audience at a top designers fashion show in Paris. Take a deep breath during this sequence of events because from here on out this book is one perilous mission after another.

    If you are looking for fast paced action, you will have located your target with this story. Greaney has allowed the character of Court Gentry to grow and change over the years so watching how the agent operates in such a hostile environment and yet maintain his values is something I enjoy very much. The political quagmire in the Syria of this novel was complicated to the extreme and yet I'm sure Greaney is using information he gets from his research to let us know what it's like just to survive in a country constantly at war within its borders. As always I learn some great information about the intelligence tradecraft and weaponry from reading one of these novels. I was especially interested in the sniper weapon and shooter capability aspects.

    While the Court Gentry books are all written to be standalone novels (and this one is no exception) I hope you will enjoy this one so much you will want to go back and pick up the first book (The Gray Man). I have read that first book three times and am still impressed with the intricacy of the plotting. Book seven continues that fine plotting legacy.

  • Jean

    This is the seventh book in the Gray Man Series. Court Gentry is now a freelance mercenary. Gentry has been hired to kidnap the mistress of the Syrian president and then rescue her infant son. But quickly everything falls apart.

    The book is well written and plotted. The pace is very fast with constant action. This a series that has each book capable of being a stand-alone book. It is obvious Greaney does a lot of research to make his books accurate politically, weaponry, spy craft and also the ge

    This is the seventh book in the Gray Man Series. Court Gentry is now a freelance mercenary. Gentry has been hired to kidnap the mistress of the Syrian president and then rescue her infant son. But quickly everything falls apart.

    The book is well written and plotted. The pace is very fast with constant action. This a series that has each book capable of being a stand-alone book. It is obvious Greaney does a lot of research to make his books accurate politically, weaponry, spy craft and also the geography. The characters are interesting and realistic. I am always amazed at Greaney’s ability to write such intricate plots. He is a master storyteller.

    I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. This book is longer than the majority of books in this series at 512 pages or almost sixteen and a half hours. Jay Snyder does a fantastic job narrating this series. Snyder is a classically trained actor, voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. I love to listen to his voice. He is a smooth narrator.

  • Trish R.

    Okay, I’ve read all 7 of The Gray Man series and I can honestly say that the first 5 books were great, the 6th was barely okay for me and this 7th one had too much skimming going on for me to really enjoy it. It just went on and on and on with such boring shit.

    The storyline was pretty interesting and exciting, when I got to the interesting stuff and the excitement, when I skimmed through the unnecessary filler. It really is time to shorten these books Mr. Greaney. BUT I see book 8 is due out in

    Okay, I’ve read all 7 of The Gray Man series and I can honestly say that the first 5 books were great, the 6th was barely okay for me and this 7th one had too much skimming going on for me to really enjoy it. It just went on and on and on with such boring shit.

    The storyline was pretty interesting and exciting, when I got to the interesting stuff and the excitement, when I skimmed through the unnecessary filler. It really is time to shorten these books Mr. Greaney. BUT I see book 8 is due out in February and it will have 500+ pages, too. I don’t know about that. Almost 3500 pages in 7 books is a LOT, and now another 500+?

    One reviewer on audible said “Not enough Gray Man. Too many side issues.” But I beg to differ. I want to know what EVERYONE is doing, not just Court Gentry. That’s what’s so nice about a book written in the 3rd person; you get to know what others are doing, too. But that’s just my opinion.

    In this book Court was in Syria to rescue a 4 month old baby and his nanny, which Court did, but while he did some good people died in Paris, where the mother waited for her son Jamal to be returned to her. And there were a lot of people who helped Court while he finished his “job.” I especially liked Basset and Robby.

    The F-bomb was used 60 times.

    As to the narration: Awesome!!! Awesome!!! Awesome!!! Jay Snyder knows just how to read with the right amount of expressions and emotions without sounding overly dramatic. After Napoleon Ryan, Jay Snyder would be my next favorite narrator.

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