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Back Blast

by Mark Greaney

Series: Gray Man (5)

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Returning to Washington to uncover the truth about why the CIA betrayed him, former elite agent-turned-Gray Man Court Gentry discovers that the case is still very much under discussion and that he has stumbled onto a secret that powerful enemies will kill to keep.

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And BOOM! Greaney brings it all home...literally.

I've enjoyed every book in this series immensely (honestly, I'm always excited when the next one comes up on my TBR list), but this one? Damn.

Without spoiling anything, Greaney just grabs this series by the throat and throttles it for all it's worth in this installment. We learn more about Court than we ever have, we get a big mystery cleared up, and it's the typical non-stop action all the way through.

I'm actually quite anxious to see where Court Gentry ends up in the next novel now.

Five very easily earned stars. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Back Blast by Mark Greaney is a action-packed, pulse pounding adventure starring ex-CIA black ops operative Court Gentry. In this sixth installment of The Gray Man series, Court returns to the United States to find out why a "shoot on sight" order was issued for him five years earlier.

On the run for the past five years, Court just wants to come home. In order to make that happen, he has to find out why the director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, Denny Carmichael, issued the order. Relying on his finely honed instincts and exceptional ability to blend in anywhere, Court reaches out to a few of his former team members in hopes of learning answers while at the same time evading Carmichael's official (and unofficial) team of highly skilled hit men.

Court has been living on the run and doing freelance work ever since he was "burned" by the CIA. With the help of a grateful Israeli agent, he managed to slip back into DC undetected where he then methodically sets up a safe zone and begins procuring the items necessary to begin his search for answers. Most of his former associates are either deceased or unwilling to assist him but CI Director of Special Activities Division, Matthew Hanley does help fill the missing puzzle pieces for Court. Although adversaries for much of the novel, a couple of his former team members eventually realize the accusations against him are out of character and they provide him with tactical assistance.

Court's biggest foe is the all powerful Denny Carmichael. Willing to go to any lengths to ensure that Court is not taken alive, Denny takes full advantage of his position as he manipulates his underlings into doing his dirty work. He also carefully spins the events to point to Court as the mastermind of heinous plot which effectively puts Court in the crosshairs of every agency possible. While not everyone blindly follows his directives, Denny effectively keeps the people working for him in dark by evoking "national security" whenever anyone dares to question him about inconsistencies in the unfolding events or his motives for hunting Court.

Court is clever and for a good part of the novel, he is one step ahead of Denny and the task force that is hunting for him. He is inventive and makes full use of his previous training to remain out of sight but his frustration grows as he continues running into dead ends. He is the first to admit he is not an investigator, but his experience as an operative and his analytical mind aid him as he tries to figure out what steps to take to get to the bottom of the shoot on sight order. Despite his profession, Court is a good guy who tries to minimize collateral damage to the best of his ability and it does not take long for questions to arise when he becomes the fall guy for several murders. With a handful of allies now on his side, Court learns the truth behind the order, but will this newfound knowledge destroy him?

With exciting, over the top feats and non-stop action, Back Blast by Mark Greaney is a riveting political thriller that is impossible to put down. The storyline is well-executed with plenty of twists and turns that will keep readers guessing whether or not good will triumph over evil until the novel's dramatic conclusion. An entertaining, high-octane thrill ride that will appeal to fans of the genre, this fifth installment in The Gray Man series can easily be read as a standalone. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
Very entertaining ( )
  RistoZ | Sep 29, 2016 |
Long be well worth the ride.... ( )
  marilynr | Apr 17, 2016 |
The Gray Man has become one of my favorite characters. While I've enjoyed the Mark Greaney's books in the Jack Ryan series, I really wish he'd focus on Court Gentry (the Gray Man). Well-crafted stories with terrific attention to detail and excellent action. Plus, a hero who, while excellent at what he does, is neither infallible nor invulnerable. Really good stuff. Plus, I have to give Greaney credit for taking one character in an entirely unexpected direction in this book (and that kind of surprise is a bit rare). Note: If you decide to try this series, do yourself a favor and start at the beginning! ( )
  MSWallack | Mar 11, 2016 |
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