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Review: 'On Target' by Mark Greaney

"On Target" is described on the book's cover page aptly and succinctly with a quote from James Rollins, a "New York Times" bestselling author himself, "Bourne for the new millennium."

The protagonist, Court Gentry, in "On Target," one of Greaney's Gray Man series novels, is a former CIA agent who has not only been burned by the agency, but placed on a "Shoot on Sight" list in agencies around the world. Gentry isn't the type to lay low, though, and continues to pursue the profession at which he excels -- assassin.

Gentry reminds me a bit of the likeable psychopath, "Dexter," in that he only accepts killing assignments when the targets are people who deserve to die for their malevolent ways.

In "On Target," Gentry faces a new twist in his assignment -- as if working for a Russian mobster isn't tough enough, Gentry is waylaid by a former CIA colleague that Gentry believe to be dead -- by his own hand. The assignment goes from difficult to nearly impossible when his former colleague dangles the chance to be off the "Shoot on Sight" list in front on Gentry.

Author Mark Greaney does a superb job of bringing the reader into the story action almost from the first page and not letting up until the end. The scenes of physical encounters are well-choreographed and described without excessive gore.

If you enjoy spy thrillers/suspense/action novels, "On Target" is right up your alley.

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Ellis wrote on November 11, 2014, 4:10 PM

I like a bit of gore...but his global warming film was crap! lol

celticeagle wrote on November 11, 2014, 8:33 PM

I like a character like Dexter. A Robin Hood of the new age in a way. We need more psychopaths with good reasoning like this. LOL

BarbRad wrote on November 12, 2014, 2:52 AM

Sounds like and exiting book - perhaps a bit too exciting for me. I can't handle anything too suspenseful.

iwrite28 wrote on November 12, 2014, 7:16 AM

I had love Bourne Identity and Bourne Supremacy. Will get this one too.

AliCanary wrote on November 12, 2014, 1:01 PM

Ha! I might like this series--I was a fan of Dexter...although even with his code, things didn't end well for him. A cautionary tale for would-be vigilantes!

BenRyanLee wrote on November 13, 2014, 3:01 AM

oh I may find a copy of that book and do some reading

nbaquero wrote on November 13, 2014, 10:26 AM

Feisty56 I do like Bourne but I am not too familiar with Dexter (I don't think I ever saw an episode) It does look like interesting novel though.

Feisty56 wrote on November 13, 2014, 11:37 AM

I didn't see the film, and from your critique here, don't think I will bother.

Feisty56 wrote on November 13, 2014, 11:39 AM

I could never bring myself to like Dexter, although I like very much the actor who played the character.

Feisty56 wrote on November 13, 2014, 11:40 AM

I found the descriptions of the physical confrontations just a little too detailed for my liking. It was an interesting plot and well-written, but I don't think I'll read any more of the Gray Man series of novels.

Feisty56 wrote on November 13, 2014, 11:41 AM

I think fans of Jason Bourne, in books and/or movies, will enjoy this book and the others in Greaney's Gray Man series of novels.

Feisty56 wrote on November 13, 2014, 11:53 AM

I recall that you enjoyed "Dexter." I really wanted to, as I am a fan of Michael C. Hall, but I just could not. I found many of the others characters in the series too poorly fleshed out and what there was of that was cartoonish. Even though my spirit cries out for justice against those who have done evil, Dexter's method of meting out justice was just not it.

Feisty56 wrote on November 13, 2014, 11:53 AM

If you enjoy action and adventure, this just might do it for you.

Feisty56 wrote on November 13, 2014, 11:55 AM

I don't think you have to be familiar with "Dexter" to enjoy Greaney's novels. His protagonist, Gentry Court, in the Gray Man novels just reminded me a bit of Dexter's "moral" code.

AliCanary wrote on November 13, 2014, 11:28 PM

I actually read one of the books by Jeff Lindsay and hated it! I liked the show much better.

suzanne wrote on November 14, 2014, 9:02 AM

hey that sounds great and exciting
emoticon :smile: I love reading :)

alexdg1 wrote on November 15, 2014, 3:00 PM

Mark Greaney, by the way, is the writer who co-authored most of the last novels written by the late Tom Clancy, who died at the age of 66 in October of 2013.

Which brings up an interesting question: With the exception of "Red Storm Rising," which Clancy wrote with Larry Bond ( who was uncredited on the cover but acknowledged in Clancy's acknowledgment page), most of the Jack Ryan/John Clark novels don't have a "Tom Clancy with..." byline. However, all of Clancy's post-2003 novels in that series have co-author credits. Do you suppose Clancy was already ill, tired, and needed a co-author?

Feisty56 wrote on November 15, 2014, 8:15 PM

Yes, I did realize Greaney co-wrote with Tom Clancy and I wondered why Clancy felt the need for a co-author. Perhaps he was a bit tired, or ill, or wanted to give a helping hand to people he thought had talent -- or maybe a bit of each.

Feisty56 wrote on November 15, 2014, 8:15 PM

I love reading, too, Suzanne . This one was a page turner. : )