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Full Name: Courtland "Court" Gentry
Codename: The Gray Man
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Mark Greaney
Time Span: 2009 - 2024


Court Gentry is a freelance agent specializing in assassination.

For many years he was one of the best killers that the CIA had ever had, fearless but not reckless, deadly without being bloodthirsty. Then a frame-up happens and he is summarily dismissed and a shoot-on-sight order was put out on him. To earn a living when such a powerful organization wanted him dead, he decided to rely on his basic talents.

As a young man, Gentry had grown up watching his father, a SWAT instructor, train hundreds of men to use weapons and tactics to take down deadly opponents. When he was old enough, he began to train and became an expert in several ways to kill or maim. His skill did not prove enough to keep him out of trouble, however, and at eighteen he got into a skirmish that left three Cuban drug dealers dead. He was sentenced to a long stretch in prison.

Then the Agency stepped in with an offer. If he worked for them in a highly secret section inside Operations, his record would be expunged and his freedom restored. He took the offer and worked for them for years. Then someone felt he knew something he shouldn't, or had seen something he ought not have, and Gentry was on the out; not only was he unemployed, he was being hunted.

The offer by Sir Donald Fitzroy, head of Cheltenham Security Services, to work for him in the guise of a security consultant. Gentry agreed, knowing his form of security would be elimination. But he stipulated strange conditions for what was a mercenary killer position. He would only accept an assignment if he felt the target deserved the ultimate sentence. Even with such a limitation, the call for Gentry's talents grew as each mission proved more challenging than the one before. If Gentry took the job, the client could be assured the task would be finished.

But the kill order was still in place and Court Gentry was still unable to live a normal life so he laid low between missions and planned each job carefully to make sure no one other than the target was killed, including Gentry. He took the covername of the Gray Man, a name that grew to legendary status with each success.

As the Gray Man, he was almost ghostlike but while ghosts might try to scare, Gentry killed.


Number of Books:13
First Appearance:2009
Last Appearance:2024

1 The Gray Man The Gray Man
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2009

On an assignment to the Iraqi/Syrian border, Court Gentry is awaiting extraction when that team is targeted. Gentry quickly learns that there is considerable effort to see him dead and the plotters reach high into the American government.

2 On Target On Target
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2010

Gentry Court had thought his days with the CIA long over after he had been betrayed by them four years before. Now an old associate wants his help and that involves breaking out a person from prison and delivering him to his Agency betrayers.

3 Ballistic Ballistic
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2011

Court Gentry is forced to live off the grid to stay alive but he takes a chance to investigate the death of an old friend. When he learns that his friend had been murdered, he is determined to get justice even though the list of people hunting him is growing and growing.
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4 Dead Eye Dead Eye
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2013

Someone has hired a killer to take on the Gray Man, an assassin who has the same training as Court Gentry and may be better. Even as Gentry is trying to disappear having quit his employer, he is being stalked.

5 Back Blast Back Blast
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2016

Court Gentry is finally too fed up with being on the run from the CIA and he has headed back to the nation's capital to learn why he is the target and to stop it, one way or another.
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6 Gunmetal Grey Gunmetal Grey
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2017

After a half-decade of being on the outs with the Agency, Court Gentry is again in its good graces and on a mission to Hong Kong. He becomes rather curious, though, when as soon as he gets off the plane on a very secret mission, Chinese agents try to kill him.
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7 Agent In Place Agent In Place
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2018

Having just finished a job for the CIA, Court Gentry, the Gray Man, takes a simple contract job in which a group of expat Syrians want him to kidnap the mistress of the Syrian dictator. Sometimes even successful missions, like this one, can have very strange consequences.
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8 Mission Critical Mission Critical
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2019

The CIA transport plane that Court Gentry, the Gray Man, is hitching a ride on lands at a airfield and a hooded man is brought on board by guards. At first Gentry is pressured to leave but when overruled, the flight continues to England. There it is attacked, the guards killed, and the prisoner kidnapped. Gentry is asked to hunt them down.
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9 One Minute Out One Minute Out
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2020

On a mission in the Balkans to take down a very nasty war criminal, Court Gentry, the Gray Man, comes across a human trafficking ring which he is determined to shut down. His CIA handlers, though, have other thoughts as they want him to learn more about an upcoming terrorist attack on the US. Gentry's ethics are greatly tested.
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10 Relentless Relentless
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2021

"The first agent disappearance was a puzzle. The second was a mystery. The third was a conspiracy.
Intelligence operatives around the world are disappearing. When a missing American agent reappears in Venezuela, Court Gentry, the Gray Man, is dispatched to bring him in, but a team of assassins has other ideas. Court escapes with his life and a vital piece of intelligence.
Meanwhile, CIA agent Zoya Zakharova is in Berlin. Her mission: to infiltrate a private intelligence firm with some alarming connections. The closer she gets to answers, the less likely she is to get out alive.
Court and Zoya are just two pieces on this international chessboard, and they're about to discover one undeniable truth: sometimes capturing a king requires sacrificing some pawns.
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11 Sierra Six Sierra Six
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2022

"Before he was the Gray Man, Court Gentry was Sierra Six, the junior member of a CIA action team.
In their first mission they took out a terrorist leader, but at a terrible price--the life of a woman Court cared for. Years have passed and now The Gray Man is on a simple mission when he sees a ghost: the long-dead terrorist, but he's remarkably energetic for a dead man.
A decade may have gone by but the Gray Man hasn't changed. He isn't one to leave a job unfinished or a blood debt unpaid."
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12 Burner Burner
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2023

"When you kick over a rock, you never know what's going to crawl out.
Alex Velesky is about to discover that the hard way. He's stolen records from the Swiss bank that employs him, thinking that he'll uncover a criminal conspiracy. But he soon finds that he's tapped into the mother lode of corruption. Before he knows it, he's being hunted by everyone from the Russian mafia to the CIA.
Court Gentry and his erstwhile lover, Zoya Zakharova, find themselves on opposites poles when it comes to Velesky. They both want him but for different reasons."
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13 The Chaos Agent The Chaos Agent
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2024

"Someone is killing the world’s leading experts on robotics and artificial intelligence. Is it a tech company trying to eliminate the competition or is it something even more sinister? After all, artificial intelligence may be the deadliest battlefield gamechanger since the creation of gunpowder. The first nation to field weapons that can act at the speed of computer commands will rule the battlefield.
It’s an irresistible lure for most, but not for the Gray Man. His quest for a quiet life has led him to Central America where he and his lover, Zoya Zakharova, have assumed new identities. With a list of enemies that  includes billionaires, terrorists, and governments, they need to keep a low profile, but the world’s deadliest assassin can’t expect to hide out forever."
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Number of Movies:1
First Appearance:2022
Last Appearance:2022

1 The Gray Man The Gray Man
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Joe Russo, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Actors: Ryan Gosling as Six, Chris Evans as Lloyd Hansen, Ana de Armas as Dani Miranda, Billy Bob Thornton as Fitzroy, Alfre Woodards as Margaret Cahill
Released: 2022

"When the CIA's most skilled operative - whose true identity is known to none - accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets, a psychopathic former colleague puts a bounty on his head, setting off a global manhunt by international assassins."


I have one small gripe about this terrific series and that is the repeated use of the expression "the Gray Man". How petty is that! This is a dynamite series, extremely well written, believable even when the events are unbelievable, fast-paced and captivating. I couldn't wait to get the finale and yet hated the thought of the book ending. And I still have that gripe? What kind of a jerk am I?

Thank you, Mr. Greaney, for a heckuva series and I so look forward to more books in it. I just read that the first book might be made into a movie and I will see it even though I doubt it will be anywhere as good as the book. I will eagerly await new books in the series. There are several series being written that I enjoy a lot. Writers like Lee Child, David Baldacci, Andrew Grant, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, James Rollins, Stephen Coonts, and Steve Berry have me consistently in their grips. Now there is another writer to add to that group - Mark Greaney.

Added note - after about book 4 when I added the series, I gave it a grade of A. Now on book 9 and loving each adventure so much, I bump it up to A+. Such a terrific, consistent, and tremendously entertaining author!


My Grade: A+

Your Average Grade:   A


spyguy77 A+ 1/4/2013 4:10:50 PM

The first book was a solid A+, non-stop action and impossible to stop reading. The next two very good but not quite as action packed as the first. Greaney is now co-writing with Tom Clancy.

mhyoung A+ 9/21/2014 6:40:07 AM

Great Series. Court Gentry is the modern Devereux. Gritty and thorough, a loner who can and often does play nice with others. Plus the author, Mr. Mark Greeny, is known to reply to email questions, which is very considerate. I wish he wasn't so busy with Tom Clancy stuff, so he could focus more on the Gray Man series. Nice problem to have if you're him though!

GrayMan66 A++ 2019-10-26

Hands down my favorite assassin-covert operator series. The writing is superb, Courtland is absolutely incredible, and yet so human. If I were able to still have kids, they would be named Courtland and Gentry only because Violator wouldn''t go over very well :)

morris00 A+ 2020-06-30

One of my absolute favorites. On my "can''t wait to read" lists. Worth the wait between his "Clancy Universe" books.

dbuhler A- 2021-03-03

There was a time this series deserved an A+. Court is a bit similar to Will Cochran, Jonathan Grave, and Orphan X. And Greaney is a top notch author. But the series is going downhill. Zoya extended its life, but the most recent book, Relentless, is a disappointment. Little suspense, too many threads at one time, and hard to care what happens to Court.

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