Gunmetal Gray: Gray Man Series #6. Mark Greaney. Penguin Publishing Group. February 2017. 512pp. ISBN#: 9780425282854.
The Gray Man is not an agent to be trifled with, for sure! He’s been out of action for a while but now has been called on a very, very dangerous mission. A visit to Hong Kong and connections by some Chinese agents immediately alerts him to the fact that the Communists are very much interested in and desiring to control his new assignment. He finds his friend, Donald Fitzroy, being held in captivity after failing to capture Fan Jiang, a master computer hacker. The job is now Court Gentry’s mission.
Fan Jiang is not just any hacker. He is a computer genius able to break into government programs and go even deeper, to figure out how hackers get in and figure out to hack the hackers’ program. The rest of the novel plays out the chase to capture Fan Jiang and includes Court Gentry’s relationship with the head of a Russian spy mission bent on the same goal of capturing Fan Jiang.
Court Gentry is a brilliant tactician and warrior who can destroy any number of the enemy threatening his life and limbs. Thus fierce, brutal, decimating battles follow, causing the reader to feel the intense stress despite innately knowing the outcome. There is a growing romance and growing costs in each step of the war for this is an outcome that will affect the governments of America, China, Vietnam, and Russia.
All in all, for those who love the international spy thriller, this is adventure and mystery at its best! Nicely crafted, Mark Greaney, with some twists and turns that even the most knowledgeable fans won’t predict!