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Mission Critical
By (author): Mark Greaney
9780451488978 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage Aug 06, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.3 x 8 x 1.14 in 544 pages Berkley
New York Times bestselling author Mark Greaney spins another tale of propulsive action and stunning deception in the latest high-stakes thriller featuring the world’s most dangerous assassin: the Gray Man.

Court Gentry’s flight on a CIA transport plane is interrupted when a security team brings a hooded man aboard. They want to kick Gentry off the flight but are overruled by CIA headquarters. The mystery man is being transported to England where a joint CIA/MI6 team will interrogate him about a mole in Langley.

When they land at an isolated airbase in the UK, they are attacked by a hostile force who kidnaps the prisoner. Only Gentry escapes. His handlers send him after the attackers, but what can one operative do against a trained team of assassins? A lot, when that operative is the Gray Man.

Story Locale: London, Scotland

Series Overview: Court Gentry was one of the world’s top assassins, until he was betrayed and cut loose. Now he’s known as the Gray Man—and making a living means other people dying.

LATEST REPRINT IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES: The seventh Gray Man book, Agent in Place, debuted at #10 on the New York Times hardcover fiction list and the previous entry, Gunmetal Gray, hit at #11 with more than 50,000 copies in print. His first hardcover, Back Blast, was also a national bestseller hitting #16 on the Bookscan bestseller list, #14 on the Publishers Weekly list, and #38 on the USA Today list, with more than 50,000 copies in print

GREANEY’S NUMBERS ARE EXPLODING: First week’s sales for Agent in Place are up 28% from Gunmetal Gray, which was up 26% from Back Blast

IN GOOD COMPANY: Mark Greaney is a #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of three books with Tom Clancy and, after Clancy’s death, wrote four more books in the Jack Ryan series on his own

A GRAY MAN MOVIE IS IN THE WORKS: Sony owns the rights and is currently looking for a director

Mark Greaney has a degree in international relations and political science. In his research for the Gray Man novels, including Mission Critical, Agent in Place, Gunmetal Gray, Back Blast, Dead Eye, Ballistic, On Target, and The Gray Man, he traveled to more than fifteen countries and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combative tactics. He is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tom Clancy Support and Defend, Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect, Tom Clancy Commander in Chief, and Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance. With Tom Clancy, he coauthored Locked On, Threat Vector, and Command Authority.

Author Residence: Memphis, TN

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Praise for the Gray Man novels

“The latest high-energy entry in the Gray Man series.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Outstanding…Fans will close the book happily fulfilled and eagerly awaiting his next adventure.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“I love the Gray Man.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Mark Greaney reigns as one of the recognized masters of action and adventure.”—Steve Berry, New York Times and #1 international bestselling author

“Fast-paced [and] tightly written…A great ride.”—Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author

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