Agent in Place

Due to an unfortunate incident with Normal Mailer in college, I always read the last page of a book first. No surprises. So. That having been said, I read the last page of Agent in Place first. So I knew, very vaguely, the end. Even having done that, this book kept me on the edge of my seat from page 1 to page 507. Since I started the Gray Man series, my favorite books have been Back Blast and The Gray Man. But I think Agent in Place might be number 1 now.

Court is not working for the CIA in this one. He’s on his own and he takes a contract from two Syrian ex-pats in France to prevent the mistress of the Syrian dictator from returning to Syria. When Court sees that he was set up, he gets mad. But he, for reasons that I won’t discuss here, decides to see the mission through. Which means going to Syria, working for mercenaries, running into U.S. Special Forces, and attempting to assassinate the Syrian dictator.

I honestly don’t understand how Mark Greaney comes up with these books. He puts Court into all kinds of situations that seem impossible to get him out of. And he gets Court out – in ways that are believable. At least, they are to me, not having been a soldier or spy.

I like Court. He’s trying to do what he thinks is right -even though his idea of right isn’t always what most of us would consider right. The things that I wish were different for Court – having a life outside of what he does – are the things that would probably get him killed in his. I like that he realizes that about himself. I like that he’s flawed and human.

If you haven’t been reading The Gray Man books, you should be.

I won this book and have received no other compensation in exchange for this review. The opinions contained herein are mine and mine alone.


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