At a Glance
- New Mark Greaney Book
- The Gray Man Books/ Court Gentry Series in Publication Order
- Jack Ryan/Jack Ryan Jr./Campus Series in Publication Order
- Joshua Duffy Books in Publication Order
- Other Mark Greaney Books in Publication Order
- Who is The Gray Man?
- The Gray Man Books Overview
- The Joshua Duffy Series Overview
- Mark Greaney Biography – About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Mark Greany is not only an established spy thriller author with his own Gray Man books, but he has also written several books in Tom Clancy’s popular Jack Ryan series, which he, along with other authors, has continued writing about after Tom Clancy passed away in 2013. In addition, in 2022 he started the Joshua Duffy series.
Here are the Mark Greaney books in order for his personal and co-authored series. The reading order is also the publication order.
New Mark Greaney Book
The Gray Man Books/ Court Gentry Series in Publication Order
The Gray Man series follows the adventures of Court Gentry, a former CIA operative who now works as a freelance assassin, as he navigates through dangerous missions around the globe.
- The Gray Man, 2009
- On Target, 2010
- Ballistic, 1011
- Dead Eye, 2013
- Back Blast, 2016
- Gunmetal Gray, 2017
- Agent in Place, 2018
- Mission Critical, 2019
- One Minute Out, 2020
- Relentless, 2021
- Sierra Six, 2022
- Burner, 2023
- The Chaos Agent, 2024
Jack Ryan/Jack Ryan Jr./Campus Series in Publication Order
- Locked On (#3), 2011
- Threat Vector (#4), 2012
- Command Authority (#9), 2013
- Tom Clancy Support And Defend (Campus #5), 2014
- Tom Clancy’s Full Force and Effect (#10), 2014
- Commander-in-Chief (#11), 2015
- Tom Clancy’s True Faith and Allegiance (#12), 2016
Joshua Duffy Books in Publication Order
The series follows Joshua, a former bodyguard who lost his leg in a mission and now works as a security guard. The first book in the series is called Armored. It was published in 2022.
- Armored (#1), 2022
- Sentinel (#2), 2024
Other Mark Greaney Books in Publication Order
- Red Metal, 2019 (co-authored with Hunter Ripley Rawlings)
Who is The Gray Man?
Court Gentry, aka the Gray Man is nothing short of a legend in the U.S. intelligence community, moving around in the covert realm, slipping silently from one job to another, and then simply disappearing once again after the job is done.
He is a former CIA agent, now an internationally exceptional hired assassin. He always gets the job done and he always gets his mark. No matter what.
Due to his shadowy nature, everyone calls him The Gray Man, including his enemies and all who fear him. He is usually working alone, taking jobs through this handler. He doesn’t take just any job, however. He cherry picks only those that meet with his approval, and he easily leaves the others behind. If he believes someone doesn’t deserve to die, he doesn’t take the contract.
He is also extremely hard to kill. In the first book. The Gray Man, which introduced him to the world, Court Gentry is on the run and went underground after having finished a hit which didn’t sit down with some people who ended up betraying Court, giving the order o
f “Kill on Sight” for any other hitman who came across Court. Thus, hunted as he was, he had to run and could never go to. At least, for a while.
He knows that at some point he has to go back home, to Washington, to find answers. To learn why there is a cross on his back, and possibly clear his name.
Eventually, get gets back in the CIA’s good graces and also gets a new handler, Suzanne Brewer, who is constantly annoyed by him not strictly following her rules. But Court Gentry is who he is, he is his own man, and he doesn’t play well by other people’s rules, only by his own. So now, he is not fully back at CIA, he is a freelancer who does work for them but on his own terms. And the CIA is no longer his only employer.
The Gray Man Books Overview
The Gray Man (2009): The first book in the Gray Man series introduces readers to Court Gentry, who is on the run from the CIA after a mission goes wrong. Gentry is now a wanted man, and he must use his skills as an assassin to stay alive while also unraveling a web of corruption and deceit.
On Target (2010): In this installment, Gentry is hired to assassinate a former Libyan intelligence officer who has information about a dangerous weapon. However, he soon realizes that he is not the only one after the target and must race against time to complete his mission before other assassins get to him.
Ballistic (2011): Gentry is hired by a group of private military contractors to protect a Chinese businessman from a team of assassins. However, he soon discovers that the businessman is not who he seems and must navigate a dangerous game of international espionage to uncover the truth.
Dead Eye (2013): Gentry is hired to assassinate a former CIA agent who has gone rogue and is now working for a ruthless Russian gangster. However, Gentry soon realizes that there is more to the situation than meets the eye and must use all his skills to stay alive and complete his mission.
Back Blast (2016): Gentry returns to the United States to clear his name after being falsely accused of a crime in this installment. As he works to uncover the truth, he must confront his past and the people who betrayed him.
Gunmetal Gray (2017): Gentry is hired by the Chinese government to retrieve a stolen prototype drone, but he soon discovers that he is not the only one after it. As he races to recover the drone, he must navigate a dangerous web of double-crosses and betrayals.
Agent in Place (2018): Gentry is sent to Syria to rescue the family of a Syrian businessman who is working with the CIA. However, he soon discovers that the mission is not what it seems and must navigate a complex web of political intrigue and danger.
Mission Critical (2019): Gentry is tasked with extracting a Chinese hacker who has stolen sensitive information from the United States. However, he soon finds himself caught in the middle of a dangerous game of international espionage and must use all his skills to survive.
One Minute Out (2020): Gentry is hired by a human rights organization to take down a human trafficking ring. However, as he delves deeper into the case, he discovers a network of corruption and deceit that threatens to destroy him.
Relentless (2021): When agents around the world go missing, the intelligence world takes notice. When an American agent resurfaced in Venezuela, Court is tasked with escorting him home. However, other assassins don’t want him to succeed. He escapes the attempts and goes home with an additional piece of intelligence.
Sierra Six (2022): Initially, Court Gentry had an other alias: Sierra Six. He was the junior member of a CIA action team. One of the early actions he took part in was to take care of a noted terrorist, which led to the death of someone he deeply cared for. Now, however, the terrorist seems to be well and alive, and the Gray Man knows he has one more task to finish.
Burner (2023): In the latest Gray Man series thriller, former CIA operative Court Gentry becomes a threat to a former Russian intelligence officer, Zoya Zakharova, who is trying to get sensitive information to its destination. The plot involves the Russian mafia, the CIA, and a Swiss banker, Alex Velesky, who is key to uncovering a global network of illicit payments.
The Joshua Duffy Series Overview
Armored (2022): The first novel in the series by Mark Greaney tells the story of Joshua Duffy, a former bodyguard who lost his leg in a mission and now works as a security guard. He gets a chance to redeem himself when he is hired to protect a billionaire’s daughter from a kidnapping plot. However, he soon realizes that he is facing ruthless enemies and betrayal from within.
After losing his leg in a bombing while protecting a presidential candidate in Beirut, Josh Duffy is struggling as a mall cop in Virginia. When his former boss offers him a job protecting the daughter of a billionaire philanthropist in Colorado, Josh sees it as a chance to redeem himself and provide for his family. But he soon discovers that Olivia Kellerman is in danger from external threats and from within her own father’s organization, which is developing a technology that could have catastrophic consequences. Josh and Olivia must work together to survive and expose the truth.
Mark Greaney Biography – About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Mark Greaney is well known for his Gray Man/Court Gentry spy thriller series, and for ghostwriting for the author Tom Clancy and later picking up the thread of the Jack Ryan book series after the death of the bestselling author.
Sony has acquired the movie options for The Gray Man and the next 3 books in the series (including Dead Eye, Ballistic and On Target), where Joe Roth and Palak Patel, the producers are hoping to turn the series into a successful franchise like the Jason Bourne movies.
Mark Greaney was born in 1968 in Memphis, Tennesee and currently lives there with his family, although he travels a lot worldwide while researching for his book.
He went to the University of Memphis where he received a degree in International Relations and Political Science. During his time in college, took a class in international terrorism, which planted the first seeds of a possible story in his mind.
That was 20 years before The Gray Man became an actual manuscript to get published.
In 2009 his first novel, The Gray Man was published and Mark Greaney became a household name almost overnight. The book was an instant hit, being bought and devoured by countless readers who enjoy a good thriller with lots of action and espionage, all which The Gray Man delivers without fail.
Initially, Mark Greaney only wanted to become a published author, but now that he was one, he wanted to flesh out the Court Gentry series even more.
The author Mark Greaney knew that the story was not complete, so the next book On Target got published the year after. And soon other books in the series followed, with the latest one, Mission Critical, book #8, published early 2019, following Agent in Place.
The Gray Man was made into a movie in 2022. It featured Ryan Gossling in the main role. Additional characters were played by Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Regé-Jean Page, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters, Dhanush, Alfre Woodard, and Billy Bob Thornton.
One Minute Out debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list in the Combined Print and E-Book Fiction category for the week of March 8, 2020. This was Mark Greaney’s first solo number one.
Besides the books he wrote on his own, several Mark Greaney books were written as part of the Jack Ryan Universe series. The first book he wrote was Locked On, which is part of the Jack Ryan Jr. book series. He wrote it while the author Tom Clancy was still alive and was looking for a co-author. The first Jack Ryan book he wrote on his own after Tom Clancy’s passing was Full Force and Effect, which was published in 2014.
So far, Mark Greaney has written seven Ryan Universe books, most of them focusing on President Ryan, with the latest one, Tom Clancy’s True Faith and Allegiance, published in 2016.
In addition to his series, Mark Greaney has also written a standalone spy thriller in collaboration with Hunter Ripley Rawlings IV, a Marine Corps infantry and Reconnaissance Officer who has 22 years of service under his belt.
The way the idea and collaboration for this book came about was due to happenstance. When the two met during a party at the United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Las Vegas, Nevada, while their wives went about getting their manicure, they began talking about possible future and outcomes of wars and what motivates those who start it.
After they’ve been at throwing around ideas for a while, Mark Greaney asked Hunter Ripley Rawlings IV whether he was interested in working together on a new political thriller novel since they’ve brainstormed together quite a few good ideas. Mission Critical is Hunter Ripley Rawlings IV’s first novel.
Mark Greaney Awards Won and Nominated
- 2011 – Nominated for the International Thriller Writers’ Best First Novel award for The Gray Man
- 2012 – Winner of the Audie Award for Best Thriller/Suspense Audiobook for Ballistic
- 2013 – Winner of the Barry Award for Best Thriller for Dead Eye
- 2013 – Winner of the International Thriller Writers’ Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original for The Gray Man
- 2017 – Nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel for Back Blast
- 2018 – Nominated for the Barry Award for Best Thriller for Agent in Place
- 2020 – Nominated for the Barry Award for Best Thriller for One Minute Out