Do you love military fiction? Are you looking for the Mark Greaney books in order? We’ve got you covered.
In this article, you’ll find all of Greaney’s books, including his Gray Man series and his Jack Ryan collaborations with Tom Clancy. If you love military fiction you should definitely give bestselling author Mark Greaney a shot. Few authors take the craft as seriously as Greaney and pay such attention to detail.
About Mark Greaney
Mark Greaney is a popular American novelist perhaps most well-known for his collaboration with fellow author Tom Clancy. However, his own writing career began before he collaborated with Clancy.
Greaney’s debut thriller, The Gray Man, was published in 2009. Since then he has published an additional 10 novels from the series, as well as multiple Jack Ryan books, but more on that a bit further down.
An adaptation of Greaney’s The Gray Man recently released. Netflix has adapted the books into a film starring Ryan Gosling as the leading role, and Chris Evans as the antagonist; it will also star Regé-Jean Page and Ana de Armas. The movie was so successful that Netflix has announced a sequel is coming.
Greaney has traveled to dozens of countries, visited the Pentagon, military bases, and many intelligence agencies as part of his research for his writing. As well, he has trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combative tactics.
Mark Greaney Books in Order
Our lists below have organized all of the Mark Greaney books in order of publication date. This is arguably the best way to read any series, but it’s also the only way to read Mark Greaney’s books. If he decides to write a series of prequels in the future, we’ll add a separate section for a chronological read through.
Court Gentry / Gray Man Books in Order
- The Gray Man (2009)
- On Target (2010)
- Ballistic (2011)
- 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)
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- Armored (2022)
- Red Metal (2019)
Mark Greaney’s Jack Ryan Books in Order
Although the Jack Ryan series was originally written by author Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney wrote some books for this series, ones by himself, and others in collaboration with Tom Clancy. Here we’ll only list these books. If you want to learn more, check out our list of all the Jack Ryan Books in Order.
- Locked On (2011)
- Threat Vector (2012)
- Command Authority (2013)
- Support and Defend (2014) (Campus)
- Full Force and Effect (2014)
- Commander in Chief (2015)
- True Faith and Allegiance (2016)
Summary of the Mark Greaney Books in Order
First we will review all of the books in Mark Greaney’s Court Gentry series, which is also known as his Gray Man series. Then we will include a summary at the end of Greaney’s only standalone novel: Red Metal.
Court Gentry / Gray Man Books in Order
1. The Gray Man
To those who lurk in the shadows, he is the Gray Man. He is a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible and then fading away. And he always hits his target: Always.
But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. Forces like money and power.
And there are men who hold these as the only currency worth fighting for. In their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness.
But Court Gentry is going to prove that, for him, there’s no gray area between killing for a living and killing to stay alive.
2. On Target
Court Gentry was betrayed by his CIA superiors four years ago. He had to assassinate his own brothers in arms in order to survive. He now works as a master assassin known as the Gray Man, killing other people for a career. But when an old colleague he believed was dead reappears, his own life is put in jeopardy.
The man wants Court to carry out a task, but there’s a catch: Instead of a tough assassination, the assignment would include a near-impossible kidnapping, and Court will have to hand over his target to the same CIA team that turned on him.
Court Gentry will do everything to get out of this one alive, with his harsh bosses on one side, his blackmailing old buddies on the other, and a disastrous mission ahead of him.
After Court Gentry was betrayed by his compatriots and forced to take on a near-suicidal covert mission by the CIA, he thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again.
Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust, but he arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried.
Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court’s life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted, but in this war, there are no sides – only survivors.
4. Dead Eye
The near-mythical Gray Man, Court Gentry, has long prided himself on his capacity to vanish at any time, to slip under the radar, and live in the shadows. However, as he seeks vengeance against a previous employer, he exposes himself to something new: A killer who is just like him.
Russell Whitlock, code-named Dead Eye, is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry. But now, Whitlock is a free agent on the hunt to terminate his fellow student of death.
He knows how his target thinks, how he moves, and how he kills. And he knows the best way to do the job is to make Gentry run for his life – right up until the moment Dead Eye finally ends it.
Greaney conducted significant research for Dead Eye, as he has done with his other works. He visited Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, and Sweden, all of which are locations in the novel.
5. Back Blast
Five years ago, Court Gentry was the CIA’s best covert asset. Then, without warning, his masters at the Agency put him at the top of their kill list. Court fled his country and became an enigmatic killer for hire known as the Gray Man.
Determined to find out what made the Agency turn against him, he plans to get his hands on the men who sent him on his last mission, Operation BACK BLAST. What he doesn’t realize is that the questions that arose from his time as an American assassin are still reverberating in the U.S. intelligence community. And he’s discovered a secret that powerful people want to keep under wraps.
The result: Everyone has Court in their crosshairs.
6. Gunmetal Gray
After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents, so why are they on such high alert?
Court’s high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is currently a Chinese hostage. Fitzroy was contracted to find Fan Jiang, a former member of an ultra-secret computer warfare unit responsible for testing China’s own security systems. And it seems Fan may have been too good at his job because China wants him dead.
The first two kill teams Fitzroy sent to find Fan have disappeared and the Chinese have decided to supervise the next operation. But what they don’t know is that Gentry’s mission is to find Fan first and get whatever intel he has to the US.
After that, all he has to do is get out alive.
Gunmetal Gray debuted at number 10 on the New York Times bestseller list in the Combined Print & E-Book Fiction category, as well as number 11 in the Hardcover Fiction category. This was the first Gray Man novel to make the list.
7. Agent in Place
Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam’s regime.
Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn’t end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam’s rule – and a potent threat to the Syrian president’s powerful wife.
Now, to get Bianca’s cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive. With the clock ticking on Bianca’s life, he goes off the grid in a free-fire zone in the Middle East – and winds up in the right place at the right time to take a shot at bringing one of the most brutal dictatorships on earth to a close.
Agent in Place debuted at number 7 on the New York Times bestseller list in the Combined Print & E-Book Fiction category during the week of March 11, 2018, becoming Greaney’s second top 10 novel from the Gray Man series following Gunmetal Gray. It also debuted at number 7 on the USA Today bestseller list for the week of March 1, 2018, and was at number 10 on the same chart’s Hardcover Fiction category.
8. Mission Critical
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 in an isolated airbase in the U.K., they are attacked by a hostile force who kidnaps the prisoner. And 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.
9. One Minute Out
While on a mission to Croatia, Court Gentry uncovers a human trafficking operation. The trail leads from the Balkans all the way back to Hollywood.
Court is adamant in shutting it down, but his CIA handlers have other plans. The criminal ringleader has actionable intelligence about a potentially devastating terrorist attack on the US, and the CIA won’t move until they have that intel. It’s a moral balancing act with Court at the pivot point.
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, marking Greaney’s first solo number one. His most recent number one was Command Authority, which he co-wrote with Tom Clancy in 2013. In addition, the book ranked fourth in the same list’s Hardcover Fiction category.
For the week of February 27, 2020, the book debuted at number three on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.
Intelligence operatives around the world are disappearing. When a missing American agent re-appears in Venezuela, Court Gentry — the Gray Man — must 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.
11. Sierra Six
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. It’s the supposed 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.
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 Ruban. They both want him but for different reasons.
That’s a problem for tomorrow. Today they need to keep him and themselves alive. Right now, it’s not looking good.
1. Red Metal
A desperate Kremlin takes advantage of a military crisis in Asia. The plan is to simultaneously strike into Western Europe while invading east Africa. It’s a bid to occupy three Rare Earth mineral mines that will give Russia unprecedented control for generations over the world’s hi-tech sector.
Pitted against the Russians are a Marine lieutenant colonel pulled out of a cushy job at the Pentagon and thrown into the fray in Africa, a French Special Forces captain and his intelligence operative father, a young Polish female partisan fighter, an A-10 Warthog pilot, and the captain of an American tank platoon who, along with a German sergeant, fight from behind enemy lines in Germany all the way into Russia.
From a daring MiG attack on American satellites, through land and air battles in all theaters, naval battles in the Arabian sea, and small unit fighting down to the hand-to-hand level in the jungle, Russia’s forces battle to either take the mines or detonate a nuclear device to prevent the West from exploiting them.
Final Thoughts on Mark Greaney Books in Order
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The Gray Man books are the best of their kind. I’ve read a few and listened to the audiobooks of the rest, which are very well done. Actually better than reading in my opinion, the reader really bring the story to life. If you like any military, CIA, SOF stories you’d love these books. I’m already looking out for the next one.
I love audiobooks when they’re done right!