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Mark Greaney (born 1967) is an American novelist focusing on thriller. He is best known as Tom Clancy's collaborator on his final books during his lifetime, and for continuing the Jack Ryan character and the Tom Clancy universe following Clancy's death in 2013. He is also known for the Gray Man series of novels, which was produced by Netflix into a feature film. Early life and education Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he is the son of Ed Greaney, a presence at WMC-TV Memphis for over 50 years and the namesake for the station's current newsroom. Greaney has degrees in political science and international relations, which would later play a major part in his writing career. Career The Gray Man Greaney previously worked as a waiter and bartender for ten years, then later in a surgical technology company, while working on two novels in his spare time. After finishing one of them, titled Goon Squad and was primarily about the aftermath of the Bosnian civil war, he gave the first 20 pages of his work to his favorite author Ralph Peters's agent, Scott Miller, in a book conference in September 2006. Miller liked the book but later did not go forward with it, saying that "it was unmarketable," according to Greaney. But he urged Greaney to write another one based from a character in Goon Squad named Court Gentry, which would later be The Gray Man. After finishing this novel, Miller agreed to represent him, and later found a publisher, Jove Books.The national success of The Gray Man made Greaney quit his job in the medical devices company and make the transition to becoming a full-time writer. He was later given a three-book deal by his publisher in 2009. In addition, The Gray Man's success spawned an equally successful series, with eleven more sequels as of 2023: 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), and Burner (2023). The film adaptation of The Gray Man was directed by Joe and Anthony Russo for Netflix, with Ryan Gosling as Gentry and Chris Evans as nemesis Lloyd. Working with Tom Clancy Greaney has been a fan of Tom Clancy for years and has read all of his books, beginning with Patriot Games. So when Clancy was looking for a new co-author, Greaney found out that his editor at Berkley Books, Tom Colgan was also Clancy's editor at G. P. Putnam's Sons. His editor later referred to his agent, who asked Greaney to be Clancy's co-author. Commenting on the experience, Greaney recalled: "I wish I could say I was excited, but the truth is, I was terrified. After I caught my breath, I offered to 'try out' because there were some other authors also in the running. I wrote twenty-five pages, handed them in and soon thereafter, I was in Baltimore meeting with Tom Clancy." They later collaborated on Clancy's last three novels before his death in October 2013: Locked On (2012), Threat Vector (2013), and Command Authority (2013).After Clancy's death, with the backing of his family and estate, Greaney continued the Jack Ryan and The Campus Universe left behind by Clancy, and has written four more novels as of 2016: Tom Clancy: Support and Defend (2014), Tom Clancy: Full Force and Effect (2014), Tom Clancy: Commander in Chief (2015) and Tom Clancy: True Faith and Allegiance (2016). Regarding the publisher's decision to feature Clancy's name at the top in massive letters and having his name in smaller letters for the covers of the post-Clancy novels, Greaney commented: "It really feels like a humongous honor to do it. I get pretty good billing. The Tom Clancy name is one thing you can put on your book that will make it stand out from across the room".On 19 February 2017, Greaney announced that he will exit the Jack Ryan Universe franchise. Replacing Greaney will be novelist Marc Cameron, previously known for his Jericho Quinn series of thrillers. Greaney later said of his departure from the Jack Ryan universe: The truth is that I was afraid I was going to run out of things to do. At that point, I had done six books in five years. I had plenty of macro story ideas. Big, overall ideas. But the micro ideas, you know like, here’s a guy following someone down a street. There’s only so many ways you can tell that and keep it fresh, and I did not want to overstay my welcome in the Clancy universe. So, after six books, my editor sort of talked me into doing a seventh, and I’m really glad I did. I’m glad I wrote True Faith and Allegiance, but when that one was over, I knew it was time. Other works Greaney's first standalone work, a military thriller titled Red Metal and co-authored with Lieutenant Colonel H. Ripley Rawlings IV, USMC, was released on 16 July 2019. The novel debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list in August 2019. This was the first time Greaney appeared in the NYT Bestseller's list twice in the same calendar year. The book is notable for its comparisons to Clancy's novel Red Storm Rising (1986), which is also his first standalone novel that deals with a large scale military conflict between NATO and Russia.In 2020, Greaney and Rawlings both announced via social media and web interviews that they had been contracted by Penguin Publishers to write the next in the Red Metal series. The release date was unspecified but was said to be sometime in 2021. Greaney's audiobook thriller Armored was released on 9 December 2021, and was adapted by Sony Pictures and producer Michael Bay. Personal life Greaney continues to reside in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife Allison. Bibliography The Gray Man series 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)Jack Ryan series Featuring characters created by Tom Clancy Locked On – with Tom Clancy (2011) Threat Vector – with Tom Clancy (2012) Command Authority – with Tom Clancy (2013) Tom Clancy: Support and Defend (2014) Tom Clancy: Full Force and Effect (2014) Tom Clancy: Commander in Chief (2015) Tom Clancy: True Faith and Allegiance (2016)Standalone novels Red Metal (with Lieutenant Colonel H. Ripley Rawlings IV) (2019) Armored (2022)References External links Mark Greaney Books Audio Interview with Mark Greaney Talking about "True Faith and Allegiance", 6 December 2016 Modern Signed Books BlogTalkRadio Interview with Mark Greaney Talking about "Gun Metal Gray", 28 March 2017. Discover the Mark Greaney popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Mark Greaney books.

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  • Locked On synopsis, comments

    Locked On

    Tom Clancy & Mark Greaney

    Though his father had been reluctant to become a heroic field operative, Jack Ryan, Jr. wants nothing more…   Privately training with special forces, he’s honing his combat s...

  • Cut and Cover synopsis, comments

    Cut and Cover

    Kevin Hurley

    “A resounding character study just as much as it is an action novel, and both are equally triumphant.” Kirkus ReviewsTo most people, Maj. John Rexford is a retired Marine living in...

  • Dead Eye synopsis, comments

    Dead Eye

    Mark Greaney

    ExCIA master assassin Court Gentry gets hit with a blast from the past in the fourth Gray Man novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Greaney.Court Gentry has alw...

  • Burner synopsis, comments


    Mark Greaney

    Court Gentry is caught between the Russian mafia and the CIA in this latest electrifying thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling Gray Man series.When you kick over a rock, yo...

  • Gunmetal Gray synopsis, comments

    Gunmetal Gray

    Mark Greaney

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!Mark Greaney, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels, delivers another breakneck thriller following the world’s d...

  • The Gray Man synopsis, comments

    The Gray Man

    Mark Greaney

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his tar...

  • Threat Vector synopsis, comments

    Threat Vector

    Tom Clancy & Mark Greaney

    For President Jack Ryan, his son Jack Ryan, Jr., and the covert organization known as The Campus, the fight against America’s enemies is never over. But the danger has just hit hom...

  • Back Blast synopsis, comments

    Back Blast

    Mark Greaney

    From Mark Greaney, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels, comes the fifth explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray M...

  • Open Carry synopsis, comments

    Open Carry

    Marc Cameron

    From New York Times bestselling author Marc Cameron,a thrill ride into the savage beauty of Alaska – where the wilderness is deadlier than any killer and a Tlingit girl's cold...

  • Sierra Six synopsis, comments

    Sierra Six

    Mark Greaney

    It's been years since the Gray Man's first mission, but the trouble's just getting started in the latest entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.Before he was the Gray Ma...

  • The Bullet Garden synopsis, comments

    The Bullet Garden

    Stephen Hunter

    The longanticipated origin story of legendary Marine, fan favorite, and father of literary icon Bob Lee takes us to the battlefields of World War II as Earl Swagger embarks on a to...

  • I, Sniper synopsis, comments

    I, Sniper

    Stephen Hunter

    The explosive New York Times bestseller by Stephen Hunter that sends exMarine sniper Bob Lee Swagger into the thick of an FBI investigation and features some of the greatest gunfig...

  • Relentless synopsis, comments


    Mark Greaney

    The Gray Man's search for missing intelligence agents plunges him deep into a maelstrom of trouble in the latest entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. The first agent ...

  • Ballistic synopsis, comments


    Mark Greaney

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Greaney presents the third Gray Man novel, featuring the exCIA assassin being hailed as “Bourne for the new millennium” (James Rollins).Af...

  • Havana synopsis, comments


    Stephen Hunter

    New York Times bestselling author Stephen Hunter takes beloved hero, Earl Swagger, into the lush world of 1950's Cuba to fight the American mobsters who control the Havana casinos....

  • American Gunfight synopsis, comments

    American Gunfight

    Stephen Hunter

    A fastpaced, definitive, and breathtakingly suspenseful account of an extraordinary historical eventthe attempted assassination of President Harry Truman in 1950 by two Puerto Rica...

  • Red Metal synopsis, comments

    Red Metal

    Mark Greaney & LtCol H. Ripley Rawlings IV, USMC

    A Russian military strike against Europe could change the balance of power in the West. A stunningly realistic view of modern warfare from a battlefield commander and the New York ...

  • The Cartel synopsis, comments

    The Cartel

    Stephen Breen & Owen Conlon

    The No.1 BestsellerThe definitive account of the rise of the Kinahan gang and the deadly feud that shocked a nation and brought the gang to the edge of destruction.February 2016. A...

  • The Third Bullet synopsis, comments

    The Third Bullet

    Stephen Hunter

    Former marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger investigates one of the most enduring controversies of our timethe JFK assassinationin this New York Times bestselling “terrific thriller” (Boo...

  • Shock Wave synopsis, comments

    Shock Wave

    Clive Cussler

    A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'Cussler is hard to beat' Daily MailThe thirteenth adrenalinefilled Dirk Pitt classic from multimillioncopy king of the adventure novel, Clive Cussler.A hu...

  • Armored synopsis, comments


    Mark Greaney

    A novel inspired by #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Greaney’s Audible Original drama, Armored.Joshua Duffy is a Close Protection Agenta professional bodyguardand he's one...

  • Agent in Place synopsis, comments

    Agent in Place

    Mark Greaney

    The Gray Man is back in another nonstop international thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels.Fresh off his first mission back wit...

  • Cold Snap synopsis, comments

    Cold Snap

    Marc Cameron

    “A doublebarreled blast of action, narrative, and impossibletofake authenticity with a great sense of place and a terrific protagonist. I’m looking forward to many more Arliss...

  • Flash Flood synopsis, comments

    Flash Flood

    Chris Ryan

    Ben's on a trip to London to meet his mum. But an accident at the Thames Barrier, combined with a tidal surge and a dramatic thunderstorm and suddenly his trip turns into some...

  • Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect synopsis, comments

    Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect

    Mark Greaney

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but ...

  • Front Sight synopsis, comments

    Front Sight

    Stephen Hunter

    This collection of three interconnected novellas follows each generation of the iconic Swagger familygrandfather Charles, father Earl, and fan favorite hero Bob Leefrom New York Ti...

  • Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance synopsis, comments

    Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance

    Mark Greaney

    President Jack Ryan deals with the worst breach U.S. intelligence has ever suffered in this “compelling and frighteningly realistic” thriller in Tom Clancy’s #1 New York Times...

  • Mission Critical synopsis, comments

    Mission Critical

    Mark Greaney

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From Mark Greaney, the New York Times bestselling author of Gunmetal Gray and a coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, comes a highstakes thr...

  • Hot Springs synopsis, comments

    Hot Springs

    Stephen Hunter

    The undisputed master of the tough thriller, New York Times bestselling author Stephen Hunter delivers an “exciting and intelligent” (The Wall Street Journal) masterpiece set in 19...

  • I, Ripper synopsis, comments

    I, Ripper

    Stephen Hunter

    The electrifying new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Stephen Hunter takes you deep inside the mind of the most notorious serial killer of all time: Jack the Ripper....

  • The Chaos Agent synopsis, comments

    The Chaos Agent

    Mark Greaney

    Artificial intelligence leads to shockingly real danger for the Gray Man in this latest entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.A car accident in Japan.A drowning in Seou...

  • Targeted synopsis, comments


    Stephen Hunter

    Master sniper Bob Lee Swagger protects a group of political hostages during a perilous standoff in this razorsharp, whiteknuckled thriller from Pulitzer Prize winner, New York Time...

  • Soft Target synopsis, comments

    Soft Target

    Stephen Hunter

    Another actionpacked thriller from Stephen Hunter, this time starring Ray Cruz, the son of exMarine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, who was introduced in Hunter’s previous bestseller, Dead...

  • Command Authority synopsis, comments

    Command Authority

    Tom Clancy & Mark Greaney

    The #1 New York Timesbestselling author and master of the modern day thriller returns with his AllStar team. There’s a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a...

  • Pale Horse Coming synopsis, comments

    Pale Horse Coming

    Stephen Hunter

    Pale Horse Coming, featuring Stephen Hunter’s beloved sniper heroes Earl and Bob Lee Swagger, the first Swagger thriller from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author.The time is 1951. A ...

  • Tom Clancy Commander in Chief synopsis, comments

    Tom Clancy Commander in Chief

    Mark Greaney

    This electrifying thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series has President Jack Ryan and his allies facing a treacherous foe threatening to unleash chaos around the ...

  • On Target synopsis, comments

    On Target

    Mark Greaney

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Greaney comes the second entry in the explosive thriller series featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.When an old comra...

  • The 47th Samurai synopsis, comments

    The 47th Samurai

    Stephen Hunter

    In The 47th Samurai, Bob Lee Swagger, the gritty hero of Stephen Hunter's bestselling novels Point of Impact and Time to Hunt, returns in this intense and exotic thriller.Bob Lee S...

  • One Minute Out synopsis, comments

    One Minute Out

    Mark Greaney

    A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!From Mark Greaney, the New York Times bestselling author of Mission Critical and a coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, comes another highstake...