Back Blast by Mark Greaney (Berkley Books, February 2016, ISBN 978-0-425-2879-3) is an exciting and authentic thriller that reads like a Washington Post expose. Back Blast is the best thriller I’ve read in a long time, and I make it my business to read them all.
Court Gentry, “The Grey Man,” is one of the CIA’s top assassins. Court has no idea why he been targeted for termination by Denny Carmichael, Director of CIA National Clandestine Services. When Court sneaks back into Washington, DC, to clear his name or get revenge on Carmichael, all hell breaks loose. Everyone from his former team mates to the US Army JSOC to foreign agents masquerading as DC cops to the POTUS wants Court’s head on a platter.
The story and backstory are tightly told in third person from various POVs. The descriptions of DC locations, weapons, armaments, and aircraft are highly accurate. And I cared about every one of the characters, despite their personal flaws, because their motivations seemed believable.
Back Blast is very highly recommended.
—Paul Dale Anderson, author of Running Out of Time, Spilled Milk, Axes to Grind, and Icepick