By now you’ve probably heard it all on Netflix gray man, a spy thriller from the Russo Brothers. Based on the book series by Mark Greaney, the film stars Ryan Gosling as a CIA agent named Sierra Six, whose uncovering of Agency secrets puts him on an international hot list. But how does Netflix work The gray man compare with Greaney’s novel of the same name? We have everything you need to know about The gray man end of book below. Warning: major spoilers for The gray man follow.
Readers looking to pick up The gray man for their beach bags should know that the novel contains a lot of racist and homophobic material. A first chapter insinuates that all Arabs, including a team of Al Jazeera journalists, are terrorists and terrorist sympathizers. The main antagonist refers to Nigerians as “savages” twice, and his statement is unchallenged, both by the other characters and by the text as a whole. Finally, the novel drops the F-slur twice, the use of which – again – is completely undisputed. It’s a problematic read, to say the least.
Greaney’s 2009 novel follows Courtland “Court” Gentry – aka the Gray Man, a former CIA agent now working as a hitman, trying to stay one step ahead of his former allies, who are ordered to shoot him on sight. Shortly after Court assassinates the Nigerian President’s brother, Lloyd (Chris Evans) reports to the security company owned by Court’s manager, Sir Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton). Another former CIA agent, Lloyd now works as a lawyer for an outsourcing company, LaurentGroup. His employer has the opportunity to secure a lucrative infrastructure deal in Nigeria if he can deliver Court’s head to the President on a silver platter, and Lloyd, who has known Court from his Langley days, is bound and determined to give it to him.
Lloyd thinks the fastest way to get to Court is through Fitzroy, and he has a lot of leverage to force the manager into giving him what he wants. He arranged for Fitzroy’s son, Phillip, to be kidnapped – along with Phillip’s wife, Elise, and their 8-year-old twin daughters, Claire (Julia Butters) and Kate – and detained at Chateau Laurent in Normandy. The family is nearly dead unless Fitzroy complies.
And he runs. Fitzroy orders the extraction team to kill Court shortly after their date with him; warned by the suspicious behavior of the men, Court manages to kill them and escape. After Court turns down Fitzroy’s offer to stage another extraction, the manager reveals that the “Nigerians” – in reality mercenaries hired by LaurentGroup – are holding Phillip and his family in Normandy and will kill them unless Court is found. not die in the next 48 months. hours. It makes things personal for Court, who once acted as the twins’ personal security guard.
Meanwhile, Lloyd contacts Kurt Riegel, LaurentGroup’s vice president of security risk management operations, who wastes no time in telling him exactly how stupid he is for putting Fitzroy’s family in danger. With Court already on the move, however, Riegel has no choice but to convince a cabal of government kill teams – from Albania, Bolivia, Botswana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Liberia, from Libya, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela – to hunt down Court before he arrives in Normandy.
Thus begins a deadly game of cat and mouse, as Court travels from Tbilisi to Normandy, trying to beat Lloyd’s 48-hour deadline. Along the way, he is betrayed again and again. By the time Court arrives in Normandy, Phillip has been shot by a sniper while trying to stop Claire from escaping the compound to alert the police, and the Gray Man has accumulated enough wounds. to need a medicinal cocktail of blood, dextrose, narcotics, and amphetamines to make it the last few miles to the castle.
Luckily, Court built a powerful kit from a cache provided by an ailing old ally (Alfre Woodard), who gave up what was left of his life to help Court escape from Geneva. After clearing the castle John Wick-style, Court takes the remaining Fitzroys – Sir Donald, Elise, Claire and Kate – into a waiting car. However, they are forced to leave him behind when Lloyd appears and shoots Court in the back.
Although Court has repeatedly said he doesn’t remember Lloyd from his CIA days, LaurentGroup’s lawyer clearly has a score to settle with the gray man. After telling the Court that he “will remember [Lloyd] to hell”, Lloyd points his gun at Court’s head, only to be shot by Riegel, whom he mortally wounded in an earlier encounter.
Court doesn’t have much time to rest, like Marc Laurent — the Monsieur Laurent from LaurentGroup — arrives at the chateau in his helicopter. After assessing the damage, Laurent offers Court a job of eliminating two men, including the Nigerian president, which he accepts. The novel ends with the Gray Man bidding farewell to Claire, having checked on her in London.