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Who is Mark Greaney?
Mark Greaney was born in 1967, and did not become a published author until 2009 at the age of 32 with The Gray Man. He attended University of Memphis where he gained his degree in International Relations and Political Science, which would come in handy for his writing career.
With the success that came off his debut novel, he was able to work with one of his idols, an author who he had been reading for many years prior. Tom Clancy, who is most notably the Jack Ryan series (which has an amazon prime series starring John Krasinski). Mark wrote three books with Tom Clancy until his death in October 2013, and four more after; 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), and Tom Clancy: True Faith and Allegiance (2016).
Unlike with many other authors of this genre, spy thrillers, he has no prior military or police training at all. With the level of detail that you would read in his books, the realism that you would experience, you would find it surprising. But how he is able to achieve this level of detail is through his ruthless and exemplary research and training that he does.
You can find on his website a whole section of research that he has carried out for the Gray Man world. You can see that the research and the first hand experience is important to him to be able to write each scenario to the best of his ability. He details the different intelligence, law enforcement and paramilitary organisations that he included in his books from around the world. He shows you images of him traveling around the world to each of the locations he sets his books in. He also visits the Pentagon! Talk about research getting you into all the places! You can see his first hand experiences of military and firearm training that he goes through to be able to achieve this level of experience, an example image taken from his website can be seen below.
1967 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Mystery and Thrillers
The Gray Man (2009)
Gray Man #1
Published by Berkley
4.14 out of 5 on Goodreads
Below you can find out more about the book series he has done and the best reading order for them.
NYT Bestselling List for Gray Man
2019: hit the NYT Bestseller’s list twice in the same calendar year
My skill set is not conducive to honest work.”
Want to Know More?
If you have enjoyed any of Mark Greaney’s work and want to learn more about him or any other of his work, then feel free to check out his website.
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