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Apr 14, 2021

#PodcastersForJustice

The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Mark Greaney, dropped by to chat about hanging out with Tom Clancy at The Pentagon, the elements of a great spy novel, and the latest in The Gray Man series.

"Even if you finish a whole book and it doesn't get published, I promise you you're a much better author at the end of that process than you were at the beginning..." – Mark Greaney

Mark's debut international thriller, The Gray Man, was published in 2009 and became a national bestseller and highly sought-after Hollywood property. He's released ten in that series to date including the #1 New York Times bestseller One Minute Out.

The Gray Man series has drawn comparisons to giants of the field including Brad Thor, Daniel Silva, and – of course – Tom Clancy. Mark is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author or co-author of seven Tom Clancy novels – he co-wrote Clancy’s final three Jack Ryan thrillers prior to his passing.

Mark's latest outing with The Gray Man is Relentless, a book bestselling author Lee Child called, “Hard, fast, and unflinching — exactly what a thriller should be.”

Netflix recently announced an adaptation of the first book in The Gray Man series, starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans.

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In this file Mark Greaney and I discussed:

  • His 15 year, overnight success
  • How his extensive research differs from book to book
  • What it's like to work with the Russo brothers (best known for their Marvel films)
  • Why writers need to relax and enjoy the process
  • And more!

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