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Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR 

“Take my word for it, James Reece is one rowdy motherf***er. Get ready!”—Chris Pratt, all around great guy and star of The Terminal List, coming to Amazon Prime 

A Navy SEAL has nothing left to live for and everything to kill for after he discovers that the American government is behind the deaths of his team in this ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller that is “so powerful, so pulse-pounding, so well-written—rarely do you read a debut novel this damn good” (Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author).

On his last combat deployment, Lieutenant Commander James Reece’s entire team was killed in a catastrophic ambush. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. 

Now, with no family and free from the military’s command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he’s learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward avenging the deaths of his family and teammates. With breathless pacing and relentless suspense, Reece ruthlessly targets his enemies in the upper echelons of power without regard for the laws of combat or the rule of law. 

“Told with a deft hand and a keen eye for detail, The Terminal List…is explosive and riveting” (Kevin Maurer, coauthor of No East Day) and is perfect for fans of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Stephen Hunter, and Nelson DeMille.

©2018 Jack Carr (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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"Double the trouble, twice the action, and quadruple the enjoyment. Careful while reading this one, it could leave a mark." (Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of The Last Order)

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Pretty good.

Story was ok if a little heavy on the overwrought machismo (what is it with Americans? - they can't just be highly trained soldiers they have to be 'elite warriors' - it always sounds a bit fragile ego to me - like bin men who insist on being called 'sanitary disposal engineers') .. I thought the narrator was very good though and really brought the story to life.

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Not the finished article

The author has a good core idea of what he’s trying to achieve. The main character is well flushed out and can easily be expanded upon in future books. Similarly, the personal knowledge of the author’s military background is apparent. However, sometimes he falls into a lazy streak in the text. I.e., Over-focusing on small details that doesn’t help the flow of the text, but rather acts as an stopping block; the exaggeration of the villains motives which makes them flat; and apparent personal biases in the text. A better editor would have observed these problems, adjusted them and improved the end result. Similar problems are present in both Brad Thor and Vince Flynn’s early work, so the author can improve in the future.

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A reasonably well crafted thriller, but not for you if constant American Exceptionalism will rankle. The author too hard to show off knowledge of Military, guns etc. These details do not make the narrative richer, merely clunky.

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  • 09-04-22

Could have been good…

It opens with a ridiculous ‘only America has freedom’ introduction from the author and is littered with MAGA inspired bizarre political hot takes, hypocrisy and thinly veiled racism.

The author clearly knows his stuff and the character is likeable…this could have been great, but isn’t and I can’t imagine I’ll be listening to the second outing.

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Good storytelling but extremely racist.

The book is a product of the man. It tells a rip roaring tale, informed by his expertise as a Seal. His attitudes to the sanctity of life and horribly jingoistic politics probably reflect those of the force.

There were some improbable parts, but generally entertaining, if one overlooks the complete disregard for Muslims and anyone with a centre/centre left leaning!

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  • 06-03-22

Poor wtiting with political messages

The story in itself has been told and retold a billion times. It's not bad but it's also not original. The prose is poor but if you like the military theme it can be enjoyed.

What kept pissing me off is the author's too obvious political views hidden in messages here and there against liberals and leftists. I couldn't care less of what his opinions are. It's about time americans understand there is a wider political spectrum to the narrow US political schema. Believe it or not in Europe a left political party is not widely considered pure evil.

The reader is not bad tbh, is able to pull different voices for different characters.

2/5 being generous.

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Brilliant!

Hope we see more of this author, great story and well narrated. Enjoyed very much

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This should be made into a movie.

Best book I’ve listened to in a long time. Start to finish a thrilling ride.

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My 1st audiobook - fantastic choice!

As my first audiobook, I have to say I was impressed. I’d already started the Terminal List is paperback version (got maybe 40% through it) so knew I’d enjoy the story. Very Reacher-esque I think.

As for the audiobook format, I thought it was really good. The narrator did really well, my only gripe would be that I thought a female VA could have done the female voices. Other than that, I loved it - onto the next one!

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Meh

Did not enjoy the homophobic bants and gave up. Dull photocopy of better in this genre.

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  • 14-12-19

Yeah, I've bought the next James Reece Book!

Totally improbable? Would have been if the 2019 mess of revelations in Washington weren't pouring out all over us from 24/7 cable news. So? So it wasn't hard to suspend disbelief and understand the meaning of distilled revenge that Reece havoc's upon the no-gre-zone baddies who've done him totally wrong. This is a sort of catharsis book... The chance for readers to fantasize a tad of purgation (if that's a word?).

With the presently unending spew of hatred we're getting sprayed into our ears and eyes, well there's solace in these moments that Carr's filled which at least have periods at the end of the final paragraphs. Or realize that in fiction as opposed to reality there can be final paragraphs with an entirely new day to follow.

So... I'm off to read 'True Believer' and escape from the reality of our politically poisoned moment. Yay! Oh, and Ray Porter does his normally terrific job of bringing the ensemble cast to life.

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  • 11-05-20

I NEVER choose books of this genre , ie. political, military, etc...

This is one of the best books I’ve heard out of my 700 plus audible collection. I took a chance on it because I unknowingly purchased the 3rd in the series thinking it was a stand alone. Well, after the first chapter I realized I needed to get the first in order to understand the protagonist and back story, I said “what the heck” and got it. I could not stop listening to this book. I thought I prolly would give up half way, like most books I’ve listened to in this genre, but said I’ll try it, I’m so glad I did. Start to finish this books requires a lap belt and shoulder restraints, because your in for a wild ride and it ain’t over til the last sentence. Take a chance, you will not regret it!

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  • Kevin Kinkade
  • 27-05-20

So many real life parallels.

One thing I like about this story is that even though it is very spectacular, there are many real-life parallels. It's a shame that some of the real-life counterparts to the story's characters don't face some kind of justice, but continue to get away with it. In this story, they don't. It's obvious that Jack Carr's real-life experience as a military operative has given him some insight into the civilian leadership/military leadership/military operatives relationships and some of the frustration that comes with it. Having read, first-hand accounts from the survivors of the Benghazi incident, I can see how difficult it can sometimes be to trust that leadership's willingness to do the right thing when their political careers are at stake, which can be extremely frustrating. This story is kind of like a catalyst towards some kind of relief from that frustration, even though it is fiction.

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  • shelley
  • 08-03-18

Make way for Jack Carr!!!!

I listened to the sample for this book and thought the writing sounded good. Combine that with Ray Porter's wonderful narration and I thought this could be a winner.
So, I paid my credit and took a chance. The author's forward made me think this might be something on the order of a Gentry book. Instead, this is more like the early Dewey Andreas or Pike Logan characters but the writing is better. The protagonist's (James Reese) team is ambushed in Afghanistan. While recuperating he and two other members are diagnosed with brain tumors. The doctor who diagnosed gives Reese a card and tells him to contact him back in the states. When Reese arrives back in the US he finds another team member had "committed suicide" but Reese thinks it's murder. He leaves his friend's house and heads for his own home. When he arrives he finds his wife and daughter supposedly murdered by a gang who broke into their home. He calls the doctor whose card he was given and he's told the Dr was killed during an 'incident " in Afghanistan. Everyone he has involvement with is dying... prepare yourself, this is good!

Carr starts out saying that this is a novel of revenge.
The writing superb. The story is coherent and if I didn't know better I would think this was an author who's been writing for a long time.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
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  • Wayne
  • 09-03-18

The perfect espionage thriller!

The Terminal List had an extraordinary quantity and quality of publicity by the publisher prior to release which persuaded me to pre-order it. All of the great publicity was for a new author. Nevertheless, it far exceeds my expectations. Author and former Navy SEAL Jack Carr has written an espionage thriller that is good as the first and later efforts of Vince Flynn and Ben Coes. Just get it and listen to the must-read The Terminal List! As is normal and usual for him Ray Porter narrates flawlessly.

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  • Lia
  • 06-06-18

Fantasic Military Thriller

This book, as many of the comments have already suggested, is well written. The language was easy to understand, even amidst the military jargon that was heavily used, which greatly added to the intricacy of the book. This is not something the book should be criticised for, because it was a perfect mix of technical and laymen terms that just about anyone could enjoy reading. The interaction between Reece and his friends throughout the story was so brilliantly written. It captured the human element of a guys-type of friendship so well, I couldn’t help but laugh as I was reminded of the joking conversation I have had with my friends before.

Carr does an excellent job of depicting the characters right down to every single article of clothing worn and does not shy away from simply mentioning the brands of certain items in order to fully describe to the reader what is pictured.

Ultimately the single word that comes to mind while reading this book is authentic. Obviously the story is fictional, and that is not what I am referring to, but the perspective of Reece in the story clearly indicates the author has had significant first hand experience that is reflective in the story. For that reason, this work stands out strongly as a respectable military/thriller book.

One minor criticism I encountered was that I would occasionally lose track of which character was saying what during some of the dialogue. It was not difficult to simply back track and continue with the conversations in the book. This admittedly may be entirely my fault for not paying close enough attention as I had thought I needed to.

The book is just as much an action intense thriller as it is a constant reminder of importance of those whom you truly hold close in life. Not just your parents, spouse and children, although that is a significant aspect, but your closest friends, and even acquaintances who quickly become friends and allies under trying circumstances. Not to mention the kinds of people you come across that you find yourself thinking, as Clint Smith so eloquently stated, “there are some people who just need to be shot.”

The end of the book, particularly the final chapter and epilogue, left me feeling deeply conflicted about the way things ended. At the same time, it was exactly what makes a story of retribution come to completion. I found myself moved by the urgency to see justice followed through with in a fantastic action-filled story.

Needless to say, this book was excellent and I greatly look forward to Mr. Carr’s next work. I also wanted to express my gratitude to Mr. Carr for his military service to the United States.

Ray Porter was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • Dave A
  • 11-01-22

Even Ray Porter couldn't save this one

I returned this without finishing it. Mr. Porter was excellent as usual, but the story, plot and characters were 1 dimensional and the author's obvious right wing views continuously pulled me out of what little story there was.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-12-20

Awesome book

after reading some of the reviews of this book I was a little skeptical but after reading, anyone giving this book less than 4-5 stars has no imagination at all. And for the guy who commented about Mr. Carr taking digs at Dem's..... and how he's making them out to be villains, well if you live in this country you'd know that they are. This book to me was way more NON fiction than fiction. There are high ranking people in this country who would definitely send our soldiers or anyone for that matter in for slaughter to fatten their own pockets. Great job Jack this one was hard to put down for me!!!

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  • benk72
  • 03-07-21

One of those can't "put down" books

I found myself forgetting that this book is fiction. I listen to a lot of books and rarely purchase hard copies. I will be buying both the audio and physical copy of all of Jack's books. I'm a little disappointed that I am just now starting this series but am excited that I have so many more to read.

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  • S. H. Moore
  • 22-11-20

Frogman writes good Frogman yarn

Been meaning to get to this one, glad I finally got around to it. Very well done.

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