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Savage Son: A Thriller (Terminal List) Audio CD – CD, December 29, 2020
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“A great book...it’s f*cking riveting!” —Joe Rogan
“Take my word for it, James Reece is one rowdy motherf***er. Get ready!”—Chris Pratt, star of The Terminal List, coming to Amazon Prime
“A rare gut-punch writer, full of grit and insight, who we will be happily reading for years to come.” —Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of the Orphan X series
In this third high-octane thriller in the “seriously good” (Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author) Terminal List series, former Navy SEAL James Reece must infiltrate the Russian mafia and turn the hunters into the hunted.
Deep in the wilds of Siberia, a woman is on the run, pursued by a man harboring secrets—a man intent on killing her.
A traitorous CIA officer has found refuge with the Russian mafia with designs on ensuring a certain former Navy SEAL sniper is put in the ground.
Half a world away, James Reece is recovering from brain surgery in the Montana wilderness, slowly putting his life back together with the help of investigative journalist Katie Buranek and his longtime friend and SEAL teammate Raife Hastings. Unbeknownst to them, the Russian mafia has set their sights on Reece in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
In his most visceral and heart-pounding thriller yet, Jack Carr explores the darkest instincts of humanity through the eyes of a man who has seen both the best and the worst of it.
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (December 29, 2020)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1797118072
- ISBN-13 : 978-1797118079
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.2 x 5.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quick recap, Jack exploded onto the scene in 2018 with his debut novel, The Terminal List. A novel of revenge. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander James Reece lost his entire team in an ambush, then when he returned home thinking what else can go wrong, his family is taken from him just as brutally. On top of that, he learns he may have a terminal tumor growing in his brain. With his days numbered, Reece sets off on a mission to avenge the deaths of his family and teammates. The follow up, True Believer (2019), a novel of retribution. Living off the grid, James Reece still thinking his days are numbered is waiting for the end as the most wanted domestic terrorist alive. In the real world, a former Iraqi commando is wreaking havoc on the world with coordinated terrorist attacks which plunges the markets. When the US government came for Reece, as he knew they might, he didn’t have the heart to kill anyone that doesn’t deserve to be killed, he expected an ambush, instead he found a long-time friend, with a job offer. Without being given much of a choice, Reece sets off targeting terrorist leaders and uncovering a conspiracy that exposes a traitor within the ranks of the CIA, one that Reece learns is responsible for a lot more than just the current world chaos.
Savage Son starts off with James Reece recovering in Montana after his successful brain surgery. Slowly putting his life back together, he still hasn’t committed to the CIA as they want him to, but he also hasn’t quit either. Knowing they have the resources he needs and there are still a few people out there that need killing. He trains daily, he lives off the grid, but those out there that James wants to kill know he will be coming after them, so they try to turn the hunter into the hunted. The above-mentioned CIA traitor seeks refuge with the Russian Mafia and attempts to use their vast resources to put James Reece down for good. But, even in Russia, those in power are cutthroat. Willing to expose those making power moves in order to capitalize on their failure and absorb their power. In Savage Son, it’s father vs son. James Reece exploits this division and uses it to his advantage.
Jack Carr delivers the most gripping, the most impressive novel so far this year. With scenes that will have you turning the pages eager to find out who wins, who dies, who gets ambushed, who out maneuvers who? With intensity, weapons knowledge that can only come from someone who has utilized those weapons in combat himself, real warfighting tactics, and a plot that gets better with every page, this novel has earned itself a Blast Radius of a Nuclear Bomb! Jack Carr’s Savage Son is an absolute must read.
As always, I don't talk about too many specifics in this review in order to avoid giving anything away. But here are several reasons why I love this book:
1. The continued development of James Reece. The Terminal List is a balls to the wall thriller from start to end. We get to meet Reece under the darkest of circumstances and cheer him on as he gets revenge. In True Believer, we learn more about what makes Reece tick as he strives for redemption and I believe this book is his true origin story. Then we get to Savage Son. Reece is trying to figure out his life and all kind of hell breaks loose...again. He's still a kick-ass former SEAL who knows his way around weapons and tactics. But you also get to see his evolving feelings towards those around him as he tries to determine what he wants to do next. He's been through great trauma in the past, so to see his emotional healing take place, even as it gets interrupted, is really great character development.
2. The bad guys. There are 2 main bad guys - Oliver Grey and Aleksandr Zharkov - who play important but different roles in the book. They're both solid bad guys for different reasons. Oliver is the cerebral one who plays a big role in Reece's past and knows he's in Reece's cross hairs so he wants to direct a preemptive strike. Aleksandr is a sick mofo SVR director/son of a mob boss who feels Reece will finally provide a worthy opponent to his "game." Why do I call him a sick mofo? You have to read to find out but you won't be disappointed. Don't think I've ever read a book with a bad guy who does what Aleksandr does for fun.
3. The action. There's plenty of action in Savage Son, but there are two main "battle" scenes - one in Montana and one on a Russian island in the Bering Sea - that are just fantastic. They're intense and memorable for different reasons. I'll leave it at that so I don't give anything away.
4. The Hastings family. We already knew that Raife is a bad ass and a good dude. But his family is equally as impressive and I love them! Not just for what they continue to do for Reece, but because they're awesome people who can handle themselves in a crisis and are always there for the ones they care about. I want to be friends with them.
5. Reece's diversity of kills. I love how Reece can kill his enemies in different ways. And the ways he eliminates his targets in Savage Son are amazing. I definitely cheered out loud and fist pumped a few times as the unsavory characters met their demise.
6. Reece's journey at the end. I won't go into details, but when you think Reece has done what needs to be done on Medny Island, there's more. He goes on an epic 6-month journey through harsh terrain to finish the job and get info that hopefully sets up the next book. It's balls-y and insane and awesome.
I can go on and on extolling the virtues of this book, but I'll sum it up with this. Jack Carr has the goods. I said it after The Terminal List. I said it again after True Believer. But it's never been more evident than after reading Savage Son. It's his best book to date and I expect we'll continue to be seeing amazing things from Jack going forward. He's the next big thing in the thriller genre and everyone needs to get on board ASAP. It's like being able to say you were there from the beginning with Tom Clancy.
Lastly, I've heard Jack mention on several occasions that this is a book he's wanted to write since the 6th grade. To have this story in your mind for all that time, get it published, and absolutely nail it within an inch of perfection must be an amazing feeling. Which is awesome because as good as this books is, Jack Carr is an even better human. It's awesome to see great things happen to great people.
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1. Felt like wayyy too much 'product placement', I didn't buy an advertisement and it felt like quite a few sections were written for the sole purpose of 'promotion' rather than reader enjoyment. Who really gives a sh$t about how thick the meat is cut or the intricacies of wine, perhaps this appeals to others but I found it overbearing. I enjoyed some parts about service animal rehabilitation but added to everything else 😉
2. Too much detail, its clear the author researched extensively but this reminded me of the worst of Tom Clancy stories, those pages you would skim through because the author went off on a tangent about the complexities of submarine engines etc. It was tolerable in a Clancy book but this author is nowhere near that level of storytelling, yet.
3. Predictability, I knew exactly who was going to live/die by the end of the book.
4. The whole overland across Russia/Serbia was completely unnecessary nonsense imo.
5. Even as the author set up the next book he again overshot the target on detail so, rather than be exited about the next book I was just glad this one was over.
1st book; needed some work but made me exited about reading the second book.
2nd book; the type of book I could happily read again.
3rd book; should probably sue the author for time wasted that I won't get back.