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Savage Son: A Thriller (3) (Terminal List) Mass Market Paperback – December 29, 2020
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"A badass, high velocity round of reading! The three parts of this masterfully crafted experience says it all—THE TRAP, THE STALK, THE KILL." -- Clint Emerson, former Navy SEAL and New York Times bestselling author of 100 DEADLY SKILLS and THE RIGHT KIND OF CRAZY
"With his third book in the James Reece series, SAVAGE SON, Jack Carr HALO jumps the reader into that most dangerous game: man hunting man. With technical ferocity and devastating action sequences, Carr writes both from the gut and a seemingly infinite reservoir of knowledge in the methods of human combat. Loved it!" -- Chris Hauty, LA Times bestselling author of New York Times Editors’ Choice DEEP STATE
"Jack Carr triples down with SAVAGE SON. From the book’s gut-wrenching opening to its sleep-stealing conclusion, Jack’s homage to THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME delivers the goods and then some." -- Don Bentley, author of WITHOUT SANCTION
"Jack Carr is the real deal! He employs his years of combat experience as a U.S. Navy SEAL to make SAVAGE SON a masterfully told, heart thumping tale of modern conflict. Before you open the cover and start to read, get comfortable. You won’t want to move until you finish." -- LtCol Oliver North, USMC (Ret.), New York Times bestselling author of THE RIFLEMAN and UNDER FIRE
"SAVAGE SON is amazing! This is the kind of book every author wished he could write…mind blowingly good!" -- Simon Gervais, former RCMP counterterrorism officer and bestselling author of HUNT THEM DOWN
"Accurate, intense and raw, SAVAGE SON taps into our most primal of instincts. Jack Carr draws you into this predatory pursuit like no other because he’s lived it!" -- John Barklow, Hunter, Navy Diver, Special Operations Cold Weather Survival Instructor, and Sitka Gear Big Game Product Manager
"With his new novel, SAVAGE SON, Jack Carr continues to amaze me. He’s the real deal. Having lived the life he writes about, he absorbs the best of the thriller tradition and moves it forward. Thoughtful as much as visceral, he’s my idea of what a thriller author should be." -- David Morrell, New York Times Bestselling Author of FIRST BLOOD
"Jack Carr is back and at the top of his game in SAVAGE SON, a heart pounding, sleep robbing, edge of your seat thriller." -- Joshua Hood, 82nd Airborne veteran and author of Robert Ludlum’s THE TREADSTONE RESURRECTION
"Whether you are a hunter of four-legged game or of man, SAVAGE SON will stoke the inner fire of your soul. Jack Carr’s attention to detail and experience from the battlefield to the backcountry draw the reader into the field to experience the art of war through the eyes of a man who has lived it." -- Cole Kramer, Kodiak Island Brown Bear Guide and Outfitter
"In James Reece, Jack Carr has given thriller fans a very human hero born from Carr's own real life experience as a Navy SEAL sniper. In SAVAGE SON the pages bleed authenticity and tension as Reece is forced to battle his most dangerous adversary yet. Gripping. Heartbreaking. Unforgettable." -- Matt Coyle, author of the nationally bestselling Rick Cahill novels
“Impressive...Carr is best when bullets are flying. Vince Flynn fans will enjoy the explosive action” ― Publishers Weekly
"I could not stop turning pages. Be prepared to dive in and not let go until the end!" -- Lt. John Nores Jr (Ret.), Special Operations California Dept of Fish and Wildlife, and Amazon bestselling author of HIDDEN WAR and WAR IN THE WOODS
"This thriller has it all: a woman fleeing for her life in Siberia, a traitorous CIA agent, and a man living in the wilderness of Montana who has no idea the Russian mob is after him. If you need something to get your heart pumping, this, right here, is it." ― Cosmopolitan
About the Author
- Publisher : Pocket Books (December 29, 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982123710
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982123710
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,054 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.
With such vast experience in everything he's talking about, nothing ever feels over the top and it feels gritty. His love and interest in the gear used is also fascinating, adding a real nerdy element that I love. I love googling what these things look like and can do as I read to immerse myself more. Can't wait to read the upcoming book - Devil's Hand.